Future bathroom trends take shape

Geometrics are a fast growing trend in bathroom design with these dynamic shapes being used to add interest to a simple bathroom – think basins, tapware, wall textures and even shower fittings. With neutral colour palettes often being the preferred option for bathing spaces – they enhance the feeling of relaxation, hygiene and spaciousness – these clearly defined geometric shapes and textures add visual interest and character.

Kohler has introduced some strong geometric shapes to its basin collection that add form, integrated shelf space and are highly functional.

There are three designs, each combining a basin and vanity top in one wall-mounted piece, creating a spacious plane of pure white vitreous china.

Rythmik is a rectilinear piece with a visual harmony between the bowl and the counter space.  An elegant yet contemporary basin, Rythmik delivers a careful balance between delicate fine lines, and strong, precise angles.

Kohler Rythmik basin with Toobi tap

Kohler Rythmik basin with Toobi tap

Kohler Rythmik 600mm Compact Basin

Kohler Rythmik 600mm Compact Basin

Spherik, as the name implies, features a perfectly circular shallow bowl centred on a flat rectangular plane and Rondik is a softly rounded rectangular shape whose shallow basin is bordered by a lipped vanity space on either side.

Kohler Spherik 600mm bowl - Left hand

Kohler Spherik 600mm bowl - Left hand

Kohler Rondik 600mm Compact Left Hand

Kohler Rondik 600mm Compact Left Hand

Each of the basins is designed to be wall mounted and works well with undermounted storage space.

Kohler invited to exhibit at MoMA in New York – Reinventing the Toilet

Kohler will once again feature in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.  Uneven Growth – Tactical Urbanisms for  Expanding Megacities will be staged from November 22, 2014 to May 10, 2015 and will be accompanied by a publication showcasing the exhibition projects and essays by leading urban and architectural scholars.

With a global population expected to be around 8 billion by 2030 the exhibition is a collaboration of six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to look at new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises – Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

Kohler, in partnership with CalTech and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developed a solar-powered water treatment/toilet project that will form part of the exhibition.  The toilet was the winning entry, from CalTech, in the Re-invent The Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The foundation mounted the challenge in response to the 2.5 billion people around the world who do not have access to safe sanitation.

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

The mobile restroom, equipped with a freestanding, self-contained wastewater treatment system powered by the sun generating both hydrogen and electricity, is equipped with Kohler toilets and bathroom fixtures that provide the essential interface between the user
and the waste system.

Kohler's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" goes to the India Fair

Kohler's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" goes to the India Fair

Kohler was originally featured in the MoMA in 1929 with an exhibition entitled “Modern bath and dressing room”.  Showcasing the bathroom of the future the exhibit showcased a black Universal bath and Deauville basin together with chrome Cellini tapware – teamed with finishes of black and pink tiles.

Kohler exhibits at MoMA 1929

Kohler exhibits at MoMA 1929 with "Exhibition of a Modern Bath and Dressing Room."

A Strayt case of philosophy in the bathroom

The ancient Chinese philosophy of ‘Wai Yuan Nei Fang’, whereby a person should be rounded (and dynamic) on the inside, square (and disciplined) on the outside, was the key inspiration for the latest range of bathroom tapware and accessories from Kohler.

Strayt, one of the most contemporary of Kohler’s many collections, features a perfectly proportioned profile of clean, fine lines melding into uninterrupted fluid curves – a shape that is repeated throughout the basin, bath and shower mixers plus all of the accessories.

Each piece is testament to the utmost integrity in design and will enhance the overall aesthetics of bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms.

Strayt Tall Basin Mixer

New Products from Kohler - Strayt Tall Basin Mixer

Tapware in the range comprises a standard and tall basin mixer, both 5 star WELS rated plus bath/shower mixers with and without diverter. Accessories include shelves and robe hooks plus soap, toothbrush and toilet roll holders in a corrosion and tarnish-resistant polished chrome paired with clear acrylic.

Strayt Basin Mixer

Kohler's Strayt Basin Mixer

Strayt Double Towel Bar

Strayt Double Towel Bar

Strayt Horizontal Toilet Tissue Holder with Cover

Strayt Horizontal Toilet Tissue Holder with Cover

Strayt Towel Ring

Strayt Towel Ring

The Kohler Strayt collection of bathroom tapware and accessories is available in Australia from E&S Trading Victoria, Galvin Design and Routley’s Kitchens and Bathrooms.

Launch of new-look Kohler in Melbourne – June 2014

June 19, 2014 | Posted in: New Products,News

Kohler & E&S Trading (Victoria) celebrated their new retail partnership with a fabulous launch party at Rokeby Studios in the design hub of Collingwood.  The semi industrial studio space was transformed into an inspirational showcase for the many new Kohler products heading for Australian shores, while guests were treated to an informative ‘interview’ between E&S Trading CEO Rob Sinclair and Kohler Kitchen & Bath Asia Pacific President Larry Yuen.  Guest speaker for the evening was Gruen Transfer panelist – and principal of the Impossible Institute – Dan Gregory.

Ten guests received a lucky door prize of the inimitable Moxie Bluetooth enabled showerhead while everyone enjoyed the bold, innovative product displays and savoured the beautiful food, supplied by Atlantic Group Catering.

Kohler_E&S_ Launch event

Rob Sinclair (E&S), Larry Yuen (Kohler), Dan Gregory (The Impossible Institute), Geoff Cope (Kohler), Mike Sinclair (E&S)

Kohler and E&S Launch Event - Melbourne

Moxie display at the Kohler and E&S Launch Event

Numi toilet at the Kohler and E&S Launch Event

Kohler's most advanced toilet - Numi

Kohler and E&S Launch Event

Kohler displays at Melbourne Launch Event

Kohler and E&S Launch Event

Jeffrey Ong (Setia), Tom Casper and Larry Yuen (Kohler)


Kohler and E&S Launch Event

E&S showroom team trialling Kohler product


Kohler & E&S Launch, Melbourne

Guests enjoy hearing from guest speaker Dan Gregory

New specialist retailers for Kohler’s innovative 2014 product launch

June 16, 2014 | Posted in: New Products,News,Uncategorized

Kohler, one of the world’s leading design and manufacturing brands in bathroom and kitchen products, is to increase its retail footprint in Australia.

The brand will now be sold through some of the country’s largest specialist retailers in each State with large scale displays and specially trained sales and design assistants to advise on features, design, installation and sustainability.

Kohler has been available in Australia since 1991 but this new move is the first step in a strategic plan to play a significant role in what the company sees as a growing market in Australia for innovative products that are at the forefront of sustainability and inspirational design.

Key to the new marketing model is a partnership with forward-thinking retailers who will facilitate the Kohler belief in constantly challenging the market with new and innovative product. 

The new retail network in Australia includes E&S Trading (Melbourne – VIC), Galvin Design (Perth – WA) and Routleys (Adelaide – SA) with more to be announced soon.

One of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, Kohler was founded in 1873 and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors.  It also has hotels and golf destinations that have won recognition and awards worldwide. 

Kohler has design studios for its bathroom and kitchen products in four countries worldwide with the range being sold across six continents.




KOHLER - Living on the Leading Edge of Design

Living on the Leading Edge of Design


Kohler Strayt

New range - Kohler Strayt Collection

Moxie Showerhead+Wireless Speaker

Kohler's new Moxie Showerhead+Wireless Speaker

Towards 2015 – our guest blogger looks at key trends emerging

We asked our guest blogger Hamish Kofoed, Specification & Design Manager for Mico Design New Zealand, about what’s new in bathroom design and where he thinks the NZ bathroom space is headed as we look toward 2015.

To follow is the first of a number of key directions that Kofoed believes will play an important part in bathroom and kitchen design in the coming months…

The bathroom has become more important to people against a backdrop of busy schedules, multiple uses and changing technology. “The bathroom of today needs to be one’s sanctuary from the daily machinations of everyday life, as well as a place of inspiration and contemplation, all the while enabling a number of different functional requirements” says Kofoed.


Timber and timber veneer surface treatments are a dominant leading edge trend for 2015.  Taking cues from stone palettes with interesting new ‘cool greige’ tones provides textural interest in both bathrooms & kitchens.  “This trend featured strongly in the Kitchen space at Eurocucina this year and will be a strong direction for bathroom palettes as well” says Kofoed, “particularly as Kiwis love to use natural products in their design outlook”.

Kohler's Leaf vessel basin featuring neutral palette and raw materials

Timber trending in bathrooms

Timber Trends at Milan Design Week 2014

Timber bathrooms feature strongly at Milan Design Week 2014

Growth of the Home Spa

We are also seeing the mainstreaming of the ‘home spa’, with an ever increasing proportion of customers demanding a more sensory experience from their product selection. Discerning consumers are gravitating towards luxury features such as two person bathing or showering with overhead rain cans, side water jets, massage jet functionality, steam showers and the like, as these former luxuries become more and more affordable for the design-conscious.

Bathroom Trends - the home spa

Bathroom Trends - the home spa with Purist whirlpool


DTV shower tile

Water tiles and DTV showering


Wet Rooms

Further to this trend, says Kofoed, is the conversion of bathrooms to wet rooms.  The wet room needs to be a strong consideration with bathrooms utilising more water in terms of both steam and water pooling. “While wall to wall tiling is definitely a more expensive and time consuming option, a full wet-room will increase the lifespan of the bathroom by an extra five years at least” says Kofoed.

Bathroom Trends - Kohler Wet Room

Wet rooms - trending in 2015


Bathroom Trends - wet rooms

Bathroom Trends - wet rooms become more accessible

The Living Wall

Another really interesting global design feature that Kiwis have taken up in a big way has been the advent of the Living Wall. “A living wall, when done right, can be a breath-taking addition to your bathroom, adding a vibrancy and life to your space which would be difficult to achieve in any other way” says Kofoed. “A living wall really adds a new twist to ‘Eco’ bathrooms.  What’s more, the Woolly Pocket planters have a built-in moisture barrier to ensure that your wall fixings remain dry.”

Bathroom Trends - Living Wall at the KDC

The Living Wall at the Kohler Design Centre, Auckland

BREAKING NEWS … Moxie to hit Australian shores soon!

The award-winning blue tooth enabled shower head, MOXIE, will be available in Australia
from June! 

Moxie Showerhead+Wireless Speaker

Moxie Showerhead+Wireless Speaker ... coming soon!

This beautifully designed shower head – the first to stream music, talk and podcasts from
blue tooth enabled devices such as smart phone, MP3 and iMac etc – showcases simplicity
at its best.  A chrome, funnel-shaped shower head and white silicone interior houses 60
angled nozzles around its perimeter.  The integrated wireless speaker fits perfectly inside
this – cleverly held in place by invisible magnets.  The result is a high quality mix of excellent sound and refreshing, revitalising water coverage.

More information to come, closer to its arrival!

The Moxie showerhead has won 2 international awards,  the IDEA 2013 Silver Award – an annual Interior Design Excellence Award presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America and an iF Product Design Award 2014.

Moxie Showerhead awards

Moxie Showerhead awards - IDEA Silver 2013 and iF Product Design Award 2014

Kohler goes touchless in the US

The latest technological revolution from Kohler means the no-touch-flush for domestic toilets is now a reality.

The Touchless flush is a great solution to the growing demand for increased hygiene in the bathroom – the hygiene and health of family members has long been a homeowners issue and Touchless takes that concern out of the equation.

Touchless works in a very simple manner: holding a hand over the tank lid directly above the sensor actuates the flush. The sensor, mounted inside the cistern, projects an electromagnetic field which picks up hand motion above the top of the cistern – causing it to flush automatically!

Kohler's new Touchless Toilet

Kohler's new Touchless Toilet for the home

Kohler Touchless Toilet - new technology

Kohler's new Touchless Toilet - how it works

Kohler is now producing the Touchless Flush in some models – and also supplying DIY
touch-less kits that can be installed in most other models (currently only available in the US).

The sensor is run on 4AA batteries.

While not available in Australia or New Zealand YET – watch this space!!

Bathroom basins go undercover

April 28, 2014 | Posted in: Basins,Bathroom Design,Bathroom Makeovers

Amongst a plethora of sculptural taps, statement basins and bold baths there’s an element of understated elegance creeping into bathroom design trends.

Leading bathroom specialist, Kohler, is reporting an increase in undercounter basin installations saying designers and consumers alike are embracing the element of concealment in wet areas to maximise the perception of space and clean, linear surfaces.

The brand’s undercounter basins come in a choice of shapes and sizes to cater for smaller ensuites as well as master bathrooms.  Kohler’s Ladena is a rectangular ‘scooped’ basin (590mm wide) while Verticyl comes in both an oval (435mm) and a round (350mm) model. 

Undercounter Basin with Stillness tapware

Undercounter Basin with Stillness tapware

For those who crave a little embellishment to the understated approach, there is the beautifully elegant vintage era Artist Editions Empress Bouquet.  This deep bowl, in either a rectangular or oval format, has a hand-finished pattern that is a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese print work.  Brilliant gold and metallic highlights enhance the overall delicacy of the design.

Basins-Kathryn Undercounter Empress Bouquet

Kohler's Kathryn Undercounter Empress Bouquet basin

Each of the undercounter basins are in the highest quality vitreous china.

Verticyl Undercounter Round

Kohler's Verticyl Undercounter Round basin

Highlights from Salone Internazionale Del Milano 2014

April 13, 2014 | Posted in: Bathroom,Bathroom Design,Uncategorized

Now in it’s 53rd year, Salone Internazionale Del Milano (Milan Design Week) is a week long celebration of all things design-oriented.  Here’s some hightlights from the week from our Kohler correspondent …

This year’s Salone Bagno sees copper and metallics making an appearance in the bathroom – prompted by their growing popularity in homewares and decorative elements for other areas of the home.

Copper bathroom products at Salone Bagno 2014
New trend – copper bathroom products at Salone Bagno 2014


Copper vanities feature at Salone Bagno 2014

Copper vanities feature at Salone Bagno 2014

Bling, Swarovski crystals, over the top decoration and embellishment were present in basins and showering tapware - but in small quantities. While not overly popular in the Australian and New Zealand markets, this type of treatment is very much on trend in Russia.

Bathroom embellishment at Salone Bagno 2014

Bathroom embellishment at Salone Bagno 2014

Shower embellishment at Salone Bagno 2014

Showering tapware with 'bling' - Milan Design Week 2014

Bathroom bling at Salone Bagno 2014

Bathroom bling at Salone Bagno 2014

Storage was a key feature on many stands with designers and manufacturers looking for ways to optimise space and reduce bathroom clutter.  Usage of the wasted space in a drop-in bath seems an obvious idea – but until now has been so rarely seen.

Bathroom embellishment and storage options at Salone Bagno 2014

Bathroom embellishment and storage options at Salone Bagno 2014

Colour makes an appearance – in pops – but is nowhere near as prominent or prolific as in the previous shows.

Colour in bathrooms at Milan Design Week

Colour in bathrooms at Milan Design Week

Colour pops - Milan Design Week

Colour pops at Milan Design Week

And as a great example of the transition of bathroom PIECES into bathroom furniture check out the integrated marble bath and cabinetry shown below.  One sleek sweep of marble that houses a bath, storage and bench space with a counter top basin.

All-in-one at Salone Bagno 2014

All-in-one at Salone Bagno 2014

While it may not be everyone’s favourite look, an interesting use of technology was the tiles made of transparent glass over genuine leather and aluminium.

Leather tiles at Salone Bagno 2014

Leather tiles at Salone Bagno 2014

Trending at Salone Internazionale Del Bagno 2014

April 11, 2014 | Posted in: Uncategorized

Now in it’s 53rd year, Salone Internazionale Del Milano (Milan Design Week) is a week long celebration of all things design-oriented.  Our Kohler rep has been checking out what’s new and on trend at Salone – here’s what she had to report …

Salone Bagno is awash with timber – timber walls, timber vanities, timber counter tops and even timber basins and baths. 

It’s a finish that reflects the need to still relate with nature – it is a nurturing, natural and organic material.  The finishes incorporate both genuine timbers as well as man made – the latter is testament to how technology has improved both the look and feel of these copies.  It is hard to pick the genuine from the fake on many occasions.

This all enveloping use of timber is reflected in kitchens too. ALL the kitchen design stands feature the most beautiful timbers, natural and man made, in bench tops, cabinetry, splash backs, wall claddings etc.

Overall timber and organic would sum up the strongest theme in bathrooms at the fair.

Timber Trends at Milan Design Week 2014

Timber bathrooms feature strongly at Milan Design Week 2014


Timber on-trend at Salone Bagno 2014

Timber is on-trend at Salone Bagno 2014


Organic and timber materials feature at Salone Bagno 2014

Organic and timber materials feature at Salone Bagno 2014

Organic theming at Salone Bagno 2014

Organic bathroom themes at Salone Bagno 2014


Kitchen designs at Salone Bagno 2014

Natural, organic finishes for kitchens at Salone Bagno 2014

Solar-powered toilet heads to India Toilet Fair

Kohler Co and Caltech’s joint development of a photovoltaic toilet, part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, has reached the next milestone in its two-year collaborative journey.

To coincide with World Water Day (March 22) the two completed units were shipped to India, first to be displayed at the Delhi Reinvent the Toilet Fair and then to be installed and tested in India.

Kohler's toilet travels to Delhi for "Reinvent the Toilet Fair"

Kohler's solar powered toilet travels to Delhi for the "Reinvent the Toilet Fair"

The development of these next-generation toilets was in response to the 2011 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation challenge to develop a toilet capable of delivering safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who are currently denied this basic necessity.  Each toilet is powered by solar panels and features a self-contained water purification and disinfection system that allows water to be reused and does not require wastewater disposal.

Every aspect of the toilet, from the carefully specified plumbing products inside to the colourful décor on the exterior, was chosen (with input from Kohler Co’s Indian team) to best assimilate the Indian culture.  This is to ensure fast and easy acceptance of the new technology by the Indian community.

Kohler contributes to "Global Reinvent the Toilet Challenge"

Kohler contributes to "Global Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" Kohler next generation toilet at Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Delhi

We’ll keep you up to speed with the next milestone on this journey in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kohler’s Five Top … Basins

March 14, 2014 | Posted in: Uncategorized

 The choice of basin is highly dependent on space, overall design of the bathroom and the purpose of the bathing space – is it intended as the family bathroom, an ensuite or guest bathroom?  Here are five of our top choices:

LUXURIOUSNature’s Chemistry Antilia Wading Pool cast glass basin – a counter-top slab of glass with a subtle rippled texture and concave surface that perfectly mimics the time-worn surface of natural stone under a constant cascade of water. Simply stunning.

Nature's Chemistry - Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin

Nature's Chemistry - Antilia Wading Pool Glass Basin

DECORATIVE – A range of beautifully patterned undercounter basins featuring the Empress Bouquet design.  The delicate tracery offers a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese print work.  Brilliant gold and metallic highlights enhance the overall delicacy of the design.  

Conical Bell Empress Bouquet Design

Conical Bell Empress Bouquet Design

WALL MOUNT - The space saving, geometric Spherik offers integrated countertop space for toiletries.  Combining modern aesthetics with functionality, the Spherik is ideal for smaller spaces.


Basins - Spherik vanity top

Basins - Spherik vanity top



Spherik Vanity Top

Spherik Vanity Top


PEDESTAL – Another good option for smaller spaces, the contemporary Escale with integrated countertop and pedestal base is 1010mm wide with a single central tap hole        

Escale Basin with Pedestal

Escale Basin with Pedestal

SEMI-RECESSED - The Odeon Semi Recessed basin offers clean lines and ample space for any vanity or bench-top. With a compact, uniquely arced shape and overflow, this basin works well in small bathrooms and powder rooms.

Odeon Semi Recessed Basin

Odeon Semi Recessed Basin

Kohler rubs shoulders with Hollywood Art Directors

February 27, 2014 | Posted in: Innovation,Interviews

KOHLER products have graced the sets of many TV shows and movies – including appearances on the set of The Hangover and Iron Man 3.  Recently Kohler continued its cinematic journey by sponsoring the Art Directors Guild 18th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Hollywood.

The awards recognise the industry-leading creative directors that bring our favorite television and movies to life with exceptional design — something that rings true at Kohler.

“Design is at the core of Kohler Co., from our products and advertising to our integration in production sets,” said Tristan Butterfield, Creative Director. “Kohler and the film and TV industries are a match made in heaven, and we want to develop an even closer relationship.”

“Positioning our brand behind creative and cinematic leaders keeps us in tune with the design community around the world,” added Butterfield. “We find it interesting to pop up in unexpected places and will continue to pursue opportunities to create custom products for film and television.”

Kohler In Hollywood

Jonah Hill, Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio with Kohler's Creative Director Tristan Butterfield

Kohler in Hollywood 2

Tristan Butterfield with veteran Production Designer Rick Carter

Kohler’s Five Top … Tapware

February 20, 2014 | Posted in: Bathroom Design,bathroom taps,Tapware

Tapware is one of the key pieces in any bathroom renovation and often sets the style for the rest of the bathroom.

We’ve picked out five of the top – and quite different – looks in tapware from our extensive Kohler range. 

WALL MOUNT:  Viteo is clean and semi-industrial in design.  A highly functional straight edge spout and separate pin lever on stainless steel back plate.  4 star WELS rated.

Top 5 tapware - Viteo Wall Mount tapware

Top 5 tapware - Viteo Wall Mount tapware

STATEMENT:  Singulier is tall, bold and statuesque and melds sensuous curves with strong lines.  Single lever design with 5 star WELS rating. 

Top 5 tapware: Singulier tapware with Chalice Basin

Top 5 tapware: Singulier tapware with Chalice Basin

VINTAGE:  Fairfax basin set is pure retro curves with separate spout and lever handles.  4 star WELS. 

Bathroom design - Fairfax basin mixer tap

Top 5 tapware - Fairfax single lever basin mixer

CONTEMPORARYMargaux is a beautiful reinterpretation of traditional glamour and luxury into a purely modern day aesthetic.  Featuring curved forms and elegant lines the joy stick control provides easy regulation of both temperature and flow.  5 star WELS. 

Bathroom accessories - Margaux basin mixer tap

Top 5 tapware - Margaux single lever basin mixer

ZEN:    Falling Water is a melding of simplicity, purity and elegance in design to create a wall mount basin mixer and spout in polished chrome.  4 star WELS.

Tapware: Falling Water Wall Mount Basin Mixer

Top 5 Tapware: Falling Water Wall Mount Basin Mixer

Bathrooms – the blue sky option?

Bringing the outdoors in is a rising trend in bathroom design – think large window
framing lush green foliage, glass doors or louvres opening to the garden or, the
dream option, a bathroom opening directly to a pond, courtyard or patio!

Key to the look is keeping the interior of the bathroom uncluttered – use wall hung
vanities and toilets to create the illusion of space and utilise any ‘dead’ space (tight
corners for example) for storage.

Space permitting, a freestanding sculptural bath is the ultimate luxury, especially
if it has BubbleMassage technology (whereby thousands of bubbles filled with warm air
massage and support the entire body).

Check out the Escale range of freestanding and built-in baths plus es and wall hung
toilets together with the very sculptural Symbol basin mixers to achieve a similar look
to that in the bathroom below.  You can also see the Flipside showerhead and July
bath/shower mixer used to great effect in this bathroom.

Escale with Symbol tapware and Flipside shower rose

Escale with Symbol tapware and Flipside shower rose

Symbol Tall Basin Mixer

Symbol Tall Basin Mixer with Escale basin

Flipside Shower Rose

Flipside Shower Rose

Rachael Biggs joins the Kohler Asia Pacific team as Design Consultant

December 10, 2013 | Posted in: Guest Blogger,Interviews,News,Uncategorized

Kohler is delighted to welcome Rachael Biggs as Design Consultant for Kohler Asia Pacific.  Rachael will be based in Melbourne, working closely with Australian designers and architects on product specification for projects throughout Asia and Australia. A little about Rachael …

Kohler Design Consultant Rachael Biggs

Kohler Design Consultant Rachael Biggs

Rachael is a Concept and Graphic Designer with a love of Australian Architecture and Design. Having worked for creative agencies as a designer and prior to this, managing the publication Architectural Review, Rachael has an inherent ability to easily transition between designing and consulting.

“I find that my knowledge of design helps me to communicate with the design community and my skills in consulting have assisted me to understand how businesses use good design to communicate their services,” says Rachael. 

“Over the last 15 years I have watched with interest the evolution and growth of Australian Architecture and the expansion into the Asia Pacific Region. Australian Designers use of raw, stripped back materials have created engaging environments that are not only aesthetically stunning they are also environmentally sustainable.”

 “I love the work of Designers such as Lucas Hodgson (E Plus Architecture) and James Russell (James Russell Architects). The refreshing simplicity of their design combined with the livable spaces they create shows  sophistication in the craft,” says Rachael.

Rachael is excited about the future opportunities for Australian architects and building design services like Kohler in the Asia Pacific region. “Both Australian designers and Kohler have well-deserved international reputations and I see us playing a key role together in influencing this key region’s building environment with our leading-edge design and innovation.”

Some of Rachael’s favourite Designers’ projects …

Koorak House 2 by Lucas Hodgson_Rachael Biggs blog

Koorak House 2 by Lucas Hodgson


Raven St House by James Russell_Rachael Biggs blog
Raven St House by James Russell


NEWS FLASH! Kohler’s award winning Moxie Showerhead

Moxie wins IDEA Silver Award 2013

Moxie Bluetooth-enabled Showerhead wins IDEA Silver Award 2013

Kohler’s Moxie Bluetooth-enabled showerhead, launched in New Zealand in November, has just been awarded the prestigious IDEA 2013 Silver Award – an annual Interior Design Excellence Award presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America. 

The ingenious Moxie streams music, talk and products directly into the shower stall via a chrome funnel-shaped showerhead with 60 – 80 angled nozzles.  It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled device such as a smart phone, MP3 or iMac. 

The speaker of the Moxie has a pairing range of 10 metres, each charge gives about seven hours of use and has the highest 3 star WELS rating. It’s the perfect way to go about your morning routine and provides clean, clear sound to your bathroom without requiring a complete redesign.

Moxie Showerhead+Wireless speaker 'syncing'

'Syncing' the Moxie Showerhead+Wireless speaker

Simply swap out your current showerhead for the Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker to enjoy the ultimate shower-and-sing experience.

There are two sizes – the Moxie 5″ and Moxie 8″. 

Check them out at www.kohler.co.nz

Personalised bathing spaces

For the otherwise pared-back bathroom, undiluted glamour and sheer luxe can be introduced with a single feature piece such as a large, ornate mirror or a statement-making tap that will draw the eye and set the tone.

Bathrooms like the one pictured – featuring understated finishes and styling – can shine with the addition of  a stand out decorative item or feature tapware such as the Oblo.

Oblo bath set

Luxe bathrooms featuring Oblo bath set

The Oblo collection, with an impressive five star WELS rating, has both a wall mount and hob mount basin set plus bath set and bath/shower top assembly.

Each piece creates a bathroom feature on a grand scale – tall, statuesque spout partnered with two separately mounted, unadorned obloid handles. Manufactured from solid brass and finished in a tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome this range’s aesthetics are unquestionably contemporary yet reassuringly timeless.

All Oblo taps feature quarter turn ceramic disc valves and the Kohler tarnish and corrosion-resistant finish.

Oblo wall mount basin set

Statement style set - Oblo wall mount basin set

Kohler assists in global ‘Reinvent the toilet’ Challenge

November 25, 2013 | Posted in: Innovation,News,Toilet Designs

With 2.5 billion people unable to access safe sanitation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’ inviting researchers to harness the latest technology to create a cheap, safe and hygienic waterless toilet.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) took out the top prize ($100,000 in addition to the original $400,000) for a mobile restroom equipped with a freestanding, self-contained wastewater treatment system, powered by the sun, that generates both hydrogen and electricity.

Caltech Group with challenge prototype

"Reinvent the Toilet" challenge winners from CalTech

Kohler’s involvement in the project was the provision of toilets and other bathroom fixtures that provide the essential interface between the user and the waste system.

“It is exciting and certainly an honor for us to work with the Caltech team, who are true pioneers of their time,” says Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Co. sustainability marketing manager. “Kohler is known for pioneering innovative products and helping to advance technology, and through the Gates Foundation challenge, we get the opportunity to support others in their efforts to push traditional systems to a new level.”

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge with the intent of funding projects to address health and sanitation issues in the developing world. Reinventing the Toilet Challenge is an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have it. The awards recognize researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world.

The Caltech prototype is important from both a hygiene and sustainability standpoint.  All of the water is recycled within the treatment system or used for irrigation, and the waste is broken down for use as fertilizer and to generate hydrogen stored in fuel cells for energy.

Caltech "Reinvent the toilet" challenge

Caltech "Reinvent the toilet" challenge model

In December the Caltech mobile restroom, housed in a cargo container, will be shipped to India where several families will use it and researchers will be able to adapt the unit functionally and culturally.

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