The KOHLER Waste Lab – from dust to tile

The KOHLER Waste Lab – from dust to tile

What if ‘waste’ didn’t exist?

The way we live now, we produce almost more waste than products. Imagine turning our waste into something else!

Here at KOHLER we have committed to NetZero by 2035 in terms of greenhouse emissions and solid waste going to landfills. To fulfil this promise of reducing and eliminating them, we constantly think of new ways to approach this challenge. As a large manufacturer, solid waste is a byproduct of factory processes and brings with it a mountain of worry.

KOHLER Waste Lab

Kohler Co. Headquarters in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA

Born out of our Kohler employee initiative Innovation for Good, the idea of looking at industrial waste in a new way and as raw material first emerged in October 2013. The team developed solutions to keep clean manufacturing waste out of landfills, make it valuable again and turn it into innovative products.

The KOHLER Waste Lab

Since then, Theresa Millard, an artist and bio-mimicry expert, and her team have experimented and tested ways of transforming how people look at waste. Millard knows that with a craftsman’s eye and the understanding of composition and characteristics, waste can be re-purposed as raw material for new, precious products that bring joy and a good feeling to the customers.

KOHLER Waste Lab

Artist and bio-mimicry expert Theresa Millard who has joined Kohler to help drive the success of the Waste Lab.

As a result, the Kohler Waste Lab was created and its team is charged with finding environmentally sustainable solutions and contributing to the circular economy by imitating nature and recycling, reusing and re-purposing factory byproducts.

The Waste Lab – located in a glass production building in a disused lab facility – is an innovative, cross-discipline team of engineers, industrial designers, waste specialists and artists who create something new, valuable and worthwhile with potential landfill material and with equipment that is no longer in use in the production plants.

We committed to NetZero by 2035 in terms of greenhouse emissions and solid waste going to landfills. To fulfil this promise of reducing and eliminating them, we constantly think of new ways to approach this challenge. As a large manufacturer, solid waste is a byproduct of factory processes and brings with it a mountain of worry.

Some of the byproducts we currently create include foundry dust, spent sand, green cull from the pottery and enamel powder and already our Waste Lab teams have magically transformed this ‘waste’ into decorative kitchen and bathroom tiles for our US tile company Ann Sacks.

KOHLER Waste Lab

Foundry dust and sand, green cull and enamel powder make kitchen and bathroom tiles!

And this is just the beginning …

For more information, visit us at: wastelab.kohler.com

Taking a world class stance on bathroom design…

Kohler has recently released a SLIM version of its iconic Stance tapware collection.

Kohler Stance Slim Basin Mixer

The new Stance Slim Tall Basin Mixer – it’s streamlined good looks will complement any bathroom style.

A popular choice for those seeking bold design and contemporary architectural lines, the original version was favoured throughout Europe, USA and Australia by those seeking a statement piece for their bathroom. This new, slimmer version reflects current trends towards understated design that still showcases strong, modern design.

Stance Slim is primarily a cubic design with a simple, efficient top-mounted joy stick control. The under-surface of the spout is an extension of the main upright column, seemingly formed by the water flow that it contains and delivers.

Kohler Stance Slim Basin Mixer

The Stance Slim Basin Mixer has been simplified in an understated manner.

This new range comprises single lever basin mixer in both regular and tall sizes, hob mount bath spout and wall mount basin mixer. Each of the basin mixers carries a 5 star WELS rating as it uses less than six litres of water a minute.

Featuring a ceramic disc valve, the tapware has a polished chrome surface that features Kohler’s unique corrosion and tarnish-resistant finish.

Stance Slim

The Stance Slim range includes basin mixer, tall basin mixer, wall mount basin set and the hob mount spout.

Luxurious Auckland townhouse features Kohler bathroom

Award-winning NZ designer Kelly Gammie, recognised for her love of colour and texture, recently completed a luxurious townhouse project for a busy professional couple. The home’s compact bathroom showcases a clever use of bold granite with natural timbers.

Auckland townhouse bathroom project with Kohler

The Forefront basin and Toobi basin mixer centre the space.

The owners, while living in the inner city, wanted to incorporate their love of nature into their bathing space – the look was to be sophisticated while exhibiting a soft masculine edge.

Kelly chose large format moody, granite-look tiles as her starting point – her philosophy is that the WOW factor has to sit side by side with functionality for any bathroom to truly shine.

To prevent visual overload, the vanity wall was finished in a solid ebony-brown tile with fixtures such as bath, back-to-wall toilet and vanity/basin in crisp white.

Auckland townhouse bathroom project by Kohler

This compact bathroom features the rimless Grande toilet, drop in bath and Terrace integrated basin + vanity.

Clean lines were essential for this richly textured bathroom to have visual impact while not overwhelming. Kohler’s Terrace Basin, with its beautiful rectilinear design and European Oak storage drawer, plus the brand’s Grande rimless toilet were the perfect fit.

Aucklandtownhouse bathroom project by Kohler

The Terrace integrated basin and vanity feature a unique FreeDrain waste system.

Tapware from Kohler included the semi industrial style Composed mixer – winner of this year’s Red Dot Design Award (2017) – plus the Memphis bath spout.

Kelly injected some defining black accents in the form of powder coated aluminium shutters and custom-made framed shower.

Auckland townhouse bathroom project by Kohler

Granite walls paired with black shower frame and timber vanity creates defining accents.

Hand-blown glass pendant lights by Kate Brown complete the look.

Easy access to new showering technology – no need to go behind the wall!

Not often is a new, high tech bathroom appliance specifically designed to save the homeowner money while at the same time delivering the very best in water saving showering technology! Kohler has done just that with its HydroRail shower columns.

HydroRail Showering

The Torsion HydroRail converts easily from a fixed shower head to a multi-function showering experience.

A luxurious home-spa showering experience, Kohler’s HydroRail is designed to replace a wall-mounted fixed-head shower. It can be installed in an existing shower space without the expense or inconvenience of having to go ‘behind the wall’ and change current plumbing.

HydroRail showering

Convert your fixed head shower.

Originally developed for the Westin Hotel group – to help them meet their global commitment to reduce their water usage by 20 per cent by 2020 – the HydroRail, designed to deliver an overhead tropical rainshower experience, envelopes the user in a deluge of large, full drops. In addition the user can take advantage of adding a handshower – the Awaken multifunction handshower – for hair washing or a more targeted massaging water spray.

The HydroRail comprises either an arched or square shower column (designed to give maximum height to the showerhead) with a 200mm RainCan showerhead with Katalyst technology; an Awaken multi-function hand shower; a diverter (to switch between overhead and hand shower); and a stainless steel shower hose.

HydroRail showering

The HydroRail Round Showering Column with Katalyst showerhead and multifunction handshower.

Katalyst technology injects 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water to create larger, fuller water droplets that retain heat longer – all the time using only 9 litres of water a minute (3 star WELS rating).

Hydrorail showering

The HydroRail Square Shower Column with Katalyst showerhead and multifunction handshower.

The HydroRail Shower Column is available with a round or square 200mm RainCan showerhead and features the Awaken hand shower with a 110mm diameter sculpted spray face and three different spray patterns accessed by a simple slide tab on the showerhead.

Another option is the Kohler Hydrorail Slide Shower featuring the Awaken showerhead with slide rail and bracket. This again is designed to be retrofitted without the need to go ‘behind the wall’ with the slide rail enabling the user to adjust the showerhead to the exact height required or use it as a handshower for rinsing hair or even the walls of the shower space!

HydroRail showering

The HydroRail slide shower converts easily from a fixed showerhead.

The breakthrough HydroRail from Kohler brings a cost-effective showering upgrade within reach of us all. Trade an outdated fixed wall-mount showerhead for a luxury spa experience using existing plumbing with the Kohler HydroRail shower column or slide shower.

Add some greenery to your bathroom!

The symmetry between bathrooms and greenery is undeniable. And in this compact bathroom (pictured) – oversized tiles, space-saving Kohler bathroom fixtures and an abundance of foliage create an oasis of calm and serenity.

Add some greenery to your bathroom!

Make the most of a small bathroom with interesting tiles and plenty of greenery!

With space at a premium, hexagonal 600mm tiles in white, dove- grey and charcoal were combined with clever, technology-rich fixtures from Kohler to create an area that is high on style while low on space!

There are several key elements to the perceived increase in space – wall hung furniture, in-wall toilet cistern, ceiling-mount showerhead with Katalyst technology, and large scale tiles (that reduce the visual ‘noise’ of lots of grout lines).

The kauri-topped wall mount vanity is enhanced by an understated square white Forefront basin plus Purist wall-mount polished chrome mixer tap – both by Kohler. Wall-mount fixtures are essential to the look – the more floor space that is visible, the bigger the space appears to be.

Create the perfect bathroom sanctuary ... just add greenery!

This compact yet classical combination of Forefront Square Basin Mixer paired with Purist Wall Mount Basin Set.

A huge space-saver in this bathroom is the sleek, wall mount Ove toilet with concealed in-wall cistern. While offering complete comfort and convenience this toilet protrudes just 540mm from the wall, instead of the usual 600mm or more for conventional toilet suites – and has a soft close seat and lid!

Create the perfect bathroom sanctuary ... just add greenery!

Wall hung toilet suites are a space saving winner! The Ove is a perfectly rounded, compact option.

The spacious, uncluttered showering area has been enhanced by the use of a ceiling mount shower – albeit one with very clever technology. The Kohler RainCan features Katalyst technology whereby 2.2 litres of air is introduced into every 9.4 litres of water – creating larger, fuller water droplets that retain heat longer. The resulting experience is a drenching, luxurious, all enveloping deluge of rain-shower proportions.

RainDuet Shower Column

The multi-purpose Duet Shower Column with Square Overhead Shower brings the best of both worlds. The overhead RainCan features Katalyst air-infused showering technology.

Even the green wall has its own showering arrangements – the versatile Awaken Slide Shower offers three unique sprays – the ferns prefer the full coverage spray followed by the drenching spray!

Create the perfect bathroom sanctuary ... just add greenery!

A cosy nook in this coastal bathroom features a greenery section complete with it’s own shower!

All accessories are from the Kohler Singulier collection – a simple, streamlined design that underpins the zen-like style of this bathroom.

And to complete? Just add water! AND PLANTS!