It’s beginning to look like Christmas…

This is our 378th ‘traditional’ Christmas, if the history books are correct.  So what has changed?  In 1642, Abel Tasman and his crew were  believed to be the first to celebrate Christmas in New Zealand, and they did so by feasting on pork and extra rations of wine! Captain James Cook is the next notable to celebrate in the land of the long white cloud, and he did things slightly differently when, in 1769, he and his crew celebrated with a meal of ‘goose pye’ – made with gannet – for Christmas dinner! So what has changed since 1642?

Perhaps the two most iconic elements of a New Zealand Christmas today are the irresistible Pavlova, made with kiwi fruit, strawberries and cream  plus the striking, and much-loved, Pohutukawa or NZ Christmas tree. Common to both are the vibrant and festive reds of the Pohutukawa and strawberries as well as the lush greens of the tree’s foliage and our very own Kiwi fruit!  Both play a significant role in Kiwi Christmas celebrations throughout the land.

When decorating your home for the festivities, this colour scheme could, perhaps, form the basis of the rest of your colour scheme.  In addition to the traditional Christmas tree, consider introducing fresh foliage or potted plants to living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Placing a few bushy potted plants in guest rooms and bathrooms – complete with minimal festive decorations, can ensure the celebratory spirit is felt throughout the home, for guests as well as family members.

Smell is just as much a part of our sensory perception as vision – candles, fresh flowers, ripe fruit and oven-baked cakes and tarts all contribute that magical aroma associated with celebration and festive good will.

While Christmas trees, turkey, prawns, pavlova, and Christmas crackers are the quintessential festive ingredients of a Kiwi Christmas, there is a relative newcomer to the scene.  Our concern for our planet has cast a spotlight on sustainability – and retailers and consumers are both seeking out more sustainable decorations and Christmas crackers, opting for paper, timber or recycled materials instead of plastics.

 

 

 

Reach for the new generation compact toilet suite

New generation toilets are ‘flush’ with style, shape and comfort together with higher levels of water efficiency and easy-clean features.

Kohler Reach II

Kohler’s new Reach II back-to-wall toilet suite packs a lot of innovation into a compact design that shaves up to 70mm off the length (protrusion from the wall) of conventional models.

Designed for both new builds and renovations the Reach II’s 4 star WELS rating (4.5/3.5L) ensures it is well within new build codes while its 610mm projection from the wall makes it a preferred choice for more compact spaces.

Kohler Reach II

The Reach II’s short projection (front to back) makes it the perfect choice for small spaces!

Featuring contemporary flared straight skirt and clean lines, the Reach II has the highest hygiene credentials with the Kohler HygieneMax rimless pan technology delivering a robust, double wash-down with optimal coverage of the interior bowl.

There is a choice of two comfortable seat designs, the low profile Slim and the more seamless Wrap Over seat. Each seat is quiet close with vertical quick release operation – meaning the seat can be quickly detached with a ‘one-hand lift’ for fast and easy cleaning.

Kohler Reach II

The Reach II with Slim Seat

The Reach II with traditional wrap seat

For renovators the Reach II is truly versatile, with both P-trap and S-trap vario connection.

In Full Bloom! 17th Century Dutch Masters for the bathroom!

Kohler has released its latest collection of Artist Editions basins with four models inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century and aptly called the Dutchmaster Collection. This is truly art in the bathroom in the most lush, dramatic way!

Dutchmaster Midnight Floral

Two separate designs, Blush Floral and Midnight Floral, are available in either a round or rectangular vessel basin.

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.

Midnight Floral is deeper, moodier and brimming with intense colour – purples, dusky pinks and violet blues – dramatically lit in the style of a chiaroscuro painting. Capturing the movement and lush beauty of heady blooms, the design is further enhanced with the perfect depiction of a blue swallowtail butterfly.

 

Kohler’s Dutchmaster collection was created in collaboration with florography artist Ashley Woodson Bailey who is renowned for her hauntingly beautiful floral photography.

 Ashley Woodson Bailey

Ashley Woodson Bailey

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 their 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.

Dutchmasters Rectangular Blush Floral

Dutchmasters Rectangular Blush Floral

 

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.

CLARITY – A CLEAR CASE OF SAFE WATER. FOR ALL.

CLARITY – A CLEAR CASE OF SAFE WATER. FOR ALL.

CLARITY – A CLEAR CASE OF SAFE WATER. FOR ALL.

In our privileged environments, where food, power and water are everyday staples, it is hard to believe that more than 2 billion people have no access to safe water*. It was this fact that inspired Kohler to develop CLARITY, a simple, affordable filtration system that can provide safe drinking water for those living in remote areas with no access to clean water.

Kohler has had an ongoing passion and commitment to utilise its high-end design and technology skills to make change for ALL, especially those who have less. Having joined the Bill Gates Foundation, Kohler partnered with the California Institute of Technology in 2012 to develop a photovoltaic toilet to provide a sustainable sanitation option to the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have safe sanitation.

CLARITY is yet another step in the company’s ongoing commitment to global health and sustainability. A table-top ceramic filtration system, CLARITY was developed by Kohler in partnership with World Vision, iDE and Water Mission. It can produce 40 litres of safe drinking water a day – enough for a small family.

The cornerstones of the design are that it be simple to use and maintain, inexpensive to acquire and run and easy to transport in some of the most remote and rugged terrains in the world.

CLARITY, a ceramic filtration system, removes more than 99 per cent of bacteria and protozea from 11 litres of water every two hours.

Contaminated or dirty water is placed in the reservoir at the top of the unit which then uses gravity to filter down to the storage reservoir below. The clean water can be kept safely in this reservoir and accessed by tap.

The filter cartridge contains some silver, for its antimicrobial properties, and is cleaned simply by rubbing gently with sandpaper to remove any sediment build-up. Each cartridge will filter up to 5000 litres of water before replacement is required.

Enormous thought has been put into the environments and communities in which CLARITY will be used – the lid, for example, is embossed with pictographic instructions in consideration of those who are illiterate.

Transport can also be an expensive and difficult process in more remote areas – so both the CLARITY unit and its packaging has been designed to be as lightweight as possible. One truckload of CLARITY filtration systems will contain 3600 units – enough for about 14, 400 people.

The easy to assemble and use CLARITY filtration unit stands about 60cms tall and weighs just 2.5 kg – and meets WHO standards for safe drinking water.

The CLARITY has already been used in disaster relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Given that statistics suggest the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water, and safe storage, the CLARITY is a life-changing development.

The Kohler CLARITY project has been a truly multicultural affair having been designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in Kohler’s US factory.

Kohler NZ holds permanent stocks of the CLARITY in its NZ warehouse in preparation for a rapid response should there be further disasters in its regional South Pacific islands.

Go to www.clarity.kohler.com for more details.

* WHO 7/2/201

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CLARITY

  • Designed to meet WHO (World Health Organization) water quality standards
  • Filters up to 40 litres per day*
  • Filters up to 2 litres per hour*
  • 23 liters total capacity(11 L dirty, 12 L clean with safe storage)
  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Nestable for shipping as individual filters or in bulk
Clarity information

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Kohler Co joins with Virginia Tech to win 2018 Solar Decathlon in Dubai

“FutureHAUS”, a unique solar home designed and built by Virginia Tech research university, with the support and technical input of Kohler Co, has won the international Solar Decathlon, held for the first time in Dubai.

Beating 27 other universities from 11 countries, the Virginia Tech team had just two weeks to build its prototype FutureHAUS house, that runs exclusively on solar power, in a public expo area next to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Solar Park. The goal of the competition was to create a high performing solar home – seen as the smart, sustainable housing of the future – able to function in the extreme climate conditions of the Middle East. A key requirement was that it had to be able to be mass produced in similar communities around the world.

Kohler worked with Virginia Tech for two years advising on design and technical attributes that could achieve high functioning, smart solutions for both kitchen and bathroom.

The winning FutureHAUS, that enabled Virginia Tech to take home the $250,000 first prize, utilised factory-built cartridges to create living spaces that adapt to their inhabitants.

Kohler provided technical advice and guidance on the water delivery system in the kitchen where metered amounts of water are delivered via voice control.

In the main bathroom the vanity top is 3D printed and utilises Kohler’s technological expertise to incorporate three sensors within the basin that employ the company’s Response touchless technology. Kohler has then coupled these sensors to three of its DTV digital showering systems.

Virginia Tech was the only team from the US to compete in this year’s Solar Decathlon. The prototype houses were judged on 10 criteria:
architecture, engineering and construction, energy management, comfort conditions, house functioning, sustainable transportation, sustainability, communications and innovation.

The Solar Decathlon, now in its 16th year, supports Dubai’s stated goal to have the smallest carbon footprint of any global city by 2050.