Walk into the suite of an international luxury hotel and you’re likely to find Kohler products adorning bathrooms and kitchenettes alike. Kohler products have long been gracing the interiors of buildings throughout the world – from the incredible Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Sheraton, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and Hilton hotels globally – to The Savoy in London.
Balancing style and comfort with tough, hardworking roles in bathrooms and kitchens, our products help bring these hospitality projects to life. Here in Australia we work closely with architects and designers – above and beyond the home – to furnish hotels and multi res projects with Kohler’s exceptional bathroom products.
Recently the Capri by Fraser Brisbane refurbished their suites, adding Kohler bathroom and kitchen products to their luxury apartments. We were invited to visit and wanted to share some info and photos of this stunning apartment hotel.
A little about Capri by Fraser Brisbane
Part of the Fraser’s Hospitality Group, Capri by Fraser Brisbane is a sleek apartment hotel in a modern high-rise building. It’s extremely well located – just a 13-minute walk from Central Station, a 4-minute walk from Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and 2 km from the South Bank entertainment district.
Capri by Fraser Brisbane – a recent suite refurbishment features Kohler bathroom and kitchen fittings.
The luxe studio and 1-bedroom apartments feature contemporary interiors and mosaic-tiled showers with Kohler products. All suites have kitchenettes with Kohler kitchen sink and tapware, along with Nespresso machines and iPod docks.
Kohler products in the bathroom – Capri by Fraser Brisbane. Features Patio drop in bath.
This bathroom features Ove Back to Wall toilet suite, Ladena undercounter basin and Viteo tapware.
The smart, straight-sided Ladena undercounter basin with the Viteo basin mixer.
The showering tapware in this suite includes the popular combo of the Omega slide shower (featuring four spray functions) and Viteo bath/shower mixer with diverter.
Kitchenette features Kohler kitchen sink and Singulier kitchen mixer.
Kohler Asia Pacific has recently launched a new regional design blog called Designful. The blog includes information on trends, designs, new technology, Kohler and the Arts, product videos and so much more about what’s happening around the region.
A new video series on the blog focuses on ‘Global Design Trends’ where we interviewed experienced designers from around the world to get their insights on the latest kitchen and bathroom trends.
Our first guest was Kelly Gammie, design manager of Eucalyptus Design & Interiors from Auckland, New Zealand.
Hero pieces for the bathroom – usually the basin or tapware – are often a difficult choice between dramatic statement – that can often date – or design for life. Firmly in the category of the latter is Kohler’s sublimely elegant Chalice counter top vessel basin.
The Chalice Countertop Vessel Basin
An exercise in pure simplicity the Chalice is a 420mm diameter spherical shape in white vitreous china that can be paired with tall basin mixers or wall mounted tapware. Matches made-in-heaven include Kohler’s Stance tall basin mixer, the beautifully pared-back Stillness Wall Mount Basin Set and the deliciously modernist Toobi tall basin mixer.
The Chalice basin – pure symmetry!
The very contemporary Stance features a single column in polished chrome with refined spout and joy stick control. It makes a bold statement but never overwhelmingly so. There are also wall mount basin and bath mixers, shower mixers and bath spouts in the range.
The Chalice Basin with Stance tall basin mixer
The Stillness wall mount basin set is the ideal choice for a busy bathroom – cleaning is so much easier with wall mount tapware. Strikingly simple, tubular aesthetics are at the heart of the Stillness design with the collection including basin and bath tapware plus accessories. Stillness is also available in a hob mount model.
The Chalice Basin with Stillness wall mount basin set and matching accessories
Pairing the Chalice with the inspirational Toobi mixer is a clever way of injecting a pop of colour while enjoying the tumbling, free flow of water that the Toobi spout delivers. Interchangeable inserts, in Spring Green, Phantom Black and Ice White sit right inside the end of the spout – genius!
The Chalice basin featured with Toobi basin mixer and Moxie bluetooth showerhead
Bathroom renovations, no matter how basic, are always a costly exercise – recent figures from HIA show bathroom renovations now cost between $15,500 and $20,000. While these figures depend on the size of the bathroom and finishes chosen there are some bathroom brands determined to ensure good design and high quality are available to all, irrespective of budget.
The new Kumin collection of tapware, from Kohler, embraces simple design and high-end performance. The single lever basin mixers, in standard and tall, feature soft-shaped lines with pillowed profile to lever and spout. Matching shower mixer, with or without diverter, echoes this shape.
The stylish Kohler Kumin tapware range
The mixers’ 35mm cartridge ensures high performance – testing, involving an impressive one million cycles, showed a life cycle of at least 50 years of usage. This is twice the industry standard according to Kohler.
The mixer’s integrated aerator creates a full flow of water yet the tap’s rating is an excellent five star WELS with 6 litres of water per minute.
This style of understated tapware is particularly useful for smaller bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms.
And for those who like the style of Kumin there is also a kitchen mixer – four star WELS (7.5L/min) – in the range!
Kumin single lever basin mixer.
Kumin bath or shower mixer – also comes with diverter option.
As populations expand and the climate changes, demands on global water supplies are being put to the test. In response globally, Kohler is one company leading the charge to develop technologies that will help preserve this precious resource.
Recently, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President and founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton, recognised companies making a difference in the global water scarcity issue – and Kohler was on the list.
Kohler were recognised at the Clinton Global Initiative on 1st October 2015
Global leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Jack Ma convene at this CGI Annual Meeting to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. In addition, Kohler participated in a panel discussion on ‘water scarcity’ which addresses world water supply and access issues.
Refer to earlier posts in relation to the Bill Gates Reinvent the Toilet blogs for Kohler involvement in this field.
Kohler’s extensive basin collection offers impressive shapes and designs, superb quality and attention to detail. Indulgent – yet still affordable – the Leaf vessel basin is perfectly suited to many bathroom styles.
Inspired by the elegantly cupped, organic shape of a single leaf, the simple white Leaf vessel would make a striking – and very beautiful – contribution to a serene bathroom setting.
The stunning Kohler Leaf Basin strikes a smart silhouette in the bathroom.
Measuring 600mm by 380mm and standing just 100mm high, this countertop basin pairs perfectly with either a bench or wall-mounted mixer.
While its lines are simple in the extreme, this design is both functional and practical in its role as an everyday water vessel due to its ample bowl size. Ideal tapware pairings are the Margaux single lever basin mixer (pictured above) with joy-stick control, or the statuesque Stance mixer tap (see below).
The curvaceous Leaf Vessel paired with the Stance Tall Basin Mixer.
For wall mounted tapware options, try the Stillness or Loure 3 piece mixer sets as pictured below:
Kohler, one of the world’s largest bathroom specialists, is on track to achieve its Net Zero carbon footprint by 2035 – a programme that promotes sustainability while delivering innovative new products to our bathrooms.
The company’s 50 manufacturing plants, spread across six continents, have each reduced carbon emissions and solid waste by 3% per annum since 2008 but it is probably the planet-conscious products we are now seeing in our bathrooms that are attracting the most attention.
Kohler’s toilets have reduced their water usage from 37 litres a flush in the 1930s to 4.5/3 litres in today’s dual flush models. More exciting – in terms of both aesthetics and experience – are the new Katalyst showerheads using Kohler’s patented air induction technology.
Katalyst showerheads cleverly inject air into the water flow – so each droplet of water feels bigger and performs better. By introducing one litre of air to every five litres of water the user feels as though they are having a drenching shower – and in the process enjoys all the associated soothing and relaxing benefits.
There are a number of shower designs using Katalyst technology that ensures all needs are met.
The RainCan is a simple, yet boldly stylish overhead shower in round or square configuration in a choice of 200mm and 250mm sizes. Designed to create a powerful, thoroughly enveloping shower experience its enhanced spray nozzle configuration delivers complete coverage with full, heavy water droplets.
The Round 200mm RainCan Katalyst showerhead
The Rain Duet Shower Column is a good option for families, combining an overhead 200mm square or round showerhead with a handshower on a 1.5m hose. The latter is ideal for smaller children and hair washing.
Rain Duet featuring round Katalyst showerhead and hand-shower
And finally the Loure shower column. This new release shower column sports sleek, contemporary aesthetics combining a square, 250mm overhead showerhead with a hand-held shower wand.
The new release Loure shower column features a drenching overhead shower with a versatile hand-shower.
All of the Katalyst showering tapware appliances listed above utilise Kohler’s air injection technology to deliver drenching, all-enveloping showers while using only 9 litres of water a minute (3 star WELS rating). Each is made of solid brass with Kohler’s tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome finish.
The recent 97th PGA Championship, held at Kohler’s stunning Whistling Straits course, showcased to the world the company’s long-held commitment to sustainability.
Morning glory at Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin.
Five pillars of Sustainability were encompassed in the course during the Championship, these being: Maintenance, Irrigation, Concessions and Food Service, On-site Transportation and Waste recycling.
Maintenance – particularly in the form of irrigation – is limited to only the fairways, greens and tees, leaving the hardy Fescue grass unmowed and in its natural state beyond the fairway.
Major maintenance happens in the early hours at the Whistling Straits course.
Irrigation is designed to conserve water with electronic sensors used to measure the moisture of the soil under the greens and tees. This way irrigation is fine-tuned to only those areas in need – and water is conserved.
Concessions and food service
All food and beverages are locally sourced with the food vendor committed to responsible food sourcing, reduced food waste and environmentally friendly serving ware.
On Site transportation
On-site travel relies on 55-passenger motor coaches that are fuel efficient and limit the carbon footprint of each event. The large capacity coaches also reduce the number of individual shuttle trips.
An early start on the course.
All waste was processed via recycling containers placed throughout the course and when full, taken to designated sorting locations. Cleaning products were certified safe and non-harmful by Green Seal and the EPA.
Sustainable development has become a corporate mantra for the Kohler Company (and its global manufacturing plants). The company began its journey to Net Zero in 2008 with the global goal to be carbon neutral by 2035.
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.”
Read on to find out more about Kohler, the PGA and Sustainability.
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.
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