Global sanitary-ware provider Kohler continues to enhance the user experience through cutting-edge design
Kohler is by no means the new kid on the block. The leading sanitary-ware provider was founded in Wisconsin in 1873 and today has some 50 manufacturing locations worldwide. The brand is best known for three areas of expertise: kitchen and bathroom products, engines and power systems, and premier cabinetry and tiles.
This year, Kohler launches a number of new items – that along with the rest of the brand's portfolio – aim to bring a sense of sophistication and cutting-edge design to the home. Its newest additions take their inspiration from the term 'Experimental Luxury'. This concept combines Kohler's innovative Smart Home solutions – such as intelligent toilets, IoT products and digital showering – with on-trend colours, materials and finishes. So, what's new in 2019?
Part of the Kohler Smart Home concept, the new Veil Lighted Collection (pictured below) features built-in intelligent lighting with sensors, remote control and four colour temperatures – amber, warm, natural and daylight – to enhance sleep and wellness. With simple sculptured curves for a contemporary look and feel, the collection includes a mirror, vanity, intelligent toilet and freestanding bath. The vanity uses Supramic technology to create a low-profile design without sacrificing durability. The range is enhanced by a high-gloss finish making the collection's sleek organic form easy to clean.
In addition to Kohler's smart technology integration, the brand prides itself on offering products that embody award-winning contemporary design. Part of Kohler's Artist Edition sinks, the new Kensho basins (pictured below) are decorated with a design steeped in Japanese culture and style. Based on the ornamental stitching technique used for sashiko kiminos, the patterns depicting organic shapes such as waves, mountains and bamboo are etched into stone using the Italian acqua-forte method. The pattern in the marble or limestone sinks is then filled with a champagne-gold metallic finish. The Kensho range has both a round and an asymmetrical trough-style version.Stone etching is not the only way Kohler is keeping its designs fresh. A range of new tones and detailed graphics continue to attract customers. A new finish is the ombre-style Graphic Etch of the Components Collection, which offers a subtle colour gradient.
Technological improvements are also to the fore. The newest addition to the Kallista collection is the Grid faucet. The first of its kind, it has been made by a 3D printing technology known as Direct Metal Printing (DMP). The black matte design resists fingerprints and water spots with technology taken from that used for outdoor furniture. Its cubic form is a nod to the artistry of negative space and has been recognised with a brace of Kitchen and Bath Industry Show awards.
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