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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s hot for Bathrooms 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This week we opened the doors to our seventh Kohler Experience Centre, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The opening night of the KOHLER Experience Center – West Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Following on from KEC’s in New York, London, Singapore, New Delhi, Taipei and Bangkok, the Hollywood store (KEC LAX) continues our mission to launch our new retail concept – KOHLER Experience Centre’s located around the world, offering a global immersion in the full offering of KOHLER products.
What this means is that each Centre will showcase fully-functioning displays of Kohler’s global product lines available across the world— a first for both the industry and for the KOHLER brand. This will enable trade professionals to test and source KOHLER products like never before. Fully-functioning products, including showers, tapware, basins and toilets will enable all customers to experience the true differences in performance and design.
Extensive displays showcase products.
Designed by noted Los Angeles architectural firm Marmol Radziner, the sleek, white two-story shopping destination is flooded with natural light and features soaring ceilings, sliding walls of glass and more than twenty fully designed kitchen and bath vignettes.
20 bathroom vignettes adorn the showroom.
The opening was attended by key designers, celebrities and industry associates alike. LA has an emerging design scene – not just limited to product design, but also encompassing fashion, film, culture – and has been looking for something like the KEC LAX to learn more about a manufacturer’s passion for gracious living, leading-edge design, and outstanding customer service.
Visitors to the KEC LAX can fully immerse themselves in the world of bathroom and kitchen design by browsing the stunning vignettes, or taking it a step further by booking a real-life experience of the products in the Experience Room, featuring recently released products such as Real Rain, DTV+ digital shower systems, VibraAcoustic hydrotherapy along with the Veil and Numi Intelligent Toilets*.
Showering experiences can be enjoyed by visitors – bookings required!
Experience suites offer visitors the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’.
Each KOHLER Experience Centre includes an art installation to pay homage to the John Michael Kohler Arts Centre and KOHLER’s dedication to the arts. KEC LAX features the large-scale work of renowned sculptor, David Franklin, a Kohler Artist-in-Residence at Kohler, Wisconsin. The installation – named Ghost School (2015), features a piece from the Kohler Co. permanent collection and is crafted from clay during Franklin’s 2015 residency, celebrates life on the water while giving form to the artist’s continued concern of the ocean environment where he frequently spends time.
David Franklin’s art installation – Ghost School (2015)
Kohler Co. plans to launch a total of 10 KECs in 2017 and 2018 to meet global demand. Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Dubai will follow in 2018.
* Note that not all products are available in this market as yet.
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).
The kauri-topped wall mount vanity is enhanced by an understated square white Forefront basin plus Purist wall-mount polished chrome mixer tap – both by Kohler. Wall-mount fixtures are essential to the look – the more floor space that is visible, the bigger the space appears to be.
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.
And to complete? Just add water! AND PLANTS!