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!
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.
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.
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.
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’s Artist Edition basins on display at the new showroom.
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.
Vanities, basins, furniture on display at the Kohler & Englefield technical showroom in Auckland.
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.
Discover the “Total Bathroom Solution” when you visit the Englefield display in the new technical display showroom.
Kohler / Englefield showroom in Auckland
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.
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.
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 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 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.
The Ming Suite at the Kohler booth 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.
The Modern Life Suite.
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 …
Black basins on show at KBIS.
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, 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.
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.
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 with Purist wall mount basin set.
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 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 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.
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 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.”
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 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!
The Cuff 6 Star Rated 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kallos Spun Glass Undercounter Basin with Margaux tapware
SaloneBagno 2016, part of Milan Design Week, saw 200 exhibitors – in two vast halls covering an area of more than 19,000 square metres – give a taste of what we can expect bathroom trends to bring over the next couple of years.
Kohler made an entrée into the Design Fair this year hosting a magnificent dinner at the 17th century Palazzo Durini, Milano. About 100 guests enjoyed the finest Italian fare in a magical setting in the palace’s courtyard.
Durini Palace in Milan – the Kohler launch evening
Salone Bagno – Kohler Dinner at Durini Palace
Kohler followed this with a design trends presentation, given by Mark Bickerstaffe, over the next two consecutive days attended by visiting architects, designers and retailers.
Kohler display at Durini Palace.
Future bathroom trends were once again comprehensively displayed at the Salone Bagno with timbers, metals and pattern going mainstream. The look was overwhelmingly organic and serenely practical while other themes included the fantastical, the colourful and the whimsical.
Spun glass basin on pedestal.
Metallics are still popular at the 2016 Bathroom Design Exhibition.
Floating timber vanities still feature strongly.
Black tapware had virtually disappeared this year – to be replaced by metals in various tones. Stones, marble and vibrant colour were also prominent bathroom finishes – with bold colour being more of an accent than mainstream.
Metallics shone through at Milan 2016 – this time in basins.
Marbles and textures were a stand-out.
With a focus on convenience and practicality we saw concealed storage in vanities – lift the counter lid to reveal spacious storage – and flexible basins made from polyurethane.
Colour and pattern were everywhere – in sophisticated tiles that exude the ‘wow’ factor, coloured basins, industrial-style tap handles (but not so much tap bodies) and upholstered baths. In a ‘why-didn’t-we-think-of-this-before’ moment, wall hung toilets and bidets featured patterns, embellishment and even timber (which was the stand out) on the exterior of the bowls.
Patterned basins …
…through to mix’n’match patterned toilet and bidet combo’s.
Matching toilet and bidet suites were a talking point.
In futuristic mode were the collection of ‘chromatherapy’ baths – semi translucent baths lit internally with LED coloured lights.
And bambini were included in the SaloneBagno offering with a collection of whimsical baths and basins in the shape of tea cups and cup cakes, straight out of Alice in Wonderland.
Whimsical ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style bathroom fixtures featured in 2016.
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.
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