Klaus Grohe receives the "Deutscher Gründerpreis"
Congratulations to Klaus Grohe, as well as to the entire hansgrohe team and the Grohe family for receiving the 20th German Founders Award last Tuesday, 13 September 2022 in Berlin.
The 20th German Founder's Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented by Helmut Schleweis. He put the audience on tenterhooks: "I can imagine that some of you have already had contact with him this morning right after getting up. With a glance at the shower head, it then quickly became clear: it's about Klaus Gruhe, who has been running the hansgrohe company in the second generation since 1968. The inventive spirit remains in the company after Hans Grohe invented the hand shower and shower bar, thus making daily showers possible for us.
After a mountain bike accident in 2001, Klaus Grohe broke his hip, so the concept for the "Raindance shower" had to be unceremoniously presented by our founder Tom Schönherr at his hospital bedside. In this scene you can see the endless drive forward and the passion for innovation that can still be felt in the company today and from which we as a design studio also benefit. Everything conventional is questioned for the time being, what has always been done this way cannot be the (only) solution.
Thank you for allowing us to be part of this process for over 35 years. The entire PHOENIX team congratulates you and the entire Hansgrohe team and wishes you all the best!
You can find the video of Klaus Grohe about his life’s work here: https://www.deutscher-gruenderpreis.de/video/749205238/
Picture: Dirk Bruniecki für Deutscher Gründerpreis