Kohler’s next steps for “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge”

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.”

Other Reinvent the Toilet Challenge blog posts:

Kohler donates toilets for artists to transform in support of World Toilet Day

Kohler’s commitment to delivering safe, sustainable sanitation

Kohler exhibits Reinvent the Toilet prototype at MOMA

Solar powered toilet heads to India’s Toilet Fair

Kohler assists with global “Reinvent the Toilet” challenge

The ultimate in bathroom luxury – Freestanding baths

March 6, 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

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.

Lithocast freestanding bath - Abrazo

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 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.

Baths - Escale Freestanding Bath

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

The statement piece -
Evok Rectangular Freestanding bath

KOHLER Design Community evening at E&S Trading

February 26, 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

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

Dee Hunter and Larry Yuen (Kohler); Rob Sinclair (E&S Trading); Laura Joynson (Kohler); Simon Shen

Moxie Prizewinner Veronica Ridge with Mark Bickerstaffe and Rob Sinclair

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)

Simon Gough & Marie Reval (Henley) with Jamie Arvanitakis (E&S Trading)

Michael Dewing (Pomeroy Pacific); Jacques Grimaux (E&S Trading), Matt Mattiske (Sinclair Brook)

Michael Dewing (Pomeroy Pacific); Jacques Grimaux (E&S Trading), Matt Mattiske (Sinclair Brook)

Brent Lees (E&S Trading) with Jimmy House (Cooke & Dowsett)

Brent Lees (E&S Trading) with Jimmy House (Cooke & Dowsett)

Susan Millard (E&S Trading); Vincent Choi (rptecture) and Suruchi Bhatia (E&S Trading)

Susan Millard (E&S Trading); Vincent Choi (rptecture) and Suruchi Bhatia (E&S Trading)

 

 

KOHLER brand launch event in Sydney

February 25, 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

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, HN and Forme (L to R) Tom Casper, Gerry Harvey, Jason Bowden, Katie Page, Geoff Cope, Larry Yuen

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

KOHLER’s new Veil Integrated Toilet – coming later this year

Jason Bowden (Forme) with Alan Stephenson (Harvey Norman Commercial)

Jason Bowden (Forme) with Alan Stephenson (Harvey Norman Commercial)

KOHLER displays at Carriageworks

KOHLER displays at Carriageworks

Award winning Moxie showerhead on display

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

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

The Forme Bathroom Collection ladies – Rebecca Bestak, Jess Loudon, Annalisa Caronna, Geraldine Bowden

Linda Brander (Newscast); Deborah Bibby (Real Living); Lisa Green (H&G)

Linda Brander (Newscast); Deborah Bibby (Real Living); Lisa Green (H&G)

Sophia Watson (Editor, DQ) and Dana Ciaccia (BDM Indesign Media)

Sophia Watson (Editor, DQ) and Dana Ciaccia (BDM Indesign Media)

Other launch event blog posts:

Adelaide Launch Event

Melbourne design community event

KOHLER and Routleys launch evening in Adelaide

February 24, 2015 | Posted in: Kohler Events,News

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

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

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’s Tom Casper with Karen Jones and Mia McLean from Routleys

 

KOHLER Reve mini-suite at Routleys Adelaide showroom

KOHLER Reve mini-suite at Routleys Adelaide showroom

KOHLER's Vibrant Finishes - featuring Rose Gold

KOHLER’s Vibrant Finishes – featuring Rose Gold

The Karbon copy of a cool kitchen

February 20, 2015 | Posted in: Kitchen Design,Tapware

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.

Tapware_Karbon Kitchen

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.

Tapware_Karbon Kitchen Mixer

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.

Tapware_Karbon Mixers

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.

 

50 years ago – Kohler makes a colourful introduction

February 11, 2015 | Posted in: Bathroom,Bathroom Design,Kohler History

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.

Kohler pastel bathroom 1920s

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

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 History_coloured fittings

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 …

Bathroom design embraces art deco style

Take the renovation of a 70’s architectural home, combine the client’s love of Art Deco – and our guest blogger Kelly Gammie of Eucalyptus Design’s desire to give it a contemporary edge – and this is the outcome.

Reve Basin with Stance tap

Kohler’s Reve Basin & Stance Basin Mixer.
Courtesy of Eucalyptus Design

I wanted to create a distinctive look that has the warmth of timber to give a natural balance to the classic combination of black, white & grey.

The bathroom spaces for this father and son duo needed to have a sense of masculinity – but nothing too oppressive.  My inspiration came from their interest in cars which is reflected in the race track starting grid pattering of the tiles.

The combination of angular fixtures with the tiles and timber shade creates a winning combination.

The combination of angular fixtures with the tiles and timber shade creates a winning combination.

Working with this family in mind made the selection of black tiles easy with no hesitation from the client. I love the drama of black especially when off set with warm timber features and the more light-hearted grid pattern.

I specifically chose Kohler’s popular Stance and Reve bathroomware to both compliment the edginess of the fit-out and to give it a completely modern look.

The clean, sharp lines of the Stance tapware continues the drama created by the tiles as well as being extremely functional.

The theme and choice of key fixtures continues in the powder room. Courtesy of Eucalyptus Design.

The theme and choice of key fixtures continues in the powder room.
Courtesy of Eucalyptus Design.

An enameled Reve Cast Iron freestanding bath and the Reve wall hung basin have a solidity to continue the masculine theme, their beautiful softened square lines hint at furniture from the Art Deco era.

The Kohler Flipside Slide Shower is always my shower slide of choice. It is sleek in design, attaching flat to the shower wall and is so easy to use with it’s magnetic sliding mechanism. Coupled with the RainCan showerhead, it’s the perfect pairing.

Showering tapware includes the Flipside Slide Shower, Raincan Square Showerhead and dual Stance Shower Mixers

Showering tapware includes the Flipside Slide Shower, Raincan Square Showerhead and dual Stance Shower Mixers

The large open level-entry showers enabled me to create indulgent double showers with an essential double mixer arrangement allowing two people to shower at the same time.

Using a round mirror relieves what could be a monotony of angles giving the whole space an unexpected pop.

Images courtesy of Kelly Gammie, Eucalyptus Design

Take a tip from a cool desert bathroom

December 12, 2014 | Posted in: Bathroom Design,Bathroom Makeovers
Kohler bathroom

A Curation of Colour and Design – a collaboration of Kohler product with US paint company Benjamin Moore results in this stunning Californian desert home.

A mid-century home on the edge of the Californian desert used a perfectly balanced mix of serene blues, tactile glass and pristine whites to create a cooling, relaxing retreat from hot desert winds – it’s a winning colour palette that can work equally well in coastal bathrooms.

Colour inspiration came from the blue skies of the surrounding desert with key fixtures such as glass basins and contemporary styled cast iron bath coming from Kohler. The light grey high gloss floor tiles add a further dimension to the otherwise two-toned space – while the white fixtures pop in contrast to the serene blue wall hues.

The unique texture of Kohler’s Nature’s Chemistry spun glass basins is the perfect complement to the sleek, hard surfaces – there are a number in the range, including the Kallos multi-faceted under bench design and the beautifully crafted cast glass Antilia Wading Pool model.

Kohler's Nature's Chemistry Glass Basins

Kohler’s Nature’s Chemistry Spun Glass Basins

The Reve cast iron bath is a refreshing contemporary take on the traditional freestanding bath – its modernist design incorporates geometric faceted lines, wider back ledge for storage of bathing products and elevated plinth to increase the architectural statement of the piece.

Kohler bathroomware

A Palm Springs home features the stunning Kohler Reve Cast Iron Freestanding Bath

Wallmount tapware contributes to the clean, uncluttered aesthetic and Kohler’s Purist and Stillness collections provide perfectly balanced, simply designed options.

And in warm climates it’s essential to get the showering options right! Here the owners have used a combination of the bluetooth enabled Moxie and the overhead RainCan shower head. Moxie streams music, talk and podcasts directly into the shower stall through an integrated speaker in the showerhead. Both sound quality and water coverage, rated at 3 star WELS, are excellent.

Kohler RainCan & Moxie showerheads

Desert House – Featuring Kohler RainCan and Moxie showerheads

The RainCan shower head meanwhile features Katalyst Spray Technology whereby a luxurious and drenching rainshower experience is delivered (while maintaining a 3 star WELS rating). The shower cleverly introduces two litres of air into the water stream every minute to create large, drenching water droplets that both massage and rejuvenate the skin.

RainCan Showerhead Tapware

RainCan Square Showerhead

Note: Not all products shown in this article are available in Australia and NZ.

Aleo taps into understated style

Understated design, geometric profiles and technical proficiency are the benchmark for today’s tapware and Aleo, from Kohler, is the latest addition.

Aleo Basin Mixer

Kohler’s Aleo Tall Basin Mixer

Designed for undermount or countertop basins the taps, in two sizes, feature beautifully simple lines that belie the technical prowess of the Aleo.

An internal cartridge, coupled with an aerator, creates excellent water efficiency, limiting flow to just six litres a minute, while the slender design of the handle ensures easy, accurate control of both flow and temperature.

The single lever of the Aleo features flat top styling that matches the spout contours and partners perfectly with the emerging trend to low profile countertop basins and undermounts.

Aleo features two basin mixers – tall and standard – plus a bath/shower mixer with or without diverter.  All Kohler tapware features anti-twist hoses and a high quality polished chrome finish that is resistant to both tarnishing and corrosion.

Kohler Aleo Basin Mixer

Aleo Standard Basin Mixer

 

Kohler Aleo Tall Basin Mixer

Aleo Tall Basin Mixer

 

Kohler Aleo B/S Mixers

Aleo Bath & Shower Mixers (with and without diverter)



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