Be inspired at the new Kohler / Englefield showroom in Auckland

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 showroom - Diana Drive

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.

Kohler showroom - Auckland

One of the modern suites at the Kohler / Englefield showroom.

 

Kohler showroom - Auckland

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”.

Kohler showroom - Reve tapware

The popular Reve vessel basin with Strayt tapware.

 

Kohler showroom - Englefield

One of the many Englefield suites on display.

 

Kohler showroom - Englefield

The Kohler and Englefield showroom is at 133 Diana Drive and is open from 8.30am to 5pm.

Luxe bathroom looks by Kohler sets the scene for 2016

Luxe bathroom looks by Kohler sets the scene for 2016

Luxe is the new design crush for bathrooms – think marble, glass, large scale florals and a simple colour palette.

Trends – marble, black, white – luxe looks in your bathroom sanctuary.

Trends – marble, black, white – luxe looks in your bathroom sanctuary.

One of many luxe Kohler bathrooms, this sanctuary features sophisticated elements – the timeless Reve freestanding cast iron bath teamed with statement making Stance tapware for basin and shower – complemented by the stunning Carrara Borghini tiles.

Kohler’s Reve bathroom featuring Reve bath, basins and pedestals, Stance tapware and Loure accessories

Kohler’s Reve bathroom featuring Reve bath, basins and pedestals, Stance tapware and Loure accessories

Key to the look are classic design elements that have been given a modern twist – the use of a very traditional material such as cast iron for example that has been reworked into a very contemporary shape and the joy stick control on the Stance basin mixer that has been cleverly reworked into this very contemporary aesthetic.

Stance basin mixer

Stance basin mixer

Luxe looks with the stunning Reve cast iron bath.

Luxe looks with the stunning Reve cast iron bath.

The faceted wall hung basins are also Reve – inimitable style! With oversized tap deck for accommodating those necessary toiletries, the Reve basin with pedestal pairs perfectly in luxe settings.

The Reve 1000mm wall basin can be wall hung or pedestal mounted. Paired with Stance basin mixer.

The Reve 1000mm wall basin can be wall hung or pedestal mounted. Paired with Stance basin mixer.

A smaller detail – but equally important to achieve the overall look – is the accessory.  Think towel rails, toilet tissue holder, robe hooks and soap dishes.  Ensure these are all sympathetic to the overall look – in this case the the beautifully sculpted Loure Hotelier Shelf and matching Towel Arm are the perfect fit with their purity and precision in design and form.

Kohler’s Loure accessories – towel arm

Kohler’s Loure accessories – towel arm

Choosing the right bath …

Choosing the right bath …

Building or renovating? When it comes to choosing the right bath for your bathroom space, there are a number of key considerations to factor in.

First question …freestanding or built-in? This depends on two factors – space and functionality.

A freestanding bath takes more space than a built-in and also requires additional space for a table or shelf for toiletries.

Kohler Reve bath

Kohler Reve cast iron bath

Second question – shape? There is now a huge range of shapes available, especially in freestanding.

Take into consideration the overall design of the bathing space and any fittings that have already been selected – Kohler’s freestanding baths offer a choice of soft curves and clean, geometric lines
to echo tap, basin and accessory profiles.

Drop-in baths offer a choice of rectangular or oval shapes with or without lumbar supports and head pillows.

When choosing a freestanding bath check the weight and the structural supports of the bathroom – designs such as the Reve cast iron bath are heavier than acrylic options.

Reve Freestanding Bath

Kohler Reve bath, Reve wall hung basin, Stance tap and shower mixers, RainCan and Flipside handshower.

Size is another important consideration – lengths vary, in general, from 1675mm to 1800mm with some of the freestanding designs, such as the Askew, offering more generous proportions.

Askew Lithocast bath

The stunning Askew Freestanding Lithocast bath – smooth and stone-like in appearance.

While the choice of bath material used to be restricted to cast iron or simple acrylic there are now far more options. Lithocast baths for example, while made from a high grade acrylic, actually look like a finely honed white stone – but are warm to the touch and comfortable on the skin.

Kohler Abrazo bath

Abrazo Lithocast bath

The final consideration is one of luxury! Kohler leads the field in BubbleMassage technology whereby  a series of tiny holes, concealed around the lower perimeter of the bath, emits thousands of bubbles filled with warm air that support and massage the entire body, releasing muscle tension and gently relaxing the bather from head to toe.

Bathrooms - Escale BubbleMassage Baths

Escale Drop-in BubbleMassage bath

BubbleMassage technology is available in both built-in and freestanding baths.

Kohler bathroom products selected on Renovation Rumble

Kohler bathroom products selected on Renovation Rumble

Kohler was one of the stars in the first week’s challenge of Channel 7’s Reno Rumble when the Blue Team chose the beautifully sculptural Lithocast freestanding Abrazo bath to make a statement that both judges – Darren Palmer and Romy Alwill – absolutely loved.

Abrazo lithocast bath from Kohler

Kohler’s bold Abrazo Lithocast freestanding bath

Other appearances by Kohler in the Blue bathroom were the Stillness chrome 3 piece basin mixer set and a pair of Rain Duets with Round Showerhead that deliver a deluge the equivalent of a rain shower (thanks to Katalyst technology) and yet is still rated at 3 Star WELS.

Stillness basin set

Stillness hob mount basin set featured with Ladena undercounter basin

The Red Team, who this week lost out to the Blues, chose Kohler’s multi-award-winning Moxie Bluetooth showerhead for its main bathroom – an innovative 3 star WELS shower that connects to virtually any bluetooth device to stream music directly into the shower.

Kohler Moxie showerhead

Kohler Moxie Bluetooth showerhead – 125mm version pictured above

You can check out all the Reno Rumble Kohler stars on the website.

To see the bathroom room reveals, visit our Victorian partner E&S Trading’s Reno Rumble website.

Watch out for more Kohler bathroom products selected on Renovation Rumble in the coming weeks.

Bathroom design embraces art deco style

Bathroom design embraces art deco style

Take the renovation of a 70’s architectural home, combine the client’s love of Art Deco – and our guest blogger Kelly Gammie of Eucalyptus Design’s desire to give it a contemporary edge – and this is the outcome.

Reve Basin with Stance tap

Kohler’s Reve Basin & Stance Basin Mixer.
Courtesy of Eucalyptus Design

I wanted to create a distinctive look that has the warmth of timber to give a natural balance to the classic combination of black, white & grey.

The bathroom spaces for this father and son duo needed to have a sense of masculinity – but nothing too oppressive.  My inspiration came from their interest in cars which is reflected in the race track starting grid pattering of the tiles.

The combination of angular fixtures with the tiles and timber shade creates a winning combination.

The combination of angular fixtures with the tiles and timber shade creates a winning combination.

Working with this family in mind made the selection of black tiles easy with no hesitation from the client. I love the drama of black especially when off set with warm timber features and the more light-hearted grid pattern.

I specifically chose Kohler’s popular Stance and Reve bathroomware to both compliment the edginess of the fit-out and to give it a completely modern look.

The clean, sharp lines of the Stance tapware continues the drama created by the tiles as well as being extremely functional.

The theme and choice of key fixtures continues in the powder room. Courtesy of Eucalyptus Design.

The theme and choice of key fixtures continues in the powder room.
Courtesy of Eucalyptus Design.

An enameled Reve Cast Iron freestanding bath and the Reve wall hung basin have a solidity to continue the masculine theme, their beautiful softened square lines hint at furniture from the Art Deco era.

The Kohler Flipside Slide Shower is always my shower slide of choice. It is sleek in design, attaching flat to the shower wall and is so easy to use with it’s magnetic sliding mechanism. Coupled with the RainCan showerhead, it’s the perfect pairing.

Showering tapware includes the Flipside Slide Shower, Raincan Square Showerhead and dual Stance Shower Mixers

Showering tapware includes the Flipside Slide Shower, Raincan Square Showerhead and dual Stance Shower Mixers

The large open level-entry showers enabled me to create indulgent double showers with an essential double mixer arrangement allowing two people to shower at the same time.

Using a round mirror relieves what could be a monotony of angles giving the whole space an unexpected pop.

Images courtesy of Kelly Gammie, Eucalyptus Design

Key bathroom trends emerging…Part 2

Key bathroom trends emerging…Part 2

Recently our guest blogger, Hamish Kofoed – Specification & Design Manager for Mico Design New Zealand – talked to us about what’s new in bathroom design and where he thinks the NZ bathroom space is headed as we look toward 2015.

Hamish works closely with Designers and Architects, whilst still keeping in touch with what’s realistic for bathroom renovators. so here’s more key directions he has predicted to get your creative juices flowing for that renovation project!

Classical Monochrome hues

Monochrome hues when tiling are currently finding favour – “think larger tile slabs and simple tonal colour combinations” says Kofoed, “using sleek polished or matte tiles and surfaces really looks stunning when used in combination with more modern and minimalist tapware designs – its all about simplicity, reducing clutter and a really premium feel with high quality materials.”

Kohler Reve bath with Fairfax tapware
Kohler Reve bath with Fairfax tapware

 

 

Home Wellness Centres

We are currently seeing the mainstreaming of the ‘home spa,’ with an ever increasing proportion of customers demanding a more sensory experience from their product selection. No longer content with a basic slide shower within an acrylic box, discerning consumers are gravitating towards luxury features such as two person bathing or showering with overhead rain cans, side water jets, massage jet functionality, steam showers and the like, as these former luxuries become more and more affordable for the design-conscious.

“The designers and Architects we are working with look to marry up these features with organic materials such as feature-pebble / stone inlays, decking-style timber floor inlays and indoor plants” says Kofoed – “The Home Spa allows one to find an escape, a place to relax, think, and recharge.”

Kohler Watertiles
Kohler Watertiles – Showering panel, showerhead and panels
Kohler Sok Bath for Two

Kohler Sok Bath for Two

Design Flexibility

Further to this trend, says Kofoed, the advent of dual-person usage in the ensuite in particular has created the need for design flexibility. “Twin-basin vanities really are a must for couples in today’s busy world – no one likes fighting over counter space – and it’s super important to consider design features such as half or full height privacy partitions between the toilet and the shower unit or vanity. Maximising storage options really helps to reduce a sense of morning clutter – plan in recessed mirror cabinets, cavity spaces, towel shelving and the like – you can never have enough”.

Kohler bathroom design

Kohler bathroom design - contemporary

 Mix it up … with Wallpaper

Last but not least, wallpaper has come back into play of late – “one of the hottest trends at Milan this year was ‘placement wallpaper’ in kitchens and bathroom where designers are looking to mix up individual patterns mixed up for bespoke effect” says Kofoed, “ this creates a clever new take on a bathroom feature wall”.

Kohler Cast Iron Reve Bath

Wallpaper in the bathroom with Reve Bath