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.

 

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
Clarity information

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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.