Top 5 new bathroom categories in 2015…

April 27, 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

Following on from our last blog talking about the 5 leading trends from Kohler’s Director of new product development, Mark Bickerstaffe, this blog looks at the top 5 new bathroom categories in 2015…

BATHROOM SURFACES

Digital printing and texturing has revolutionised tile and surface design recreating natural, vintage and seemingly authentic materials. Huge strides in the manufacture of thin, tough ceramic sheets at large scale mean we can now do almost anything. Smart glass is also transitioning from external to internal architecture – think self-cleaning and optically adjustable.

Kohler Loure and Ladena

Contrasting surface design, printing and textures makes for an interesting bathing experience. Featuring Loure tapware and Ladena undercounter basin.

SHOWER EXPERIENCE

Kohler DTV+ revolutionises what we think of as a shower experience. For the first time we can design a whole body experience and provide it without unnecessary complication. This new technology means we can now seamlessly interweave water, steam, light and sound into the spa experience and customise to individual needs.

Kohler DTV+

Kohler’s new DTV+ revolutionises the showering experience.

Kohler Watertiles

Seamlessly interweave water, steam, sound and light into your spa experience.

LIGHTING

Lighting remains the oft-forgotten essential to good bathrooms. OLED and digital technology now allow optimisation of hue and intensity to suit the time and task.

Lighting in Kohler bathroom

Subtle bathroom lighting to complement the time and task.

Lighting_Kohler bathroom

When it comes to task lighting, lights on either side of the vanity are essential.

SMART TOILETS

The humble and ubiquitous toilet is undergoing a revolution. The intelligent toilet has become a new category – technology now enables us to improve hygiene by killing bacteria, controlling cleaning cycles for ourselves and the bowl and optimise resource consumption so as to use only what is required. Kohler’s Numi, Veil, Karing, C3 series, Pureclean and Purefresh are all examples of this.

Kohler Veil

Kohler smart toilets – the new Veil integrated toilet.
Where technology meets art.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is already integrated into the products we see and use in the bathroom and codes and standards continue to drive improvement. What is lagging behind is consumer sentiment, driven in part by an individual’s available resources.

Kohler invests heavily in understanding the science behind what we do and need in a bathroom so as to explore new ways to minimise resource consumption without sacrificing the quality of the experience. This has led to such innovations as air induction and spray improvement in showering. Digital control, in which Kohler is a leader, is another. This allows the user to tune water consumption, temperature and duration so as to deliver a customised experience while also conserving resources such as water and energy.

Cleaning and hygiene is a hidden tale of sustainability. The reality is the impact of cleaning products on the environment is most often far more significant than the manufacturing of the product in the first place. By concentrating on this Kohler products are made easier to clean and maintain long term.

Kohler's new Touchless Toilet

Kohler’s innovative Touchless Toilet

 

Kohler’s five leading trends in bathroom design

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.

Well-being

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.

Kohler bathrooms

Natural finishes and satin metals meld together in this bathroom

Contemplate Well-being encompasses natural finshes, satins, pastels and bleached naturals

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.

Kohler trend_Avant Garde

Exploring variation in textures, tones, materials and styles

Enhanced Everyday

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.

Kohler Leading trends White on White

White on White

Kohler white on white

Kohler white on white bathroom featuring Reve basin and Purist Polished Gold basin mixer

Our Community

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

Concrete and timber merge to create a stunning yet simple space

Kohler leading trends_Elevated Mundane

Community – locally sourced materials keep the concept true to ‘localism’

Engaging

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

A ‘mash-up’ of patterns and styles – featuring Karbon sink mixer

Classicism

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

Kolhler black and bronze bathroom

Kohler black and white 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.

Bathroom essentials … choosing a countertop basin

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

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 - Empress Bouquet

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.

Forefront Rectangular basin

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.

Bathroom products taps - Stance tall basin mixer tap

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.

Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin

Nature’s Chemistry – Kohler’s stunning Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin with Purist Basin Mixer

Choosing the showerhead that’s right for you

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.

Kohler RainCan showerhead

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

Kohler’s Moxie Bluetooth Showerhead with wireless speaker pairs to any device

Multifunction showerheads

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.

Kohler Flipside

Flipside: Four unique sprays – one flip action

Handshowers

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

Kohler Watertiles – Showering panel, showerhead and panels

Kohler Watertile

Kohler’s Watertile body sprays

Kohler showerheads are WELS Rated 3 Star, delivering less than 9 litres per minute.

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.

 



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