KOHLER Partners with Saint Kate Hotel on Custom Basins

KOHLER Partners with Saint Kate Hotel on Custom Basins

Saint Kate hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA worked alongside the “KOHLER Create’ team to design meaningful, custom basins in their 2019 renovation.

Saint Kate’s Leopard Bedroom Suite

This major upgrade transformed the 1987 built hotel into Milwaukee’s first Visual Arts hotel.The hotel’s idea of offering new experiences to broaden people’s ways of looking at the world was very much in line with Kohler’s vision through design, and innovations such as Kohler’s WasteLab. The latter, more like a studio with craftsmen than a factory – takes waste materials and recycles them into things of beauty, like their hand made range of crackle tiles made from porcelain scraps. These tiles were used in the hotel bar/dining area.

The Hotel Bar on the ground floor

The black and white ribbon, part of Saint  Kate’s visual signature for fluidity was one of the ideas developed further by KOHLER and incorporated by hand onto the Veil basin, creating a design story of both inspiration and the journey involved in creating this piece of ‘art’.

KOHLER Veil Basin with ribbon motif

Like Saint Kate, they looked at the possibilities of how to make something special that was more than ‘just a basin’. The result installed into the hotel’s 219 rooms is special for Saint Kate, special for KOHLER and special for the customers using them.

See the whole design story video here.

 

New Generation Touchless Technology

In a space devoted to personal hygiene it makes perfect sense to limit the transfer of germs from hands to surfaces and back again!  Kohler’s introduction of a Touchless flush toilet suite, the first of its kind on the New Zealand market, takes hygiene in the bathroom to the next level.

The sleek, softly contoured ModernLife back to wall Touchless Flush toilet suite is the next generation in hands-free technology whereby a sensor, positioned beneath the lid of the cistern, is activated by simply passing a hand over the top of it.  Earlier touchless technology relied on a beam-based sensor that could easily be mistakenly activated by general movement in the vicinity of the toilet.

Kohler’s HygieneMax™ rimless pan technology contributes yet another level of hygiene to the ModernLife design – delivering a robust, double wash-down with optimal coverage of the interior bowl

The ModernLife Touchless Flush toilet suite also offers a choice of two comfortable, quiet-close seat designs – the low profile Slim and the sophisticated Elite model.  The latter features battery operated deodoriser, with a choice of fragrance packs, plus an LED night light.

And while Touchless technology is the hero of this toilet suite, there is also a side push button for manual flush. Kohler’s ModernLife back to wall Touchless toilet suite has a four star WELS rating (4.5/3.5L dual flush), meaning it is well within new build codes, while its suitability for both P-trap and S-trap connection makes it ideal for retrofits.

The ModernLife Touchless retails for $1095 for the model with Slim seat and $1195 with the Elite seat.  They are both available exclusively from Mico, Plumbing Plus and Chesters stores nationally.  Go to www.kohler.co.nz for more details and showroom locations.

 

It’s beginning to look like Christmas…

This is our 378th ‘traditional’ Christmas, if the history books are correct.  So what has changed?  In 1642, Abel Tasman and his crew were  believed to be the first to celebrate Christmas in New Zealand, and they did so by feasting on pork and extra rations of wine! Captain James Cook is the next notable to celebrate in the land of the long white cloud, and he did things slightly differently when, in 1769, he and his crew celebrated with a meal of ‘goose pye’ – made with gannet – for Christmas dinner! So what has changed since 1642?

Perhaps the two most iconic elements of a New Zealand Christmas today are the irresistible Pavlova, made with kiwi fruit, strawberries and cream  plus the striking, and much-loved, Pohutukawa or NZ Christmas tree. Common to both are the vibrant and festive reds of the Pohutukawa and strawberries as well as the lush greens of the tree’s foliage and our very own Kiwi fruit!  Both play a significant role in Kiwi Christmas celebrations throughout the land.

When decorating your home for the festivities, this colour scheme could, perhaps, form the basis of the rest of your colour scheme.  In addition to the traditional Christmas tree, consider introducing fresh foliage or potted plants to living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.  Placing a few bushy potted plants in guest rooms and bathrooms – complete with minimal festive decorations, can ensure the celebratory spirit is felt throughout the home, for guests as well as family members.

Smell is just as much a part of our sensory perception as vision – candles, fresh flowers, ripe fruit and oven-baked cakes and tarts all contribute that magical aroma associated with celebration and festive good will.

While Christmas trees, turkey, prawns, pavlova, and Christmas crackers are the quintessential festive ingredients of a Kiwi Christmas, there is a relative newcomer to the scene.  Our concern for our planet has cast a spotlight on sustainability – and retailers and consumers are both seeking out more sustainable decorations and Christmas crackers, opting for paper, timber or recycled materials instead of plastics.

 

 

 

CLARITY – A CLEAR CASE OF SAFE WATER. FOR ALL.

CLARITY – A CLEAR CASE OF SAFE WATER. FOR ALL.

CLARITY – A CLEAR CASE OF SAFE WATER. FOR ALL.

In our privileged environments, where food, power and water are everyday staples, it is hard to believe that more than 2 billion people have no access to safe water*. It was this fact that inspired Kohler to develop CLARITY, a simple, affordable filtration system that can provide safe drinking water for those living in remote areas with no access to clean water.

Kohler has had an ongoing passion and commitment to utilise its high-end design and technology skills to make change for ALL, especially those who have less. Having joined the Bill Gates Foundation, Kohler partnered with the California Institute of Technology in 2012 to develop a photovoltaic toilet to provide a sustainable sanitation option to the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have safe sanitation.

CLARITY is yet another step in the company’s ongoing commitment to global health and sustainability. A table-top ceramic filtration system, CLARITY was developed by Kohler in partnership with World Vision, iDE and Water Mission. It can produce 40 litres of safe drinking water a day – enough for a small family.

The cornerstones of the design are that it be simple to use and maintain, inexpensive to acquire and run and easy to transport in some of the most remote and rugged terrains in the world.

CLARITY, a ceramic filtration system, removes more than 99 per cent of bacteria and protozea from 11 litres of water every two hours.

Contaminated or dirty water is placed in the reservoir at the top of the unit which then uses gravity to filter down to the storage reservoir below. The clean water can be kept safely in this reservoir and accessed by tap.

The filter cartridge contains some silver, for its antimicrobial properties, and is cleaned simply by rubbing gently with sandpaper to remove any sediment build-up. Each cartridge will filter up to 5000 litres of water before replacement is required.

Enormous thought has been put into the environments and communities in which CLARITY will be used – the lid, for example, is embossed with pictographic instructions in consideration of those who are illiterate.

Transport can also be an expensive and difficult process in more remote areas – so both the CLARITY unit and its packaging has been designed to be as lightweight as possible. One truckload of CLARITY filtration systems will contain 3600 units – enough for about 14, 400 people.

The easy to assemble and use CLARITY filtration unit stands about 60cms tall and weighs just 2.5 kg – and meets WHO standards for safe drinking water.

The CLARITY has already been used in disaster relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Given that statistics suggest the incidence of water-borne illnesses can be reduced by 45 per cent through safe drinking water, and safe storage, the CLARITY is a life-changing development.

The Kohler CLARITY project has been a truly multicultural affair having been designed by a Kohler team in the UK, engineered by a Kohler team in India and produced in Kohler’s US factory.

Kohler NZ holds permanent stocks of the CLARITY in its NZ warehouse in preparation for a rapid response should there be further disasters in its regional South Pacific islands.

Go to www.clarity.kohler.com for more details.

* WHO 7/2/201

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CLARITY

  • Designed to meet WHO (World Health Organization) water quality standards
  • Filters up to 40 litres per day*
  • Filters up to 2 litres per hour*
  • 23 liters total capacity(11 L dirty, 12 L clean with safe storage)
  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Nestable for shipping as individual filters or in bulk
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Kohler Co joins with Virginia Tech to win 2018 Solar Decathlon in Dubai

“FutureHAUS”, a unique solar home designed and built by Virginia Tech research university, with the support and technical input of Kohler Co, has won the international Solar Decathlon, held for the first time in Dubai.

Beating 27 other universities from 11 countries, the Virginia Tech team had just two weeks to build its prototype FutureHAUS house, that runs exclusively on solar power, in a public expo area next to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Solar Park. The goal of the competition was to create a high performing solar home – seen as the smart, sustainable housing of the future – able to function in the extreme climate conditions of the Middle East. A key requirement was that it had to be able to be mass produced in similar communities around the world.

Kohler worked with Virginia Tech for two years advising on design and technical attributes that could achieve high functioning, smart solutions for both kitchen and bathroom.

The winning FutureHAUS, that enabled Virginia Tech to take home the $250,000 first prize, utilised factory-built cartridges to create living spaces that adapt to their inhabitants.

Kohler provided technical advice and guidance on the water delivery system in the kitchen where metered amounts of water are delivered via voice control.

In the main bathroom the vanity top is 3D printed and utilises Kohler’s technological expertise to incorporate three sensors within the basin that employ the company’s Response touchless technology. Kohler has then coupled these sensors to three of its DTV digital showering systems.

Virginia Tech was the only team from the US to compete in this year’s Solar Decathlon. The prototype houses were judged on 10 criteria:
architecture, engineering and construction, energy management, comfort conditions, house functioning, sustainable transportation, sustainability, communications and innovation.

The Solar Decathlon, now in its 16th year, supports Dubai’s stated goal to have the smallest carbon footprint of any global city by 2050.

 

The Best Plants for Your Bathroom

The Best Plants for Your Bathroom

Lush green foliage is an excellent way to soften the hard, straight lines that so often proliferate in a bathroom – think tiles, vanities, mirrors, windows, shower recesses etc

Just a single plant, from a fern to a succulent, will introduce a pleasing, relaxing ambience to the bathing space – but there are other benefits to including living greenery in the bathroom.  Clean air and health!

Indoor air can be more polluted than the air outside, as bathrooms, by their very nature, contain many chemicals – from those emitted by surface materials to shampoos, soaps and chemical cleaners.

Plants are the perfect ‘green’ way of improving the quality of the air – they require little effort and negate the need for an expensive air purifier.

Experts at NASA have spent time identifying the best indoor plants for removing toxins – but make sure the plant you choose is also the best suited to your bathroom’s light conditions, temperatures and any draughts.

 


Here are six plants, recommended by NASA for removing air-borne toxins, that could be grown in the bathroom:

Snake Plant - Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash

SNAKE PLANT

(Sansevieria trifasciata)

Keep them fairly dry and grow in indirect light.  Fertilise during growing season.  One of the easiest indoor plants to grow.

 Golden Cane Palm - Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

GOLDEN CANE PALM

(Dypsis lutescens)

Requires plenty of light and a good balance of moisture, fertiliser and warmth.  Brings a tropical lushness to the bathroom.

Aloe Vera Photo by Charles Deluvio 🇵🇭🇨🇦 on Unsplash

ALOE VERA

(Aloe barbadensis mill)

Grow in indirect sunlight in a dry soil (like a cactus potting mix).  Water during growing period but never allow to stand in wet soil (ensure pot has plenty of drainage holes).  The leaves contain a gel that can be used on skin conditions and superficial cuts for its soothing, antimicrobial properties.

ENGLISH IVY - Photo by Manja Benic on Unsplash

ENGLISH IVY

(Hedera helix)

An easy plant to grow indoors and can be planted in hanging baskets to allow the leaves to cascade or can be trained to climb a stick or pole.  Can tolerate lower light and requires a cool environment and a reasonable amount of water.

Peace Lily - Photo by Mitch Lensink on Unsplash

PEACE LILY 

(Spathiphyllum mauna loa)

Grow in a warm spot away from direct sunlight – it will tolerate low levels of light.  Water regularly so that the potting mix is moist at all times.  Yellow leaves mean it is receiving too much light.

Spider Plant - Photo by Abel Y Costa on Unsplash

SPIDER PLANT

(Chlorophytum comosum)

Will tolerate low to bright light conditions but keep away from direct sunlight.  Requires minimal watering.  Very hardy plants that even enjoy being pot bound!

Just one plant will make a difference to both the ambience and the air purity in your bathroom – but think about groups of plants, perhaps in a corner of the floor, or suspended from the ceiling in baskets.

Be prepared for a little trial and error initially, while you work out the plants that are happiest in the conditions that prevail in your bathing space.