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An oasis of artistry… Kohler basins

The bathroom has become the latest space to benefit from a fresh kind of craftsmanship – an area where art and artisanal skills come to the fore in our daily self-care routines. The basin has soared from a utilitarian receptacle for water to a piece of aesthetic beauty where materials, colour, pattern and texture create a visual attraction with light and water.

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Kips Bay Show House New York, 2019 featuring Kohler Artist Edition Briolette basin and Purist tapware

Kohler embraced the look many years ago with the introduction of its Artist Editions Collection in which artists utilise a mix of raw materials, coloured glazes and hand-applied colour to create a unique collection of beautiful basins.

In the current market there are five designs that are proving popular – two of which are made from spun glass. Briolette is a faceted glass vessel basin inspired by the precisely cut surfaces of precious stone. Available in four colours – Ice, Dusk, Dew and Doe – the light-reflecting facets of the generously proportioned basin create both colour and movement.

Kohler Artist Edition Briolette basin

Kohler Artist Edition Briolette basin in Translucent Doe

Kohler’s Kallos Spun Glass basin is an under counter model whose distinctive architectural patterning is reminiscent of fine crystal. The basin’s clever design creates a visual perception of incredible depth while the intricate faceting obscures any view of toiletries that may be stored within the vanity.

For a masterpiece of florography art the newly released Dutchmaster basin collection, inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, is a visual splendour with its big, bold, lush florals on a deeply dark, moody background. Available in both round and rectangular configurations, this vessel basin works particularly well with many of Kohler’s metallic tapware finishes such as rose gold, titanium and brushed nickel.

Kohler Artist Edition Dutchmaster in Blush Floral

Dutchmaster in Blush Floral

Dutchmasters Basins by Kohler

Dutchmaster in Blush Floral

Kohler’s Derring Wading Pool self-rimming basin is a true stand-out in terms of hand-made textural beauty that is a stunning partner with timber and stone finishes. Featuring a rarely used rutile mineral glaze the Derring’s unique textured patterning creates an ever-changing palette of light reflective neutral tones.

Kohler Derring Artist Edition basin

The Kohler Derring Artist Edition basin

The Empress Bouquet floral motif, available on both the Conical Bell Vessel basin, the rectangular Kathryn under counter basin and the Vintage oval undercounter, is a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese print work. The intricate detailing, with gold and metallic highlights, is applied by hand, creating slightly different variations and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.

Kohler Artist Edition Empress Bouquet

Empress Bouquet design on Conical Bell Vessel Basin

 

COMING SOON… The Veil Collection extends to include a Lithocast bath and Supramic basins

Kohler Co, a global leader in kitchen and bath design and innovation, will soon be adding additional products to its global range – the Veil Collection. The Veil Collection carries a modern, minimalist vibe with elements of warmth threaded throughout. The word “modern” conjures images of crisp, cool lines, but the Veil Collection gives modern bathroom design a new twist by featuring gentle lines and sculpted asymmetrical shapes in addition to intelligent features.

Kohler Veil Collection

New additions to the range

Three new products will join the existing Veil Collection which includes the Veil Intelligent Wall Hung toilet and the Veil Intelligent Wall Faced toilet suite. With its clean, refined design lines and concealed tank, the Veil intelligent toilets offer smart toilet functionality with minimal aesthetic interruption to the overall bathroom space. The intelligent toilets include features such as automatic opening/closing lid and flushing to minimise touch points, easing user’s concerns about spreading germs in the bathroom. The Veil Intelligent toilets use cutting-edge technology to provide comfort features including seamless, integrated bidet functionality, packaging these personal hygiene considerations in a design that is both unassuming and approachable.

Veil Freestanding Lithocast Bath

The Veil Lithocast Freestanding bath features flowing and balanced curves to elicit a sculpted simplicity. This freestanding bath provides a way to make a front-and-centre statement of design and style within the bathroom space. The ergonomically-designed bath offers comfort and relaxation, allowing the bather to fully immerse and indulge.

Kohler Veil Collection

Veil Essential Basins

The Veil Collection Essential Basins boast the signature Supramic technology thin walls, offering an elegant and visually delicate aesthetic. Kohler’s exclusive Supramic technology delivers thin-wall edges without compromising performance of the ceramic material – in fact, this innovative material technology provides thinner edges with improved durability. In addition, the basins include Kohler’s Cleancoat™ technology which prevents bacteria, mildew and mineral deposits from sticking to the ceramic, so the basin stays cleaner longer.

Kohler Veil Collection

Veil’s flowing and immaculately balanced curves evoke a sculpted simplicity in tune with contemporary style. Enhanced by a high-gloss finish, the basin’s sleek, organic shape is easy to clean, and keep clean.

The Veil Collection is one of Kohler’s global offerings, featured in showrooms and Kohler Experience Centres around the world.

17th Century Dutch Masters basins for the bathroom…

Art has entered the bathroom in the most lush, dramatic way! Kohler has released its latest collection of Artist Editions basins – two models inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century and aptly called the Dutchmaster Collection.

Dutchmasters Rectangular Blush Floral

Big, bold, lush florals, dramatically enhanced by a deeply dark, moody background, adorn the entire surface of the basin’s interior. Fittingly named Blush Floral, the basin is available in either a round or rectangular vessel basin.

Blush Floral is a vivid mass of large scale peonies, dahlias, ranunculus and hydrangeas in lush colours of blush pink, ivory and darkest rose on an onyx background. And for delicate relief? A beautiful, Painted Lady butterfly poised on a single stem.

Dutchmasters Basins by Kohler

Kohler’s Dutchmaster collection was created in collaboration with “florography” artist Ashley Woodson Bailey who is renowned for her hauntingly beautiful floral photography.

Ashley Woodson Bailey

The vessel basins have been designed to sit proud of the vanity and feature a subtle, defining lift at the edge of the bowl. They can be paired with wall mount or bench mount mixer taps – and due to their rich colouring will suit many of Kohler’s metal finishes, from polished and rose gold to vibrant brushed bronze, titanium and brushed nickel.

These beautiful, full bloom works of art are featured on two styles of basin – the Carillon rectangular Wading Pool and the Carillon Round Wading Pool.

Dutchmaster Blush Floral Artist Edition

 

 

Back in black … Kohler launches Mica basins in black

Black is having a major moment in bathrooms and the new, super slim, statement-making basin from Kohler is no exception.

The beautifully elegant Mica honed black countertop vessel is an immediate heart-stopper. In both a square and round format these basins bring a very refined sense of style to any bathroom – but that is only part of the story!

Kohler has developed a super-ceramic whereby the walls of the basin are incredibly slim – just 6mm – giving the appearance of extreme delicacy and elegance. Yet the Mica basins are outstandingly durable and even harder than traditional vitreous china!

Mica Black Basin

Each of the basins features Kohler’s CleanCoat™ finish that creates an invisible stain-resistant surface that ensures the basin retains its original glossy, pristine good looks after many years of use.

Kohler Mica Round Basin - Black

The Mica honed black countertop basins come in two designs – 393mm square and a 410mm diameter round version. There are also gloss white versions of the Mica available.

Kohler Mica Round Basin - Black

 

Kohler Design Evenings head south to Tasmania

KOHLER recently celebrated the extension of its Australian retail network into Tasmania with a series of launch events held in conjunction with Crisp Ikin Agencies – the official distribution partner for the state – and key retailers Elite Appliances (Hobart) and Becks Home Timber and Hardware (Launceston).

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Darren Genner of Minosa (centre) with Crisp Ikin Agencies’ Colin Etter (left) and Tony Ikin (right).

Elite Appliances in Hobart will showcase KOHLER product and to celebrate the launch, the Crisp Ikin Agencies showroom played host to a KOHLER Design Evening which was was attended by members of the Architecture & Design community.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Guests at the Hobart KOHLER Design Evening listening to the presentation by Darren Genner.

Guest speaker for the evening was Darren Genner from Minosa Design in Sydney – KBDI Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year  2013/2014/2015; winner of the HIA Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year 2016 and HIA Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year 2016.

Darren delivered an extremely insightful and informative presentation on current design trends, sharing with the audience a slideshow of Minosa’s current kitchen and bathroom designs, along with favoured products and current trends.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Hobart

Darren Genner enjoyed handing out gifts of KOHLER chocolates from KOHLER’s own chocolatier in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA.

KOHLER General Manager, Geoff Cope, provided a valuable insight into the history of KOHLER & KOHLER’s diverse portfolio of brands including Kitchen & Bathroom, Generators, Hospitality and Interiors.

Lean-To Kitchen provided catering for the event, providing a delicious array of finger-food & beverages enjoyed by all in attendance.

The following evening was a dual launch event held in Launceston at Becks Home Timber and Hardware where the KOHLER brand will feature alongside Kohler’s Englefield brand.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

Kohler display at Becks Home Timber Hardware at Launceston.

This event was attended by a large contingent of VIP builders, plumbers and their wives who enjoyed a similar evening, with fabulous food and wine supplied by Matson Catering, Launceston.

KOHLER Design Launch Event - Launceston

The KOHLER Design Launch Event at Becks Home Timber Hardware in Launceston.

The KOHLER Design Launch Event at Becks Home Timber Hardware in Launceston.

Crisp Ikin was founded in 1982 and is now Tasmania’s leading distribution agent for bathroom fixtures and furniture,  including baths, showers, vanity units, toilets and tapware. The addition of the premium Kohler brand and trusted-value  Englefield brand to its portfolio is seen as a natural extension to Crisp Ikin’s footprint in Tasmania.