Stillwater, a landmark 1830s flour mill and home to Launceston’s multi award-winning Stillwater restaurant, has added a luxury sleep-over option to its beautiful premises on the banks of the Tamar river.
From the ashes of a roof-fire that seriously damaged the upper storey of the colonial-era building in 1942, seven beautifully crafted rooms have arisen that are testament to local materials, craftsmanship and artists. The adaptive re-use of this 1830s flourmill on the Launceston riverbanks, expands on the existing Stillwater Restaurant footprint – an award winning restaurant in it’s own right.
Stillwater Seven boutique hotel has been shortlisted in a number of national Design Awards;
The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – in the Colour Section. Staged annually by inside magazine, IDEA is now in their 17th year and is part of Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards programme.
The project has also been shortlisted in the annual EAT DRINK DESIGN Awards, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia (announced in Melbourne on November 12, 2019).
Cumulus Studio, a Melbourne/Launceston/Hobart-based architecture and interior design practice, used the devastating aftermath of the fire as the inspiration for the beautifully soulful, moody interiors colour palette.
Taking its cue from the many hues found in the charred landscape the fire left in its wake, Cumulus Studio and Interior Designer Amanda York created a palette of ‘regeneration and renewal’…
Blacks/charcoal representing the many charred timbers;
Greens, signifying the verdant regenerated growth of ferns, grasses and shrubs;
Red, the colour of the fire itself and its embers;
And Pink, the colour of new growth in the many eucalypts in the area.
While no two rooms are exactly the same, these colours are woven throughout the space – sage green mosaic tiles in the bathroom is offset with the blacks and charcoals of the original exposed charred beams; deep maroon-pink tiles in another bathroom form the backdrop to a black circular Kohler Mica basin; reds are used in carpeting throughout the corridors and hallways.
When it came to choosing the fittings for this haven of colour and local talent, it was important to select items that reflected the project’s commitment to authenticity and intent. Kohler’s Purist collection was chosen initially for its robust, beautiful feel and the simplicity of its profile. But it was its own story that sealed the deal! The design of the single column Purist tapware was inspired by the simple lines of the original hand pump used in old mills, where form clearly followed function.
Stillwater Seven uses Purist throughout the bathrooms – the tall basin mixer, bath set, shower mixer plus the handshower. And, of course, the perfect black basin – Kohler’s circular Mica.
Tapping into the strength of local artists and designers, guests will find custom made A.H Beard beds as well as bespoke furniture designed and made by local Simon Ancher at his nearby Launceston studio. And original works of art, by local artists, adorn the walls of rooms, bar and restaurant, routinely changing as all are for sale.
The winners of the IDEA interior design awards will be announced on November 22nd.. Good luck to Stillwater Seven and Cumulus Studio!
The ModernLife multi-award winning toilet, produced by Kohler Co and recognised for its ‘discreet design and practical cleaning features’, has been released in the popular wall-faced configuration.
Originally designed for public spaces, where understated design and exceptional hygiene are pre-requisites, Kohler’s ModernLife back-to-wall suite garnered two of the most prestigious international design awards – the Red Dot Design Award and the iF Design Award.
The key feature of this innovative toilet – now available in a wall-faced configuration – is its truly rimless bowl. The ground-breaking combination of the pan’s design and finish mean any liquid hitting the interior forms small beads of liquid that roll easily into the toilet bowl. The smooth, sleek interior means there are no ridges or channels in which germs or dirt can hide, while its dynamic flush flow ensures the bowl is rinsed thoroughly.
The timeless form of ModernLife’s design is the essence of simplicity with the slight overhang of the lid creating a seamless look. There is a choice of two comfortable, quiet-close seat designs – the low profile Slim and the sophisticated Elite model. The latter features a deodoriser, with a choice of fragrance packs, plus a battery operated LED night light.
Both seats feature a Vertical Quick Release hinge that enables the seat to be removed with just a gentle pull (when vertical) to enable fast and thorough cleaning.
The ModernLife Wall Faced Toilet suite also features optimal water-saving technology with a mere 4.5/3L water consumption (4 star WELS rating).
In-wall cisterns are sold separately with a choice of flushplate shape – choose from Oval, Bevel, Lynk and Note.
The ModernLife Wall Faced toilet is available nationally from Kohler stockists.
The bathroom has become the latest space to benefit from a fresh kind of craftsmanship – an area where art and artisanal skills come to the fore in our daily self-care routines. The basin has soared from a utilitarian receptacle for water to a piece of aesthetic beauty where materials, colour, pattern and texture create a visual attraction with light and water.
Kips Bay Show House New York, 2019 featuring Kohler Artist Edition Briolette basin and Purist tapware
Kohler embraced the look many years ago with the introduction of its Artist Editions Collection in which artists utilise a mix of raw materials, coloured glazes and hand-applied colour to create a unique collection of beautiful basins.
In the current market there are five designs that are proving popular – two of which are made from spun glass. Briolette is a faceted glass vessel basin inspired by the precisely cut surfaces of precious stone. Available in four colours – Ice, Dusk, Dew and Doe – the light-reflecting facets of the generously proportioned basin create both colour and movement.
Kohler Artist Edition Briolette basin in Translucent Doe
Kohler’s Kallos Spun Glass basin is an under counter model whose distinctive architectural patterning is reminiscent of fine crystal. The basin’s clever design creates a visual perception of incredible depth while the intricate faceting obscures any view of toiletries that may be stored within the vanity.
For a masterpiece of florography art the newly released Dutchmaster basin collection, inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, is a visual splendour with its big, bold, lush florals on a deeply dark, moody background. Available in both round and rectangular configurations, this vessel basin works particularly well with many of Kohler’s metallic tapware finishes such as rose gold, titanium and brushed nickel.
Dutchmaster in Blush Floral
Dutchmaster in Blush Floral
Kohler’s Derring Wading Pool self-rimming basin is a true stand-out in terms of hand-made textural beauty that is a stunning partner with timber and stone finishes. Featuring a rarely used rutile mineral glaze the Derring’s unique textured patterning creates an ever-changing palette of light reflective neutral tones.
The Kohler Derring Artist Edition basin
The Empress Bouquet floral motif, available on both the Conical Bell Vessel basin, the rectangular Kathryn under counter basin and the Vintage oval undercounter, is a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese print work. The intricate detailing, with gold and metallic highlights, is applied by hand, creating slightly different variations and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.
Empress Bouquet design on Conical Bell Vessel Basin
New generation toilets are ‘flush’ with style, shape and comfort together with higher levels of water efficiency and easy-clean features.
Kohler’s new Reach II back-to-wall toilet suite packs a lot of innovation into a compact design that shaves up to 70mm off the length (protrusion from the wall) of conventional models.
The new rimless Reach II Compact Back To Wall Toilet Suite
Designed for both new builds and renovations the Reach II’s 4 star WELS rating (4.5/3.5L) ensures it is well within new build codes while its 610mm projection from the wall makes it a preferred choice of back to wall toilet for more compact spaces.
Featuring contemporary flared straight skirt and clean lines, the Reach II has the highest hygiene credentials with the Kohler HygieneMax rimless pan technology delivering a robust, double wash-down with optimal coverage of the interior bowl.
There is a choice of two comfortable seat designs, the low profile Slim and the more seamless Wrap Over seat. Each seat is quiet close with vertical quick release operation – meaning the seat can be quickly detached with a ‘one-hand lift’ for fast and easy cleaning.
The Reach II Rimless Back To Wall Toilet Suite with wrap seat
The Reach II Rimless Back To Wall Toilet Suite with slim seat
For renovators the Reach II is truly versatile, with both P-trap and S-trap vario connection and side or top rear entry.
French curve. Wrap. Slim. Elite. Are we talking dress shapes? Handbags? Well, toilet seats actually!
Yes, there is a look. There is a shape. And there is a definite trend! Kohler Company, the global specialist in bathroom design, has released its latest take on the toilet seat styles that are trending in Australia today.
Shape – read aesthetics – is a key consideration, as is hygiene. Kohler’s latest offering places both of these demands at the top of its features list.
With models such as the Grande (in back to the wall and wall hung configurations) Kohler offers a choice of three toilet seat options – all of which fit the same toilet pan.
The Wrap, whereby the lid wraps over the seat, is a more conventional design, producing a seamless profile. The Slim is a very low profile seat and lid that is an inspired choice for the contemporary bathroom.
Kohler Grande Wall Hung Suites with either a slim, or wrap seat option.
Kohler Grande in a wall hung and back to wall configuration
The third and most deluxe offering is the Elite – an identical profile to the Slim but with the added benefit of a concealed scent dispenser (activated when the user comes in contact with the seat) and a night light.
The Elite seat comes with a fragrance trial pack. Just add AAA batteries to activate your motion sensing LED night light!
The comfort of the seat is a vital aspect of the seat design and Kohler opts for high quality, non-stain resin in a smooth, contoured shape that ensures a comfortable, ergonomic fit on posteriors of many sizes.
Veil is the brand’s flagship intelligent toilet – a self-cleaning bidet and toilet in one appliance – featuring the French curve heated seat with a gently dished shape to minimise the pressure points and create extra comfort. The seat is made from an antibacterial material to enhance hygiene levels while its deodorising carbon filter and LED night light provide extra convenience. Special mention should be made of the Veil’s balanced curves and sculpted form that inject a sense of beauty into any bathroom space.
The Veil Wall Hung Intelligent Toilet
Such is the importance of superior design in the humble toilet seat that ModernLife, Kohler’s most recent addition, has even won a prestigious international design award! Modern Life, the brand’s first truly rimless toilet, available in back to wall suite and wall faced configurations, received the Red Dot Design Award for discreet design and outstanding practical cleaning features.
Modern Life offers the choice of Slim or Elite seats for both pan configurations.
Toilet seats such as Kohler’s Grande, Reach, Modern Life and Parliament are quiet close with vertical quick release operation – the seat can be quickly detached with a ‘one-hand lift’ for fast and easy cleaning.
The Wall Hung and Wall Faced toilet configurations come with your choice of flushplate. Click here to see all Kohler flushplates.
Click each toilet range name to discover more about each unique offering.
Home renovations continue to grow at a greater rate than new home construction according to HIA, with a bathroom renovation identified as one area that can add the most value to a home.
Bathroom renovations add great value
With the average cost of a bathroom renovation coming in at round $17,522 and 34 – 54 year olds spending the most, brands like Kohler are keen to flag the latest trends and technological updates to would-be renovators.
Bathrooms have evolved – and blossomed – into temples of personal care. Gone are the sterile, clinical white spaces – today’s bathroom exudes plush comfort and zen-like calm. Colour and texture are key players – in the form of terrazzo or concrete floors, lush foliage and ‘precious metals’ tapware. Statement basins are also high profile inclusions.
Key to the look is a perception of space; natural materials (stone, timber, vegetation and floral design elements); and spa-like technology. Kohler has recently introduced the Dutchmaster collection of artisanal basins that encapsulates the starring role nature and florals can play in a new bathroom. Inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, the entire surface of each basin – round or rectangular – is adorned with big, bold, lush florals dramatically enhanced by a deeply dark, moody background.
These basins are the perfect partner for one of Kohler’s wall mount or bench mount mixer taps in a luscious selection of precious metal finishes – from polished and rose gold to vibrant brushed bronze, titanium and brushed nickel. The classically elegant design of the Purist mixer taps or the more contemporary, angular form of Composed are popular choices.
Clever inclusions to increase the perception of space are wall-mounted fixtures such as wall-hung toilets and floating vanities. The more floor space that can be seen, the bigger the perception of space. Kohler’s Veil Wall-Hung Intelligent toilet integrates a toilet and bidet in one and has stand-out features such as touchless flushing, one touch remote control functionality, hygienic rimless bowl and built-in UV self-cleansing bidet. The Grande Wall-Hung suite meanwhile, features super hygienic rim-free technology and an ultra-efficient flush system.
The Veil Wall Hung Intelligent Toilet
Wall-hung or floating vanities, in a sleek, understated design of sparkling vitreous china and hardwood detailing are a perfect fit for the modern bathroom. Kohler’s Terrace collection comes in a range of four sizes to fit virtually any bathroom dimensions.
The oak drawers of the Terrace basin + vanity combo.
The choice of shower is pivotal to achieving the spa-like indulgence we all crave – and Kohler has a number of options. The Exhale showerhead fulfils two aspects of the modern bathroom brief – its beautiful soft white silicone spray-face was inspired by the delicate petals of a dahlia while its Katalyst air-induction showering technology infuses water with air to create a powerful, luxurious deluge much like a rain shower. In fact, there are four spray experiences on offer – full coverage, drenching rain, pulsating massage and silk spray.
The Exhale Showerhead offers 4 different shower spray options to suit your mood.
For those preferring an overhead shower there are the RainCan showerheads in square and round configurations, again with Katalyst technology – or, for a clever dual option the Converge is a truly multifunction showerhead. This beauty combines a wall mount shower that has an integrated hand shower that detaches from the exterior rim by virtue of a magnetic docking station.
Kohler’s key message to would-be renovators is to do the research first – there are so many new, beautiful and technologically advanced products for the modern bathroom that will beautify the space, elevate the luxury of the bathing experience and create the perception of additional space. And there are choices to fit any budget.