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Kohler – the “Rolls Royce” of tapware

The heritage-listed Royce Hotel, a five star boutique establishment on Melbourne’s St Kilda Road, has recently undergone a transformation, with the opulent redesign harking back to its past life with a subtle nod to Art Deco. The Royce Hotel takes its name – and its style – from the fact it was originally a Rolls Royce showroom (in the 1920s) that was recognised as the most glamorous in the world.

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The famous Royce Hotel stands proud in the heart of Melbourne on St Kilda Road.

In 2000 the building was converted into a luxury hotel with SJB Interiors commissioned to design the interiors.  Now, 15 years later, the same firm has just completed six prototype rooms that will form the footprint for the hotel’s ongoing refurbishment strategy. SJB Interior’s vision for this work took inspiration from the building’s history and then enhanced this with a luxurious Art Deco style.

 

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The Presidential Suite is a stunning nod to the 1920s Art Deco era.

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SJB developed a base palette of oyster and metallic tones layered with black detailing and royal blue accents.  In addition, the subtle texture of knurled chrome detailing referenced the magnificent Rolls Royce vehicles that once called the building home.

 

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Each luxurious bathroom features hand-made vanities to showcase the new Components tapware range by Kohler.

Sophistication, glamour and opulence are all key words for the ambience of the Royce and nowhere are these more evident than in the bathrooms of the guest suites and rooms.

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The Presidential Suite bathroom features double-sized walk in shower with Katalyst showering, minimalist accessories, paired with the modern Evora wall hung toilet suite (Englefield by Kohler).

“It was imperative for the tapware, for example, to reflect the aspiration of the hotel,” said Andrew Parr, director interior design, SJB Interiors.

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The stunning Components tapware set features the Tube spout and knurled handles – Oyl.

“Kohler’s Components provided the perfect balance between Classic and Modern Deco, while its choice of decorative elements meant the same range could run throughout the hotel in its various designs.  The fittings are beautifully proportioned and the knurled detailing of the Oyl tap handles provides an elevated level of tactility and prestige,” he said.

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The moodiness of this Signature Suite is reminiscent of the 1920s style featured throughout the hotel.

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Signature Suite bathroom.

The new bathrooms feature spouts and handles from the highly innovative Kohler Components, a collection of interchangeable tapware elements – handle, spout and finish – that can be used to create a unique and bespoke look.

Other bathroom details of note are the marble wall tiles whose shell shape is taken from a motif found elsewhere in the original Royce building, while the chrome detailing on the marble vanity units is subtly redolent of Le Corbusier’s Grand Confort armchair, a classic design of 1928, the year the Rolls Royce showroom opened.

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The shell motif marble tiles and deco inspired sconces set the scene for the modern bathroom fixtures including the Evora Wall Hung toilet suite and Katalyst air infused showerheads.

 

Kohler’s Katalyst showerheads deliver a highly indulgent, luxury showering experience courtesy of a clever water-saving technology whereby 2.2 litres of air is introduced into every 9.4 litres of water to create a deluge of larger, fuller water droplets.

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The Kohler Katalyst air infused showerhead matched with Components Oyl top assembly handles.

In lock-step with the design brief of elegant, classic design are the Purist tapware fixtures including freestanding Purist bath filler.  A piece of perfectly proportioned, classic design exuding clean, timeless lines Purist is the perfect fit with the marble and chrome finishes and textures of the 5 star Royce Hotel.

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A true Melbourne view from the bathroom in the Presidential Suite including the Purist Freestanding Bath Filler.

 

Interiors: SJB Interiors – Andrew Parr and Léo Terrando

Project Management / Fitout:  Chroma Group

Read more on this project by YellowTrace in our Kohler / SJB / YellowTrace co-lab.

 

New Composed tapware – a masterpiece of modern water movement

New Composed tapware – a masterpiece of modern water movement

A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN WATER MOVEMENT WINS RED DOT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

Not often can a bathroom tap be described as a piece of art, but on this occasion – the launch of the Composed basin mixer – its embodiment of balance and perfect proportions certainly warrants the accolade!

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New Composed Basin Mixer with its clean, angular lines.

Using the teachings of Rowena Reed Kostellow, US sculptor, designer and renowned educator, as its inspiration the Kohler design team eliminated all unnecessary details to create a beautifully simple tap with perfect proportions and exceptional ease of control over water flow and temperature adjustment.

Composed tapware

Composed Basin Mixers with Forefront Countertop Basins

“We wanted to elicit an emotional response from all who use Composed – and with its stark beauty and truly refined lines we think we have achieved that,” said Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s Director of New Product Development.

The Composed tapware collection – which has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award – features a single lever basin mixer, in both regular and Super Tall, plus a three-piece basin set with the choice of either lever or cross handles.  Shower/bath mixers, with and without diverter, plus 3-piece bath sets with matching lever or cross handles completes the range.

Composed tapware

Composed Super Tall Basin Mixer – perfect for countertop vessels

Composed tapware

Composed Basin Set with lever handles. Also available as a Bath Set.

Composed tapware

Composed Basin Set with cross handles. Also available as a Bath Set.

The hero single lever basin mixer is truly timeless in its design – its geometric shape, with long spout and side-mounted control create visual balance and true refinement.  Its polished chrome finish has the acclaimed Kohler resistance to tarnishing and corrosion.

Composed tapware

The Composed Basin Mixer side profile with sleek, cylindrical barrel handle.

The Kohler Composed basin mixer has a 5 Star WELS rating using six litres of water a minute.

NOTE: Not available from all Kohler resellers – check with your local showroom for availability.