It is hard to believe that more than 2 billion people have no access to safe water* in our privileged environments – where food, power and water are everyday staples. It was this fact that inspired Kohler to develop CLARITY, a simple, affordable filtration system that can provide safe drinking water for those living in remote areas with no access to clean water.
Kohler Clarity – the safe water filtration system
CLARITY is yet another step in the company’s ongoing commitment to global health and sustainability. A table-top ceramic filtration system, CLARITY was developed by Kohler in partnership with World Vision, iDE and Water Mission. It can produce 40 litres of safe drinking water a day – enough for a small family.
The cornerstones of the design are that it be simple to use and maintain, inexpensive to acquire and run and easy to transport in some of the most remote and rugged terrains in the world.
CLARITY, a ceramic filtration system, removes more than 99 per cent of bacteria and protozoa from 11 litres of water every two hours.
Contaminated or dirty water is placed in the reservoir at the top of the unit which then uses gravity to filter down to the storage reservoir below. The clean water can be kept safely in this reservoir and accessed by tap.
The filter cartridge contains some silver, for its antimicrobial properties, and is cleaned simply by rubbing gently with sandpaper to remove any sediment build-up. Each cartridge will filter up to 5000 litres of water before replacement is required.
Enormous thought has been put into the environments and communities in which CLARITY will be used – the lid, for example, is embossed with pictographic instructions in consideration of those who are illiterate.
Transport can also be an expensive and difficult process in more remote areas – so both the CLARITY unit and its packaging has been designed to be as lightweight as possible. One truckload of CLARITY filtration systems will contain 3600 units – enough for about 14, 400 people.
The easy to assemble and use CLARITY filtration unit stands about 60cms tall and weighs just 2.5 kg – and meets WHO standards for safe drinking water.
The CLARITY has already been used in disaster relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Given that statistics suggest the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water, and safe storage, the CLARITY is a life-changing development.
The Kohler CLARITY project has been a truly multicultural affair having been designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in Kohler’s US factory.
At a local level, Kohler holds permanent stocks of the CLARITY in its Kohler NZ warehouse in preparation for a rapid response should there be further disasters in its regional South Pacific islands.
Go to www.clarity.kohler.com for more details.
Other sustainability projects: Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kohler has had an ongoing passion and commitment to utilise its high-end design and technology skills to make change for ALL, especially those who have less. Having joined the Bill Gates Foundation, Kohler partnered with the California Institute of Technology in 2012 to develop a photo-voltaic toilet to provide a sustainable sanitation option to the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have safe sanitation.
* WHO 7/2/2018
A residential developer situated north of Auckland in New Zealand, has used a lifetime of experience and architectural passion to create his own family home in the lush rural countryside of Dairy Flat.
Calling on the expertise of local architect Alistair Dodds and interior designer Shannon Pepper, the owner’s brief was to create a two-storey family home for the couple and their two children. Key to his ‘dream home’ was a master bedroom with accompanying theatre room and a large, open-plan living area to take full advantage of a proposed water feature.
The owner’s favourite colour palette of black and white is in evidence throughout the home, as is his love of modernist, highly functional design. The living space has six metre ceilings and full-length glass walls, while the swimming pool has been placed under the roof, to enable year round use.
Bathrooms featuring KOHLER
There are four bathrooms in the home, each showcasing a black and white colour palette together with KOHLER’s sleek award-winning* Avid* tapware in a beautiful PVD Titanium finish. A different look is achieved in each bathing space with the clever use of texture and pattern in tiles and finishes.
The luxurious master bathroom exudes sybaritic indulgence – from the deeply relaxing hydrotherapy spa bath to the statuesque 1500mm Terrace vanity with double vitreous china basins and unique ‘FreeDrain’ waste system plus spacious natural oak integrated storage drawers. The all black bathroom achieves plenty of light reflection with the clever mix of Crystal Glass Loft Black subway tiles in a combination of high gloss and textured finishes while the large scale black Mek Dark wall tiles are finished with white grout. The choice of Avid tapware is complemented with matching Avid bathroom accessories.
A second bathroom achieves a virtual reverse of the chosen colour palette with striking 1200mm x 600mm honed Calacatta marble wall and floor tiles featuring deep grey veining. Again, the wall hung Veil Intelligent toilet offers a sculptural take on a traditionally utilitarian fixture. The Veil, with its French curve heated seat, is richly featured with advanced bidet functions controlled by a one-touch remote control and a self-cleaning bidet wand.
Other bathroom highlights include the Bluetooth enabled Moxie showerhead together with the Exhale multifunction shower and the sleek, low profile ModernLife basin.
All pieces in the bathroom have been selected for their understated crisp, modern lines that together create a sense of privacy and tranquillity bathed in soft light.
*International Red Dot Design Award
Wattyl has released its colour palette for 2019 which focuses on DESIGN MEETS EMOTION – the overarching sentiment in a far-reaching piece of Australian colour research (conducted by Wattyl) designed to examine virtually every aspect of our lifestyles.
The research forms the basis for Wattyl’s annual colour trend forecast and points to a widespread desire for calm and simplicity in a world where most consumers feel overwhelmed with fast-paced living, fake news and concerns regarding the environment, employment and politics.
We are embracing craft and wellness, honesty and authenticity as an antidote and buffer. We are creating interiors that are domestic cocoons exuding sensory tactility, where minimalism continues to flourish through the use of colour and considered aesthetics – and design instils emotion.
Wattyl has produced four distinct colour palettes that provide consumers with a canvas with which to create a personal interpretation of a look where design meets emotion and craft, technology and wellness intersect.
The four palettes in the Wattyl 2019 colour trend forecast are: Well Rounded, Green Scene, Sensory Darks and High Expectations.
Blurring the lines of downtime, dreamtime and worktime, this palette reflects the melding of conventionally separate spaces such as work and home to create a more harmonious life balance and increased flexibility in our working/leisure ratio. Simple plains of balanced colour ensure calming, open, androgynous spaces that perform as places for rest, recreation and productivity.
Cave, Sooty Owl, Phantom Grey and Vitesse
The integration of wellness, nature and conscious design is fundamental, across homes and lifestyle products, to surrounding ourselves with the natural, the organic and low impact design. The use of plants in interiors, to both clean the air we breathe and satisfy our cravings for nature and the outdoors, is now widespread. The Green Scene palette of nature-inspired hues, dominated by soft greens, is restful, natural, muted and fresh.
Cloud, Rhino, Nougat and Peahen Egg
Rich, dark hues have the ability to cocoon us, allowing us to disconnect and concentrate only on the timelessness of our surroundings. Deep, rich tones of blue and green, touched by glimmers of metallics and mustard, are essential to complement tactile surfaces and luxurious textures.
Sashimi, Midnight Seas, Dry Straw and Grey Pearl
Many of us crave the highly considered aesthetic, with fresh gourmet colours, that graces many an insta post – colours such as an evolved millennial pink matched with ink blue and raspberry accents. The look is luxe and tailored, exuding quality and tactile beauty.
Tombola, Limousine, Harissa and Kitty Grey
For more information visit colourtrends.wattyl.com.au
Wattyl Image Credit: Styling and Props by Domayne.
Kohler Co and Virginia tech are celebrating a major win at the 2018 Solar Decathlon, held for the first time in Dubai, UAE.
“FutureHAUS” is a unique solar home designed and built by Virginia Tech research university, with the support and technical input of Kohler Co in the US. Beating 27 other universities from 11 countries, the FutureHas Virginia Tech team had just two weeks to build its prototype FutureHAUS house, that runs exclusively on solar power, in a public expo area next to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Solar Park.
The goal of the competition was to create a high performing solar home – seen as the smart, sustainable housing of the future – able to function in the extreme climatic conditions of the Middle East. A key requirement was that it had to be able to be mass produced in similar communities around the world.
True Aging in Place
FutureHAUS makes it possible for a family to theoretically stay in the same house for life and have the home grow and change with them.
“We’re demonstrating how a house can automatically adapt to the needs of every individual who lives in it,” said Joseph Wheeler, lead of the FutureHAUS project, as well as a professor of architecture in the School of Architecture + Design and co-director of the Center for Design Research at Virginia Tech.
Kohler worked with Virginia Tech for two years advising on design and technical attributes that could achieve high functioning, smart solutions for both kitchen and bathroom.
The winning FutureHAUS, that enabled Virginia Tech to take home the $250,000 first prize, utilised factory-built cartridges to create living spaces that adapt to their inhabitants. Kohler provided technical advice and guidance on the water delivery system in the kitchen where metered amounts of water are delivered via voice control.
In the main bathroom the vanity top is 3D printed and utilises Kohler’s technological expertise to incorporate three sensors within the basin that employ the company’s Response touchless technology. Kohler has then coupled these sensors to three of its DTV digital showering systems.
What is the Solar Decathlon?
In it’s 16th year, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy.
Virginia Tech was the only team from the US to compete in this year’s Solar Decathlon. The prototype houses were judged on 10 criteria: architecture, engineering and construction, energy management, comfort conditions, house functioning, sustainable transportation, sustainability, communications and innovation.
The Solar Decathlon supports Dubai’s stated goal to have the smallest carbon footprint of any global city by 2050.
Lush green foliage is an excellent way to soften the hard, straight lines that so often proliferate in a bathroom – think tiles, vanities, mirrors, windows, shower recesses etc
Just a single plant, from a fern to a succulent, will introduce a pleasing, relaxing ambience to the bathing space – but there are other benefits to including living greenery in the bathroom. Clean air and health!
Indoor air can be more polluted than the air outside, as bathrooms, by their very nature, contain many chemicals – from those emitted by surface materials to shampoos, soaps and chemical cleaners.
Plants are the perfect ‘green’ way of improving the quality of the air – they require little effort and negate the need for an expensive air purifier.
Experts at NASA have spent time identifying the best indoor plants for removing toxins – but make sure the plant you choose is also the best suited to your bathroom’s light conditions, temperatures and any draughts.
Here are six plants, recommended by NASA for removing air-borne toxins, that could be grown in the bathroom:
Keep them fairly dry and grow in indirect light. Fertilise during growing season. One of the easiest indoor plants to grow.
GOLDEN CANE PALM
Requires plenty of light and a good balance of moisture, fertiliser and warmth. Brings a tropical lushness to the bathroom.
(Aloe barbadensis mill)
Grow in indirect sunlight in a dry soil (like a cactus potting mix). Water during growing period but never allow to stand in wet soil (ensure pot has plenty of drainage holes). The leaves contain a gel that can be used on skin conditions and superficial cuts for its soothing, antimicrobial properties.
An easy plant to grow indoors and can be planted in hanging baskets to allow the leaves to cascade or can be trained to climb a stick or pole. Can tolerate lower light and requires a cool environment and a reasonable amount of water.
(Spathiphyllum mauna loa)
Grow in a warm spot away from direct sunlight – it will tolerate low levels of light. Water regularly so that the potting mix is moist at all times. Yellow leaves mean it is receiving too much light.
Will tolerate low to bright light conditions but keep away from direct sunlight. Requires minimal watering. Very hardy plants that even enjoy being pot bound!
Just one plant will make a difference to both the ambience and the air purity in your bathroom – but think about groups of plants, perhaps in a corner of the floor, or suspended from the ceiling in baskets.
Be prepared for a little trial and error initially, while you work out the plants that are happiest in the conditions that prevail in your bathing space.
Dark and moody colour palettes on-trend
A deeper, bolder colour palette in bathroom design is the result of a significant cultural shift, according to one of the world’s leading trends forecasters.
Li Edelkoort, renowned for her long-term global trends forecasts, delivered some shape-shifting insights into colour and texture in a highly anticipated workshop with Caesarstone quartz surfaces earlier this year (2018).
Caesarstone’s Rugged Concrete sets the scene in this kitchen project.
Illustrating the increasingly dramatic colours being used in bathrooms, Edelkoort explained that interior design is no longer a culture that tries to imitate nature but rather take inspiration from it.
Caesarstone 5100 Vanilla Noir
Bathrooms, for example, will take their cue from carbon fibre, those materials that come naturally from fire and dust. “It’s a new way of looking at beauty,” said Ms Edelkoort. And dark, dramatic colours will be used in bathrooms to create a more sophisticated, hedonistic ambience. “Many bathrooms will include black, sometimes in combination with brass, to create a sense of luxury,” she said.
Kohler’s PVD tapware, including the modernist Purist and the vintage Artifacts collections, are the perfect fit for this look. Each is available in a range of ‘precious metals’ including brushed bronze, polished gold and rose gold. Purist, while inspired by vintage hand pumps, is the essence of simplicity and authenticity – a timeless design in either a single lever mixer or three piece basin set.
Artifacts is the antithesis of this – a collection of tapware that references the form and ornamentation of the Edwardian period, available in the deep, rich textures of oil-rubbed and vibrant brushed bronze. Each collection has matching accessories.
Artifacts Basin Set in oil rubbed bronze
Dramatic stone or quartz surfaces in deepest black, bold charcoal or midnight grey will feature on benchtops, splashbacks, walls and floors, some in solid colour and others with sweeping, bold pattern and veining or smaller, homogeneous chips. Each will create a sense of visual daring and bold statement.
Back to black with basins
In keeping with this bold design are Kohler’s Petaline and Mica jet black basins – each a statement piece to provide perfect balance with the dramatic dark tones of the Caesarstone finishes. Petaline, inspired by a single petal, is a feat of engineering mastery in cast iron with black enamel finish. The 615mm long basin is counter-balanced to create a vision of elegance and seemingly impossible poise.
Petaline’s profile cuts a sharp and striking silhouette.
Mica, available in either square or round format, is a beautifully sophisticated and refined honed black countertop vessel with super slim walls – just 6mm – to give the appearance of extreme delicacy and understated style.
Edelkoort used some of Caesarstone’s quartz surfaces to demonstrate the look – such as Vanilla Noir, Piatra Grey and Night Sky – along with metal elements, such as brass, to further enhance the sense of luxury and indulgence that can be achieved.
Kohler & Caesarstone