GROHE X Masterclass
Making homes sustainable – Small changes that spark big influences
Influencing public behaviour isn’t easy. Because any appeal to change our ways will always be met by the suspicion that our efforts are pointless unless everyone joins in. As successful designers such as Patrick and Duarte know, for an idea or product to change the game it must land at the moment when enough people have identified a need, and it must be attractive enough to tip them over the edge into positive action.
Sustainability in the home is almost certainly having its moment. If ever there was a time when people are having the same thought simultaneously – we need to make our homes more efficient, economical and ecologically friendly – it is now. Luckily products have been coming on to the market for some time now that answer this collective call. From bathroom taps that run cold in the centre position so you don’t absent-mindedly fire your boiler every time you brush your teeth, to cisterns that cut water use, to filter systems that do away with plastic bottled water and plastic waste, our designers have been busy creating the products that will revolutionise our homes.
The great thing about public behaviour is that once the penny drops the savings will be huge – both for individual households and across societies – and the positive effects far-reaching.
Leader, LIXIL Global Design, EMENA
Patrick Speck joined GROHE in 2006 and held several senior positions in the design department. Becoming VP Design Transformation in 2018, he ensured LIXIL’s design vision was globally aligned across the brand portfolio. In 2020 Patrick was appointed to Leader LIXIL Global Design EMENA, with the purpose to deliver insight-driven and meaningful product solutions and ensuring the designs add real value to consumer lives. Before his career at LIXIL, he worked for global brands such as Electrolux, Zanussi, Rex and AEG.
Leader, LIXIL Global Design - Creative Direction, EMENA
Duarte has been with GROHE since 2014, starting as a product designer and becoming Creative Director of the GROHE Design Studio in 2018. He has worked on various creative projects for the brand. He is a graduate of the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Fine Arts. After his studies he was employed by an engineering and product development centre in the field of automotive and urban mobility. His work has been recognised by several international design prizes.
Yasmine was born in Los Angeles and moved to her mother’s home city of Vienna as a child. She began her TV career in 2006, moving to Berlin in 2009. She hosts a number of live shows and corporate programs, while also working as a translator and coach.