Wellness design for the bathroom

Biophilic bathroom design – it’s a term we will hear a lot more about!  It is the art of improving our health and well-being by introducing a closer connection between people and nature in the bathing space.  It can be as simple as using natural materials and surface finishes such as stone, marble and timber or as complex as constructing large skylights that open to the sky or full length glass bringing the greenery of the outside in.

Biophilic design also encompasses light, smell, touch and sound – the natural light acquired by windows and skylights; the smell of flowers from a candle or an open window; the sight of a living green wall in a shower enclosure; and the touch of a rainshower on the skin after a long and tiring day.

According to Kohler, a global leader in bathroom design and innovation – the choice of bathroom fittings plays a major role in achieving the closeness to nature that can produce an increased sense of relaxation, rejuvenation and positivity in our state of mind.

The Exhale Slide Shower epitomises the reproduction of nature’s therapeutic powers in the bathroom.  Designed to produce a rainshower experience the Exhale has a choice of four spray functions – full coverage, drenching rain, intense massage and silk. Even the spray face of the showerhead replicates the delicate nature of the petals of the dahlia flower.

Exhale Showerhead

The Exhale’s Katalyst technology has been developed by Kohler to replicate the large, full water droplets of a dense rainshower while still conserving water.  It introduces 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water and carries a 3 star WELS rating, using only 9 litres of water a minute.

A deep, long soak in a bath that will support and soothe the body is also integral to the biophilic bathing experience, especially if accompanied by soothing nature soundscapes, soft mood lighting and scented bush flower oils.

Kohler’s latest addition to its freestanding bath collection is the Veil bath, a deeply luxurious bath sculpted from Lithocast cast resin with an opulent 40cm soaking depth.  It features supportive contours to cradle the body together with a sloped lumbar support.

Kohler Veil bath

The Veil is a visual statement like no other – the bath’s profile is one of flowing lines and perfectly balanced curves, sculpted simplicity in perfect lockstep with the most discerning contemporary style.  It measures 1661mm x 933mm x 648mm.

Veil Bath

Kohler’s Lithocast cast resin material is soft on the skin, lightweight and extremely easy to clean with its beautiful high-gloss finish.

And when looking for the visual talking point of any biophilic design bathroom, nothing says NATURE quite like the newly arrived Dutchmaster Collection of basins!

Big, bold, lush florals, dramatically enhanced by a deeply dark, moody background, adorn the entire surface of the basin’s interiors.

Blush Floral is a vivid mass of large scale peonies, dahlias, ranunculus and hydrangeas in lush colours of blush pink, ivory and darkest rose on an onyx background.  And for delicate relief?  A beautiful, Painted Lady butterfly poised on a single stem.

Kohler Dutchmasters basin

The vessel basins have been designed to sit proud of the vanity and feature a subtle, defining lift at the edge of the bowl.  They can be paired with wall mount or bench mount mixer taps – and due to the basin’s rich colouring will suit many of Kohler’s metal finishes, from polished and rose gold to vibrant brushed bronze, titanium and brushed nickel.

These beautiful, full bloom works of art are featured on two styles of basin – the Carillon rectangle Wading Pool and the Carillon Round Wading Pool.

The clear message, says Kohler, when creating a bathing haven, is to look to Mother Nature for inspiration and Kohler for implementation!

Kohler is available from all major plumbing merchants nationwide.

Precious metals in the bathroom …

Referencing vintage hand pumps and precious metals PURIST, from global tapware specialist Kohler, is the essence of simplicity and authenticity. Brushed Bronze, Rose Gold, Polished Gold and Brushed Nickel are the beautiful finishes set to steal the limelight in a bathroom or powder room near you!

Purist PVD

Hero of the range is the single lever mixer in both standard and tall – a single column topped with a slender cylindrical lever it is the epitome of intuitive functionality. Simply lift and turn the lever to adjust flow and temperature. The design taps into our ever-growing love for unadorned simplicity and effortless use, without the obsessive need to over-design and innovate.

Purist PVD
Other models within the range, offering choice in terms of handle design (while maintaining the same mantra of purism and integrity), are the three-piece basin mixer sets with lever handles plus a wall-mounted option.

Purist PVD

All basin taps are five star WELS rated using less than 6 litres of water a minute. There are also bath spouts and bath/shower mixers with and without diverter.

Purist PVD

All of the Kohler tapware ‘precious’ metal finishes – Brushed Bronze, Polished Gold, Rose Gold and Brushed Nickel – are achieved by virtue of PVD technology (Physical Vapour Deposition). This is a customised finish system that vaporises the finish and molecularly bonds it to the chrome surface. This produces a finish that is both tarnish and corrosion resistant – in fact all Kohler finishes twice exceed the industry standard and carry a 15-year warranty.

Matching wastes, bottle traps and accessories available shortly which will include towel bars and ring, soap dish, tumbler and holder, robe hook and toilet tissue holder.

Back to basics – Kohler releases Mica Black Basins

Introducing the new Mica Black basin from Kohler …

It’s true that black is having a major moment in bathrooms and the new, Mica super slim basin confirms the brand is again on-trend.

Mica Black Basin

The beautifully elegant Mica black countertop vessel is an immediate show-stopper. The Mica is available in both a square and round format, bringing a very refined sense of style to any bathroom.

Mica Black Basin

What makes Mica such a popular basin choice is that Kohler has developed a new super-ceramic whereby the walls of the basin are incredibly slim – just 6mm – giving the appearance of extreme delicacy and elegance. Yet the Mica basins are outstandingly durable and even harder than traditional vitreous china!

Each of the basins features Kohler’s CleanCoat™ finish that creates an invisible stain-resistant surface that ensures the basin retains its original glossy, pristine good looks after many years of use.

The Mica honed black countertop basins come in two designs – 393mm square and a 410mm diameter round version. There are also gloss white versions of the Mica available.

Mica Black Basins

Mica Black Basins

Kohler brings strength and a subtle finish to the bathroom with Titanium …

Conveying strength and style with an attitude, the new KOHLER Titanium finish is a stunning addition to any modern
bathroom.

With deeper, richer tones than polished chrome it retains the shine and reflection of chrome while providing the perfect foil for other favourite finishes for the bathing space such as timber, stone and ceramics.

Composed tapware

A close up of the unique Composed Basin Mixer’s cylindrical barrel handle.

Typical of the look is the bathroom pictured, showing Kohler’s new- release Composed Titanium tapware teamed with pared-back stone benchtop, timeless penny round ceramic wall tiles and convincingly realistic timber ceramic tiles. The result is timeless, covetable style in the bathroom!

Composed Titanium tapware

This beachside home’s bathroom features the Composed tapware in new Titanium finish.

Composed is Kohler’s award-winning basin and showering tapware in the new Titanium PVD finish (International Red Dot Design Award). PVD technology – Physical Vapour Deposition – enables luxury metal finishes to be applied to solid brass tapware by vapourising the finish and then molecularly bonding it to the chrome surface. The result is a tarnish, scratch and corrosion resistant finish that exceeds industry standards and carries a 15-year warranty.

Composed Titanium Tapware

The Composed basin mixer range in Titanium PVD

Other fittings in the bathroom include the Kohler Parliament benchtop basin and the Rain Duet Shower column, with Katalyst technology that delivers a luxurious and drenching rainshower experience while using less than 9 litres of water a minute. Katalyst technology is a revolutionary air induction system that injects 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water, creating larger, fuller water droplets, which retain heat for longer, creating a full, enveloping shower experience.

Parliament Basin

The Parliament countertop basin’s square lines pair perfectly with the Composed tapware design aesthetic.

RainDuet Shower Column

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

A space-saving essential for compact spaces, is Kohler’s Panache wall-faced toilet suite. By concealing the cistern within the wall space the perception of spaciousness can be achieved.

Panache Wall Faced Toilet Suite

The Panache Wall Faced Toilet Suite is a space-saving winner in both form and function.

Panache Wall Faced Toilet

The Panache Wall Faced Toilet comes with bevel or oval chrome flushplate options.

To complete the look, and maintain the design aesthetic, Kohler’s Singulier bathroom accessories have been used throughout.

Singulier accessories

Singulier accessories used in this bathroom renovation.

KOHLER stars in bathrooms at the new Crown Towers Perth…

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

 Crown Towers Perth

Premier suites at Crown Towers Perth. Image supplied by Crown Towers Perth.

Crown Towers Perth

Spacious bathrooms at Crown Towers PerthDrawing influence from international design benchmarks and the design intent to create restrained luxury, the tapware 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

Crown Towers Perth Premier bathroom

Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

 Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

Foyer at Crown Towers featuring the fragrant Frangipani tree

For more information on Crown Towers Perth, visit the Crown Towers Perth website.

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For more information on Kohler’s global projects, visit our Global Projects site.

Mica … Slim-walled modernist basin design

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.

Mica Basin

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.

Mica Basins