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.
Terrace is an inspired new collection of bathroom furniture that showcases the timeless beauty of the geometric form, while cleverly integrating generous storage and hiding the not-so-pretty essentials (drainage and waste)!
The new Terrace range from Kohler features integrated vanity tops, vanities and matching furniture.
Designed in France by the Jacob Delafon team, Kohler’s Terrace Collection uses the rectangular form to create a family of vanities, basins and storage cabinets that showcases modernity in an utterly timeless fashion.
Rectangular ceramic basins, with an L-shaped profile, integrate with similar geometric shapes in a series of vanity base units – cleverly separated by a rectangular storage drawer.
The vanity features two pull-out drawers with ample space for storage of bathroom necessities.
Tower cabinets, echoing the same rectangular geometrics, offer vertical storage – some of which is accessible without opening the door. Both the vanity units and the tower cabinets feature soft close doors and drawers.
The Tower cabinet comes in a left or right hand opening option.
Inherent in the contemporary vanity unit design is a patented ‘Free Drain’ Waste system which is a concealed waste operated by a simple hob-mounted touch button to open and close the waste.
The unique FreeDrain concealed waste keeps your basin minimalist and streamlined.
Materials are integral to the timeless elegance of the Terrace collection – crisp white ceramics for the vanity tops and basins are teamed with the beauty of natural oak for the accessories drawer of the vanity and the shelving and trim of the Tower Cabinets. Interiors of the accessories and base drawers also feature a beautiful hardwood finish.
A range of widths is available – from 600mm and 800mm to 1000mm and 1200mm plus a 1500mm double basin format.
A range of sizes are available, the smallest being a 600mm Basin with Vanity …
The Terrace 1500mm Double Bowl Basin with Vanity.
Consumers can choose the complete vanity unit, comprising basin and cabinet, or install the basin as a wall hung unit.
The Terrace basin unit itself can be wall hung and side towel rails can be added as optional extras.
Terrace is the epitome of contemporary luxury for the bathroom and has been designed to give the consumer a distinctive choice in terms of configuration and sizing.
Timeless serenity. Classical elegance. White on white is one bathroom trend that’s here to stay says Kohler. White bathrooms are considered as tranquil and efficient today as they were five years ago. Put simply, a white bathroom will not date, and continues to welcome and refresh tired bodies and busy minds.
So if calm and tranquillity top your bathroom wish-list, consider opting for a clean, white-on-white palette and sleek modern style. Smart selections of taps, basins and bath with simple lines will keep your physical space – and your mind – blissfully free of clutter! The all- whites are softened by raw timber flooring and accessories – with a focus on soft lines and fluid curves. Its quintessential simplicity delivers a timeless sophistication.
A classically timeless white on white bathroom.
In this white-on-white palette, Kohler’s choice in tapware is a perfect fit with the overall ambience of the space. Avid features beautifully simple lines that belie the technical prowess of this mixer. With the basin mixer, an internal cartridge, coupled with an aerator, creates excellent water efficiency, limiting flow to just six litres a minute, while the slender design of the handle ensures easy, accurate control of both flow and temperature. The Avid matching shower mixer completes the look.
The Avid basin mixer is paired with the Forefront rectangular countertop basin – a true classic!
Here, the Avid basin mixer is paired with the ever popular Forefront basin with it’s sleek, low profile. The Avid shower mixer with diverter pairs with both the Exhale slide shower (note matching white, silicone, easy-clean spray face which continues the white theme!) and RainCan over head shower for a truly drenching rain-shower experience.
Both the Exhale and RainCan feature Kohler’s Katalyst Air Induction Technology – a patented technology which reduces water consumption while increasing the sense of ‘deluge’ water delivery. These drenching, water-efficient showers – rated 3 star WELS – are produced by injecting two litres of air a minute into the water stream.
For a stand-out bath, the Abrazo is a nautilus-inspired pure white bath in lithocast, a high end acrylic that looks like finely honed stone but is soft on the skin and retains the temperature of the water for longer periods.
The Abrazo Lithocast bath is a focal point in any bathroom.
And the finishing touch is matching Avid accessories which are classically simple and timeless in the style stakes!
The Avid accessories offer a stunning collection of matching towel bars, towel rings and toilet tissue holders.
The symmetry between bathrooms and greenery is undeniable. And in this compact bathroom (pictured) – oversized tiles, space-saving Kohler bathroom fixtures and an abundance of foliage create an oasis of calm and serenity.
Make the most of a small bathroom with interesting tiles and plenty of greenery!
With space at a premium, hexagonal 600mm tiles in white, dove- grey and charcoal were combined with clever, technology-rich fixtures from Kohler to create an area that is high on style while low on space!
There are several key elements to the perceived increase in space – wall hung furniture, in-wall toilet cistern, ceiling-mount showerhead with Katalyst technology, and large scale tiles (that reduce the visual ‘noise’ of lots of grout lines).
This compact yet classical combination of Forefront Square Basin Mixer paired with Purist Wall Mount Basin Set.
A huge space-saver in this bathroom is the sleek, wall mount Ove toilet with concealed in-wall cistern. While offering complete comfort and convenience this toilet protrudes just 540mm from the wall, instead of the usual 600mm or more for conventional toilet suites – and has a soft close seat and lid!
Wall hung toilet suites are a space saving winner! The Ove is a perfectly rounded, compact option.
The spacious, uncluttered showering area has been enhanced by the use of a ceiling mount shower – albeit one with very clever technology. The Kohler RainCan features Katalyst technology whereby 2.2 litres of air is introduced into every 9.4 litres of water – creating larger, fuller water droplets that retain heat longer. The resulting experience is a drenching, luxurious, all enveloping deluge of rain-shower proportions.
The multi-purpose Duet Shower Column with Square Overhead Shower brings the best of both worlds. The overhead RainCan features Katalyst air-infused showering technology.
Even the green wall has its own showering arrangements – the versatile Awaken Slide Shower offers three unique sprays – the ferns prefer the full coverage spray followed by the drenching spray!
A cosy nook in this coastal bathroom features a greenery section complete with it’s own shower!
All accessories are from the Kohler Singulier collection – a simple, streamlined design that underpins the zen-like style of this bathroom.
The preference for including ensuites and powder rooms in the average family home has accentuated the demand for space-saving bathroom fixtures that create the perception of space in a limited area.
A popular solution is the low profile wall hung basin – or a counter top version that can be mounted on an undersized wall mounted vanity.
Kohler Company, a global leader in bathroom design and innovation, has responded to this trend with a number of designs and a range of sizes in its best selling models. While each of the basins is compact in design they forfeit nothing in the way of style or eye-catching features.
For those craving a statement piece with sleek, geometric lines the Reve offers three different sizes, integrated counter space for toiletries and a beautifully faceted profile. The largest 1055mm wide model protrudes just 500mm from the wall (pictured below).
Kohler Reve Wall Hung Basin with Stance Basin Mixer.
While the smaller Reve 800mm model has a more compact 412mm protrusion and the mini 650mm option a mere 400mm!
The Reve compact wall mount basin plus Escale Wall Hung Toilet Suite. Also features RainCan Square Overhead Shower.
Another popular compact suite in the Kohler range is the sleek, lineal Reach wall mount basin with optional integrated towel rail in brushed steel. Protruding just 225mm from the wall and with a width of 500mm it offers the perfect solution for tight spaces while allowing ample room for ablutions.
The matching Reach Back To Wall toilet suite is available in both back and side water inlet options – perfect for both new builds and renovations, particularly suited to apartments and powder rooms.
Reach BTW Toilet Suite and Reach Handwash Basin with towel bar.
Larger models of the Reach are also available – the 700mm and the 1050mm models both feature large flat vanity areas either side of the basin for storing toiletries while again barely impinging on the overall space.
And for really tight spaces a corner basin, like the Ove, can be the ideal fit. It takes just 225mm of space on each wall yet offers ample room for hand washing.
The Ove range is available in wall mounted and corner wall mounted basins.
Conveying strength and style with an attitude, the new KOHLER® Vibrant Titanium finish is a stunning addition to any modern
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Parliament countertop basin’s square lines pair perfectly with the Composed tapware design aesthetic.