KOHLER Design Evenings held in Tasmania to celebrate new partnership

August 22, 2016 | Posted in: Uncategorized

KOHLER recently celebrated the extension of its Australian retail network into Tasmania with a number of launch events held  in conjunction with Crisp Ikin Agencies – the official distribution partner for the state – and key retailers, Elite  Appliances (Hobart) and Becks Home Timber and Hardware (Launceston).

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Darren Genner of Minosa (centre) with Crisp Ikin Agencies’ Colin Etter (left) and Tony Ikin (right).

Elite Appliances in Hobart will showcase KOHLER product and to celebrate the launch, the Crisp Ikin Agencies showroom played  host to a KOHLER Design Evening which was was attended by members of the Architectural & Design community.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Guests at the Hobart KOHLER Design Evening listening to the presentation by Darren Genner.

Guest speaker for the evening was Darren Genner from Minosa Design in Sydney – KBDI Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year  2013/2014/2015; winner of the HIA Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 and HIA Australian Kitchen Designer of the  Year 2016.

Darren delivered an extremely insightful and informative presentation on current design trends, sharing with the audience a  slideshow of range of current kitchen and bathroom designs, products and trends.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Darren Genner enjoyed handing out gifts of KOHLER chocolates from KOHLER’s own chocolatier in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA.

KOHLER General Manager, Geoff Cope, provided a valuable insight into the history of KOHLER & KOHLER’s diverse portfolio of  brands including Kitchen & Bathroom, Generators, Hospitality, and Interiors.

Lean-To Kitchen provided catering for the event, providing a delicious array of finger-food & beverages which were enjoyed by  all in attendance.

The following evening was a dual launch event held in Launceston at Becks Home Timber and Hardware where the KOHLER brand  will feature, alongside Kohler’s Englefield brand.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

Kohler display at Becks Home Timber Hardware at Launceston.

This event was attended by a large contingent of VIP builders, plumbers and their wives who enjoyed a similar evening, with  fabulous food and wine supplied by Matson Catering, Launceston.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

The KOHLER Design Launch Event at Becks Home Timber  Hardware in Launceston.

The KOHLER Design Launch Event at Becks Home Timber Hardware in Launceston.

Crisp Ikin was founded in 1982 and is now Tasmania’s leading distribution agent for bathroom fixtures and furniture,  including baths, showers, vanity units, toilets and tapware. The addition of the premium Kohler brand and trusted-value  Englefield brand to its portfolio is seen as a natural extension to Crisp Ikin’s footprint in Tasmania.

Introducing Grande … Kohler’s new rimless toilet

August 10, 2016 | Posted in: Bathroom,New Products,Toilet Designs

In a rare milestone in the history of the toilet, new engineering and design has produced a maximum hygiene/minimal-cleaning model that delivers real benefits and understated aesthetics.

Kohler’s new Grande Back to Wall Toilet Suite features a rimless bowl with a smooth interior and ultra-efficient flush system – improvements that produce the most germ free, hygienic toilet ever and one that is far easier to clean!

Grande Rimless Toilet

Kohler’s new Grande Rimless Back to Wall Toilet Suite

The rim of traditional toilet bowls – originally designed to optimise the distribution of water needed to rinse the toilet interior – actually creates a safe haven for germs and bacteria and makes adequate cleaning quite tricky.

The new rimless Grande, by Kohler, has no rim – just a very smooth interior that is rigorously cleaned by the toilet’s ultra-efficient flush system. Basically the flush propels the water, very powerfully, around the bowl but clever engineering and shaping ensures no splashback.

The compact, understated design of the Grande Back To Wall toilet suite means it will perform equally well in master bathrooms and ensuites and complement any interior design aesthetic. It projects just 650mm from the wall and is a mere 395mm wide.

Grande Rimless Toilet

The rimless Grande is dual entry – allowing for either back or side entry water feed.

Additional features include Quiet Close VQR (Vertical Quick Release) toilet seat – really easy removal for enhanced cleaning – and 4 star WELS rating (average flush of just 3.5 litres). It is suitable for both new builds as well as retrofit as it has back and side entry for water feed.

Grande Rimless Toilet

The Grande Rimless Toilet features smooth ‘skirted’ sides.

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2016 FROM ALL KOHLER EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS. Visit our showroom locator for a full list of outlets.

Be inspired at the Kohler & Englefield showroom in Auckland!

If you’re building or renovating, for the best in bathroom and kitchen inspiration visit the Kohler and Englefield display suites and technical showroom in Glenfield on Auckland’s North Shore. You’ll discover an extensive range of products from leading a global leader in bathroomware – Kohler – and Englefield, one of New Zealand’s favourite bathroom brands.

Kohler showroom - Auckland

Kohler’s Artist Edition basins on display at the new showroom.

Kohler showroom Auckland

One of the modern Englefield suites at the new showroom in Auckland.

“Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” underpins every new design and product at Kohler and the stunning mini-suites provide a range of styles and settings to suit any bathroom.

Kohler / Englefield showroom in Auckland

Vanities, basins, furniture on display at the Kohler & Englefield technical showroom in Auckland.

Kohler Auckland showroom

The Kohler technical display showroom in Auckland

For even more options, the popular Englefield brand offers the “Total Bathroom Solution” featuring showering displays, mini-suites, kitchen sinks and more.

 Englefield showroom in Auckland

Discover the “Total Bathroom Solution” when you visit the Englefield display in the new technical display showroom.

Kohler / Englefield showroom in Auckland

Kohler / Englefield showroom in Auckland

Kohler Englefield showroom

Baths, tapware, furniture and more …

From Kohler’s Artist Edition and Nature’s Chemistry ranges, to Englefield’s popular Milano Collection of shower, bath, tapware and accessories, the showroom enables customers to see the products in bathroom settings or “try before they buy”.

The Kohler and Englefield showroom is at 133 Diana Drive, Glenfield and is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

New Kohler suites on show at Kitchen & Bath China 2016

Kohler featured at the recent Kitchen & Bath China 2016 event in Shanghai with this year marking the twentieth anniversary of Kohler’s entry into the Chinese market. Many of the Kohler family were present to celebrate and to showcase new products and designs, highlighting their “Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” mantra.

KBIS - David Kohler

Kohler CEO, David Kohler

On display at the Kohler booth was an extensive range of the latest and greatest in bathroom design and innovation. Displays were divided into various themes including intelligence,  style, hygiene and clean, experience and sustainability.

Some of the key product suites Kohler launched at KBIS included the KOHLER Konnect, Modern Life and the Ming suites.

KOHLER Konnect

KOHLER Konnect offers the ultimate in bathroom connectivity. With a click of your mobile phone you can control all of your bathroom’s intelligent products through one handy mobile app. It’s one-touch control provides a complete smart bathroom solution and lays the foundation to develop and integrate further internet technologies into the bathroom. We can’t wait to find out more…

Kohler - KBIS 2016

Kohler Konnect – control everything in your bathroom with one-touch control.

The Ming Suite

This stunning suite launches in recognition of Kohler’s twentieth year in China. A blend of East meets West whilst combining classic design with innovation, the Ming suite reflects the Chinese view of balance, harmony and peace.

Kohler at KBIS 2016

The Ming Suite at the Kohler booth at KBIS.

Kohler at KBIS

Kohler’s Ming Suite

Modern Life Suite

With its refined, clean and comfortably simple design sensibilities and restrained colour, the Modern Life suite proves that less can be more.

KBIS - Modern Life

The Modern Life Suite.

KBIS - Modern Life

One of the Modern Life basin options.

Incorporating a full suite of products, from sanitary ware to furniture, Modern Life exudes modern innovative style.

More of Kohler on display …

Kohler at KBIS 2016

Black basins on show at KBIS.

Kohler at KBIS 2016

Composed 3 piece basin set with Carillon basin.

An Evening with Kohler

Click below for a snapshot of the Kohler event … An evening with Kohler.

During the course of the evening, Tom Casper was recognised for his 40th anniversary of working at Kohler. Tom is the first associate working in the Asia-Pacific region to hit this special milestone! Well done Tom. Read more here.


Marble basin creates artistic presence in the bathroom

Marble, in all its many forms, is once again the hero of interiors. From bench tops and flooring to vanities and even bedlinen, the delicate striations of marble are gracing all aspects of our interiors. Kohler’s latest introduction – the beautiful Carrara marble Botticelli marble basin – is a stand out.

Botticelli marble basin

The beautiful Botticelli marble basin, paired with the Stillness wall mount basin set.

Named after the Florentine renaissance artist the Botticelli is hand-formed from a single piece of Carrara marble – so no two basins are exactly the same.

A beautifully formed circular vessel, the Botticelli is from the Artist Editions collection, has a 550mm diameter, 110mm height and features a wide, rolled rim that brings sculptural drama to the bathroom.

Made from just one piece of Carrara marble.

Made from just one piece of Carrara marble.

The finely honed Carrara marble is utterly smooth to the touch – no ridges, indentations or blemishes. It really is a work of art in its own right.

Designed to sit atop a vanity – marble, granite or timber for example – the Botticelli marble basin can be used with either bench mount or wall mounted tapware.

Botticelli marble basin

Botticelli marble basin with Purist wall mount basin set.

Global bathroom design trends interview with guest Deb Bibby

Our latest exclusive interview as part of our Global Bathroom Design Trends series is with Deborah Bibby, Editor-in-Chief of Real Living magazine.

Deb shares her thoughts on Australian design trends including materials and colour trends for 2016 … and what is yet to come!

To see others in our series, click below:

Darren Genner – Minosa Design

Kelly Gammie – Eucalyptus Design

Tom Casper celebrates 40 years with Kohler

June 17, 2016 | Posted in: News

Congratulations to our very own Tom Casper who has just clocked up 40 years with Kohler. What’s more, Tom is the first associate working in the Asia-Pacific region to hit this special milestone! Well done Tom.

Tom was recently in Shanghai at the Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS) where his Kohler Asia Pacific associates surprised him with a celebratory honour during a Kohler event.

Tom was sitting in the audience watching speakers introduce the latest in Kohler design, whether that was a new product, insight into business strategy or charitable efforts. And then, unexpectedly, the agenda shifted to service awards and Tom was asked to come to the stage.

Tom Casper 40 years at Kohler

Tom Casper 40 years at Kohler with the ANZ team.


On a big screen, photos of Tom began to stream like a live scrapbook of his career: awards he won, events he attended and special moments with colleagues. Then Geoff Cope, Managing Director – Kitchen & Bath New Zealand and Australia – stepped up to the microphone to share the long list of Tom’s career accomplishments.

It was quite a list. After all, he’s been with Kohler for 40 years.

Tom Casper 40 years at Kohler_with Geoff Cope

Tom Casper being congratulated by KOHLER ANZ Managing Director Geoff Cope

Tom’s colleagues from Auckland, New Zealand, who couldn’t be there for the ceremony, sent him a congratulatory photo.

Tom Casper 40 years

The KOHLER NZ team sending anniversary best wishes.

A native of Kiel, Wisconsin, Tom started working at Kohler Co. on the factory floor on June 2, 1976, in the enamel shop in Kohler, Wisconsin and then moved to Brownwood, Texas, to assist in the start-up of KOHLER leisure products manufacturing and assembly. In the early 1980s, he worked in plumbing engineering before joining the customer service and sales team in 1984, a position that would lead him to Australia.

“I arrived in Australia on October 1993 after working on the start-up project for entry into Australia since July 1989. The tenure was supposed to be for a few years, so in August 1997, I moved back to Kohler and took on another role as the international product training manager,” discussed Tom.

Among his many sales, distribution and project awards, Tom said his biggest accomplishment was his induction into the Kohler Co. Quarter Century Club, which honors associates with 25 years of service.

“My mother was in the audience, and I gave tribute to her on that day in my speech. She is the reason I was at Kohler for 25 years, let alone 40 years today. When I told her 40 years ago that I was not happy in my job, she said, ‘Give it another day.’ Here I am 40 years later,” he said.

At the distributor event, Geoff Cope; Larry Yuen, President – K&B Asia Pacific and EMEA; and David Kohler, President & CEO, presented Tom, who had tears in his eyes, with his 40-year anniversary gift.

Tom Casper 40 years at Kohler

Tom receiving his award from KOHLER President and CEO David Kohler.

Tom replied, “My induction into the Quarter Century Club on Dec. 1, 2001, was the most memorable in my career, but I must say, Friday night receiving my 40-year service award from David Kohler and my colleagues tops that event.”

Ironically, on the anniversary of his 40th year at Kohler, Tom was touring the cast iron and enamel plant in Shanghai, China. It was in the cast iron and enamel plant in Wisconsin that Tom spent his first day at Kohler 40 years prior. He said, “It felt like I have gone full circle.”

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Check out the latest from our Global Bathroom Design Trends series, this time an exclusive interview with Darren Genner – design director and founder of Minosa Design based in Sydney.

For more videos in the series, as well as a video on the Kohler Design Forum, please see below:

Deborah Bibby – Real Living magazine

Kelly Gammie – Eucalyptus Design

Kohler Design Forum – Singapore

Cuff – Kohler’s new 6 Star Rated tapware

Kohler has combined soft, organic aesthetics with a strong stand on sustainability with its new 6 star WELS rated Cuff collection of basin mixers.

Cuff 6 Star Rated Basin Mixer

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

Featuring classically refined profiles of curves and oval shapes the Cuff tapware range is both understated and devoid of unnecessary embellishment. The lever control, spout and body are a series of oval cylinders that are the perfect choice for bathrooms with statement finishes where no competition is required!

Cuff 6 Star Basin Mixer

The Cuff 6 Star Rated Basin Mixer

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

The Cuff Eco Basin Mixer and Tall Eco Basin Mixer both have an impressive 6 star WELS rating using only 4.2 litres of water a minute. Their gleaming good looks will be retained for the long term thanks to Kohler’s polished chrome that resists both corrosion and
tarnishing. Both the Eco Basin Mixer and Tall Eco Basin Mixer have a ceramic disc valve and consumers are able to adjust both the water temperature and pressure to individual needs.

Other tapware in the range includes a matching shower/bath mixer, with and without diverter.

Cuff Bath or Shower Mixer

Cuff Bath or Shower Mixer

Cuff  Bath and Shower Mixer with Diverter

Cuff Bath and Shower Mixer with Diverter

Glass basins make a glass act in the bathroom

April 26, 2016 | Posted in: Basins,Bathroom,Bathroom Design,New Products

Glass has a beautifully versatile, fluid nature that links it inextricably with water – and therefore the bathroom. Perhaps this explains the renewed interest in glass countertop basins?

Global bathroom specialist, Kohler, has added another hand-made glass basin to its Artist Editions Nature’s Chemistry collection in response to rising demand for hand made, authentic products that are timelessly beautiful and endlessly tactile.

Kohler’s team of artisans follow a production process that can take days to produce the finished basin – heating, pouring and cooling glass to capture the right form and texture, colour and translucency, shaping basins that range from smooth and sculptural to intricate and patterned.

The Briolette is the latest addition. From its roots in ancient India to its discovery by European royals, the Briolette was an exceptional oval or pear-shaped gemstone cut in triangular facets.

Briolette Vessel Basin

The stunning Briolette Faceted Vessel Basin.


It was and still is one of the most distinctive gemstone cuts. The Briolette countertop basin builds on this tradition with its uniquely faceted shape creating a striking, reflective effect with delicately textured glass and comes in four colour options – Ice, Translucent Dusk, Translucent Dew and Translucent Doe. It stands almost 120mm high with a diameter of 437mm and is perfectly suited to either wall or hob mounted mixer taps.

Briolette Basins

The Briolette Vessel Basin comes in four different colour options: (Clockwise from top left) Ice, Translucent Dew, Translucent Dusk, Translucent Doe.

Kallos and the Antilia Wading Pool are also standout glass basin inclusions in the Artist Editions Nature’s Chemistry Collection. The latter is a slab of shallowly concave cast glass, 700x425x56mm, featuring slightly curved edges and a subtle, rippled texture that together convey the substantial force of nature and its shifting fluidity. This too is a counter top design.

Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin

Part of the Artist Edition – Nature’s Chemistry range, the Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin

Kallos, named for the Greek word meaning beauty or grace, is an undercounter basin that draws on the rich tradition of ancient artistry. Its faceted pattern recalls the coffered dome of Rome’s ancient Pantheon, recreated in spun glass. The fine cut glass design conceals items stored in the vanity beneath the bowl while its light-reflective facets create captivating patterns in light and colour. It has a diameter of 400mm and a depth of 137mm.

Basins - Kallos Spun Glass with Margaux tapware

Kallos Spun Glass Undercounter Basin with Margaux tapware

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