Kohler Unveils Collaboration with Daniel Arsham; 99 Piece Limited Edition 3D-Printed Sink to Launch in December

Kohler announces a collaboration with contemporary artist Daniel Arsham. Bringing together creative innovation and expert craftsmanship, Kohler and Arsham have designed a one-of-a-kind limited-edition 3D-printed sink entitled Rock.01 that will debut at Design Miami/ 2021, featured in the company’s and Arsham’s co-created space at the fair. Rock.01 is crafted in Kohler, Wisconsin and will be available for purchase in December in an edition of 99.

Like much of Arsham’s work, Rock.01 is an homage to time. Comprised of 3D-printed vitreous china and hand-poured brass, the sink’s vessel blends modern-day technology with Kohler’s nearly 148-year manufacturing legacy into what can only be described as functional high art. The effects of time are reflected in the patina of the brass “rock” and achieved through a forced coercion process.

Kohler’s revolutionary method of 3D-printing vitreous china is at the forefront of innovation in the industry, and the technology itself is what made it possible to produce Daniel’s design which was too complex to produce using traditional methods.

“Rock.01 melds the future of 3D-printing technology with the most basic methods of hand-cast brass. It is literally the new resting on top of the old, and I find that incredibly poetic. Kohler was the ideal partner to bring such a complex and futuristic design to life,” said Arsham.

Arsham’s collaboration with Kohler reflects the company’s long-standing commitment to the arts. Since 1873, Kohler’s mission has been to contribute to gracious living through the highest level of design, craftmanship, and innovation.

Arsham will join David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co., at the Kohler Living digital event on Nov. 4 to discuss how technology and digital media are creating new opportunities for expression and feature an overview of this collaboration. For more information and to register to attend: living.kohler.com.

KOHLER Products & Water Safety Standards

KOHLER is committed to developing high-quality bathroom products which improve the lives of kiwis, and customers around the world.

Concern and awareness of heavy metals (including lead) in household water supply is growing as water networks age, and consumers demand higher quality.

Our products are independently tested to ensure they meet or exceed international standards.

Product testing

All KOHLER kitchen & basin mixers sold in New Zealand are independently tested, Watermark certified, and comply with the following standards:

  • AS/NZS 3718-2005 Water supply – Tapware
  • AS/NZS 4020-2018 Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water
  • AS 2345-2006 Dezincification resistance of copper alloys
  • AS/NZS 3499-2006 Water supply – Flexible hose assemblies
  • AS/NZS 6400-2016 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling

AS/NZS 4020-2018 is of particular relevance as it specifies a maximum allowable lead concentration of 10 µg/L.

The only exception to this testing schedule above is our new KOHLER Malleco Touchless Kitchen Mixer, which complies with the following standards:

  • GB 18145-2014 Ceramic Cartridge Faucets
  • AS/NZS 6400-2016 Water efficient products – Rating and labelling

GB 18145-2014 specifies a maximum allowable lead concentration of 5 µg/L. This is the same as US standards, and is more stringent than New Zealand’s standard (AS/NZS 4020-2018).

Live with Confidence

Kiwis can be confident that KOHLER tapware exceeds New Zealand’s water safety standards.

KOHLER has a strong commitment to water quality and water conservation, in addition to the independent testing, KOHLER has received multiple awards for water conservation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

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.

 

Super Advanced Intelligent Toilet Takes Out CES 2020 Innovation Awards

 

The Numi 2.0, Kohler’s most advanced intelligent, voice-activated toilet, has been honoured with an innovation award at this year’s (2020) CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.   The annual event, recognised as the world stage for innovation, attracted more than 4,500 brands showcasing their latest technology-driven consumer products – and from these the Numi 2.0 was selected as a recipient of the innovation award.

Key to Numi 2.0’s success is the Kohler Konnect app and embedded Amazon Alexa for easy voice control of personal-care functions and features, as well as access to personal playlists and tens of thousands of skills such as checking the weather, the traffic, accessing news etc.  In short, Numi 2.0, a toilet and bidet in one, delivers complete hands-free control of a personal care experience that has been fine-tuned to the user’s exact preferences – from ambient lights, heated seat and preferred cleansing functionality, to choice of music and air/water temperatures.

Sustainability credentials are also impressive with the toilet being one of the most water-efficient available – a mere 3L/3.8L flush. A real life example of life with Numi 2.0 is a night time visit, whereby the integrated nightlight will guide you while the lid opens automatically to reveal a ready-warmed seat.  When you walk away, the toilet flushes and the lid closes.

The Numi 2.0’s dynamic multi-coloured lighting and audio enhancements (via waterproof speakers offering exceptional sound quality), create a unique experience for homeowners – users simply voice-activate their profile and/or preferences on entering the bathroom. Features of Numi 2.0, with Kohler Konnect, can be controlled through voice-command, the Kohler Konnect app, the remote or through internal sensors.

The Numi 2.0 by Kohler is currently unavailable in Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.