Taking its cue from the world’s rapidly growing ‘love of vintage’, Kohler has introduced a range of bathroom tapware that references the form and ornamentation of the Edwardian period – and introduces new, deep, rich textures such as oil-rubbed and vibrant brushed bronze!
Artifacts is a standout range of tapware that features detailed turnings and finials, elegant spouts and swing-lever handles in a choice of three finishes – oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.
Each piece in the collection is distinct in terms of form and ornamentation but, while the aesthetics are vintage, the range’s performance is full of innovation.
Basin taps are Five Star WELS rated, using less than six litres of water a minute; engineered ceramic discs resist deterioration and mineral build-up; and the polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze and vibrant brushed bronze finishes feature the Kohler patented corrosion and tarnish-resistant surface.
The range comprises single and twin-handle basin sets, shower/bath mixers with and without diverter, two handle deck-mount bath set plus a wall mount bath spout – all in a choice of oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
If you’re building or renovating, for the best in bathroom and kitchen inspiration visit the Kohler and Englefield display suites and technical showroom in Glenfield on Auckland’s North Shore. You’ll discover an extensive range of products from leading a global leader in bathroomware – Kohler – and Englefield, one of New Zealand’s favourite bathroom brands.
Kohler Artist Edition basins on display at Diana Drive.
“Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” underpins every new design and product at Kohler and the stunning mini-suites provide a range of styles and settings to suit any bathroom.
For even more options, the popular Englefield brand offers the “Total Bathroom Solution” featuring showering displays, mini-suites, kitchen sinks and more.
One of the modern suites at the Kohler / Englefield showroom.
On-trend mini-suites showcase the extensive range on display.
You’ll find the total bathroom solution – baths, basins, tapware, furniture and more.
From Kohler’s Artist Edition and Nature’s Chemistry ranges, to Englefield’s popular Milano Collection of shower, bath, tapware and accessories, the showroom enables customers to see the products in bathroom settings or “try before they buy”.
The popular Reve vessel basin with Strayt tapware.
One of the many Englefield suites on display.
The Kohler and Englefield showroom is at 133 Diana Drive and is open from 8.30am to 5pm.
Walk into the suite of an international luxury hotel and you’re likely to find Kohler products adorning bathrooms and kitchenettes alike. Kohler products have long been gracing the interiors of buildings throughout the world – from the incredible Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Sheraton, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and Hilton hotels globally – to The Savoy in London.
Balancing style and comfort with tough, hardworking roles in bathrooms and kitchens, our products help bring these hospitality projects to life. Here in Australia we work closely with architects and designers – above and beyond the home – to furnish hotels and multi res projects with Kohler’s exceptional bathroom products.
Recently the Capri by Fraser Brisbane refurbished their suites, adding Kohler bathroom and kitchen products to their luxury apartments. We were invited to visit and wanted to share some info and photos of this stunning apartment hotel.
A little about Capri by Fraser Brisbane
Part of the Fraser’s Hospitality Group, Capri by Fraser Brisbane is a sleek apartment hotel in a modern high-rise building. It’s extremely well located – just a 13-minute walk from Central Station, a 4-minute walk from Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and 2 km from the South Bank entertainment district.
Capri by Fraser Brisbane – a recent suite refurbishment features Kohler bathroom and kitchen fittings.
The luxe studio and 1-bedroom apartments feature contemporary interiors and mosaic-tiled showers with Kohler products. All suites have kitchenettes with Kohler kitchen sink and tapware, along with Nespresso machines and iPod docks.
Kohler products in the bathroom – Capri by Fraser Brisbane. Features Patio drop in bath.
This bathroom features Ove Back to Wall toilet suite, Ladena undercounter basin and Viteo tapware.
The smart, straight-sided Ladena undercounter basin with the Viteo basin mixer.
The showering tapware in this suite includes the popular combo of the Omega slide shower (featuring four spray functions) and Viteo bath/shower mixer with diverter.
Kitchenette features Kohler kitchen sink and Singulier kitchen mixer.
Kohler kitchen sink with Singulier kitchen mixer.
For more information on Capri by Fraser Brisbane, visit the Capri Brisbane website.
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Bathroom renovations, no matter how basic, are always a costly exercise – recent figures from HIA show bathroom renovations now cost between $15,500 and $20,000. While these figures depend on the size of the bathroom and finishes chosen there are some bathroom brands determined to ensure good design and high quality are available to all, irrespective of budget.
The new Kumin collection of tapware, from Kohler, embraces simple design and high-end performance. The single lever basin mixers, in standard and tall, feature soft-shaped lines with pillowed profile to lever and spout. Matching shower mixer, with or without diverter, echoes this shape.
The stylish Kohler Kumin tapware range
The mixers’ 35mm cartridge ensures high performance – testing, involving an impressive one million cycles, showed a life cycle of at least 50 years of usage. This is twice the industry standard according to Kohler.
The mixer’s integrated aerator creates a full flow of water yet the tap’s rating is an excellent five star WELS with 6 litres of water per minute.
This style of understated tapware is particularly useful for smaller bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms.
And for those who like the style of Kumin there is also a kitchen mixer – four star WELS (7.5L/min) – in the range!
Kumin single lever basin mixer.
Kumin bath or shower mixer – also comes with diverter option.
The elegant Kumin kitchen mixer