Kohler presents a celebration of bathroom Modernism at Salone Del Mobile – Milan Design Fair 2018

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).

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

Transforming Milan’s famed Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Kohler treated its audience to an experience that was both visually enticing and emotionally evocative.

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

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.

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

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.

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

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.

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

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.

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

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.

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

Kohler at Salone de Mobile - Milan 2018

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.

Introducing Artifacts tapware… turning to the past for bathroom inspiration

Taking its cue from the world’s rapidly growing ‘love of vintage’, Kohler has introduced a range of bathroom tapware called Artifacts, referencing the form and ornamentation of the Edwardian period – and introduces new, deep, rich textures such as oil-rubbed and vibrant brushed bronze!

Kohler Artifacts Tapware Collection

Wishing to create a collection that is timeless and classic in its inspiration, the Kohler U.S. design studio turned to the past for inspiration, drawing on the overall aesthetic of turn-of-the-century designs reflecting the ingenuity of practical-minded craftsman who made do with the resources at hand.

Artifacts revives this pragmatic approach within the context a culture that embraces highly personalised design. The design team wanted each piece of the collection to be distinct in form and ornamental details, yet to feel part of a whole.

Kohler Artifacts Tapware Collection

What they created is a standout range of tapware that features detailed turnings and finials, elegant spouts and and a unique ‘swing lever’ basin mixer handle design unlike any other on the market.

Kohler Artifacts Tapware Collection

The Artifacts tapware range is available in a choice of three finishes – oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.

Each piece in the collection is distinct in terms of form and ornamentation but, while the aesthetics are vintage, the range’s performance is full of innovation.

Basin taps are Five Star WELS rated, using less than six litres of water a minute; engineered ceramic discs resist deterioration and mineral build-up; and the polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze and vibrant brushed bronze finishes feature the Kohler patented corrosion and tarnish-resistant surface.

The range comprises single and twin-handle basin sets, shower/bath mixers with and without diverter, two handle deck-mount bath set plus a wall mount bath spout – all in a choice of oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.

 

KOHLER’s new slim shower mixer trims offers wider choice

If there is one key trend for bathrooms in 2018 it would be CHOICE. While one person opts for sleek and white, another will crush on personality and patina. Global suppliers such as Kohler have seen the signs and are extending their ranges to ensure we can all stamp our style and character on our interiors.

Kohler Slim Shower Trim

Just as Kohler was one of the forerunners in creating precious metal finishes to its tapware – rose gold, titanium and brushed nickel for example – it has also taken the lead in developing a choice of trims for bath and shower mixers.

With its introduction of new Slim Shower Mixer Trims consumers can now choose between the traditional sized mixers to match their favourite tap and slimmer, sleeker versions. They also have the option of a shower mixer plate with or without diverter.

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

The new Cuff Slim Shower Trim – with and without diverter

The Slim Shower Mixer Trims have been designed to match some of Kohler’s best- selling polished chrome tapware ranges – Purist, Loure, Aleo, Strayt and Cuff.

 

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Aleo Slim Shower Trim – without diverter

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Strayt Slim Shower Mixer – without diverter

In most cases the width of the mixer plate, without diverter, has been reduced by at least 25 per cent – and in the case of the Purist and Cuff mixers these are now a neat 100mm diameter circle.

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Purist Slim Shower Trim

The aesthetic advantage of the Slim Trims is that the peripheral hardware no longer dominates – which allows the true heroes, such as the showerhead and surface finishes, to shine!

KOHLER's new slim shower trims

Purist Bath Filler with Loure Slim Shower Mixer

All of Kohler’s tapware features its unique tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome finish.

Luxurious bathroom reno exudes sophisticated styling with a masculine edge

Award-winning NZ designer Kelly Gammie, recognised for her love of colour and texture, recently completed a luxurious townhouse project for a busy professional couple. The home’s compact bathrooms showcase a clever use of bold granite with natural timbers.

Kohler Auckland Townhouse Project

The owners, while living in the inner city, wanted to incorporate their love of nature into their bathing space – the look was to be sophisticated while exhibiting a soft masculine edge.

Kelly chose large format moody, granite-look tiles as her starting point – her philosophy is that the WOW factor has to sit side by side with functionality for any bathroom to truly shine.

Kohler Auckland Townhouse Project

To prevent visual overload in the master bath, the vanity wall was finished in a solid ebony-brown tile with fixtures such as bath, back-to-wall toilet and vanity/basin in crisp white. Hand-blown glass pendant lights by Kate Brown complete the look in this bathroom.

Kohler Auckland Townhouse Project

Clean lines were essential for this richly textured bathroom to have visual impact while not overwhelming. Kohler’s Terrace Basin, with its beautiful rectilinear design and European Oak storage drawer, plus the brand’s Grande rimless toilet were the perfect fit. Tapware from Kohler included the semi industrial style Composed mixer – winner of this year’s Red Dot Design Award (2017) – plus the Memphis bath spout.

Kelly injected some defining black accents in the form of powder coated aluminium shutters and custom-made framed shower.

Kohler Auckland Townhouse Project

 

Design trends for bathrooms and beyond in 2018

Bathroom design might not change as rapidly from season to season as Fashion does, but we certainly see major trends evolve every year. When it comes to designing a bathroom area, authenticity is key. Embrace a trend or style that you love today and will love long term. If you are updating an existing bathroom add fresh paint, paper or accessories from the current trends and express your own style.

So, what’s hot for Interiors in 2018

Warm, dusky and earthy colour palettes and a whole lot of individualism are strong themes for 2018. Craftsmanship, authenticity, organic textures and uniquely made items are the focus of the bathroom design of today. Moody blues, smoky elegant charcoal tones all set against authentic metals such as burnished brass. Rich greens are also trending in 2018 for finishes and lush tropical leafed plants are perfect for hanging or in textural pots.

Kohler bathrooms 2018

 

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

What’s hot for Bathrooms 2018

1. Colour

White ceramic fittings will always be popular but our quest for individuality is seeing the rise in the popularity of colour and texture especially for basins. Dark basins and toilets are a safer way to add drama to your bathroom. Bathroom colours are becoming richer and moodier with deeper charcoals, greens and blues appearing in walls of tiles, painted surfaces and accessories. Soft muted colours, such as millennium pink, and sage green are teamed with natural textural elements in bathroom design.
Must have: Kohler Black Chalice Basin

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The Chalice Black Basin

2. Authentic Metallics

Gold is definitely experiencing a renaissance now, but not the showy orange type. Gentle champagne and rose shades and brass are the it metallics this season. Metallics are being used to create utilitarian glamour not over the top tackiness. Beautifully shaped and honed tapware, sleek accessories even gilded tiles can be used to add the modern metallic edge.
Must have: Kohler PURIST BASIN MIXER in Rose Gold

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

Purist Basin Set in stunning Rose Gold

3. Exotic Tropics

Lush energising green is this year’s essential element. Bold oversized tropical wallpapers (still trending), or painted walls in rich green tones are design elements to incorporate in to your bathroom in 2018. Lots of potted green plants with big textural leaves will create a bathroom that is fresh and current. Add some beautiful new towels in a rich emerald tone to your existing bathroom for a fresh yet opulent look.
Must have: A beautiful Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese) Plant

4. Warm Toned Wood

The over-loved pale Scandi look is evolving to darker more opulent timber tones for both accents and bathroom furniture. Organic or refined, classic or contemporary design, natural timber in a bathroom evokes a sense of warmth and design balance when matched against cool ceramic elements. We are seeing warm rich timber floors as an elegant and modern choice.
Must Have: Kohler TERRACE VANITY & BASIN

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

One of Kelly’s recent townhouse renovations, incorporating the Kohler Terrace basin + vanity, Composed Basin Mixer, Memphis bath spout.

5. Textural Statements

The artisan movement is a strong trend across interior design this year and the bathroom is no exception. Natural stone tiles, basins and baths, hand crafted basins in glass and metals, more and more people are looking for uniquely made items for their home. Wooden floors or ceramic timber look tiles are still a strong look but being laid in pronounced patterns such as chevron or herringbone. Combing textures is trending, the layering of tiles and wallpapers and crafted accessories is a simple way to add the modern wow factor to a bathroom.
Must have: Kohler DERRING SELF RIMMING BASIN

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The stunning Derring Wading Pool Self Rimming basin.

6. Classical Contemporary

A strong trend in 2018 is looking back to traditional styling with the increasingly popular wainscot walls. The modern look is sharp edged panelling in a matt painted finish. It can be singular feature walls or the more traditional lower half, but make it squares. The factory style window is a strong look for showers especially in black and is suitable for tradition style or modern urban bathrooms. Traditional tapware is trending and to give it the modern edge use a brushed finish version in an industrial style fit-out.
Must have: New KOHLER Artifacts Basin Set – due for release in April 2018

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The new Artifacts range by Kohler.

7. Black & White

This combination is always on trend, it is how you use it and style it that gives it a modern interpretation.
Use blocks of warmer tones of black and white in bold deliberate zones of colour. Stark clinical white is certainly not the look for 2018. The beautiful array of textural black & white tiles now available will make a bathroom look current especially teamed with natural materials such as timber and stone and accessories that include cane & raffia. Add pop with brass accents.

8. Stunning Lighting
Feature lighting is a very strong element in the 2018 bathroom. Lighting design has quite possibly become the most expressive form of design in recent years. Unique, eye catching individual pieces featuring metal, glass, stone or timber add design kudos to any bathroom. Wall sconces either side of a bathroom mirror have been a common element in northern American bathrooms for decades. They are now appearing in modernised forms and materials across the globe.
Must have: Tom Dixon STONE WALL LIGHT

9. The Smart Bathroom

Technology is more than just creeping into the modern bathroom. Take intelligent toilets for example, Intelligent toilets address the combination of technology,
culture, personal hygiene and bathing habits as well as contributing to environmental sustainability through a reduction in water consumption and toilet paper waste. Kohler’s new Kohler Konnect system – voice-enabled technology whereby, for the first time, consumers can customise their bathroom experience by simply saying the words! We can’t wait til that new technology reaches our shores! Must have: Kohler VEIL INTELLIGENT TOILET

Design Trends 2018 - Kohler Australia

The Veil Intelligent Toilet has an integrated bidet, is rimless, features heated seat, heated water and dryer and remote control!

 

2018 Bathroom Design Trends Series. Thanks to our guest blogger Kellie Gammie of Oval & Co Bathrooms

KOHLER creates massive splash with innovative new bathroom products only weeks into 2018!

KOHLER creates massive splash with innovative new bathroom products only weeks into 2018!

Only weeks into 2018 and Kohler has created history at two of the world’s leading trade shows for the bathroom industry.

Kohler at KBIS 2018

The Kohler Co. exhibit shines at KBIS 2018KBIS (Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show) held in Orlando, Florida is the world’s leading platform for showcasing the latest products, trends and technologies while CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas, Nevada is the global stage for the technology industry drawing more than 184,000 attendees.

Kohler Co. attended both of these vast shows simultaneously and successfully raised the bar in terms of innovation, new products and the exhibit at both events.

Kohler at KBIS 2018

The extended Artifacts range launches at KBIS 2018

KBIS hosts over 600 brands, including 100 new companies and features workshops, networking circles, the integrated Design & Construction Week. New products released at KBIS 2018 included

Kohler at KBIS 2018

New products on display at KBIS

 

Kohler at KBIS 2018

New floral basins from Kohler

This year, Kohler’s Mark Bickerstaffe spoke to an extended group of designers and architects on 2018 design trends in both product design and the bathrooms of the future.

KBIS was proud to win Gold in the Bathroom category for its Kallista designer collection of bathroom products and Best In Show for Kallista’s breakout Grid tapware design. Grid was inspired by the fundamentals of the De Stijl movement. Kohler worked with a 3D printing specialist to harness the very best in direct metal printing technology in order to create this outstanding design.

Kohler at KBIS 2018

Kohler’s Kallista brand won the Gold Best In Show Award

Kohler at KBIS 2018

The prize winning Kallista Grid tapware

CES is THE global show for the tech industry attracting almost 200,000 attendees. Kohler clearly led the bathroom industry, with CES recognising Kohler’s outstanding and world-leading contribution to bringing technology and voice control to the bathroom in a meaningful way.

Kohler at KBIS 2018

Media and designers alike were excited during the launch of Kohler Konnect

Kohler used the CES industry-specialist stage to launch its voice-enabled Kohler Konnect technology whereby, for the first time, consumers can customise their bathroom experience by simply saying the words!

The technology extends to the shower, bath, toilet, mirror and tap – they are all finally connected. And simply by saying a command such as ‘make-up mode’, ‘pour 500ml’, ‘flush’, ‘sports shower’ the mirror, the tap, the toilet and the shower can be activated. The result is a truly customised bathroom experience that is both hands free and totally relaxing.

Kohler at KBIS 2018

The Kohler Konnect Shower

Run a bath to a preset temperature, turn on the foot warmer on the intelligent toilet, activate presets for sound, water, steam and lighting in the shower – all by voice control.

These incredible products of the future will launch in the US late 2018 … we hope to see them reach our shores soon after. Watch this space!!