Saint Kate hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA worked alongside the “KOHLER Create’ team to design meaningful, custom basins in their 2019 renovation.
Saint Kate’s Leopard Bedroom Suite
This major upgrade transformed the 1987 built hotel into Milwaukee’s first Visual Arts hotel.The hotel’s idea of offering new experiences to broaden people’s ways of looking at the world was very much in line with Kohler’s vision through design, and innovations such as Kohler’s WasteLab. The latter, more like a studio with craftsmen than a factory – takes waste materials and recycles them into things of beauty, like their hand made range of crackle tiles made from porcelain scraps. These tiles were used in the hotel bar/dining area.
The Hotel Bar on the ground floor
The black and white ribbon, part of Saint Kate’s visual signature for fluidity was one of the ideas developed further by KOHLER and incorporated by hand onto the Veil basin, creating a design story of both inspiration and the journey involved in creating this piece of ‘art’.
KOHLER Veil Basin with ribbon motif
Like Saint Kate, they looked at the possibilities of how to make something special that was more than ‘just a basin’. The result installed into the hotel’s 219 rooms is special for Saint Kate, special for KOHLER and special for the customers using them.
See the whole design story video here.
Stillwater, a landmark 1830s flour mill and home to Launceston’s multi award-winning Stillwater restaurant, has added a luxury sleep-over option to its beautiful premises on the banks of the Tamar river.
From the ashes of a roof-fire that seriously damaged the upper storey of the colonial-era building in 1942, seven beautifully crafted rooms have arisen that are testament to local materials, craftsmanship and artists. The adaptive re-use of this 1830s flourmill on the Launceston riverbanks, expands on the existing Stillwater Restaurant footprint – an award winning restaurant in it’s own right.
Stillwater Seven boutique hotel has been shortlisted in a number of national Design Awards;
The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – in the Colour Section. Staged annually by inside magazine, IDEA is now in their 17th year and is part of Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards programme.
The project has also been shortlisted in the annual EAT DRINK DESIGN Awards, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia (announced in Melbourne on November 12, 2019).
Cumulus Studio, a Melbourne/Launceston/Hobart-based architecture and interior design practice, used the devastating aftermath of the fire as the inspiration for the beautifully soulful, moody interiors colour palette.
Taking its cue from the many hues found in the charred landscape the fire left in its wake, Cumulus Studio and Interior Designer Amanda York created a palette of ‘regeneration and renewal’…
Blacks/charcoal representing the many charred timbers;
Greens, signifying the verdant regenerated growth of ferns, grasses and shrubs;
Red, the colour of the fire itself and its embers;
And Pink, the colour of new growth in the many eucalypts in the area.
While no two rooms are exactly the same, these colours are woven throughout the space – sage green mosaic tiles in the bathroom is offset with the blacks and charcoals of the original exposed charred beams; deep maroon-pink tiles in another bathroom form the backdrop to a black circular Kohler Mica basin; reds are used in carpeting throughout the corridors and hallways.
When it came to choosing the fittings for this haven of colour and local talent, it was important to select items that reflected the project’s commitment to authenticity and intent. Kohler’s Purist collection was chosen initially for its robust, beautiful feel and the simplicity of its profile. But it was its own story that sealed the deal! The design of the single column Purist tapware was inspired by the simple lines of the original hand pump used in old mills, where form clearly followed function.
Stillwater Seven uses Purist throughout the bathrooms – the tall basin mixer, bath set, shower mixer plus the handshower. And, of course, the perfect black basin – Kohler’s circular Mica.
Tapping into the strength of local artists and designers, guests will find custom made A.H Beard beds as well as bespoke furniture designed and made by local Simon Ancher at his nearby Launceston studio. And original works of art, by local artists, adorn the walls of rooms, bar and restaurant, routinely changing as all are for sale.
The winners of the IDEA interior design awards will be announced on November 22nd.. Good luck to Stillwater Seven and Cumulus Studio!
The new Components tapware range was selected by SJB Interiors for the Royce Hotel refurbishment.
Introducing Components, a full bathroom and accessory collection for the contemporary bathroom that speaks to the many facets of modern design. Every element, from spouts and handles to the accessories that complete the space, is designed to feel like a minimalist piece of modern sculpture.
Designed to be designed
Based in Paris, the design team behind the Components collection sought inspiration for a new modern, modular faucet design in the Bauhaus movement and the minimalist aesthetic that dominates much of European architecture, art and design. The result is a modern take on faucets unlike anything else from KOHLER.
What is the KOHLER Components collection?
The collection invites you to design your own signature look by combining a faucet spout with your style of handles. The different spout and handle combinations possible within this curated collection allow you to infuse the room with your style.
Once you have found a combination that speaks to your taste, select a finish and bring the entire room together with Components showering designs and accessories. With different combinations creating distinct looks, Components is a versatile collection that was designed to be designed. By you.
What is “Designed to be designed”?
Designed to be designed means that the Components collection was made for designers and decorators who want to create personalised spaces. The versatility and personalisation of the Components collection enables it to be used in a wide range of looks and styles.
“With Components the client is the designer. They are part of the design process,” says Bruno Chenesseau, design studio director, Kohler Kitchen & Bath EMEA.
Components is a simple, three-step process to create one’s own, unique look:
For basin and bath, choose from three designs. ROW, monumental yet playful and featuring laminar flow for a smooth stream of water; RIBBON, slim, sinuous, sweeping architectural lines; and TUBE, a timeless, classic cylindrical profile.
Ribbon spout with Rocker handle in Titanium
For basins there is a choice of the sleek, single-control ROCKER inspired by the scrolling action on smart devices. ROCKER can be placed anywhere on the deck, within range. OYL, inspired by precision-tooled gauges and dials, is for widespread configurations. INDUSTRIAL is influenced by machine valves and factory pipes while LEVER is a slender, elegant take on classic design. For bath applications choose from OYL, INDUSTRIAL and LEVER.
The handles each have distinct looks that feature fluid and intuitive control.
The Rocker handle…
The Oyl handle
Choose from POLISHED CHROME, MATTE BLACK, TITANIUM, BRUSHED NICKEL, and ROSE GOLD.
Row spout with lever handles in Rose Gold
And if a simple single lever mixer is all that is required, the Components range includes a faucet in chrome with an easy roll pin lever handle plus an ingenuous back-lit temperature indicator.
Components basin faucet
To complete the range, an extensive range of accessories in matching finishes are available including hotelier, towel bars, robe hooks, towel rings and toilet tissue holders.
The Components Collection by KOHLER. Designed by you.
Read more about the Royce Hotel refurbishment using Kohler Components, designed by SJB Interiors here.
NB. Components currently available for commercial projects only. Contact us at AU_Commercial@Kohler.com for more info on the Components range.
As our cities keep growing, urban waste is becoming an increasing problem to which designers have sought to find the best solutions. To celebrate the World Industrial Design Day, we raise awareness for “doing more and better with less” by using waste and alternative materials as resources.
Here are new or re-purposed materials that could help us design a more sustainable future.
Hidden Beauty – Inner Skins by Gutedort
The use of untanned inner skins has been common until the late 20th century. The stable and impermeable animal bladder material served as a lightweight and stretchable container to transport liquids, cheese, tobacco or documents back in the time.
Nowadays, inner animal skins are usually considered as unappealing objects. This artist re-purposed these bull testicles to create unique and beautiful materials using an elaborate vegetable tanning process. It transforms the material into a stunning leather-like surface.
Plastic Stone Tiles by Enis Akiev
By combining post-consumer plastic wastes and geological components with artificial materials, these tiles are the result of how plastic waste is transformed to look like natural stone.
WasteLAB by Kohler
At Kohler, we are contributing to the circular economy and reducing landfills. We reuse, rethink and repurpose some materials from waste streams to create beautiful and thoughtful products. The WasteLAB tiles were made from pottery dry culls, spent foundry sands, waste glaze enamel powders, and foundry dust.
Read more about the Kohler WasteLAB here.
W has arrived! The opening of W Brisbane in mid 2018 marks the first of the iconic W hotels to relaunch in Australia. In addition, W Brisbane is the first five-star hotel to open its doors in the Brisbane CBD in over 20 years.
The new development in the Mary Street, Brisbane Quarter precinct houses this thoughtfully curated 312 room/suite luxury hotel and is sure to please. All rooms have river views, feature the latest facilities including on-trend technologies and entertainment options alongside dark and moody bars, superb restaurants, spas’s and pool areas, all woven into the layers of colour and pattern that capture the W brand’s outlandish and bold attitude.
The W brand, from the Marriott International stable, is renowned for its punchy, stand-out designs located in every corner of the globe. They stand out not only for their exceptional and innovative design but for their hospitality concepts – such as W Brisbane’s ‘Penultimate Extreme WOW suite’ (W’s version of the presidential suite) located on the 33rd floor and boasting a limitless panoramic vista from the river to the mountains and beyond – alongside creature comforts in every room and suite. Think flowing timber panelling, birdcage-like wardrobes and beautiful guest bathrooms (with fixtures supplied by Kohler and Agape).
Owned and developed by Shayher Group and displaying the distinctive design style of renowned interior design studio Nic Graham & Associates, Nic himself has worked on a number of W properties and tells us that each project always starts with a detailed narrative that is guided by the W Brand protocol. Key DNA touch points are addressed based on location and the key story for W Brisbane was ‘A River Dreaming’, an indigenous-based narrative of the Brisbane river.
Nic and his team tapped into Brisbane’s history, culture and key social aspects that support the brand goals of providing an engaging hotel experience from Food and Beverage through to each guests stay. They touched on the river and the effects on the landscape, the floods, the Queenslander heritage, flora, fauna, Australiana and Brisvegas.
“We were excited about the opportunity to weave an Australian narrative into this international brand that is so focused on design and modern culture.” says Nic.
This theme is apparent in every nook and corner of the hotel from the lobby to the dining venues, the unmissable pool, spa, and each and every glamorous room. Images and analogies of the river, its waves, and ripples pop up in various subtle and not so subtle colours at every corner of the property.
Mirrored ceilings and strong horizontal forms inspired by the river banks of Brisbane feature throughout, and wall graphics created in collaboration with Fabio Ongarato pay homage to the arts district that is located nearby while art installations by Australian artists including John Nicholson, Lucas Grogan, and Reko Rennie give it a special touch and complete the picture.
Re-entering the Australian market and Brisbane, in particular, was perfect timing for the Marriott International group as the city is growing rapidly and morphing into a more mature metropole. The year-around sunshine and the outdoor lifestyle attracts guests and travellers looking for luxurious experiences and mini-adventures, all of which they are bound to find in this property.
If only to admire the exceptional, unconventional design approach of the organic forms and curvilinear shapes, W Brisbane is well worth a visit. Or stay a little longer to enjoy The Living Room or Wet Deck bars, or fine dining at the signature restaurant Three Blue Ducks for a truly immersive experience. Whichever it is, W Brisbane should be included on your next visit to Brisbane.
W Hotels are set to open in Melbourne in 2020 and Sydney soon after.
All images courtesy of Toby Scott
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.