KOHLER ModernLife toilet suite wins international design award

Launched to great acclaim and garnering international accolades, Kohler’s ModernLife toilet suite has been recognised for its revolutionary approach to hygiene and ease of cleaning with the prestigious international Red Dot Design Award.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The key feature of the ModernLife back to wall toilet is its truly rimless bowl – a first in the Australasian market. In taking rimless technology to the next level, Kohler has introduced a beautifully engineered pan featuring a bevelled and chamfered edge. This bevelled edge is finished with Kohler’s patented CleanCoat™ technology.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The ground-breaking combination of the rim’s inward-sloping design and the finish of the edge means any liquid hitting this area will form small beads of liquid that will roll easily into the toilet bowl. In addition, the Vertical Quick Release seat means the seat can be removed with just a gentle pull (when vertical) making thorough cleaning both fast and easy.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

It is these innovative features that create the new level of hygiene and easy cleaning that Kohler is introducing with the ModernLife collection.The smooth, sleek interior also means there are no ridges or channels in which germs or dirt can hide. And its 360˚ dynamic flush flow ensures the bowl is rinsed thoroughly.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

In another first, Kohler has included an optional Elite Seat. This introduces new levels of comfort and convenience in the form of a subtle LED pinstripe light – to subtly light the seating area when dark, without creating too much light – and a fragrance sachet to gently perfume the air. Both are operated by two AAA, easily replaceable batteries. The ultra-streamlined Elite Seat has an easy fit invisible hinge (easy to install and quick to release for thorough cleaning) plus quiet close seat and lid.

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The timeless form of ModernLife’s design is the essence of simplicity with the slight overhang of the lid creating a seamless look.

The ModernLife Back to Wall Toilet suite also features optimal water-saving technology with a mere 4.5/3L water consumption (4 star WELS rating).

KOHLER's ModernLife Back To Wall Toilet Suite

The ModernLife toilet suite – with the option of the Elite Seat – is complemented by the ModernLife vessel basins (with and without tap hole) that emulate the simplicity of form and sleek profile of the toilet.

Discover the ModernLife design story here…

VEIL Intelligent Toilet raises the bar to a new level of personalised luxury

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.

Kohler Modern-Luxe Bathroom

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.

Intelligent toilets - Veil Integrated toilet and bidet

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.

Intelligent toilets - Veil Integrated toilet and bidet

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.

Intelligent toilets - Veil Integrated toilet and bidet

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.

Intelligent toilets - Veil Integrated toilet and bidet

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.

Download Intelligent Toilets Whitepaper here – Why Intelligent Designers are embracing INTELLIGENT TOILETS

Visit the showroom locator to find a Veil retailer near you. NB not on display in all showrooms so contact your nearest showroom for further details.

KOHLER goes gold for the Guggenheim

After months of anticipation Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s “America” installation has opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (September 16, 2016). The subject of the work that has created worldwide interest – and long, winding queues – is an 18-carat solid gold replica of the museum’s existing Kohler toilets.

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Maurizio Catellan’s bold gold replica of the KOHLER toilets in the Guggenheim Museum

This is no ordinary exhibit set on a pedestal or placed behind a glass screen, this is a fully working toilet that the artist invites members of the public to use. In fact he welcomes it, saying “It will be a test of the piece”.

Toilets - Gold KOHLER toilet

A replica of the KOHLER working toilets – this work of art actually works!

Housed in the museum’s relatively small, unassuming bathroom on the fifth floor, long queues have formed each day, with excited visitors eagerly anticipating the opportunity to spend time alone with a work of art of unquestionable value, by a leading contemporary artist.

The Guggenheim museum has stationed a security guard outside the bathroom while staff will clean the toilet every 15 minutes.

Cattelan describes the work as “100 per cent art for the 99 per cent”. He says the golden Kohler replica toilet is in part a nod to Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 artwork, Fountain, a urinal submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in New York in 1917. Duchamp was suggesting that an everyday item could be considered art if an artist presented it as such. The work was ultimately rejected.

Unlike Duchamp’s installation, the solid gold replica Kohler toilet is receiving unprecedented praise and admiration. It is to be on permanent exhibition for the foreseeable future.

Read more about this exhibit here

Introducing the new Grande Rimless Toilet Suite

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.

Grande Rimless Back to Wall Suite

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.

Grande Rimless Back to Wall Toilet Suite

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.

Grande Rimless Back to Wall Toilet Suite

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.

Be inspired at the new Kohler / Englefield showroom in Auckland

If you’re building or renovating, for the best in bathroom and kitchen inspiration visit the Kohler and Englefield display suites and technical showroom in Glenfield on Auckland’s North Shore. You’ll discover an extensive range of products from leading a global leader in bathroomware – Kohler – and Englefield, one of New Zealand’s favourite bathroom brands.

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Kohler Artist Edition basins on display at Diana Drive.

“Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” underpins every new design and product at Kohler and the stunning mini-suites provide a range of styles and settings to suit any bathroom.

For even more options, the popular Englefield brand offers the “Total Bathroom Solution” featuring showering displays, mini-suites, kitchen sinks and more.

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One of the modern suites at the Kohler / Englefield showroom.

 

Kohler showroom - Auckland

On-trend mini-suites showcase the extensive range on display.

You’ll find the total bathroom solution – baths, basins, tapware, furniture and more.

From Kohler’s Artist Edition and Nature’s Chemistry ranges, to Englefield’s popular Milano Collection of shower, bath, tapware and accessories, the showroom enables customers to see the products in bathroom settings or “try before they buy”.

Kohler showroom - Reve tapware

The popular Reve vessel basin with Strayt tapware.

 

Kohler showroom - Englefield

One of the many Englefield suites on display.

 

Kohler showroom - Englefield

The Kohler and Englefield showroom is at 133 Diana Drive and is open from 8.30am to 5pm.

Kohler sustainability centre-stage at international event

Kohler sustainability centre-stage at international event

As populations expand and the climate changes, demands on global water supplies are being put to the test. In response globally, Kohler is one company leading the charge to develop technologies that will help preserve this precious resource.

Recently, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President and founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton, recognised companies making a difference in the global water scarcity issue – and Kohler was on the list.

The elegant Kumin kitchen mixer

The elegant Kumin kitchen mixer

Kohler CIO and VP of Sustainability Davor Grgic (pictured fourth from the left) stood alongside partner World Vision, in recognition of their commitment to provide one new person with clean water every 10 seconds by 2020.

Global leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Jack Ma convene at this CGI Annual Meeting to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. In addition, Kohler participated in a panel discussion on ‘water scarcity’ which addresses world water supply and access issues.

Refer to earlier posts in relation to the Bill Gates Reinvent the Toilet blogs for Kohler involvement in this field.

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