The Katalyst for change in showering technology

Advanced water technology means we can all indulge in a drenching, luxurious, all-enveloping shower safe in the knowledge we are using less water than ever when showering!

Kohler, the US global design force in bathroom design and technology, is the brand behind the patented Katalyst showering technology.

A reconfigured sprayface and an air-injection mechanism create a super-indulgent ‘rainshower’ experience whereby the user receives even, wide coverage, without any wasteful overspray, regardless of the water pressure.

Katalyst showering - Exhale

The Exhale Showerhead offers 4 different shower spray options to suit your mood.

Katalyst technology introduces 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water creating larger, fuller water droplets that retain heat longer**.

The fullness and force of the water spray emulates that of a heavy rain shower, courtesy in part to the redesign of the nozzles – larger diameter, different configuration and revised angle.

Kohler Rain Duet

Kohler’s Katalyst showering technology delivers luxurious, plump water droplets that retain the heat for longer.

The unique patented technology of Katalyst results in a better cleaning and hair rinsing performance – and an overall indulgent, luxurious experience.

And while the technology is high performance there are no visible changes to the showerhead’s exterior and no extra noise.

Katalyst showering - Exhale

The Exhale Shower comes with 4 different shower spray options – from Silk Spray for a gentle face wash to Drenching for a full showering experience.

 

Kohler Moxie Katalyst

The Kohler Moxie Showerhead with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker also sports Katalyst Air Injected Technology.

Kohler’s Katalyst rainshower experience is available in a number of showering tapware options – wall and ceiling mounted showerheads plus showering columns.

Kohler Katalyst RainDuet

The Katalyst RainDuets come with Round or Square Rain Showerheads

 

Katalyst RainCan

The Kohler Katalyst RainCans come in square or round and two sizes – 200mm or 250mm.

 

Katalyst Moxie Showerhead

The Moxie Showerhead with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker comes in 2 sizes – 125mm and 250mm

** Independent studies have shown each droplet is half a degree warmer as a result of Katalyst technology.

New Kohler Experience Centre (KEC) opens in New Delhi…

New Kohler Experience Centre (KEC) opens in New Delhi…

Its been a busy few months for Kohler Co. with the commencement of our global Kohler Experience Centre (known as KEC) rollout in strategic locations around the world.

The first KEC to launch – and the perfect location for any flagship store – was in New York in June. Occupying a 10,000 foot space, the New York KEC is divided into a series of stunning kitchen and bathroom vignettes.

Not to be outdone, Europe launched it’s own flagship KEC in London in the design hub of Clerkenwell with it’s own collection of sumptuous suites and experiential displays.

Closer to home, the latest KEC to open its doors was KEC New Delhi – a hub which is now becoming one of Kohler’s fastest growing markets – according to David Kohler, President and CEO who also attended the opening.

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Kohler CEO and President David Kohler at Delhi KEC opening

The New Delhi 10,000 sq ft retail concept space was designed by local firm Studio Lotus and is spread over 2 floors and 4 distinct zones – Café, Inspiration Zone, Warehouse and Lab.

As its name suggests, the Cafe – sporting a Kohler kitchen of course – offers the perfect meeting place for consultants, architects, designer and retail customers meeting to discuss their need for each individual project.

The Warehouse is an area that showcases the product range with a modular space for customers to select products for
their projects while highlighting the strength of the KOHLER portfolio.

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Tapware line-up ready for selection

The Lab is an area that highlights Kohler’s journey of product innovation and performance stories. This space
features interactive, live product displays offering an immersive experience to KEC visitors.

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A vast array of showering options zone in the Lab.

The Inspiration Zone features the work of seven key Indian architecture firms. Each suite or space represents their
creative interpretation of what a bathroom can look like – ranging from Zen bathrooms featuring Japanese minimalism to
bathrooms blending old world elegance with new age technology in a monochromatic palette of black and white.

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An bathroom suite designed by featured architects in the Inspiration Zone

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Some bathroom inspiration for visitors in the Inspiration Zone”Our KOHLER Experience Centers signify a paradigm shift in our retail experience globally. With the launch of the
KOHLER Experience Centre in New Delhi we are elevating our retail experience allowing end consumers, architects and
designers to have an interactive and immersive experience with KOHLER’s global range of products,” said David Kohler,
President and Chief Executive Officer of KOHLER Co.

KEC Delhi

A Purist and Derring Wading Pool Basin feature in just one of the many suite vignettes on display

The Experience Centre houses fully-functioning displays of KOHLER’s global product lines, including basins, tapware,
showers, baths and toilets. The KEC is the first of its kind for both the bathroom industry and for the KOHLER brand in India. This experiential space will enable architects, design professionals and consumers to trial and specify KOHLER products all under one roof.

And of course, each KEC features it’s own unique art exhibition. KEC Delhi features the work of visionary designers Sahil and Sarthak who created the art installation “Kalpataru – The Wishing Tree” signifying customs associated with the Hindu Festival of Lights. The sculpture was unveiled during the KEC Delhi opening.

Art installation by designers Sahil and Sarthak named “Kalpataru – The Wishing Tree”

 

 

To read more about the KEC New York opening – click here.

To read more about the KEC London opening – click here.

Avid Titanium – Timeless tapware style for the bathroom

Avid Titanium – Timeless tapware style for the bathroom

Our design crush on metals has moved to the bathroom with the style spotlight shining brightly on Titanium – one of the world’s most precious metals. Kohler has been quick to respond, releasing a beautiful set of tapware in a lustrous Titanium PVD finish.

Avid tapware

Avid 3TH Basin Set in stunning Titanium PVD finish.

Avid, seriously graceful and sensuously simple, won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2015 for its polished chrome format. Its recreation in Titanium is a sure case of sublime style and perfect timing!

Reminiscent of liquid metal Avid’s 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.

Avid Tapware

The Avid Super Tall Basin Mixer – the perfect partner for a vessel or countertop basin!

The Avid collection 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.

Avid tapware

The slimline Avid Wall Mount Basin Set in Titanium.

The durable, corrosion-resistant Titanium finish of Avid is achieved by virtue of PVD technology (Physical Vapour Deposition). This is a customised finish system that vaporises the finish and molecularly bonds it to the chrome surface. This produces a finish that is tarnish, scratch and corrosion resistant – in fact all Kohler finishes exceed industry standards and carry a 15-year warranty.

The Avid basin tapware is rated a five star WELS using just six litres of water a minute. Avid accessories complete the look and are also available in the Titanium finish.

See Mark Bickerstaffe – our Kohler Director of New Product Development – talk about the design intent of this new Kohler tapware:

 

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.

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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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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.

Crown Towers Perth

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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For more information on Kohler’s global projects, visit our Global Projects site.

Kohler Experience Centres add a European hub in London …

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.

 KEC London

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.

 KEC London

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

KEC London

In addition, the new KOHLER global specification service has been launched, providing instantaneous, hands-on access to all products across our entire portfolio.

KEC London

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.

KEC London

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.

New Kohler Experience Centre (KEC) opens in New York …

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.

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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

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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.

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The colour wheel …

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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.

KEC NYC opening

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.

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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.