In a recent address to Australian audiences Mark Bickerstaffe, UK-based Director of New Product Development, Kohler Co, outlined five leading trends in bathroom design – WELL-BEING, ENHANCED EVERYDAY, COMMUNITY, ENGAGING and CLASSIC TECH.
There are two strands to the WELL-BEING trend leading new architecture and design – CONTEMPLATIVE and PRO ACTIVE.
CONTEMPLATIVE WELL-BEING prioritises emotional restoration and carefully selects a harmonious collection of natural material, colour and texture. Think natural finish, satin metals, linen, pale pastels and bleached naturals.
Natural finishes and satin metals meld together in this bathroom
Contemplate Well-being encompasses natural finshes, satins, pastels and bleached naturals
PRO ACTIVE WELLBEING is grasping one’s own destiny by building confidence in oneself through physical and mental fitness and working and applying the latest understanding and technology to achieve this. This is being expressed through modern and purposeful design – expect polycarbonate tints and tones, stoneware, technical fabrics and the avant garde.
Exploring variation in textures, tones, materials and styles
The ENHANCED EVERYDAY is more about ‘we’ than ‘me’, embracing new technology and solutions to make life easier and better. Again there are two strands – the SEAMLESS whereby oaks, light brushed steel, white on white and black come to the fore. OVERSTATED, on the other hand, embraces walnut, raw concrete, tan leather, satin steel, biomimetic architecture and iridescence.
White on White
Kohler white on white bathroom featuring Reve basin and Purist Polished Gold basin mixer
OUR COMMUNITY represents personal connection and relates to crafts. In many ways this is a traditional lifestyle whereby we happily focus on and utilise what is within local reach. Expect local ply, concrete, black, blown smoky glass and smoky iridescence. And lots of DIY.
Concrete and timber merge to create a stunning yet simple space
Community – locally sourced materials keep the concept true to ‘localism’
ENGAGING is the new post-modernity – a worldly eclecticism, individual expression – seen in warm wood grains, texture, leathers, surrealism, pattern clashes and augmented 80s influence.
A ‘mash-up’ of patterns and styles – featuring Karbon sink mixer
And finally, CLASSICISM endures. Luxury rooted in the traditions of exclusivity, rarity, glass and glamour is evolving. Expect to see polished metals and metallics, oily finishes, ebony and crafted leather.
Kolhler black and bronze bathroom
The enduring black and white bathroom
These trends demonstrate that technology is everywhere and will continue into our bathrooms. The most profound effect of technology – beyond controlling water, light and sound – will be in wellbeing. The bathroom will become the place where we monitor and enhance physical and emotional health. Looking ahead, we expect to see sensors, for example, embedded in products and the environment that will allow us to measure vital health statistics and secure communications will allow us to use the environment as a portal to our chosen healthcare provider.
Our next blog will talk about what Mark believes are the top 5 new products and/or categories in the bathroom space.
Countertop basins tick all the right boxes for many of us – you can choose from understated, statement piece or refreshing pop of pattern or texture – it really can be the defining point of any bathroom.
The Conical Bell Vessels basin is a beautiful, on-trend countertop basin. Reminiscent of washbasins of past eras, its simple lines and curves suit both classical and contemporary style suites.
Kohler’s Conical Bell Vessels Basin with the Cuff Tall Basin Mixer
An Artist Edition version of the Conical Bell Vessels basin features the Empress Bouquet Design. A perfect example of eye-catching pattern, the brilliant detailing is a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese print work. Its delicate floral motif features gold and metallic highlights and works beautifully with some of Kohler’s new PVD finish tapware in rose gold.
Conical Bell Vessels Basin with Empress Bouquet
For those seeking an understated approach the elegant Forefront series of basins come in a range of shapes to suit any vanity top.
The Forefront rectangular countertop basin offers generous space, integrated counter top and clean lines. It can be installed with either wall or bench/hob mounted taps.
Kohler’s Forefront rectangular basin
The Forefront square basin’s clean, minimalist lines and graceful curves make the basin a perfect choice for classical or contemporary bathrooms that will stand the test of time.
Forefront square counter-top basin with Stance tall basin mixer
And for a truly striking piece that will set the scene for any bathroom, check out the Antilia Wading Pool. Comprising a thick, concave, rectangular slab of cast glass this iconic piece gives the impression of being formed over decades of sitting beneath a never ending waterfall. And while its subtly rippled surface gives the sense of a time worn piece its beautiful light-reflective form gives a very modern day sense of the shifting fluidity of nature.
Nature’s Chemistry – Kohler’s stunning Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin with Purist Basin Mixer
Today there are so many water delivery options to choose from. Whether it’s gentle mist, a virtual deluge or if you want to shower out loud with music, leading global bathroomware innovator Kohler has a range of showerheads to suit your changing moods and needs.
Single function showerheads
If an easy to operate showerhead with incredible spray coverage is all you need, then a single function showerhead is the perfect choice.
The popular Rain Can showerheads feature Katalyst technology, delivering a thoroughly drenching shower experience. Using air induction technology, the showerhead infuses water with air to create complete coverage with a powerful, indulgent spray.
Classically contemporary. Why have only one showerhead when you can have 6 or 7? The Kohler RainCan showerhead features centrestage.
Another alternative is the award-winning, music playing Moxie Showerhead with Bluetooth technology. Showering will never be the same again once you’ve experienced the Moxie’s surprisingly extensive water coverage – coupled with your own personal showering playlist!
Kohler’s Moxie Bluetooth Showerhead with wireless speaker pairs to any device
Multifunction showerheads were designed to respond to your changing showering needs. Whether it’s an invigorating early morning shower, a relaxing evening shower or a massaging shower for any time of the day, the multifunction showers offer something for everyone.
Kohler’s Flipside – the only multifunction showerhead to feature Flipstream® technology – delivers four distinct sprays, each with its own dedicated sprayface. The showerhead spins easily ensuring you find a spray that suits your needs.
Flipside: Four unique sprays – one flip action
Handshowers are a very popular choice with families and make a great alternative to wall or ceiling mounted showerheads. To enhance the functionality in your shower, install on a slide rail or bracket to accommodate a range of heights for all the family.
The Flipside or Omega are multifunction showerheads – offering the best of both worlds.
Rainheads and Bodysprays
Another unique option is Kohler rainheads and bodysprays – including WaterTile. Offering a range of hydrotherapy experiences, bodysprays can be positioned on the wall whilst the rainheads utilise the same Katalyst spray technology to deliver full, heavy water drops for a thoroughly drenching shower.
Kohler Watertiles – Showering panel, showerhead and panels
Kohler’s Watertile body sprays
Kohler showerheads are WELS Rated 3 Star, delivering less than 9 litres per minute.
For more than two years now, Kohler has been collaborating with Caltech in the development of a photovoltaic toilet (that’s a solar powered, self disinfecting, waterless toilet) as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In response to this successful project, the Gates Foundation recently approved a two-year grant to Kohler to further design and produce five sustainable closed-loop flush toilet systems for field testing in various developing world locations lacking adequate sanitation. This new grant recognises Kohler’s dedication to improving global sanitation conditions and supports continued research and innovation of its toilet system.
“Our goal of creating a completely off-the-grid toileting system that is easier to transport and easier to maintain will allow us to place toilets in more locations around the world that have inadequate sanitation. And that allows us to improve the lives of more people,” said Rob Zimmerman, sustainability manager for Kohler Co.
The prototype unit is currently being field-trialled in India. Kohler will use the findings from this field study to further improve the new toilet system with the goal of making it a more cost effective and transportable unit. The toilet system includes a self-contained water purification and disinfection system that allows water to be reused – not requiring waste-water disposal.
“Kohler has a long standing commitment to environmental and community enhancement,” Zimmerman said. “We feel privileged to be able to use our position as a leader in the plumbing industry and utilising our talented engineers to help innovate new solutions to sanitation issues.”
The ultimate statement piece for any bathroom, space permitting, would have to be the freestanding bath. Available in a choice of high grade acrylic or cast iron, today’s freestanding versions come in a choice of shapes and styles with or without relaxing, soothing BubbleMassage technology.
For the most contemporary look the new generation Lithocast freestanding baths come in a choice of bold plinth-like shapes such as the Askew; the seductive curves of the Abrazo; or the pared back lines of the Aliento. Made from a high grade cast acrylic, Lithocast has a matte finish and honed stone appearance.
Kohler’s bold Lithocast bath – Abrazo
The Reve cast iron freestanding bath is a complete contrast to the Lithocast – a modern take on the traditional bath this design showcases Kohler’s hand-applied enamelling process and sophisticated design skills. Generous proportions (1700mm x 800mm) are complemented by faceted lines, wider back ledge for generous storage of bathing products and elevated plinth to increase the architectural statement of the piece.
The stunning Reve Cast Iron Freestanding bath
The sculptural lines of the Escale freestanding acrylic bath are not the only attraction of this spacious bath – it also offers the option of BubbleMassage technology. Cleverly concealed air jets, positioned around the lower perimeter of the interior, release thousands of bubbles filled with warm air that massage and support the entire body. An electronic control allows the user to choose from a gently blissful massage to an all over invigorating spa treatment.
The curvaceous Escale Freestanding Bath
The Evok acrylic bath offers a wealth of choice – oval or rectangular profile, with or without BubbleMassage technology, and optional bath pillow in charcoal. Just add water – and relax!
The statement piece - Evok Rectangular Freestanding bath
Last night Kohler & E&S Trading (Victoria) hosted a Design Community event at the E&S Trading Moorabbin showroom. Attended by local architects, interior designers and developers, the event featured the unveiling of exciting new commercial product KOHLER will be launching this year.
Guest speaker for the evening was KOHLER’s Director of New Product Development, Kitchen & Bath, Europe and Asia Pacific – Mark Bickerstaffe.
Mark is Britain-based, but frequently travels globally to KOHLER hubs to oversee design projects, panels and speak at international design events.
Guests gained an insight into what Mark believes are the five leading trends when it comes to bathroom design, how technology is being woven into the thread of bathroom design, the top new products and categories emerging and what KOHLER is doing when it comes to sustainability.
Dee Hunter and Larry Yuen (Kohler); Rob Sinclair (E&S Trading); Laura Joynson (Kohler); Simon Shen
Moxie Prizewinner Veronica Ridge (Editor Home Style, Sunday Age) with Mark Bickerstaffe (Kohler) and Rob Sinclair (E&S Trading)
Simon Gough & Marie Reval (Henley) with Jamie Arvanitakis (E&S Trading)
Michael Dewing (Pomeroy Pacific); Jacques Grimaux (E&S Trading), Matt Mattiske (Sinclair Brook)
Brent Lees (E&S Trading) with Jimmy House (Cooke & Dowsett)
Susan Millard (E&S Trading); Vincent Choi (rptecture) and Suruchi Bhatia (E&S Trading)
KOHLER’s Sydney event, held last night in the Elston Room at Carriageworks, promises to be one of the major bathroom events of the 2015 calendar.
Major retail partners – Harvey Norman and Domayne; and Kohler distributor Forme Bathroom Collection – gathered with a large sector of the lifestyle and design media for a preview of new products for 2015 and a unique and insightful window on future bathroom trends presented by Kohler’s Director of New Product Design Mark Bickerstaffe.
The rawness of the Elston Room at Carriageworks created the perfect stage for beautiful designs such as the Purist tap in Rose Gold, the electronic Veil Integrated toilet suite, the Loure range of bold tapware and accessories plus recent releases such as Moxie and Stance.
Kohler, Harvey Norman and Forme (L to R) Tom Casper (Kohler); Gerry Harvey (HN); Jason Bowden (Forme); Katie Page (HN); Geoff Cope and Larry Yuen (Kohler)
KOHLER’s new Veil Integrated Toilet – coming later this year
Jason Bowden (Forme) with Alan Stephenson (Harvey Norman Commercial)
KOHLER displays at Carriageworks
Award winning Moxie showerhead on display
Neale Whitaker (EIC Vogue Living); John McDonald (DE Real Living); Jane Parbury (Features Director Home Beautiful); Alexia Biggs (The Source, Sydney Morning Herald) and Mark Bickerstaffe (Director NPD – Kohler Europe and APAC)
The Forme Bathroom Collection ladies – Rebecca Bestak, Jess Loudon, Annalisa Caronna, Geraldine Bowden
Linda Brander (Newscast); Deborah Bibby (Real Living); Lisa Green (H&G)
Sophia Watson (Editor, DQ) and Dana Ciaccia (BDM Indesign Media)
On Monday 23rd February, KOHLER – together with Routleys Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry – celebrated their retail partnership with an intimate launch party in their stunning new showroom in Adelaide.
Alongside fabulous suites and displays, the latest KOHLER product was showcased and guests enjoyed information-packed presentations from both KOHLER and Routleys team members.
Trevor Routley interviewed Larry Yuen (President, KOHLER Kitchen & Bath, EMEA and Asia Pacific) who spoke about KOHLER’s impressive 142 year history along with some of the iconic and innovative products launched.
Guest speaker Mark Bickerstaffe – KOHLER’s Director of New Product Development, Kitchen & Bath, Europe and Asia Pacific – treated guests to a fabulous presentation sharing deeper insight into KOHLER’s Number One Guiding Principle – living on the leading edge of design and technology in product and process. And how it plans to deliver on this principle.
Other topics, including global top trends, colours and finishes and where he sees bathroom design heading, had guests note-taking and interacting!
Ten lucky door prize winners took home the award winning Moxie showerhead and couldn’t wait to install in their own shower. We’re sure their showering experience will never be the same again!
Trevor Routley with (l to r) Andrea Farrell, Trevor, Annette Shaw, Leigh Woollatt
Mark Bickerstaffe with Black Rabbit Architecture & Design team, Michael Sheidow, Sean Humphries and Bettina Kroehn
KOHLER’s Tom Casper with Karen Jones and Mia McLean from Routleys
KOHLER Reve mini-suite at Routleys Adelaide showroom
A mid century modern home, on the edge of the Californian desert, cleverly teamed a retro palette of soft-hued blues, white and pops of red with contemporary fixtures to capture the essence of eye-catching style and functional design.
Karbon Kitchen Desert House
Kohler’s Karbon kitchen mixer, with its nod to industrial design, was the perfect fit. It delivers a highly efficient kitchen mixer, whose spout can adapt to virtually any shape to accommodate tall vases and large pans, that introduces an ever changing array of visually exciting shapes.
The iconic Kohler Karbon Kitchen Mixer
Karbon’s design was inspired by lighting and construction equipment (with articulated joints) and enables precision positioning – a definite plus in a busy kitchen. It has a 5 star WELS rating, a deck-mounted joystick for easy grip and precise temperature and flow control, and a choice of two spray options accessed at the touch of a button.
And whatever position the Karbon mixer is left in, it instantly becomes a sculptural art form – it will remain in exactly the position it is left, leaving both hands free for food preparation and cleaning.
What could be better than a Karbon Kitchen Mixer? 2 Karbon mixers in the same kitchen!!
Kohler offers a range of kitchen tapware with features such as pull-out spouts and water saving functionality.
The February 11, 1965, issue of Kohler People may have been printed in black and white, but the story was quite colorful. Fifty years ago, Kohler introduced a new trend in plumbing fixtures—the accent color.
1920s Kohler Pastel Bathroom
Since the 1920s, Kohler had been producing fixtures in an assortment of pastel colors, but it was not until 1965 that they unveiled five bold hues to be used as accents—Espresso, Jade, Citron, Blueberry and Antique red.
Kohler Accent Colors – Espresso and Antique Red
According to the newsletter, “The introduction of Accent colors comes at a time when decorators are using much deeper colors and more striking combinations of colors than ever … Kohler Co. is the first to find a way to fit plumbing fixture into that trend.”
Kohler first introduced colour into the bathroom 50 years ago
And even today, Kohler continues to lead the way with it’s bold and innovative design. Watch this space to find out what we’re launching next …
Welcome to the Kohler Australia & New Zealand blog - a place for you to see the very latest in bathroom design, trends, and new products plus up to date information on sustainability.
Here you will be given sneak previews of new products from Kohler but also a heads-up on any beautiful and innovative accessories we think you should see.
We will introduce you to designers and stylists, artisans and specialists - anyone or anything that can give an insight into making the most of your bathroom.
Note: The blog product links go to the Kohler Australia website. New Zealand site