Last week, Kohler opened the doors to their inaugural Kohler Experience Centre in New York’s Flatiron district. Designers lined up to attend the unveiling – the first of a series of new Kohler Experience Centres to open this year.
Designers line up outside the new Kohler Experience Centre in New York.
Occupying a 10,000 foot space, the global flagship is divided into a series of kitchen and bathroom vignettes, interactive displays allowing visitors to use and experience products, a private bathing space AND an art installation, demonstrating Kohler’s commitment to the arts and curated by Kohler’s John Michael Kohler Arts Centre.
More like an expansive home than a showroom, president and CEO David Kohler explained “The concept was created with both customer segments in mind to eliminate the chaos of choice and simplify what can otherwise be, at times, a challenging process.”
Interspersed with these product focused vignettes are cleverly presented displays of Kohler’s extensive bathroom product range where visitors can immerse themselves in the decision making experience; a tapware wheel – matching fixtures, finishes and colours; private showering spaces – where you can book your own appointment in the spa-like retreat to trial the showers and baths first-hand, the perfect ‘try before you buy’ bathroom.
One of the spa retreat bathrooms you can book and experience before you buy!
experience! And collections of complementary basins and products – side by side to provide plenty of bathroom design inspiration.
The colour wheel at KEC
As a global leading bathroom brand working closely with architects and designers internationally, the showroom also displays fixtures and fittings compliant with international standards, plus an on-site international bathing expert is on hand who can advise on plumbing regulations in different countries. The inclusion of video-conferencing technology to communicate with local Kohler associates around the globe ensures this is a truly international showroom.
“For the first time ever, design professionals will have hands-on access to Kohler’s global product suite,” David Kohler explained. “The beauty of this is twofold: We’re streamlining the specification process for design professionals working on projects around the world and also creating a design test lab where we can gather invaluable intel on which products from our global offering resonate in different markets, helping us stay at the forefront of design trends.”
The art exhibition includes select pieces from the John Michael KOhler Arts Centre in Kohler, Wisconsin, featuring elements from Babel by Alabama artist Jim Neel. Babel was created during Neel’s 2008 Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Co. Pottery.
The Art installation at KEC NYC
New York is the first of nine KEC locations due to open this year in major cities including Bangkok, Hong Kong, New Delhi, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei.
According to UNICEF, in 2015, 1.8 billion people were using unsafe drinking water.
What the world needs is a solution to improve the water quality and consequently the lives that are affected by it. Kohler Associates worked together to figure out how to help build better lives and how to reduce the struggle to find clean water. The project resulted in the development of a ceramic water filtration system called Kohler Clarity.
Designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in a Kohler factory in the US, this truly trans-global project created a water filter that meets exceptionally high standards of quality and design. The filtration system, for example, is highly effective yet incredibly simple to use and maintain.
Kohler Clarity is an innovative ceramic water filtration system designed to offer 40 litres of safe water per day without using electricity. Each Kohler Clarity filters out more than 99% of bacteria and protozoa, providing up to 40 litres of safe water each day – enough clean drinking water for a family of four. Given the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water – and safe storage – the Kohler Clarity is a life-changing development.
Kohler Clarity Filter Cartridge
The design of the Kohler Clarity meets World Health Organisation water quality standards. The appliance filters up to two litres of water an hour and has a total capacity of 23 litres – 11 litres of dirty water and 12 litres of clean water with safe storage.
Each filter can clean up to 5000 litres of water – and replacement filters are very low cost and readily available.
Even the packaging has been designed to fit more product into a standard box and therefore significantly reduce transport costs.
The Kohler Clarity has already helped countless numbers of people in developing countries.
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Bathroom basins have a new look and a longer life! The latest ceramics technology has created a super-ceramic whereby vitreous china can be shaped into beautifully refined, slim-walled basins that are more durable and stain-free.
The stunning new Mica Slim Rim Basin
Kohler, one of the world’s largest bathroom specialists, has developed the Mica basin – a countertop vessel basin with super slim walls, just 6mm thick, and a CleanCoat™ stain-resistant coating.
The Mica basins are minimalist in design and perfectly proportioned. Designed to be used with statement hob-mounted taps such as Kohler’s award-winning Composed the Mica, in its modernist form, is the perfect complement to any style of bathroom or ensuite.
The delicate appearance of the walls of the Mica are, in fact, misleading. While extremely delicate and elegant in appearance, these new basins are 1.5 times harder than traditional vitreous china.
The 6mm super-ceramic slim rim is extremely strong and durable.
And Kohler’s DFI CleanCoat™ finish creates an invisible stain-resistant surface that ensures the basin retains its original glossy, pristine good looks after many years of use.
The Mica vessel basin comes in two designs – 393 mm square and a 410 mm diameter round version.
Using the teachings of Rowena Reed Kostellow, US sculptor, designer and renowned educator, as its inspiration the Kohler design team eliminated all unnecessary details to create a beautifully simple tap with perfect proportions and exceptional ease of control over water flow and temperature adjustment.
“We wanted to elicit an emotional response from all who use Composed – and with its stark beauty and truly refined lines we think we have achieved that,” said Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s Director of New Product Development.
The Composed tapware collection – which has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award – features a single lever basin mixer, in both regular and Super Tall, plus a three-piece basin set with the choice of either lever or cross handles.Shower/bath mixers, with and without diverter, plus 3-piece bath sets with matching lever or cross handles completes the range.
Composed Super Tall Basin Mixer – perfect for countertop vessels
Composed Basin Set with lever handles. Also available as a Bath Set.
Composed Basin Set with cross handles. Also available as a Bath Set.
The hero single lever basin mixer is truly timeless in its design – its geometric shape, with long spout and side-mounted control create visual balance and true refinement.Its polished chrome finish has the acclaimed Kohler resistance to tarnishing and corrosion.
The Composed Basin Mixer side profile with sleek, cylindrical barrel handle.
The Kohler Composed basin mixer has a 5 Star WELS rating using six litres of water a minute.
Greenery, the fresh, zesty yellow-green that is Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 is set to star in fashion, beauty and lifestyle design applications – and most definitely the bathroom!
Greenery in the bathroom. Stillness Hob Mount Basin Set with the Kallos Undercounter Basin,
A colour that is so closely aligned to nature and its ability to revive and restore, renew and revitalise Greenery is a natural choice for bathrooms and one that will team effortlessly with many colour combinations, and countless finishes.
Kohler’s Toobi collection of tapware is a clever way of introducing this beautiful hue to the bathroom – along with towels, soaps and lush, verdant foliage of course.
The Toobi Tall Basin Mixer features with the Chalice Basin.
While the inspiration for this modernist tapware collection was the original, freeform delivery of water – a bamboo pipe – the final execution is unashamedly contemporary, with a lush green pop of colour at its spout! The result is a tumbling, free flow of water in all its natural beauty – and a hit of the soon to be must-have green as the water leaves the spout, in the form of a small, interchangeable insert fitted inside the spout.
The Toobi Basin Mixer features an interchangeable spout insert. Choose from Green, White or Black.
The Toobi Tall Basin Mixer
A touch of ‘greenery’ – the Toobi Basin Mixer spout insert.
The Toobi collection comprises a range of 5 star WELS rated basin and tall basin mixers, bath and shower mixers with and without diverter – and accessories.
Double robe hook, double and single towel bar, hotelier shelf and toilet tissue holder are all included in the accessories range with each piece featuring the same tubular styling as the tapware. Very smart!
Terrace is an inspired new collection of bathroom furniture that showcases the timeless beauty of the geometric form, while cleverly integrating generous storage and hiding the not-so-pretty essentials (drainage and waste)!
The new Terrace Furniture from Jacob Delafon Paris creates a space with unique character – exuding elegance. A timeless, modern classic.
Designed and produced in France by the Jacob Delafon team, Kohler’s Terrace collection uses the rectangular form to create a family of vanities, basins and storage cabinets that showcases modernity in an utterly timeless fashion.
The Terrace integrated Basin and Cabinet features unique FreeDrainTM and European Oak cabinetry
Rectangular ceramic basins, with an L-shaped profile, integrate with similar geometric shapes in a series of vanity base units – cleverly separated by a rectangular storage drawer.
The cabinetry interior is solid hardwood European Oak.
Tower columns, echoing the same rectangular geometrics, offer vertical storage – some of which is accessible without opening the door. Both the vanity units and the tower columns feature soft close doors and drawers.
The Terrace Tower Cabinet comes in left and right hand opening doors.
Inherent in the contemporary vanity unit design is a patented ‘Free Drain’ Waste system which is a concealed waste operated by a simple hob-mounted touch button to open and close the waste.
The unique FreeDrainTM on the Terrace enhances the minimalist elegance of this basin series.
Materials are integral to the timeless elegance of the Terrace collection – crisp white ceramics for the vanity tops and basins are teamed with the beauty of natural European oak for the accessories drawer of the vanity and the shelving and trim of the Tower Columns. Interiors of the accessories and base drawers also feature a beautiful hardwood finish.
A range of widths is available – from 600mm and 800mm to 1000mm and 1200mm plus a 1500mm double basin format.