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
The preference for including ensuites and powder rooms in the average family home has accentuated the demand for space-saving bathroom fixtures that create the perception of space in a limited area.
A popular solution is the low profile wall hung basin – or a counter top version that can be mounted on an undersized wall mounted vanity.
Kohler Company, a global leader in bathroom design and innovation, has responded to this trend with a number of designs and a range of sizes in its best selling models. While each of the basins is compact in design they forfeit nothing in the way of style or eye-catching features.
For those craving a statement piece with sleek, geometric lines the Reve offers three different sizes, integrated counter space for toiletries and a beautifully faceted profile. The largest 1055mm wide model protrudes just 500mm from the wall (pictured below).
Kohler Reve Wall Hung Basin with Stance Basin Mixer.
While the smaller Reve 800mm model has a more compact 412mm protrusion and the mini 650mm option a mere 400mm!
The Reve compact wall mount basin plus Escale Wall Hung Toilet Suite. Also features RainCan Square Overhead Shower.
Another popular compact suite in the Kohler range is the sleek, lineal Reach wall mount basin with optional integrated towel rail in brushed steel. Protruding just 225mm from the wall and with a width of 500mm it offers the perfect solution for tight spaces while allowing ample room for ablutions.
The matching Reach Back To Wall toilet suite is available in both back and side water inlet options – perfect for both new builds and renovations, particularly suited to apartments and powder rooms.
Reach BTW Toilet Suite and Reach Handwash Basin with towel bar.
Larger models of the Reach are also available – the 700mm and the 1050mm models both feature large flat vanity areas either side of the basin for storing toiletries while again barely impinging on the overall space.
And for really tight spaces a corner basin, like the Ove, can be the ideal fit. It takes just 225mm of space on each wall yet offers ample room for hand washing.
The Ove range is available in wall mounted and corner wall mounted basins.