Australia’s Jason Day wins 2015 PGA on Kohler Whistling Straits course
Kohler Australia would like to congratulate our very own Jason Day on his record-setting 2015 PGA championship victory. In this, the third time Kohler has hosted the PGA at its spectacular Whistling Straits Championship Golf Course in its home-town of Wisconsin, it is especially exciting to have an Australian – Jason Day – take out the trophy with a record-breaking major championship score of 20 under par.
PGA winner Jason Day with Kohler Executive Chairman Herb Kohler and his wife Natalie Black Kohler.
President and CEO of Kohler, David Kohler, his wife Nina and winner of the 2015 PGA – Jason Day.
President and CEO of Kohler Co., David Kohler, says this is the sixth major golf championship to be held at its Whistling Straits course, each one putting the company and its brand in the international spotlight.
“The 2015 PGA Championship attracted more than 1000 members of the media and 500 million viewers worldwide. The event not only showcases the breathtaking views of the course, perched on the sand dunes at the edge of Lake Michigan but it also spotlights the quality of the Kohler brand and its mission to enhance the level of gracious living to all those who are touched by the Kohler product and its services.”
Sunset over Whistling Straits, Kohler.
David Kohler credits his father, Executive Chairman Herb Kohler, with the vision of putting Wisconsin on the map as a golf destination – even though he knew very little about the game in the beginning.
“He would use his father’s old hickory shafts just once a year, to play at a local golf event. But he partnered with one of the world’s best golf course architects – Pete Dye – to create the now legendary Whistling Straits. It’s been a great enhancement in terms of driving tourism to the State, and the 2015 PGA championship is expected to have an economic impact of more than $100 million on Wisconsin.”
Details that count … choosing bathroom fittings
Renovating a bathroom? Or just wanting a quick, inexpensive refresh??
An eye for detail is key to both, especially when it comes to the smaller, more functional elements.
Divinity in the detail – Margaux robe hook
By choosing bathroom fittings – such as towel rails, soap dishes, toilet roll holders – that both match each other and complement existing tapware, there is a sense of cohesion and flow introduced to the space.
When renovating choose a tapware design that has matching fittings – the profiles of the towel rails and soap dish, for example, match those of the basin, bath and shower taps.
Toobi basin mixer and towel ring. Part of the Zen-inspired Toobi Collection.
Kohler has numerous designs – from the very contemporary, simple lines of the Toobi (pictured above) and Loure collections to the more glamorous, vintage aesthetics of the Margaux range.
Contemporary style. Loure Shower column with handshower and Loure towel ring.
And for a quick refresh on an existing bathroom, choose some new bathroom fittings that reflect the general theme of the space – traditional or retro, minimalist or contemporary??
The classic, minimalist Stillness tapware and accessories
And even more importantly perhaps – select quality bathroom fittings that won’t tarnish or corrode. Kohler’s bathroom fittings are of solid brass construction with tarnish and corrosion-resistant bright chrome finish.
Kohler in the golfing spotlight … the 97th PGA Championship
For the second time in as many months, Kohler serves as the host for two of golf’s four Major Championships: The Open Championship at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland, and the PGA Championship at The American Club in Wisconsin.
PGA at Whistling Straits, Kohler. Wisconsin
This phenomenon, which also occurred in 2010, puts both resorts and Kohler Co. in the international spotlight.
The Old Course Hotel and Hamilton Grand – noted as the second most photographed building in golf – border the 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course, respectively, and overlook the Scottish coastline. Both buildings appeared frequently throughout televised coverage of The Open, which included Phil Mickelson’s hooked tee shot that sent the ball sailing onto the hotel’s conservatory before coming to rest on the balcony outside room 130!
The Old Course Hotel at St Andrews in Scotland – a Kohler golf course and recent host of The Open.
And from August 10 – 16, all eyes in the golfing world will be on Whistling Straits and The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, when Kohler hosts it’s third PGA Championship.
Thousands will flock to Kohler to compete, spectate and volunteer while millions follow the Championship from around the world.
Whistling Straits at Kohler, Wisconsin.
Over the week, live PGA Championship coverage will be broadcast to nearly 44 international distribution partners, reaching more than 500 million households in nearly 200 countries.
When did Kohler become involved in golf you ask? Here’s a short timeline for all the golfing enthusiasts out there:
1978: Kohler opens a 500-acre wilderness preserve along the Sheboygan River, known as River Wildlife, which allows access to outdoor recreation activities for its private members.
1981: Following extensive renovations, The American Club, formerly a dormitory for Kohler factory workers, opens as a resort hotel. Today, it remains the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort hotel and has earned this distinction every year since 1986.
1988: Kohler opens its Blackwolf Run golf course, which was named the year’s best new public golf course by Golf Digest magazine.
1994: The Inn on Woodlake opens in the Village of Kohler.
1998: Kohler opens the Straits course at Whistling Straits on Lake Michigan, northeast of the village of Kohler.
1998: Blackwolf Run hosts the U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
2000: The Kohler Waters Spa opens in the Carriage House adjacent to the American Club.
2003: Kohler introduces KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates in Kohler, Wisconsin.
2004: Kohler hosts the 86th PGA at Whistling Straits.
2004: Kohler acquires the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa and The Duke’s course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
2006: Kohler opens its second Waters Spa in the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland.
2007: Whistling Straits hosts the U.S. Senior Open.
2010: Kohler hosts the 92nd PGA Championships at Whistling Straits.
2012: The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa earns their first Forbes Five-Star awards.
2012: Kohler hosts the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run.
2015: Whistling Straits hosts the 97th PGA Aug. 10-16.
Kohler and the Arts Exhibition – South East Asia
Last month a special Kohler and the Arts Bold. Art. exhibition featuring a collaboration of the six rising artists from six countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, was held in Bangkok.
At Kohler Co. our artistic roots run deep. In 1974, the world renowned Artists-in- residence program was introduced at Kohler’s head office in Wisconsin, to support aspiring artists in the US. Over 40 years later, more than 500 residencies have participated in this program creating a stunning range of unique one-of-a-kind artistic pieces for the bathroom.
One of the most popular Artist Edition collections in Australia and New Zealand is the Empress Bouquet. The collection includes the Conical Bell Vessel, a rectangular undercounter and an oval undercounter.
An artist working on an Artist Edition basin during his residency at Kohler, Wisconsin.
Passing the artistic tradition to Asia, the equivalent of this Artists program debuted in China in 2010 with a program titled “Bold. Art.”
Following the success in China, the program was later extended to include Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea during 2013-2014. Participating artists were invited to create artistic pieces from similar materials used to produce Kohler’s products under the theme “Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past, Looking into the Future”.
An artist-in-residence at Kohler’s Southeast Asia Artist Residency Program.
Artists in residence as part of the Southeast Asia Bold. Art. collaboration.
Kohler Co’s president and CEO Mr David Kohler attended the opening ceremony. In addition, a special showcase of exclusive items from the Artist Editions collection, an elegant and elaborately designed product line that was first introduced by Kohler Co. in 1985, was also on display.
KOHLER Co. Bold. Art. exhibition in Bangkok. Left – Peter Oesch (Director Marketing Communications APAC)
Right – David Kohler, President and CEO, Kohler Co.
KOHLER Bold. Art. exhibition in Bangkok
Kohler’s top five bathroom collections…
We tend to agonise over the major fixtures of a new bathroom – type of bath, shape of tapware, countertop or undermount basin – but the smaller details, the ones that pull the whole look together, can often be overlooked.
Bathroom accessories – towel rails, soap holders, toiletries shelves, tumblers and toothbrush holders, robe hooks and even toilet tissue holders – can be the key to a beautiful bathing space. By choosing accessories with the same profile, one that emulates that of the tapware, the space will acquire a sense of flow – a harmonious, cohesive aesthetic.
Kohler recognises this and has numerous accessory collections to suit all of its tapware ranges. There is sure to be a design to suit any style of bathroom.
The current top five accessory collections are:
Simple, modern, organic in its form – Toobi would suit a bathroom with natural finishes such as timber and stone.
Toobi basin mixer and towel ring. Part of the Zen-inspired Toobi Collection.
A stunning blend of vintage glamour resulting in a stylish elegance, Margaux is ideal for large, luxurious bathrooms with finishes such as marble, granite and glass.
The perennial classic – Margaux single lever basin mixer and Margaux towel ring
Loure is statement-making contemporary style for any modern bathroom on a grand scale.
Contemporary style. Loure Shower column with handshower and Loure towel ring.
Understated simplicity, practical, timeless – July is ideal for high functioning family bathrooms.
Simplicity. The July basin mixer and towel bar.
Strayt features geometric, strong linear angles, distinct lines – creates uncluttered style for any size bathroom.
Square it off with Strayt. Strayt single lever basin mixer and soap dish.
Visit a showroom near you to see an extensive range of Kohler tapware and accessories. Click to visit the showroom locator.
New Kohler technical display showroom opens in Auckland
“Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” is the cornerstone of what we do at Kohler, and in June we opened the new Kohler technical display showroom on Auckland’s North Shore.
The new Kohler technical display showroom in Auckland
Aimed at architects, designers and consumers who want to experience the very latest in bathroom design and technology, this new showroom features an extensive range of the very latest Kohler products alongside working exhibits and luxurious mini-suites.
Bold and innovative, visitors will discover the highest quality in tapware finishes, a range of the Artist Edition and Nature’s Chemistry basins and on-trend mini-suites featuring a range of complementary products.
Escale Countertop basin and Purist basin mixer in new Kohler NZ technical showroom
The showroom also houses the popular Englefield brand, showcasing kitchen and bathing products including showers, baths, basins, tapware, and kitchen sinks.
Discover the “Total Bathroom Solution” when you visit the Englefield display in the new technical display showroom.
Englefield suite in the new Kohler technical display showroom.
The showroom has been designed in such a way to encourage customers to “try before they buy” with a full range of Kohler and Englefield drop-in baths able to be easily swapped in and out for trialing the size.
The showroom is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday at 133 Diana Drive, Glenfield.
Low profile at the Forefront of basin design
Low-profile countertop basins are currently at the top of the wish list for bathroom renovators with Kohler reporting a strong preference for simple, pared back models teamed with bench or wall mount mixer taps.
Perfectly paired – the Forefront Square basin with the Stance Tall basin mixer
Two models epitomise the look – the Forefront Square countertop basin and the Forefront Rectangular design.
The former is ideal for more compact spaces or where there are twin basins installed side by side. Measuring 413mm with a height of 83mm the Forefront Square is a perfect example of timeless, understated design that works well in any style of bathroom.
The Forefront square countertop basin with the Viteo wall mount basin set
The larger Forefront Rectangular Basin measures 585mm x 460mm and features integrated counterspace for toiletries and has a single tap hole.
Forefront rectangular basin with the July basin mixer
In addition there is a semi-recessed model, ideal for narrow vanities or bench tops. It features a single tap hole and compact dimensions of 420 x 460mm.
Forefront semi recessed basin with Singulier basin mixer
Each of the Forefront basins, in sparkling vitreous china, is suitable for installation atop vanities and wall-hung bench tops.
To find a Kohler stockist near you – click here to view showroom locations.
Choosing the right bath …
Building or renovating? When it comes to choosing the right bath for your bathroom space, there are a number of key considerations to factor in.
First question …freestanding or built-in? This depends on two factors – space and functionality.
A freestanding bath takes more space than a built-in and also requires additional space for a table or shelf for toiletries.
Kohler Reve cast iron bath
Second question – shape? There is now a huge range of shapes available, especially in freestanding.
Take into consideration the overall design of the bathing space and any fittings that have already been selected – Kohler’s freestanding baths offer a choice of soft curves and clean, geometric lines
to echo tap, basin and accessory profiles.
Drop-in baths offer a choice of rectangular or oval shapes with or without lumbar supports and head pillows.
When choosing a freestanding bath check the weight and the structural supports of the bathroom – designs such as the Reve cast iron bath are heavier than acrylic options.
Kohler Reve bath, Reve wall hung basin, Stance tap and shower mixers, RainCan and Flipside handshower.
Size is another important consideration – lengths vary, in general, from 1675mm to 1800mm with some of the freestanding designs, such as the Askew, offering more generous proportions.
The stunning Askew Freestanding Lithocast bath – smooth and stone-like in appearance.
While the choice of bath material used to be restricted to cast iron or simple acrylic there are now far more options. Lithocast baths for example, while made from a high grade acrylic, actually look like a finely honed white stone – but are warm to the touch and comfortable on the skin.
Abrazo Lithocast bath
The final consideration is one of luxury! Kohler leads the field in BubbleMassage technology whereby a series of tiny holes, concealed around the lower perimeter of the bath, emits thousands of bubbles filled with warm air that support and massage the entire body, releasing muscle tension and gently relaxing the bather from head to toe.
Escale Drop-in BubbleMassage bath
BubbleMassage technology is available in both built-in and freestanding baths.
Stillness tapware a perfect fit – Reno Rumble Reveal Week 5
In week 5 of the Reno Rumble challenge the Redbacks delivered a bathroom that the judges said made them feel like they were in a mansion!
Featuring Kohler Stillness tapware the judges, Romy and Darren, said the wall mount taps for both basin and bath were an absolutely perfect fit for the brief – which was “understated elegance.” A clever choice of fittings – and matching Stillness accessories – ensured this bathroom maximised its perception of space.
Stillness Wall Mount Basin set
The Ladena undercounter basin provides clean, crisp functionality without visual clutter…
The gently curved Ladena Undercounter basin
While the Reach Back to the Wall compact toilet was a perfect fit as it has a smaller footprint than conventional toilet suites with a 600mm projection.
New Reach Compact Back to Wall Toilet Suite
Elegance, simplicity and understated style are all hallmarks of this bathroom.
See the full bathroom reveals on our Victorian retail partner E&S Trading’s Reno Rumble website.
Other Reno Rumble blog updates:
Kohler Stillness tapware a perfect fit
Kohler features in Hamptons Style Bathroom
Kohler bathroom products selected on Renovation Rumble
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While the words ‘fashion’ and ‘toilet’ seem unlikely partners there has been a definite trend emerging in toilet preferences. Australians, says Kohler, are showing a clear preference for the wall hung toilet, whereby the cistern is concealed within the wall.
Kohler has seen sales steadily climb in the wall hung models along with wall-faced models, a trend that is well established in Europe but has taken a little longer to catch on here.
Suite featuring Kohler Reve wall hung toilet, Rythmik basin and Strayt basin mixer
Wall hung toilets have distinct advantages over any other type – they are fantastic space savers as the cisterns are concealed behind the wall, between the studs, so they take up far less floor space. Secondly, as there is a clear gap between the floor and the bowl of the toilet so it is extremely easy to clean this area.
Other benefits include the ability to position the toilet at a convenient height for the user while their streamlined design adds to a perception of space within the bathroom, perfect for more compact spaces.
Kohler Escale wall hung toilet. Rain Duet shower column.
The wall faced toilet is slightly different in that it sits on the floor but still conserves space within the room due to its in-wall cistern.
Kohler has recently just added the clean cut Viragio model to its existing range of three wall hung models, ensuring there is a profile suitable for any type of bathroom design.
Kohler Viragio wall hung toilet with Spherik basin
Ove and Viragio are both symmetrically curved in profile, offering no sharp corners or angles.
Escale and Reve meanwhile are square in design and work particularly well with sleek, contemporary bathrooms featuring lots of glass and metallic finishes.
All of the Kohler wall hung models feature four star WELS ratings with dual flush 4.5/3L. They also have quiet close seats engineered to close slowly with the slightest touch – and no slamming lid!
For those who prefer the floor standing model, Kohler has both the Reve and the Ove models in the wall-faced design.
Kohler Ove wall faced toilet suite, with Reach handwash basin and Cuff basin mixer
There are two styles of dual flush button panels – oval and bevel – and easy access to the cistern, should there be a need, is gained through this panel.