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.
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 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.
Dutchmaster in Blush Floral
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.
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.
Empress Bouquet design on Conical Bell Vessel Basin
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!
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.
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.
Conveying strength and style with an attitude, the new KOHLER® Vibrant Titanium finish is a stunning addition to any modern
With deeper, richer tones than polished chrome it retains the shine and reflection of chrome while providing the perfect foil for other favourite finishes for the bathing space such as timber, stone and ceramics.
A close up of the unique Composed Basin Mixer’s cylindrical barrel handle.
Typical of the look is the bathroom pictured, showing Kohler’s new- release Composed Titanium tapware teamed with pared-back stone benchtop, timeless penny round ceramic wall tiles and convincingly realistic timber ceramic tiles. The result is timeless, covetable style in the bathroom!
This beachside home’s bathroom features the Composed tapware in new Titanium finish.
Composed is Kohler’s award-winning basin and showering tapware in the new Titanium PVD finish (International Red Dot Design Award). PVD technology – Physical Vapour Deposition – enables luxury metal finishes to be applied to solid brass tapware by vapourising the finish and then molecularly bonding it to the chrome surface. The result is a tarnish, scratch and corrosion resistant finish that exceeds industry standards and carries a 15-year warranty.
The Composed basin mixer range in Titanium PVD
Other fittings in the bathroom include the Kohler Parliament benchtop basin and the Rain Duet Shower column, with Katalyst technology that delivers a luxurious and drenching rainshower experience while using less than 9 litres of water a minute. Katalyst technology is a revolutionary air induction system that injects 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water, creating larger, fuller water droplets, which retain heat for longer, creating a full, enveloping shower experience.
The Parliament countertop basin’s square lines pair perfectly with the Composed tapware design aesthetic.
A space-saving essential for compact spaces, is Kohler’s Panache wall-faced toilet suite. By concealing the cistern within the wall space the perception of spaciousness can be achieved.
The Panache Wall Faced Toilet Suite is a space-saving winner in both form and function.
The Panache Wall Faced Toilet comes with bevel or oval chrome flushplate options.
To complete the look, and maintain the design aesthetic, Kohler’s Singulier bathroom accessories have been used throughout.
Singulier accessories used in this bathroom renovation. Click here to see the full range of Singulier accessories.
Other finishes featured in this shoot:
- Stone benchtops – Silestone Ariel
- Wall Tiles – Penny Rounds, Tile Mega Mart
- Floor Tiles – Araucaria Clara, Tile Mega Mart
Low-profile countertop basins are currently at the top of the wish list for bathroom renovators with Kohler reporting a strong preference for simple, pared back models teamed with bench or wall mount mixer taps.
Perfectly paired – the Forefront Square basin with the Stance Tall basin mixer
Two models epitomise the look – the Forefront Square countertop basin and the Forefront Rectangular design.
The former is ideal for more compact spaces or where there are twin basins installed side by side. Measuring 413mm with a height of 83mm the Forefront Square is a perfect example of timeless, understated design that works well in any style of bathroom.
The Forefront square countertop basin with the Viteo wall mount basin set
The larger Forefront Rectangular Basin measures 585mm x 460mm and features integrated counterspace for toiletries and has a single tap hole.
Forefront rectangular basin with the July basin mixer
In addition there is a semi-recessed model, ideal for narrow vanities or bench tops. It features a single tap hole and compact dimensions of 420 x 460mm.
Forefront semi recessed basin with Singulier basin mixer
Each of the Forefront basins, in sparkling vitreous china, is suitable for installation atop vanities and wall-hung bench tops.
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