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.
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.
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.
Premier suites at Crown Towers Perth. Image supplied by 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. TheLoure 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.
Crown Towers Perth Premier bathroom
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foyer at Crown Towers featuring the fragrant Frangipani tree
Inspired by the delicate appearance of the Dahlia flower, the Exhale multifunction Slide Shower delivers a signature showering experience with a choice of four spray patterns designed to indulge, rejuvenate and calm the mind and body.
Taking advantage of the very latest innovations in engineering, actuation and sprays, Exhale’s four spray patterns, from one showerhead, ensure a therapeutic and cleansing experience, including:
Full Coverage (large luxurious drops)
Drenching Rain (exhilarating, drenching circular water pattern)
Massage (targets specific parts of the body to revitalize and soothe)
Silk Spray (soft, silky drops that are gentle on pets, children and sensitive skin).
The spray pattern is adjusted simply by rotating the spray face.
Kohler’s Katalyst air-induction technology cleverly increases the volume of the water-experience while actually reducing water consumption. By injecting air into the water flow the size of the droplets is increased, creating the perception of larger, fatter, more plentiful water drops.
The new Exhale Showering Tapware
Durability and longevity is key to Kohler’s design ethos and the Exhale doesn’t disappoint. The spray face features a unique silicone surface with rub-clean nozzles that ensure any mineral deposits are easily wiped away. The polished chrome finish is both corrosion and tarnish-resistant.
The Kohler Exhale Slide Shower, which is also available in a Shower Rose option (again with Katalyst technology) uses a maximum of 9 litres of water a minute and has a 3 star WELS rating.
Following hot on the heels of the opening of KOHLER’s inaugural Experience Centre in New York City, the very next day a European Kohler Experience Centre opened in the London suburb of Clerkenwell – one of the city’s renowned creative hubs.
After the incredible success of the opening of the KOHLER Experience Centre in New York City the day before, it made perfect sense to show the architects and designers on the old continent the latest products and services in the new KOHLER Experience Centre in London (KEC LON) – a showroom operated in partnership with West One Bathrooms Ltd. European’s leading bathroom retailer.
The new Kohler Experience Centre in London
The event was hosted by David Kohler, President and CEO, who flew over directly from New York. The event corresponded with the Clerkenwell Design Week, held 23-25 May, and hosts around 35,000 visitors to the this design neighborhood – looking for best designs from around the world.
The KEC LON taxi!
In the KEC, visitors can experience products close up and personal and immerse themselves into the world of Kohler. The centre shares information on all aspects of the KOHLER business including our other brands such as KALLISTA – for luxury and premium bathroom designs – as well as our stewardship and art programs.
The first European KEC showcases innovative products such as Real Rain, the latest Artist Editions Shagreen basins, the advanced technology of the DTV+ shower system, the new Modern Life suites and Veil Intelligent Toilets.
Kohler’s new Shagreen basins and new baths on display
In addition, the new KOHLER global specification service has been launched, providing instantaneous, hands-on access to all products across our entire portfolio.
In a dedicated art space, a piece of the Bold. Art. exhibition 2014-2016 is displayed. “Love” by the Korean artist Yang Younghoe is part of the Arts/Industry program that we run in the US and Asia and features at the London Experience Centre.
The Bold Art installation – “Love” – by the Korean artist Yang Younghoe
By visiting the new KEC in London, customers can gain a more intimate understanding of our products and services and develop a deeper knowledge and insights of the brand.
About the area
Clerkenwell Road – between King’s Cross and the City of London – was constructed around the same time that KOHLER was founded. The initial purpose of the road was to link the east and west of the city.
The neighborhood has developed from a monastic settlement (long before the road existed) through darker times of crimes to an area in Central London where one finds more hedonistic, creative businesses and number of architects per square meter than anywhere else in the world.
The design district is these days more alive than ever, although the atmosphere is creative and artsy all year around with more than 80 world renowned design brands, more than 200 architects, tons of restaurants, and bars in the neighborhood.
44-48 Clerkenwell Road where the showroom is located is a building with a long history. It was built in 1886 as a warehouse for the printers Gilbert & Rivington by the architect W. Seckham Witherington. In the early years of the 20th century it was turned into a factory for Elis Korn, a jeweler and watchmaker, who had the place refurbished by the architect W. Ernest Jefferis.
The building that is close to Farringdon station – rumored to be the oldest underground metro line in the world – has long served London’s creative industry.
Last week, Kohler opened the doors to their inaugural Kohler Experience Centre in New York’s Flatiron district. Designers lined up to attend the unveiling – the first of a series of new Kohler Experience Centres to open this year.
Designers line up outside the new Kohler Experience Centre in New York.
Occupying a 10,000 foot space, the global flagship is divided into a series of kitchen and bathroom vignettes, interactive displays allowing visitors to use and experience products, a private bathing space AND an art installation, demonstrating Kohler’s commitment to the arts and curated by Kohler’s John Michael Kohler Arts Centre.
More like an expansive home than a showroom, president and CEO David Kohler explained “The concept was created with both customer segments in mind to eliminate the chaos of choice and simplify what can otherwise be, at times, a challenging process.”
Interspersed with these product focused vignettes are cleverly presented displays of Kohler’s extensive bathroom product range where visitors can immerse themselves in the decision making experience; a tapware wheel – matching fixtures, finishes and colours; private showering spaces – where you can book your own appointment in the spa-like retreat to trial the showers and baths first-hand, the perfect ‘try before you buy’ bathroom
One of the spa retreat bathrooms you can book and experience before you buy!
experience! And collections of complementary basins and products – side by side to provide plenty of bathroom design inspiration.
The colour wheel …
Products on display at the new KEC NYC
As a global leading bathroom brand working closely with architects and designers internationally, the showroom also displays fixtures and fittings compliant with international standards, plus an on-site international bathing expert is on hand who can advise on plumbing regulations in different countries. The inclusion of video-conferencing technology to communicate with local Kohler associates around the globe ensures this is a truly international showroom.
“For the first time ever, design professionals will have hands-on access to Kohler’s global product suite,” David Kohler explained. “The beauty of this is twofold: We’re streamlining the specification process for design professionals working on projects around the world and also creating a design test lab where we can gather invaluable intel on which products from our global offering resonate in different markets, helping us stay at the forefront of design trends.”
President and CEO David Kohler greets guests at the new showroom.
The new showering display gives visitors a hands-on experience of Kohler’s showering technology.
The art exhibition includes select pieces from the John Michael KOhler Arts Centre in Kohler, Wisconsin, featuring elements from Babel by Alabama artist Jim Neel. Babel was created during Neel’s 2008 Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Co. Pottery.
The Art installation at KEC NYC
New York is the first of nine KEC locations due to open this year in major cities including Bangkok, Hong Kong, New Delhi, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei.
Bathroom basins have a new look and a longer life! The latest ceramics technology has created a super-ceramic whereby vitreous china can be shaped into beautifully refined, slim-walled basins that are more durable and stain-free.
The stunning new Mica Slim Rim Basin
Kohler, one of the world’s largest bathroom specialists, has developed the Mica basin – a countertop vessel basin with super slim walls, just 6mm thick, and a CleanCoat™ stain-resistant coating.
The Mica basins are minimalist in design and perfectly proportioned. Designed to be used with statement hob-mounted taps such as Kohler’s award-winning Composed the Mica, in its modernist form, is the perfect complement to any style of bathroom or ensuite.
The delicate appearance of the walls of the Mica are, in fact, misleading. While extremely delicate and elegant in appearance, these new basins are 1.5 times harder than traditional vitreous china.
The 6mm super-ceramic slim rim is extremely strong and durable.
And Kohler’s DFI CleanCoat™ finish creates an invisible stain-resistant surface that ensures the basin retains its original glossy, pristine good looks after many years of use.
The Mica vessel basin comes in two designs – 393 mm square and a 410 mm diameter round version.
A simple, graceful bathing space – a retreat from the modern world – is at the heart of a new tapware design called AVID that has won the prestigious international Red Dot Design Award (2015).
The Sensuous Side of Simple … KOHLER’s new Avid tapware range.
Avid, by Kohler, delivers sensuous simplicity to everyday bathroom tapware – and transforms it into a purposeful exercise in purity of form. The Avid tap is an inspired concept. Reminiscent of liquid metal its gentle, fluid form rises from the benchtop and is stretched to a slender, tapered spout. The lever control is an extension of the body of the tap – no harsh edges, sharp angles or unnecessary embellishment.
The Avid two-piece wall mount basin set.
The collection of Avid bathroom tapware includes Standard, Tall and Super Tall basin mixers as well as a three-piece widespread model, a wall mount basin mixer and shower mixers. The basin tapware has a 5 star WELS rating, using six litres of water a minute.
The Avid single lever basin mixer range includes Standard, Tall and Super Tall.
Kohler has a reputation for durability and longevity – as with all other tapware its Avid model is finished in a corrosion and tarnish-resistant polished chrome and superior ceramic disc technology.
The basin mixers also feature an integrated aerator with angle adjustment to ensure optimum performance for all installations.
Simple flow is all part of the Avid tapware design intent.
A full range of matching accessories will be released shortly.
Available on order. Contact a showroom near you for more details.
Interested in hearing more about Avid’s design? See below the video of KOHLER’s Director of New Product Development talking about the design imperative set for Avid.