Kohler sustainability centre-stage at international event

October 1, 2015 | Posted in: Innovation,News,Toilet Designs

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 at the Clinton Global Initative annual meeting

Kohler were recognised at the Clinton Global Initiative on 1st October 2015

Kohler CIO and VP of Sustainability Davor Grgic (pictured fourth from the left) stood alongside partner World Vision, in recognition of their commitment to provide one new person with clean water every 10 seconds by 2020.

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.

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Turn over a new Leaf with this stunning Kohler basin

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.

Kohler Leaf Vessel Basin

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).

Leaf Vessel Basin

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:

Stillness and Loure wall mount basin sets

Stillness and Loure wall mount basin sets

Basins Taps - Leaf Basin with Margaux tap

Leaf basin with Margaux basin mixer tap

See the Kohler Leaf basin on display at an Australian or New Zealand showroom near you.

Technology the Katalyst for water savings

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.

RainCan Katalyst showerhead

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.

RainDuet showering tapware

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.

Loure shower column

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.

Kohler showering tapware

The Kohler path to sustainability

August 24, 2015 | Posted in: Innovation,Kohler Events,News,Uncategorized

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.

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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.

PGA 2015 - Kohler Whistling Straits

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.

PGA 2015 - Kohler Whistling Straits

An early start on the course.

Waste recycling

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.

Australia’s Jason Day wins 2015 PGA on Kohler Whistling Straits course

August 17, 2015 | Posted in: Kohler Events,Kohler History,News

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.

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PGA winner Jason Day with Kohler Executive Chairman Herb Kohler and his wife Natalie Black Kohler.

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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.”

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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.

And other recent tournaments on Kohler courses around the world.

Details that count … choosing bathroom fittings

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.

Bathroom accessories - Margaux robe hook

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.

Bathroom Collections - Loure

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??

Stillness tapware

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.

Kohler in the golfing spotlight … the 97th PGA Championship

July 31, 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

For the second time in as many months, Kohler serves as the host for two of golf’s four Major Championships: The Open Championship at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland, and the PGA Championship at The American Club in Wisconsin.


PGA at Whistling Straits, Kohler. Wisconsin

This phenomenon, which also occurred in 2010, puts both resorts and Kohler Co. in the international spotlight.

The Old Course Hotel and Hamilton Grand – noted as the second most photographed building in golf –  border the 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course, respectively, and overlook the Scottish coastline. Both buildings appeared frequently throughout televised coverage of The Open, which included Phil Mickelson’s hooked tee shot that sent the ball sailing onto the hotel’s conservatory before coming to rest on the balcony outside room 130!

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The Old Course Hotel at St Andrews in Scotland – a Kohler golf course and recent host of The Open.

And from August 10 – 16, all eyes in the golfing world will be on Whistling Straits and The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, when Kohler hosts it’s third PGA Championship.

Thousands will flock to Kohler to compete, spectate and volunteer while millions follow the Championship from around the world.

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Whistling Straits at Kohler, Wisconsin.

Over the week, live PGA Championship coverage will be broadcast to nearly 44 international distribution partners, reaching more than 500 million households in nearly 200 countries.

When did Kohler become involved in golf you ask? Here’s a short timeline for all the golfing enthusiasts out there:

1978: Kohler opens a 500-acre wilderness preserve along the Sheboygan River, known as River Wildlife, which allows access to outdoor recreation activities for its private members.

1981: Following extensive renovations, The American Club, formerly a dormitory for Kohler factory workers, opens as a resort hotel. Today, it remains the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort hotel and has earned this distinction every year since 1986.

1988: Kohler opens its Blackwolf Run golf course, which was named the year’s best new public golf course by Golf Digest magazine.

1994: The Inn on Woodlake opens in the Village of Kohler.

1998: Kohler opens the Straits course at Whistling Straits on Lake Michigan, northeast of the village of Kohler.

1998: Blackwolf Run hosts the U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

2000: The Kohler Waters Spa opens in the Carriage House adjacent to the American Club.

2003: Kohler introduces KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates in Kohler, Wisconsin.

2004: Kohler hosts the 86th PGA at Whistling Straits.

2004: Kohler acquires the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa and The Duke’s course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

2006: Kohler opens its second Waters Spa in the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland.

2007: Whistling Straits hosts the U.S. Senior Open.

2010: Kohler hosts the 92nd PGA Championships at Whistling Straits.

2012: The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa earns their first Forbes Five-Star awards.

2012: Kohler hosts the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run.

2015: Whistling Straits hosts the 97th PGA Aug. 10-16.

Kohler and the Arts Exhibition – South East Asia

Last month a special Kohler and the Arts Bold. Art. exhibition featuring a collaboration of the six rising artists from six countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, was held in Bangkok.

At Kohler Co. our artistic roots run deep. In 1974, the world renowned Artists-in- residence program was introduced at Kohler’s head office in Wisconsin, to support aspiring artists in the US. Over 40 years later, more than 500 residencies have participated in this program creating a stunning range of unique one-of-a-kind artistic pieces for the bathroom.

One of the most popular Artist Edition collections in Australia and New Zealand is the Empress Bouquet. The collection includes the Conical Bell Vessel, a rectangular undercounter and an oval undercounter.

Kohler Artist-in-residence program

An artist working on an Artist Edition basin during his residency at Kohler, Wisconsin.

Passing the artistic tradition to Asia, the equivalent of this Artists program debuted in China in 2010 with a program titled “Bold. Art.”

Following the success in China, the program was later extended to include Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea during 2013-2014. Participating artists were invited to create artistic pieces from similar materials used to produce Kohler’s products under the theme “Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past, Looking into the Future”.

Kohler Artist-in-residence program

An artist-in-residence at Kohler’s Southeast Asia Artist Residency Program.

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Artists in residence as part of the Southeast Asia Bold. Art. collaboration.

Kohler Co’s president and CEO Mr David Kohler attended the opening ceremony. In addition, a special showcase of exclusive items from the Artist Editions collection, an elegant and elaborately designed product line that was first introduced by Kohler Co. in 1985, was also on display.

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KOHLER Co. Bold. Art. exhibition in Bangkok. Left – Peter Oesch (Director Marketing Communications APAC)
Right – David Kohler, President and CEO, Kohler Co.

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KOHLER Bold. Art. exhibition in Bangkok

Kohler’s top five bathroom collections…

We tend to agonise over the major fixtures of a new bathroom – type of bath, shape of tapware, countertop or undermount basin – but the smaller details, the ones that pull the whole look together, can often be overlooked.

Bathroom accessories – towel rails, soap holders, toiletries shelves, tumblers and toothbrush holders, robe hooks and even toilet tissue holders – can be the key to a beautiful bathing space. By choosing accessories with the same profile, one that emulates that of the tapware, the space will acquire a sense of flow – a harmonious, cohesive aesthetic.

Kohler recognises this and has numerous accessory collections to suit all of its tapware ranges. There is sure to be a design to suit any style of bathroom.

The current top five accessory collections are:


Simple, modern, organic in its form – Toobi would suit a bathroom with natural finishes such as timber and stone.


Toobi basin mixer and towel ring. Part of the Zen-inspired Toobi Collection.


A stunning blend of vintage glamour resulting in a stylish elegance, Margaux is ideal for large, luxurious bathrooms with finishes such as marble, granite and glass.

Bathroom accessories - Margaux towel ring and taps

The perennial classic – Margaux single lever basin mixer and Margaux towel ring


Loure is statement-making contemporary style for any modern bathroom on a grand scale.

Bathroom Collections - Loure

Contemporary style. Loure Shower column with handshower and Loure towel ring.


Understated simplicity, practical, timeless – July is ideal for high functioning family bathrooms.

Bathroom Collection - July

Simplicity. The July basin mixer and towel bar.


Strayt features geometric, strong linear angles, distinct lines – creates uncluttered style for any size bathroom.

Bathroom Collections - Strayt

Square it off with Strayt. Strayt single lever basin mixer and soap dish.

Visit a showroom near you to see an extensive range of Kohler tapware and accessories. Click to visit the showroom locator.

New Kohler technical display showroom opens in Auckland

“Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” is the cornerstone of what we do at Kohler, and in June we opened the new Kohler technical display showroom on Auckland’s North Shore.

New Kohler Auckland showroom

The new Kohler technical display showroom in Auckland

Aimed at architects, designers and consumers who want to experience the very latest in bathroom design and technology, this new showroom features an extensive range of the very latest Kohler products alongside working exhibits and luxurious mini-suites.

Bold and innovative, visitors will discover the highest quality in tapware finishes,  a range of the Artist Edition and Nature’s Chemistry basins and on-trend mini-suites featuring a range of complementary products.

Kohler NZ showroom

Escale Countertop basin and Purist basin mixer in new Kohler NZ technical showroom

The showroom also houses the popular Englefield brand, showcasing kitchen and bathing products including showers, baths, basins, tapware, and kitchen sinks.

New Kohler and Englefield showroom

Discover the “Total Bathroom Solution” when you visit the Englefield display in the new technical display showroom.

Englefield showroom

Englefield suite in the new Kohler technical display showroom.

The showroom has been designed in such a way to encourage customers to “try before they buy” with a full range of Kohler and Englefield drop-in baths able to be easily swapped in and out for trialing the size.

The showroom is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday at 133 Diana Drive, Glenfield.

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