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.
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.
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.
“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.