Celebrating its 145th year of producing some of the world’s most fashion-forward bathroom fixtures, Kohler presented a celebration of modernism at this year’s Salone del Mobile (Milan Design Fair).
Transforming Milan’s famed Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Kohler treated its audience to an experience that was both visually enticing and emotionally evocative.
Guests were taken on a journey through the entire spectrum of modernism – from minimalism to maximalism – via the lens of a series of artistic installations constructed from Kohler’s world wide products portfolio.
The ornate décor of the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi served as the perfect backdrop to a series of installations set in the grand rooms of the historic museum.
One of the highlights was the newly released ‘Dutchmaster’ sinks collection featuring bold embellishment in the form of large scale botanical patterns in a rich, dark, moody colour palette.
As a direct contrast the smart, sharp ‘Components’ tapware collection drew much attention. Exuding a strong, raw industrial aesthetic the taps feature a clean matte black finish. Other drawcards in the modernist oeuvre were the newly released Ombré finish and the DeStijl-inspired Kallista Grid tap. The latter is a feat of design and engineering, featuring a dramatic geometric silhouette created with cutting-edge 3D-printing technology.
A further element of Kohler’s visual feast was the very creative use of lighting to add a new and exciting dimension to a number of products. Its new Lighting Suite, for example, created for the organic Veil collection, magnified and enhanced the products – which included mirror, basin, vanity, bath and wall-hung vanity. Each piece was framed by an ambient glow that can change shade according to the user’s mood.
Curator of the exhibition, Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s Director of New Product Development, Kitchen and Bath, said the installations demonstrated Kohler’s love and commitment to comprehensive and forward-thinking design. “From minimalism to maximalism, we love creativity in all its forms; and that has never been more apparent than with our new products”, said Bickerstaffe.
If there is one key trend for bathrooms in 2018 it would be CHOICE. While one person opts for sleek and white, another will crush on personality and patina. Global suppliers such as Kohler have seen the signs and are extending their ranges to ensure we can all stamp our style and character on our interiors.
Just as Kohler was one of the forerunners in creating precious metal finishes to its tapware – rose gold, titanium and brushed nickel for example – it has also taken the lead in developing a choice of trims for bath and shower mixers.
With its introduction of new Slim Trims consumers can now choose between the traditional sized mixers to match their favourite tap and slimmer, sleeker versions. They also have the option of a shower mixer plate with or without diverter.
The new Cuff Slim Shower Trim – with and without diverter
The Slim Trims have been designed to match some of Kohler’s best- selling polished chrome tapware ranges – Purist, Loure, Aleo, Strayt, Toobi, Kumin and Cuff.
Aleo Slim Shower Trim – without diverter
Strayt Slim Shower Mixer – without diverter
In most cases the width of the mixer plate, without diverter, has been reduced by at least 25 per cent – and in the case of the Purist and Cuff mixers these are now a neat 100mm diameter circle.
Purist Slim Shower Trim
The aesthetic advantage of the Slim Trims is that the peripheral hardware no longer dominates – which allows the true heroes, such as the showerhead and surface finishes, to shine!
Purist Bath Filler with Loure Slim Shower Mixer
All of Kohler’s tapware features its unique tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Granite walls paired with black shower frame and timber vanity creates defining accents.
Hand-blown glass pendant lights by Kate Brown complete the look.
When it comes to bathroom design, like fashion trends interior trends evolve every year.
When it comes to designing a bathroom area, authenticity is key. Embrace a trend or style that you love today and will love long term. If you are updating an existing bathroom add fresh paint, paper or accessories from the current trends and express your own style.
So, what’s hot for Interiors in 2018
Warm, dusky and earthy colour palettes and a whole lot of individualism are strong themes for 2018. Craftsmanship, authenticity, organic textures and uniquely made items are the focus of the bathroom design of today. Moody blues, smoky elegant charcoal tones all set against authentic metals such as burnished brass. Rich greens are also trending in 2018 for finishes and lush tropical leafed plants are perfect for hanging or in textural pots.
What’s hot for Bathroom Design in 2018
White ceramic fittings will always be popular but our quest for individuality is seeing the rise in the popularity of colour and texture especially for basins. Dark basins and toilets are a safer way to add drama to your bathroom. Bathroom colours are becoming richer and moodier with deeper charcoals, greens and blues appearing in walls of tiles, painted surfaces and accessories. Soft muted colours, such as millennium pink, and sage green are teamed with natural textural elements in bathroom design.
Must have: Kohler Petaline Basin
Petaline’s profile cuts a sharp and striking silhouette.
2. Authentic Metallics
Gold is definitely experiencing a renaissance now, but not the showy orange type. Gentle champagne and rose shades and brass are the it metallics this season. Metallics are being used to create utilitarian glamour not over the top tackiness. Beautifully shaped and honed tapware, sleek accessories even gilded tiles can be used to add the modern metallic edge.
Must have: Kohler PURIST BASIN MIXER in Rose Gold
Purist Basin Set in stunning Rose Gold
3. Exotic Tropics
Lush energising green is this year’s essential element. Bold oversized tropical wallpapers (still trending), or painted walls in rich green tones are design elements to incorporate in to your bathroom in 2018. Lots of potted green plants with big textural leaves will create a bathroom that is fresh and current. Add some beautiful new towels in a rich emerald tone to your existing bathroom for a fresh yet opulent look.
Must have: A beautiful Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese) Plant
4. Warm Toned Wood
The over-loved pale Scandi look is evolving to darker more opulent timber tones for both accents and bathroom furniture. Organic or refined, classic or contemporary design, natural timber in a bathroom evokes a sense of warmth and design balance when matched against cool ceramic elements. We are seeing warm rich timber floors as an elegant and modern choice.
Must Have: Kohler TERRACE VANITY & BASIN
One of Kelly’s recent townhouse renovations, incorporating the Kohler Terrace basin + vanity, Composed Basin Mixer, Memphis bath spout.
5. Textural Statements
The artisan movement is a strong trend across interior design this year and the bathroom is no exception. Natural stone tiles, basins and baths, hand crafted basins in glass and metals, more and more people are looking for uniquely made items for their home. Wooden floors or ceramic timber look tiles are still a strong look but being laid in pronounced patterns such as chevron or herringbone. Combing textures is trending, the layering of tiles and wallpapers and crafted accessories is a simple way to add the modern wow factor to a bathroom.
Must have: Kohler DERRING SELF RIMMING BASIN
The stunning Derring Wading Pool Self Rimming basin.
6. Classical Contemporary
A strong trend in 2018 is looking back to traditional styling with the increasingly popular wainscot walls. The modern look is sharp edged panelling in a matt painted finish. It can be singular feature walls or the more traditional lower half, but make it squares. The factory style window is a strong look for showers especially in black and is suitable for tradition style or modern urban bathrooms. Traditional tapware is trending and to give it the modern edge use a brushed finish version in an industrial style fit-out.
Must have: New KOHLER Artifacts Basin Set – due for release in April 2018
The new Artifacts range by Kohler.
7. Black & White
This combination is always on trend, it is how you use it and style it that gives it a modern interpretation.
Use blocks of warmer tones of black and white in bold deliberate zones of colour. Stark clinical white is certainly not the look for 2018. The beautiful array of textural black & white tiles now available will make a bathroom look current especially teamed with natural materials such as timber and stone and accessories that include cane & raffia. Add pop with brass accents.
8. Stunning Lighting
Feature lighting is a very strong element in the 2018 bathroom. Lighting design has quite possibly become the most expressive form of design in recent years. Unique, eye catching individual pieces featuring metal, glass, stone or timber add design kudos to any bathroom. Wall sconces either side of a bathroom mirror have been a common element in northern American bathrooms for decades. They are now appearing in modernised forms and materials across the globe.
Must have: Tom Dixon STONE WALL LIGHT
9. The Smart Bathroom
Technology is more than just creeping into the modern bathroom. Take intelligent toilets for example, Intelligent toilets address the combination of technology,
culture, personal hygiene and bathing habits as well as contributing to environmental sustainability through a reduction in water consumption and toilet paper waste. Kohler’s new Kohler Konnect system – voice-enabled technology whereby, for the first time, consumers can customise their bathroom experience by simply saying the words! We can’t wait til that new technology reaches our shores! Must have: Kohler VEIL INTELLIGENT TOILET
The Veil Intelligent Toilet has an integrated bidet, is rimless, features heated seat, heated water and dryer and remote control!
2018 Bathroom Design Trends Series. Thanks to our guest blogger Kellie Gammie of Oval & Co Bathrooms
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
The preference for including ensuites and powder rooms in the average family home has accentuated the demand for space-saving bathroom fixtures that create the perception of space in a limited area.
A popular solution is the low profile wall hung basin – or a counter top version that can be mounted on an undersized wall mounted vanity.
Kohler Company, a global leader in bathroom design and innovation, has responded to this trend with a number of designs and a range of sizes in its best selling models. While each of the basins is compact in design they forfeit nothing in the way of style or eye-catching features.
For those craving a statement piece with sleek, geometric lines the Reve offers three different sizes, integrated counter space for toiletries and a beautifully faceted profile. The largest Reve 1055mm wide model protrudes just 500mm from the wall (pictured below).
Kohler Reve Wall Hung Basin with Stance Basin Mixer.
While the smaller Reve 800mm model has a more compact 412mm protrusion and the mini 650mm option a mere 400mm!
The Reve compact wall mount basin plus Escale Wall Hung Toilet Suite. Also features RainCan Square Overhead Shower.
Another popular compact suite in the Kohler range is the sleek, lineal Reach wall mount basin with optional integrated towel rail in brushed steel. Protruding just 225mm from the wall and with a width of 500mm it offers the perfect solution for tight spaces while allowing ample room for ablutions.
The matching Reach Back To Wall toilet suite is available in both back and side water inlet options – perfect for both new builds and renovations, particularly suited to apartments and powder rooms.
Reach BTW Toilet Suite and Reach Handwash Basin with towel bar.
Larger models of the Reach are also available – the 700mm and the 1050mm models both feature large flat vanity areas either side of the basin for storing toiletries while again barely impinging on the overall space.
And for really tight spaces a corner basin, like the Ove, can be the ideal fit. It takes just 225mm of space on each wall yet offers ample room for hand washing.
The Ove range is available in wall mounted and corner wall mounted basins.