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

New ModernLife toilet by KOHLER wins international design award

Launched to great acclaim and garnering international accolades, Kohler’s ModernLife toilet suite has been recognised for its revolutionary approach to hygiene and ease of cleaning with the prestigious international Red Dot Design Award.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The key feature of the ModernLife back to wall toilet is its truly rimless bowl – a first in the New Zealand market. In taking rimless technology to the next level, Kohler has introduced a beautifully engineered pan featuring a bevelled and chamfered edge. This bevelled edge is finished with Kohler’s patented CleanCoat™ technology.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The ground-breaking combination of the rim’s inward-sloping design and the finish of the edge means any liquid hitting this area will form small beads of liquid that will roll easily into the toilet bowl. In addition, the Vertical Quick Release seat means the seat can be removed with just a gentle pull (when vertical) making thorough cleaning both fast and easy.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

It is these innovative features that create the new level of hygiene and easy cleaning that Kohler is introducing with the ModernLife collection.The smooth, sleek interior also means there are no ridges or channels in which germs or dirt can hide. And its 360˚ dynamic flush flow ensures the bowl is rinsed thoroughly.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

In another first, Kohler has included an optional Elite Seat. This introduces new levels of comfort and convenience in the form of a subtle LED pinstripe light – to subtly light the seating area when dark, without creating too much light – and a fragrance sachet to gently perfume the air. Both are operated by two AAA, easily replaceable batteries. The ultra-streamlined Elite Seat has an easy fit invisible hinge (easy to install and quick to release for thorough cleaning) plus quiet close seat and lid.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The timeless form of ModernLife’s design is the essence of simplicity with the slight overhang of the lid creating a seamless look.

The ModernLife Back to Wall Toilet suite also features optimal water-saving technology with a mere 4.5/3L water consumption (4 star WELS rating).

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The ModernLife toilet suite – with the option of the Elite Seat – is complemented by the ModernLife vessel basins (with and without tap hole) that emulate the simplicity of form and sleek profile of the toilet.

Tom Casper celebrates 40 years with Kohler

Congratulations to our very own Tom Casper who has just clocked up 40 years with Kohler. What’s more, Tom is the first associate working in the Asia-Pacific region to hit this special milestone! Well done Tom.

Tom was recently in Shanghai at the Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS) where his Kohler Asia Pacific associates surprised him with a celebratory honour during a Kohler event.

Tom was sitting in the audience watching speakers introduce the latest in Kohler design, whether that was a new product, insight into business strategy or charitable efforts. And then, unexpectedly, the agenda shifted to service awards and Tom was asked to come to the stage.

Tom Casper 40 years at Kohler with the ANZ team.

Tom Casper 40 years at Kohler with the ANZ team.

 

On a big screen, photos of Tom began to stream like a live scrapbook of his career: awards he won, events he attended and special moments with colleagues. Then Geoff Cope, Managing Director – Kitchen & Bath New Zealand and Australia – stepped up to the microphone to share the long list of Tom’s career accomplishments.

It was quite a list. After all, he’s been with Kohler for 40 years.

Tom Casper being congratulated by KOHLER ANZ Managing Director Geoff Cope

Tom Casper being congratulated by KOHLER ANZ Managing Director Geoff Cope

Tom’s colleagues from Auckland, New Zealand, who couldn’t be there for the ceremony, sent him a congratulatory photo.

The KOHLER NZ team sending anniversary best wishes.

The KOHLER NZ team sending anniversary best wishes.

A native of Kiel, Wisconsin, Tom started working at Kohler Co. on the factory floor on June 2, 1976, in the enamel shop in Kohler, Wisconsin and then moved to Brownwood, Texas, to assist in the start-up of KOHLER leisure products manufacturing and assembly. In the early 1980s, he worked in plumbing engineering before joining the customer service and sales team in 1984, a position that would lead him to Australia.

“I arrived in Australia on October 1993 after working on the start-up project for entry into Australia since July 1989. The tenure was supposed to be for a few years, so in August 1997, I moved back to Kohler and took on another role as the international product training manager,” discussed Tom.

Among his many sales, distribution and project awards, Tom said his biggest accomplishment was his induction into the Kohler Co. Quarter Century Club, which honors associates with 25 years of service.

“My mother was in the audience, and I gave tribute to her on that day in my speech. She is the reason I was at Kohler for 25 years, let alone 40 years today. When I told her 40 years ago that I was not happy in my job, she said, ‘Give it another day.’ Here I am 40 years later,” he said.

At the distributor event, Geoff Cope; Larry Yuen, President – K&B Asia Pacific and EMEA; and David Kohler, President & CEO, presented Tom, who had tears in his eyes, with his 40-year anniversary gift.

Tom receiving his award from KOHLER President and CEO David Kohler.

Tom receiving his award from KOHLER President and CEO David Kohler.

Tom replied, “My induction into the Quarter Century Club on Dec. 1, 2001, was the most memorable in my career, but I must say, Friday night receiving my 40-year service award from David Kohler and my colleagues tops that event.”

Ironically, on the anniversary of his 40th year at Kohler, Tom was touring the cast iron and enamel plant in Shanghai, China. It was in the cast iron and enamel plant in Wisconsin that Tom spent his first day at Kohler 40 years prior. He said, “It felt like I have gone full circle.”

The Derring basin – a daring new design from Kohler

The Derring basin – a daring new design from Kohler

Hand-made and featuring a rarely used rutile mineral glaze the Derring Wading Pool self-rimming basin, from the Artist Editions collection, is a study in textural beauty that cleverly combines glaze and pattern to create a palette of ever changing, light reflective neutral tones.

The stunning Derring Wading Pool Self Rimming basin

The stunning Derring Wading Pool Self Rimming basin

The Derring pairs perfectly with a number of wall-mounted and benchtop mixer taps that together will capture the essence of the bathing space – particularly when teamed with stone or timber finishes.

The new Derring Self Rimming Basin is a beautifully handcrafted piece that is one-of-a-kind.

The new Derring Self Rimming Basin is a beautifully handcrafted piece that is one-of-a-kind.

The Derring Bourbon Rutile basin is 449mm in diameter and features a hand-applied mineral glaze over a carved textural pattern that together create a highly functional basin that is both easy to care for and durable. The hand-made process and natural glaze variations make each piece totally unique.

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Designed by skilled craftsmen at the Kohler pottery in Koher, Wisconsin, each basin featuers an artisanal glaze making each basin totally unique

Designed by skilled craftsmen at the Kohler pottery in Koher, Wisconsin, each basin featuers an artisanal glaze making each basin totally unique

 

Kohler’s Artist Editions basins are inspired and designed by resident artists in the company pottery while skilled craftsmen decorate and finish each piece by hand.

Kohler sustainability centre-stage at international event

Kohler sustainability centre-stage at international event

As populations expand and the climate changes, demands on global water supplies are being put to the test. In response globally, Kohler is one company leading the charge to develop technologies that will help preserve this precious resource.

Recently, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President and founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton, recognised companies making a difference in the global water scarcity issue – and Kohler was on the list.

The elegant Kumin kitchen mixer

The elegant Kumin kitchen mixer

Kohler CIO and VP of Sustainability Davor Grgic (pictured fourth from the left) stood alongside partner World Vision, in recognition of their commitment to provide one new person with clean water every 10 seconds by 2020.

Global leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Jack Ma convene at this CGI Annual Meeting to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. In addition, Kohler participated in a panel discussion on ‘water scarcity’ which addresses world water supply and access issues.

Refer to earlier posts in relation to the Bill Gates Reinvent the Toilet blogs for Kohler involvement in this field.

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The Kohler path to sustainability

The Kohler path to sustainability

The recent 97th PGA Championship, held at Kohler’s stunning Whistling Straits course, showcased to the world the company’s long-held commitment to sustainability.

Morning glory at Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin.

Morning glory at Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin.

Five pillars of Sustainability were encompassed in the course during the Championship, these being: Maintenance, Irrigation, Concessions and Food Service, On-site Transportation and Waste recycling.

Maintenance

Maintenance – particularly in the form of irrigation – is limited to only the fairways, greens and tees, leaving the hardy Fescue grass unmowed and in its natural state beyond the fairway.

Major maintenance happens in the early hours at the Whistling Straits course.

Major maintenance happens in the early hours at the Whistling Straits course.

Irrigation

Irrigation is designed to conserve water with electronic sensors used to measure the moisture of the soil under the greens and tees. This way irrigation is fine-tuned to only those areas in need – and water is conserved.

Concessions and food service

All food and beverages are locally sourced with the food vendor committed to responsible food sourcing, reduced food waste and environmentally friendly serving ware.

On Site transportation

On-site travel relies on 55-passenger motor coaches that are fuel efficient and limit the carbon footprint of each event. The large capacity coaches also reduce the number of individual shuttle trips.

An early start on the course.

An early start on the course.

Waste recycling

All waste was processed via recycling containers placed throughout the course and when full, taken to designated sorting locations. Cleaning products were certified safe and non-harmful by Green Seal and the EPA.

Sustainable development has become a corporate mantra for the Kohler Company (and its global manufacturing plants). The company began its journey to Net Zero in 2008 with the global goal to be carbon neutral by 2035.