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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.

 

Bathroom renovations evolve in Australia

Home renovations continue to grow at a greater rate than new home construction according to HIA, with a bathroom renovation identified as one area that can add the most value to a home.

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Bathroom renovations add great value

With the average cost of a bathroom renovation coming in at round $17,522 and 34 – 54 year olds spending the most, brands like Kohler are keen to flag the latest trends and technological updates to would-be renovators.

Bathrooms have evolved – and blossomed – into temples of personal care.  Gone are the sterile, clinical white spaces – today’s bathroom exudes plush comfort and zen-like calm.  Colour and texture are key players – in the form of terrazzo or concrete floors, lush foliage and ‘precious metals’ tapware.  Statement basins are also high profile inclusions.

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Key to the look is a perception of space; natural materials (stone, timber, vegetation and floral design elements); and spa-like technology. Kohler has recently introduced the Dutchmaster collection of artisanal basins that encapsulates the starring role nature and florals can play in a new bathroom. Inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, the entire surface of each basin – round or rectangular – is adorned with big, bold, lush florals dramatically enhanced by a deeply dark, moody background.

Dutchmasters Rectangular Blush Floral

These basins are the perfect partner for one of Kohler’s wall mount or bench mount mixer taps in a luscious selection of precious metal finishes – from polished and rose gold to vibrant brushed bronze, titanium and brushed nickel. The classically elegant design of the Purist mixer taps or the more contemporary, angular form of Composed are popular choices.

Dutchmaster Blush Floral

Clever inclusions to increase the perception of space are wall-mounted fixtures such as wall-hung toilets and floating vanities. The more floor space that can be seen, the bigger the perception of space. Kohler’s Veil Wall-Hung Intelligent toilet integrates a toilet and bidet in one and has stand-out features such as touchless flushing, one touch remote control functionality, hygienic rimless bowl and built-in UV self-cleansing bidet. The Grande Wall-Hung suite meanwhile, features super hygienic rim-free technology and an ultra-efficient flush system.

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The Veil Wall Hung Intelligent Toilet

Wall-hung or floating vanities, in a sleek, understated design of sparkling vitreous china and hardwood detailing are a perfect fit for the modern bathroom. Kohler’s Terrace collection comes in a range of four sizes to fit virtually any bathroom dimensions.

Terrace Vanity

The oak drawers of the Terrace basin + vanity combo.

The choice of shower is pivotal to achieving the spa-like indulgence we all crave – and Kohler has a number of options. The Exhale showerhead fulfils two aspects of the modern bathroom brief – its beautiful soft white silicone spray-face was inspired by the delicate petals of a dahlia while its Katalyst air-induction showering technology infuses water with air to create a powerful, luxurious deluge much like a rain shower. In fact, there are four spray experiences on offer – full coverage, drenching rain, pulsating massage and silk spray.

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The Exhale Showerhead offers 4 different shower spray options to suit your mood.

For those preferring an overhead shower there are the RainCan showerheads in square and round configurations, again with Katalyst technology – or, for a clever dual option the Converge is a truly multifunction showerhead. This beauty combines a wall mount shower that has an integrated hand shower that detaches from the exterior rim by virtue of a magnetic docking station.

Converge Dual Showerhead

Kohler’s key message to would-be renovators is to do the research first – there are so many new, beautiful and technologically advanced products for the modern bathroom that will beautify the space, elevate the luxury of the bathing experience and create the perception of additional space. And there are choices to fit any budget.