Following the Design Forum earlier this year, we met up with Bill Bensley in the gardens of his recently completed OUE Twin Peaks projects, to talk about trends and his design philosophy.
Bill Bensley at the OUE Twin Peaks property in Singapore
Bill has designed resorts and landscapes all over the world and his credo is minimal impact and sustainability – first and foremost Therefore one of this first considerations before starting a project is “How can I protect the environment?”
Bill Bensley incorporates sculptures into his landscaping designs as part of the “storyline”.
Bill believes that everything must go back to the DNA and all elements should have a clear storyline, flowing like a good Hollywood movie.
About Bill Bensley
Bill Bensley is a Harvard-educated architect and landscape designer based in Bangkok, known as the king of exotic luxury resorts. His properties number more than 100 across 26 countries and include properties such as Four Seasons Hualalai, The Four Seasons Chiang Mai and Tented Camp in Chiang Rai, Intercontinental Danang and many more.
The ‘unveiling’ of Kohler’s Veil smart toilet takes hygiene and comfort to a new level in terms of luxury and personalised convenience.
The Veil is a self-cleaning wall hung toilet with advanced bidet features controlled by a one-touch remote control. The design of the Veil deserves special mention as its balanced curves and sculpted form inject a sense of beauty into the utilitarian toilet or bathroom space.
The Veil Intelligent Toilet – integrating technology and hygiene.
The French curve heated seat, with its gently dished shape, minimises pressure points for extra comfort while its antibacterial material enhances hygiene levels. The ultra-responsive remote control offers a suite of customised features to optimise hygiene and personal comfort – these include a choice of soft, pulsating or spiral wash with instant air-infused warm water; choice of water temperature; warm air dryer with adjustable temperature control; and seat temperature adjustment.
The French curve seat is ergonomically designed to eliminate seat pressure points and enhance seat comfort. With the addition of antibacterial properties for optimum hygiene.
The Veil’s stainless steel spray wand automatically cleans itself with sterilised water after each use – and automatically sanitises itself with UV light every 24 hours.
The bidet wand has three wash functions and heats the water to your desired temperature.
The powerful, twin jet flushing system of Veil, together with its rimless bowl, ensures a cleaner flush and an all round higher standard of hygiene within the toilet.
Multiple flushing options offer improved hygiene, including automatic flush; touchless flush, one touch flush and manual flush.
Further testament to the rich list of features are the automatic seat cover – sensor-activated with three adjustable distance settings to automatically open and close the lid – and the blue LED nightlight on the face plate of the toilet.
The Veil has half and full flush options with a 4 star WELS rating and 3.3 litre average flush.
The Veil Intelligent Toilet offers the perfect balance of form and function to encapsulate the essence of the modern intelligent toilet.
Watch the Veil Wall Hung Intelligent Toilet video here.
In a rare milestone in the history of the toilet, new engineering and design has produced a maximum hygiene/minimal-cleaning model that delivers real benefits and understated aesthetics.
The new Grande Rimless Back to Wall Suite
Kohler’s new Grande Rimless Back to Wall Toilet Suite features a seamless smooth pan which has been produced through a custom process to deliver an industry leading straight skirted toilet with a flawless finish.
The Grande also features a rimless bowl with a smooth interior and ultra-efficient flush system – improvements that produce the most germ free, hygienic toilet ever and one that is far easier to clean!
The rim of traditional toilet bowls – originally designed to optimise the distribution of water needed to rinse the toilet interior – actually creates a safe haven for germs and bacteria and makes adequate cleaning quite tricky.
Sleek, clean styling of the Grande Back To Wall Toilet Suite
The new rimless Grande, by Kohler, has no rim – just a very smooth interior that is rigorously cleaned by the toilet’s ultra-efficient flush system. Basically the flush propels the water, very powerfully, around the bowl but clever engineering and shaping ensures no splashback.
The compact, understated design of the Grande Back To Wall toilet suite means it will perform equally well in master bathrooms and ensuites and complement any interior design aesthetic. It projects just 650mm from the wall and is a mere 395mm wide.
Additional features include Quiet Close VQR (Vertical Quick Release) toilet seat – really easy removal for enhanced cleaning – and 4 star WELS rating (average flush of just 3.5 litres). It is suitable for both new builds as well as retrofit as it has back and side entry for water feed.
Side entry pan holes on Grande Rimless Back to Wall Toilet Suite
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2016 FROM ALL KOHLER EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS. Visit our showroom locator for a full list of outlets.
KOHLER recently celebrated the extension of its Australian retail network into Tasmania with a number of launch events held in conjunction with Crisp Ikin Agencies – the official distribution partner for the state – and key retailers, Elite Appliances (Hobart) and Becks Home Timber and Hardware (Launceston).
Elite Appliances in Hobart will showcase KOHLER product and to celebrate the launch, the Crisp Ikin Agencies showroom played host to a KOHLER Design Evening which was was attended by members of the Architectural & Design community.
Distributor, Crisp Ikin Agencies, have a commercial showroom with a range of premium KOHLER products on display ranging from basins, – including the Artist Edition range, tapware and sanitary ware.
Pictured: Darren Genner of Minosa (centre) with Crisp Ikin Agencies’ Colin Etter (left) and Tony Ikin (right)
Attendees listen to presentation by Darren Genner
Guest speaker for the evening was Darren Genner from Minosa Design in Sydney – KBDI Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2013/2014/2015; winner of the HIA Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 and HIA Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016.
Darren Genner of Minosa enjoys handing our gifts of KOHLER chocolates from KOHLER’s own chocolatier in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA.
Darren delivered an extremely insightful and informative presentation on current design trends, sharing with the audience a slideshow of range of current kitchen and bathroom designs, products and trends.
KOHLER General Manager, Geoff Cope, provided a valuable insight into the history of KOHLER & KOHLER’s diverse portfolio of brands including Kitchen & Bathroom, Generators, Hospitality, and Interiors.
Lean-To Kitchen provided catering for the event, providing a delicious array of finger-food & beverages which were enjoyed by all in attendance.
The following evening was a dual launch event held in Launceston at Becks Home Timber and Hardware where the KOHLER brand will feature, alongside Kohler’s Englefield brand.
Champagne flowed at the Kohler / Englefield launch evening in Launceston.
This event was attended by a large contingent of VIP builders, plumbers and their wives who enjoyed a similar evening, with fabulous food and wine supplied by Matson Catering, Launceston.
Becks Home Timber and Hardware in Launceston welcomes Kohler and Englefield.
Kohler Parliament mini-suite at Launceston
Kohler Reach minisuite on dislplay.
Crisp Ikin was founded in 1982 and is now Tasmania’s leading distribution agent for bathroom fixtures and furniture, including baths, showers, vanity units, toilets and tapware. The addition of the premium Kohler brand and trusted-value Englefield brand to its portfolio is seen as a natural extension to Crisp Ikin’s footprint in Tasmania.
Kohler featured at the recent Kitchen & Bath China 2016 event in Shanghai with this year marking the twentieth anniversary of Kohler’s entry into the Chinese market. Many of the Kohler family were present to celebrate and to showcase new products and designs, highlighting their “Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” mantra.
On display at the Kohler booth was an extensive range of the latest and greatest in bathroom design and innovation. Displays were divided into various themes including intelligence, style, hygiene and clean, experience and sustainability.
Some of the key product suites Kohler launched at KBIS included the KOHLER Konnect, Modern Life and the Ming suites.
KOHLER Konnect offers the ultimate in bathroom connectivity. With a click of your mobile phone you can control all of your bathroom’s intelligent products through one handy mobile app. It’s one-touch control provides a complete smart bathroom solution and lays the foundation to develop and integrate further internet technologies into the bathroom. We can’t wait to find out more…
The Ming Suite
This stunning suite launches in recognition of Kohler’s twentieth year in China. A blend of East meets West whilst combining classic design with innovation, the Ming suite reflects the Chinese view of balance, harmony and peace.
The Ming Suite at the Kohler booth at KBIS.
Kohler’s Ming Suite
Modern Life Suite
With its refined, clean and comfortably simple design sensibilities and restrained colour, the Modern Life suite proves that less can be more.
The Modern Life Suite.
One of the Modern Life basin options.
Incorporating a full suite of products, from sanitary ware to furniture, Modern Life exudes modern innovative style.
More of Kohler on display …
Black basins on show at KBIS.
Composed 3 piece basin set with Carillon basin.
An Evening with Kohler
Click below for a snapshot of the Kohler event … An evening with Kohler.
During the course of the evening, Tom Casper was recognised for his 40th anniversary of working at Kohler. Tom is the first associate working in the Asia-Pacific region to hit this special milestone! Well done Tom. Read more here.