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.

 

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

The KOHLER Waste Lab … turning nothing into something

The KOHLER Waste Lab … turning nothing into something

 KOHLER Waste Lab

Waste is only waste if we define it that way. What if ‘waste’ didn’t exist?  The way we live now, we produce almost more waste than products. Imagine turning our waste into something else!

As Kohler Stewards, believing in better, we are charged to write the next chapter. To wonder what’s next. And to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

KOHLER Waste Lab

Kohler Co. Headquarters in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA

We committed to NetZero by 2035 in terms of greenhouse emissions and solid waste going to landfills. To fulfil this promise of reducing and eliminating them, we constantly think of new ways to approach this challenge. As a large manufacturer, solid waste is a byproduct of factory processes and brings with it a mountain of worry.

The KOHLER Waste Lab

Born out of our Kohler employee initiative Innovation for Good, the idea of looking at industrial waste in a new way and as raw material first emerged in October 2013. The team developed solutions to keep clean manufacturing waste out of landfills, make it valuable again and turn it into innovative products.

Since then, Theresa Millard, an artist and bio-mimicry expert, and her team have experimented and tested ways of transforming how people look at waste. Millard knows that with a craftsman’s eye and the understanding of composition and characteristics, waste can be re-purposed as raw material for new, precious products that bring joy and a good feeling to the customers.

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Artist and bio-mimicry expert Theresa Millard who has joined Kohler to help drive the success of the Waste Lab.

As a result, the Kohler Waste Lab was created and its team is charged with finding environmentally sustainable solutions and contributing to the circular economy by imitating nature and recycling, reusing and re-purposing factory byproducts.

The Waste Lab – located in a glass production building in a disused lab facility – is an innovative, cross-discipline team of engineers, industrial designers, waste specialists and artists who create something new, valuable and worthwhile with potential landfill material and with equipment that is no longer in use in the production plants.

We committed to NetZero by 2035 in terms of greenhouse emissions and solid waste going to landfills. To fulfil this promise of reducing and eliminating them, we constantly think of new ways to approach this challenge. As a large manufacturer, solid waste is a byproduct of factory processes and brings with it a mountain of worry.

Some of the byproducts we currently create include foundry dust, spent sand, green cull from the pottery and enamel powder and already our Waste Lab teams have magically transformed this ‘waste’ into decorative kitchen and bathroom tiles for our US tile company Ann Sacks.

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Foundry dust and sand, green cull and enamel powder make kitchen and bathroom tiles!

And this is just the beginning …

For more information, visit us at: wastelab.kohler.com

 

New Kohler Experience Centre opens in Hollywood

Kohler Experience Center Los Angeles

This week we opened the doors to our seventh Kohler Experience Centre, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Kohler Experience Center 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.

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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.

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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*.

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Showering experiences can be enjoyed by visitors – bookings required!

Kohler Experience Center Los Angeles

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.

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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.

Kohler adds three new Kitchen and Bathroom Experience Centers

This year, Kohler has successfully opened Kohler Experience Centers (KEC) in the US., U.K. and India and can now add Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand to the ever-growing list of experiential kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

TAIPEI KOHLER EXPERIENCE CENTER

On August 28, President and CEO, David Kohler, and Larry Yuen, Group President – Kitchen and Bath, opened the Taipei KEC (KECTPE)

Kohler Experience Center

The opening ceremony of the KEC Taipei was a dramatic and exciting event!

The design of the KEC Taipei was inspired by the arcs and angles of a book – like it was being flipped through – and the designers applied the aesthetics of these lines throughout the showroom.

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The new KEC Taipei is reminiscent of pages flipping open in a book.

The rich, avant-garde displays of kitchen and bathroom suites included a range exciting new products, including the iconic TouchMe mirrors, Intelligent toilets, Moxie Wireless Bluetooth showerhead, live water zones and the signature Bold Art installation.

Kohler Experience Center

The suites include working displays and a range of innovative new products in bathroom settings.

The immersive opening ceremony experience was followed by a Kohler Design Forum, which Kohler partnered with the Chinese Society of Interior Designers (CSID) and was attended by architects, designers and industry guests.

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CEO and President, David Kohler, addresses the audience

 

BANGKOK KOHLER EXPERIENCE CENTER

Just 24 hours after the Grand Opening of the KEC Taipei, David Kohler and the team raised their glasses to officially welcome in the KEC in Bangkok – the fifth KEC to open.

The Bangkok KEC opening also celebrated the 15th anniversary of Kohler in Thailand. The beautiful new retail space in Nobel Remix 2 Condo near the trendy Thong Lor Skytrain station sports a post-industrial, minimalist style.

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The stunning new Bangkok experiential showroom.

The 700sqm space was designed by award-winning Bangkok based P49 and was developed with the concept of an industrial art gallery in mind. With hundreds of showrooms currently existing in Bangkok, the challenge was to create a truly unique space to showcase their iconic, award-winning kitchen and bathroom products.

The extensive showroom offers the latest innovations in intelligent toilets, PVD tapware displays and an Artist Edition basin gallery. Visitors can also experience working displays featuring the latest products and technologies.

Kohler Experience Center

The immersive display offers consumers and designers the opportunity to experience Kohler products.

Tapping into the growing popularity of collaborative working spaces, the KECBKK includes a co-working space and coffee bar for visitors and designers alike to meet and discuss their kitchen and bathroom projects.

Kohler Experience Center

The KEC BKK

Following the Industrial Art Gallery theme and blueprint of all KEC’s, visitors to Bangkok’s KEC are greeted by an art space featuring both local and international artists. Artwork will be rotated to continuously keep visitors intrigued and inspired.

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The art installation at the KEC BKK.

SINGAPORE KOHLER EXPERIENCE CENTER

While Kohler products can be found in various showrooms around Singapore, the KEC is the first Kohler-exclusive location in this regional design and architectural hub.

Kohler Experience Center

The opening of the KEC SGP featured a light show – both inside and out!

The 790sqm showroom is situated in the heart of Singapore’s downtown district in a traditional conservation space. The ground floor is divided into five distinct zones – Fashion; High Tech; Family; Classic and Black.

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Some of the suites at the KEC SGP…

The art installations on opening are ‘Born in Taiwan’ by Taiwanese artist Wu Peishan and ‘time artifacts’ by Singaporean artist Thomas Cheong.

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The KEC Singpore art installation was by Taiwanese artist Wu Peishan

KECSGP Guests were treated to an illuminated light show both internally, during the opening ceremony, and externally on the building front – a unique occasion in Singapore!

Awaken the senses with Kohler’s new advanced action slide shower …

Advanced action, wide coverage slide showers are just the latest in technology-driven features in the bathroom – and the Awaken Slide Shower ticks all those boxes.

Kohler, US global innovator in bathroom design, has released a multifunction slide shower that delivers wide coverage while minimising over-spray, and features enhanced targeted spray patterns.

Kohler Awaken Slide Shower

The Awaken Slide Shower with organic shaped showerhead.

Awaken is a slide shower with clean, architectural lines and a beautifully sculpted shower head that is geometric in appearance.

Kohler Awaken Slide Shower

The geometric inspired sprayface on the Awaken Slide Shower.

Powered by an advanced spray engine, the Awaken slide shower delivers the signature experience that sets Kohler showering apart. Users can select from three spray patterns accessed by a simple-slide tab on the showerhead.

Choose from an all encompassing spray with wide coverage for everyday use.

Kohler Awaken slide shower

Awaken Slide shower’s drenching spray.

For soapy hair-rinsing, when a more intense, drenching spray is required there is a more forceful setting.

Kohler Awaken slide shower

Awaken Slide Shower

And for those with sore muscles or in need of some rejuvenation, the targeted mode, with a more powerful stream of water is the perfect antidote.

Kohler Awaken slide shower

Awaken Slide shower targeted spray action.

The entire surface of Awaken’s 110mm diameter spray face is covered in spray nozzles and features a finish that is easily cleaned with just a damp cloth.

Kohler polished chrome bathroom products, including its slide showers, benefit from a special finish that resists corrosion and tarnishing.

Click here to see the Awaken slide shower in action.

New Crown Towers Perth Luxury Resort features Kohler in the bathroom

Kohler products have long been gracing the interiors of luxury hotels around the world. Think high-end, international hotels such as the Sheraton, Westin, Four Seasons, W Hotels, Ritz Carlton and the Hilton hotels – along with boutique residences such as Rosewood, Luxury Collection and Indigo.

And now, Kohler is featuring in the bathrooms of premium hotels and luxury apartments here in Australia, including the recently completed 6-Star rated Crown Towers Perth. As the bathroom brand of choice, balancing style and comfort with tough, hardworking roles in the bathrooms our KOHLER products help bring hospitality projects like Crown Towers to life.

Crown Towers Perth

A first class resort, Crown Towers Perth is positioned overlooking the Swan River with sweeping views across to the Perth CBD. The architectural aesthetic is contemporary and distinctive, complemented by sumptuous interiors.

Crown Towers Perth

The riverside entrance to Crown Towers Perth. Image supplied by Crown Towers Perth.

Designed by Melbourne based architects and designers Bates Smart, Singapore based interior designer Michael Fiebrich and Sydney based Blainey North among others, the hotel boasts an array of outstanding features. Some standouts include a full-sized Frangipani tree and greenery wall greeting guests from Metropole, 187 unique designs for custom-made light fixtures, a soaring seven metre high ceiling in the hotel lobby and behind the reception desk sits an incredible wall-mounted sculpture, by artist Ian Dowling, consisting of 6,000 separate ceramic pieces, capturing the essence of the local landscape.

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The Lobby at Crown Towers Perth, including the ceramic, wall-mounted sculpture by artist Ian Dowling. Images supplied by Crown Towers Perth.

The 500 timelessly luxurious apartments are larger than standard hotel rooms and feature elegant and contemporary styling. The spacious travertine-lined bathrooms are positioned to offer stunning views across the landscaped, riverwalk gardens, the Swan River and towards the city of Perth.

 Crown Towers Perth

Premier suites at Crown Towers Perth. Image supplied by Crown Towers Perth.

Crown Towers Perth

Spacious bathrooms at Crown Towers PerthDrawing influence from international design benchmarks and the design intent to create restrained luxury, the tapware selected was the premium Loure range. The Loure Collection’s sleek design delivers a sense of pure simplicity and the wall mounted basin provides a classically modern look that perfectly coordinates with the stunning bathroom interior.

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Crown Towers Perth Premier bathroom

 

Crown Towers Perth

The Loure Wall Mount Basin Set

The over-sized shower features the Loure Shower Column with hand-shower and matching shower mixer and brings both form and function with its linearity.

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The Loure shower column – an overhead Rainshower featuring Katalyst Air Technology – plus handshower. Paired with Loure shower mixer.

Meanwhile, the Loure bath spout’s dimensions are dictated by its function – the water stream is simply an extension of the spout itself.

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Nothing like a bath with a view … featuring the Kohler Loure Top Assembly handles and matching Bath spout – created for Crown

The toilet of choice is the simple yet streamlined Parliament Back To Wall Toilet Suite – a toilet that achieves all the design requirements of the project including water conservation, quiet performance and added comfort.

 Crown Towers Perth

The quietly versatile Parliament Back To Wall Toilet Suite

About Crown Towers Perth

The pinnacle of luxury in Perth’s hotel offerings, Crown Tower’s Perth’s guest rooms and suites boast unparalleled city views, intelligently designed with the latest in luxury hotel technology.

Seamlessly integrating with existing Crown properties Metropole and Promenade, amenities include include numerous retail and dining options, a full-service spa, a business centre, large convention and meeting complex.

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Foyer at Crown Towers featuring the fragrant Frangipani tree

For more information on Crown Towers Perth, visit the Crown Towers Perth website.

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