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Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Check out the latest from our Global Bathroom Design Trends series, this time an exclusive interview with Darren Genner – design director and founder of Minosa Design based in Sydney.

For more videos in the series, as well as a video on the Kohler Design Forum, please see below:

Deborah Bibby – Real Living magazine

Kelly Gammie – Eucalyptus Design

Kohler Design Forum – Singapore

New Kohler Suites on Show at Kitchen & Bath China

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

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.

The Ming Suite at the Kohler booth at KBIS.

Kohler’s Ming Suite

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.

The Modern Life Suite.

One of the Modern Life basin options.

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.

Black basins on show at KBIS.

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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.

Marble basin creates artistic presence in the bathroom

Marble, in all its many forms, is once again the hero of interiors. From bench tops and flooring to vanities and even bedlinen, the delicate striations of marble are gracing all aspects of our interiors. Kohler’s latest introduction – the beautiful Carrara marble Botticelli marble basin – is a stand out.

Named after the Florentine renaissance artist the Botticelli is hand-formed from a single piece of Carrara marble – so no two basins are exactly the same.

A beautifully formed circular vessel, the Botticelli is from the Artist Editions collection, has a 550mm diameter, 110mm height and features a wide, rolled rim that brings sculptural drama to the bathroom.

The finely honed Carrara marble is utterly smooth to the touch – no ridges, indentations or blemishes. It really is a work of art in its own right.

Designed to sit atop a vanity – marble, granite or timber for example – the Botticelli marble basin can be used with either bench mount or wall mounted tapware.

Cuff – Kohler’s new 6 Star Rated tapware

Kohler has combined soft, organic aesthetics with a strong stand on sustainability with its new 6 star WELS rated Cuff collection of basin mixers.

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

Featuring classically refined profiles of curves and oval shapes the Cuff tapware range is both understated and devoid of unnecessary embellishment. The lever control, spout and body are a series of oval cylinders that are the perfect choice for bathrooms with statement finishes where no competition is required!

The Cuff 6 Star Rated Basin Mixer

The Cuff 6 Star Rated Basin Mixer

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

Cuff 6 Star Rated Tall Basin Mixer

The Cuff Eco Basin Mixer and Tall Eco Basin Mixer both have an impressive 6 star WELS rating using only 4.2 litres of water a minute. Their gleaming good looks will be retained for the long term thanks to Kohler’s polished chrome that resists both corrosion and
tarnishing. Both the Eco Basin Mixer and Tall Eco Basin Mixer have a ceramic disc valve and consumers are able to adjust both the water temperature and pressure to individual needs.

Other tapware in the range includes a matching shower/bath mixer, with and without diverter.

Cuff Bath or Shower Mixer

Cuff Bath or Shower Mixer

Cuff Bath and Shower Mixer with Diverter

Cuff Bath and Shower Mixer with Diverter

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

KOHLER Design Forum explores sustainability in hotel architecture and design

During Singapore Design Week 2016, Kohler Co. partnered with Sleeper magazine to host the first KOHLER Design Forum. With more than 120 major hospitality and trade management experts in attendance, industry thought leaders and leading architects discussed ideas around “Delivering Sustainability as Standard.”

Guest speakers leading the exchange include renowned industry thought leaders and leading architects Bill Bensley and Duangrit Bunnag, Guy Heywood, COO, Asia, Commune Hotels + Resorts, and Mark Bickerstaffe from Kohler.

During the session, the speakers discussed how to maximize environmental sustainability through design in the hospitality landscape.

Speakers:

Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s Director of New Product Development shared the company’s commitment to sustainability. Dubbed ‘Net Zero 2035’, Kohler seeks to achieve the goal of a net-zero environmental footprint for both greenhouse gas emissions and net waste to landfill by 2035.

Another project in the sustainability pipeline is Kohler’s closed-loop flush toilet systems, developed in collaboration with Caltech. Targeted at developing world locations without access to adequate sanitation, the toilet system includes a self-contained water purification and disinfection system that allows water to be reused and does not require waste-water disposal.

Bill Bensley, renowned architect and landscape designer of exotic luxury resorts, gave an insight into how architecture can minimize the disruption to both the environment and local communities. With his latest project, Shinta Mani Wild in Tmor Rung, Bensley creates a one-of-a-kind glamping experience for guests where wildlife co-exist alongside humans. Seeking to empower local community through education and employment as well as farming locally, Bensley’s vision for Shinta Mani Wild is to be a fully self-sustaining entity.

Duangrit Bunnag, leading Thai architect, spoke about how ecological and purposeful design reduces the impact on the environment. Through doing away with excess and utilising only the bare essentials, he challenged the attendees to think about and reflect on the importance of sustainability not just within the domains of hospitality and design, but in the context of our day to day living.

To wrap up the forum, Guy Heywood, Chief Operating Officer, Asia, Commune Hotels + Resorts, joined the speakers for a panel discussion on the feasibility of striking a balance between investing in the environment for the benefit of the planet and the bottom line for businesses, particularly that of the hospitality industry.

Nothing sums up the Kohler Design forum as well as this quote from David Kohler, Kohler’s President and Chief Executive Officer, “Business success doesn’t matter much if we can’t say we left the world a better place than we found it.”