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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundry dust and sand, green cull and enamel powder make kitchen and bathroom tiles!
Inspired by modern architecture and the recipient of two of the most prestigious international design awards, Kohler’s Torsion shower doors provide a sleek, streamlined solution for showering spaces.
Melding functionality with structural integrity and sophisticated design, the Kohler Torsion collection has received both the Red Dot international design award and the iF Product Design award in recognition of its fusing of art and engineering that is both beautiful and durable.
The doors, with anodised aluminium frames and 8mm toughened safety glass coated with Kohler’s premium Cleancoat™, feature hidden door mechanisms (for easy cleaning and ultra-sleek lines) and a choice of InSwing™, Hinged, Sliding and Alcove installation options.
Torsion shower doors are available in a range of configurations to suit any bathroom setting.
Torsion caters for most shower space configurations – Sliding doors for bathrooms with limited space, InSwing™ for tighter spaces, Alcove for recessed shower stalls plus a Hinged version.
Torsion shower doors open outwards, pivoting at the corner. Hinges are bonded on, making the surface completely flush and easy to clean, without any screws or bolts.
Torsion’s Hinge Enclosure Door comes in a range of sizes.
Sliding shower doors are engineered to combine effortless movement with an ultra-quiet closing action.
The InSwing™ model is especially useful for tighter spaces – a combination of a sliding and pivot mechanism, the door swings neatly inwards along a concealed track, for a clean, sleek look.
The Torsion unique InSwing function means the door opening is perfect for smaller spaces.
All doors can be combined with a fixed side panel for corner installation – and there is also a Round Sliding shower for corner spaces.
Each door features a sleek twist handle and the door mechanisms are hidden within the Torsion’s minimal framing.
The unique ‘twist’ handle is a stunning addition to the Torsion shower door.
Kohler highlights the fact that no detail has been overlooked in the design and engineering of the Torsion collection – and a wide range of sizes is available. All are 2000mm high.
Kohler products have long been gracing the interiors of luxury hotels around the world. Think high-end, international hotels such as the Sheraton, Westin, Four Seasons, W Hotels, Ritz Carlton and the Hilton hotels – along with boutique residences such as Rosewood, Luxury Collection and Indigo.
And now, Kohler is featuring in the bathrooms of premium hotels and luxury apartments closer to home, including the recently completed 6-Star rated Crown Towers Perth. As the bathroom brand of choice, balancing style and comfort with tough, hardworking roles in the bathrooms our KOHLER products help bring hospitality projects like Crown Towers to life.
Crown Towers Perth
A first class resort, Crown Towers Perth is positioned overlooking the Swan River with sweeping views across to the Perth CBD. The architectural aesthetic is contemporary and distinctive, complemented by sumptuous interiors.
The riverside entrance to Crown Towers Perth. Image supplied by Crown Towers Perth.
Designed by Melbourne based architects and designers Bates Smart, Singapore based interior designer Michael Fiebrich and Sydney based Blainey North among others, the hotel boasts an array of outstanding features. Some standouts include a full-sized Frangipani tree and greenery wall greeting guests from Metropole, 187 unique designs for custom-made light fixtures, a soaring seven metre high ceiling in the hotel lobby and behind the reception desk sits an incredible wall-mounted sculpture, by artist Ian Dowling, consisting of 6,000 separate ceramic pieces, capturing the essence of the local landscape.
The Lobby at Crown Towers Perth, including the ceramic, wall-mounted sculpture by artist Ian Dowling. Images supplied by Crown Towers Perth.
The 500 timelessly luxurious apartments are larger than standard hotel rooms and feature elegant and contemporary styling. The spacious travertine-lined bathrooms are positioned to offer stunning views across the landscaped, riverwalk gardens, the Swan River and towards the city of Perth.
Premier suites at Crown Towers Perth. Image supplied by Crown Towers Perth.
Spacious bathrooms at Crown Towers PerthDrawing influence from international design benchmarks and the design intent to create restrained luxury, thetapware selected was the premium Loure range. The Loure Collection’s sleek design delivers a sense of pure simplicity and the wall mounted basin provides a classically modern look that perfectly coordinates with the stunning bathroom interior.
Crown Towers Perth Premier bathroom
The Loure Wall Mount Basin Set
The over-sized shower features the Loure Shower Column with hand-shower and matching shower mixer and brings both form and function with its linearity.
The Loure shower column – an overhead Rainshower featuring Katalyst Air Technology – plus handshower. Paired with Loure shower mixer.
Meanwhile, the Loure bath spout’s dimensions are dictated by its function – the water stream is simply an extension of the spout itself.
Nothing like a bath with a view … featuring the Kohler Loure Top Assembly handles and matching Bath spout – created for Crown
The toilet of choice is the simple yet streamlined Parliament Back To Wall Toilet Suite – a toilet that achieves all the design requirements of the project including water conservation, quiet performance and added comfort.
The quietly versatile Parliament Back To Wall Toilet Suite
About Crown Towers Perth
The pinnacle of luxury in Perth’s hotel offerings, Crown Tower’s Perth’s guest rooms and suites boast unparalleled city views, intelligently designed with the latest in luxury hotel technology.
Seamlessly integrating with existing Crown properties Metropole and Promenade, amenities include include numerous retail and dining options, a full-service spa, a business centre, large convention and meeting complex.
Foyer at Crown Towers featuring the fragrant Frangipani tree
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.
Click below to view some of the ways we have helped those in need: