Biophilic bathroom design – it’s a term we will hear a lot more about! It is the art of improving our health and well-being by introducing a closer connection between people and nature in the bathing space. It can be as simple as using natural materials and surface finishes such as stone, marble and timber or as complex as constructing large skylights that open to the sky or full length glass bringing the greenery of the outside in.
Biophilic design also encompasses light, smell, touch and sound – the natural light acquired by windows and skylights; the smell of flowers from a candle or an open window; the sight of a living green wall in a shower enclosure; and the touch of a rainshower on the skin after a long and tiring day.
According to Kohler, a global leader in bathroom design and innovation – the choice of bathroom fittings plays a major role in achieving the closeness to nature that can produce an increased sense of relaxation, rejuvenation and positivity in our state of mind.
The Exhale Slide Shower epitomises the reproduction of nature’s therapeutic powers in the bathroom. Designed to produce a rainshower experience the Exhale has a choice of four spray functions – full coverage, drenching rain, intense massage and silk. Even the spray face of the showerhead replicates the delicate nature of the petals of the dahlia flower.
The Exhale’s Katalyst technology has been developed by Kohler to replicate the large, full water droplets of a dense rainshower while still conserving water. It introduces 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water and carries a 3 star WELS rating, using only 9 litres of water a minute.
A deep, long soak in a bath that will support and soothe the body is also integral to the biophilic bathing experience, especially if accompanied by soothing nature soundscapes, soft mood lighting and scented bush flower oils.
Kohler’s latest addition to its freestanding bath collection is the Veil bath, a deeply luxurious bath sculpted from Lithocast cast resin with an opulent 40cm soaking depth. It features supportive contours to cradle the body together with a sloped lumbar support.
The Veil is a visual statement like no other – the bath’s profile is one of flowing lines and perfectly balanced curves, sculpted simplicity in perfect lockstep with the most discerning contemporary style. It measures 1661mm x 933mm x 648mm.
Kohler’s Lithocast cast resin material is soft on the skin, lightweight and extremely easy to clean with its beautiful high-gloss finish.
And when looking for the visual talking point of any biophilic design bathroom, nothing says NATURE quite like the newly arrived Dutchmaster Collection of basins!
Big, bold, lush florals, dramatically enhanced by a deeply dark, moody background, adorn the entire surface of the basin’s interiors.
Blush Floral is a vivid mass of large scale peonies, dahlias, ranunculus and hydrangeas in lush colours of blush pink, ivory and darkest rose on an onyx background. And for delicate relief? A beautiful, Painted Lady butterfly poised on a single stem.
The vessel basins have been designed to sit proud of the vanity and feature a subtle, defining lift at the edge of the bowl. They can be paired with wall mount or bench mount mixer taps – and due to the basin’s rich colouring will suit many of Kohler’s metal finishes, from polished and rose gold to vibrant brushed bronze, titanium and brushed nickel.
These beautiful, full bloom works of art are featured on two styles of basin – the Carillon rectangle Wading Pool and the Carillon Round Wading Pool.
The clear message, says Kohler, when creating a bathing haven, is to look to Mother Nature for inspiration and Kohler for implementation!
Kohler is available from all major plumbing merchants nationwide.
Converge – it’s the very latest in showering technology! This piece of ingenuity sees sleek design converge with space-saving smarts to create a truly multifunctional showerhead that features a cleverly integrated hand shower.
The 152mm diameter flat-faced showerhead is wall mounted and at first glance appears to be a simple, large format showerhead – but its exterior rim almost magically detaches from the magnetic docking station and becomes a very convenient, separate hand shower!
Converge, with its advanced spray engine, provides three powerful spray patterns while using only 9 litres of water a minute (WELS 3 star rated). The showerhead literally sculpts water!
Choose from the dense, luxurious Silk spray; or Infinity – three spray experiences in one (complete cleanse, refreshing massage and delicate rinse); or Full Coverage for a drenching, all-encompassing spray.
In sleek polished chrome, Converge features an easy clean spray face that simply wipes clean with a damp cloth, without any build-up of minerals. It also has Kohler’s premium finish to retain a long, enduring and unblemished polished chrome surface.
Converge, with its innovative 2-in-1 space-saving design is an exciting development for all those who love a luxurious, ultra-responsive shower but may have less space than they wish! The release of this product coincides with Kohler’s 145th anniversary – 145 years of ongoing revolutionary design and innovation for the bathroom.
Converge, with a recommended retail price of $199, is available nationally from major plumbing retailers. The shower arm is available separately at $79.
Taking its cue from the world’s rapidly growing ‘love of vintage’, Kohler has introduced a range of bathroom tapware that references the form and ornamentation of the Edwardian period – and introduces new, deep, rich textures such as oil-rubbed and vibrant brushed bronze!
Artifacts is a standout range of tapware that features detailed turnings and finials, elegant spouts and swing-lever handles in a choice of three finishes – oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.
Each piece in the collection is distinct in terms of form and ornamentation but, while the aesthetics are vintage, the range’s performance is full of innovation.
Basin taps are Five Star WELS rated, using less than six litres of water a minute; engineered ceramic discs resist deterioration and mineral build-up; and the polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze and vibrant brushed bronze finishes feature the Kohler patented corrosion and tarnish-resistant surface.
The range comprises single and twin-handle basin sets, shower/bath mixers with and without diverter, two handle deck-mount bath set plus a wall mount bath spout – all in a choice of oil-rubbed bronze, vibrant brushed bronze and polished chrome.
If there is one key trend for bathrooms in 2018 it would be CHOICE. While one person opts for sleek and white, another will crush on personality and patina. Global suppliers such as Kohler have seen the signs and are extending their ranges to ensure we can all stamp our style and character on our interiors.
Just as Kohler was one of the forerunners in creating precious metal finishes to its tapware – rose gold, titanium and brushed nickel for example – it has also taken the lead in developing a choice of trims for bath and shower mixers.
With its introduction of new Slim Trims consumers can now choose between the traditional sized mixers to match their favourite tap and slimmer, sleeker versions. They also have the option of a shower mixer plate with or without diverter.
The new Cuff Slim Shower Trim – with and without diverter
The Slim Trims have been designed to match some of Kohler’s best- selling polished chrome tapware ranges – Purist, Loure, Aleo, Strayt, Toobi, Kumin and Cuff.
Aleo Slim Shower Trim – without diverter
Strayt Slim Shower Mixer – without diverter
In most cases the width of the mixer plate, without diverter, has been reduced by at least 25 per cent – and in the case of the Purist and Cuff mixers these are now a neat 100mm diameter circle.
Purist Slim Shower Trim
The aesthetic advantage of the Slim Trims is that the peripheral hardware no longer dominates – which allows the true heroes, such as the showerhead and surface finishes, to shine!
Purist Bath Filler with Loure Slim Shower Mixer
All of Kohler’s tapware features its unique tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome finish.
Not often is a new, high tech bathroom appliance specifically designed to save the homeowner money while at the same time delivering the very best in water saving showering technology! Kohler has done just that with its HydroRail shower columns.
The Torsion HydroRail converts easily from a fixed shower head to a multi-function showering experience.
A luxurious home-spa showering experience, Kohler’s HydroRail is designed to replace a wall-mounted fixed-head shower. It can be installed in an existing shower space without the expense or inconvenience of having to go ‘behind the wall’ and change current plumbing.
Convert your fixed head shower.
Originally developed for the Westin Hotel group – to help them meet their global commitment to reduce their water usage by 20 per cent by 2020 – the HydroRail, designed to deliver an overhead tropical rainshower experience, envelopes the user in a deluge of large, full drops. In addition the user can take advantage of adding a handshower – the Awaken multifunction handshower – for hair washing or a more targeted massaging water spray.
The HydroRail comprises either an arched or square shower column (designed to give maximum height to the showerhead) with a 200mm RainCan showerhead with Katalyst technology; an Awaken multi-function hand shower; a diverter (to switch between overhead and hand shower); and a stainless steel shower hose.
The HydroRail Round Showering Column with Katalyst showerhead and multifunction handshower.
Katalyst technology injects 2.2 litres of air into every 9.4 litres of water to create larger, fuller water droplets that retain heat longer – all the time using only 9 litres of water a minute (3 star WELS rating).
The HydroRail Square Shower Column with Katalyst showerhead and multifunction handshower.
The HydroRail Shower Column is available with a round or square 200mm RainCan showerhead and features the Awaken hand shower with a 110mm diameter sculpted spray face and three different spray patterns accessed by a simple slide tab on the showerhead.
Another option is the Kohler Hydrorail Slide Shower featuring the Awaken showerhead with slide rail and bracket. This again is designed to be retrofitted without the need to go ‘behind the wall’ with the slide rail enabling the user to adjust the showerhead to the exact height required or use it as a handshower for rinsing hair or even the walls of the shower space!
The HydroRail slide shower converts easily from a fixed showerhead.
The breakthrough HydroRail from Kohler brings a cost-effective showering upgrade within reach of us all. Trade an outdated fixed wall-mount showerhead for a luxury spa experience using existing plumbing with the Kohler HydroRail shower column or slide shower.
If you’re building or renovating, for the best in bathroom and kitchen inspiration visit the Kohler and Englefield display suites and technical showroom in Glenfield on Auckland’s North Shore. You’ll discover an extensive range of products from leading a global leader in bathroomware – Kohler – and Englefield, one of New Zealand’s favourite bathroom brands.
Kohler Artist Edition basins on display at Diana Drive.
“Living on the Leading Edge of Design and Technology” underpins every new design and product at Kohler and the stunning mini-suites provide a range of styles and settings to suit any bathroom.
For even more options, the popular Englefield brand offers the “Total Bathroom Solution” featuring showering displays, mini-suites, kitchen sinks and more.
One of the modern suites at the Kohler / Englefield showroom.
On-trend mini-suites showcase the extensive range on display.
You’ll find the total bathroom solution – baths, basins, tapware, furniture and more.
From Kohler’s Artist Edition and Nature’s Chemistry ranges, to Englefield’s popular Milano Collection of shower, bath, tapware and accessories, the showroom enables customers to see the products in bathroom settings or “try before they buy”.
The popular Reve vessel basin with Strayt tapware.
One of the many Englefield suites on display.
The Kohler and Englefield showroom is at 133 Diana Drive and is open from 8.30am to 5pm.