Kohler Co has brought its passion for the arts to our local region with the KOHLER Bold. Art. Exhibition – a visual feast of works from artists throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Having invested in the recognition of both established and emerging artists for more than 40 years – in particular with its own residency programme in Wisconsin that has so far hosted more than 500 artists – Kohler has chosen to highlight the wealth of artistic talent in our own Asia Pacific region with the KOHLER Bold. Art. Exhibition. This year’s theme is Multiculturalism.
About the Multiculturalism theme
In the digitally connected world, people migrate, live in foreign countries and cultures, merge and demerge. Cultural and ethical boundaries dissolve, merge or pull apart to create a multicultural hot pot.
The travelling art exhibition, showcasing work from 13 artists across the region, opened in Shanghai and from there moved to Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines. It is set to open in Taiwan on Tuesday, April 25.
These unique pieces of art, curated especially for this exhibition, reflect multicultural trends influencing daily lives and society in thought-provoking ways over the whole spectrum.
Australian artist features at Bold. Art.
Australia’s Oliver Tanner, artist and designer, is a graduate of Sydney’s National Art School and was chosen as our home-grown talent, showcasing his artwork at the Taiwan event. His sculpture “Interwoven” is a representation of multiculturalism in Australia and the interconnected nature of its communities.
Oliver Tanner from Sydney
Artists from China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates express their views and feelings about multiculturalism through their artwork.
According to UNICEF, in 2015, 1.8 billion people were using unsafe drinking water.
What the world needs is a solution to improve the water quality and consequently the lives that are affected by it. Kohler Associates worked together to figure out how to help build better lives and how to reduce the struggle to find clean water. The project resulted in the development of a ceramic water filtration system called Kohler Clarity.
Designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in a Kohler factory in the US, this truly trans-global project created a water filter that meets exceptionally high standards of quality and design. The filtration system, for example, is highly effective yet incredibly simple to use and maintain.
Kohler Clarity is an innovative ceramic water filtration system designed to offer 40 litres of safe water per day without using electricity. Each Kohler Clarity filters out more than 99% of bacteria and protozoa, providing up to 40 litres of safe water each day – enough clean drinking water for a family of four. Given the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water – and safe storage – the Kohler Clarity is a life-changing development.
Kohler Clarity Filter Cartridge
The design of the Kohler Clarity meets World Health Organisation water quality standards. The appliance filters up to two litres of water an hour and has a total capacity of 23 litres – 11 litres of dirty water and 12 litres of clean water with safe storage.
Each filter can clean up to 5000 litres of water – and replacement filters are very low cost and readily available.
Even the packaging has been designed to fit more product into a standard box and therefore significantly reduce transport costs.
The Kohler Clarity has already helped countless numbers of people in developing countries.
Click below to view some of the ways we have helped those in need:
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.
In the 60s, an invitation to 290 Walsh Street, South Yarra was one of the most coveted invitations in Melbourne.
People were in awe when this address was uttered. It was a rare occurrence to be invited to the house that Robin Boyd designed for his family in 1957 and that has since won a lot of recognition. It is said to be his most acclaimed work.
Walsh Street courtyard
Robin Boyd (1919 – 1971) is arguably the most influential architect there has been in Australia. He was passionate about good design and devoted his life to creating a wider understanding of it’s benefits.
The design world in Melbourne embraced the essence of the international modern movement in Australian architecture at Walsh Street in South Yarra. Boyd, who had met an untimely death, was a true visionary of urban design, a writer, teacher and social commentator who still has a strong influence on modernist Australian architecture.
The living space at Walsh Street.
Guests enjoy the atmosphere and space at Walsh Street.
To this day, the iconic house inspires architects, designers and other design-focused organisations around Australia. For this reason, we invited an intimate group of Melbourne designers to join us for an evening of design, innovation and creativity at this unique property, now part of the Boyd Foundation, where sparks of design insights ignite and the spirit of betterment for our society lives on.
Melbourne designers enjoyed an evening of design and creativity. Guests inlcuded Sue Fenton, Alisha Renton and Grace Cram from Woods Bagot.
The evening commenced with an in-depth and fascinating history on Robin Boyd and Walsh House by ‘Friend of the Boyd Foundation’ Alan Pert, followed by a tour of the residence.
Alan Pert shares Robin Boyd’s story …
Larry Yuen, President – Kohler K&B Group Global, focused his presentation on our diverse stewardship programs around the world and the Asia Pacific Bold. Art. program which was launched with 13 new young artists last December in Shanghai.
The food was supplied by resident caterers, Cutler & Co, and special guest speaker, Executive Chef, Casey McDonald shared with us his take on design and creativity when it comes to food and the creation of menu’s.
Cutler & Co Executive Chef – Casey McDonald – shares some culinary tips and tricks when designing dishes!
More than 40 guests and our team truly felt the flow of creativity in this special place.
A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN WATER MOVEMENT WINS RED DOT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD
Not often can a bathroom tap be described as a piece of art, but on this occasion – the launch of the Composed basin mixer – its embodiment of balance and perfect proportions certainly warrants the accolade!
Using the teachings of Rowena Reed Kostellow, US sculptor, designer and renowned educator, as its inspiration the Kohler design team eliminated all unnecessary details to create a beautifully simple tap with perfect proportions and exceptional ease of control over water flow and temperature adjustment.
Composed Basin Mixers with Forefront Countertop Basins
“We wanted to elicit an emotional response from all who use Composed – and with its stark beauty and truly refined lines we think we have achieved that,” said Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s Director of New Product Development.
The Composed tapware collection – which has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award – features a single lever basin mixer, in both regular and Super Tall, plus a three-piece basin set with the choice of either lever or cross handles.Shower/bath mixers, with and without diverter, plus 3-piece bath sets with matching lever or cross handles completes the range.
Composed Super Tall Basin Mixer – perfect for countertop vessels
Composed Basin Set with lever handles. Also available as a Bath Set.
Composed Basin Set with cross handles. Also available as a Bath Set.
The hero single lever basin mixer is truly timeless in its design – its geometric shape, with long spout and side-mounted control create visual balance and true refinement.Its polished chrome finish has the acclaimed Kohler resistance to tarnishing and corrosion.
The Composed Basin Mixer side profile with sleek, cylindrical barrel handle.
The Kohler Composed basin mixer has a 5 Star WELS rating using six litres of water a minute.
NOTE: Not available from all Kohler resellers – check with your local showroom for availability.
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.