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By Kathrina Paz Elefante 

Imagine walking to your bathroom in the middle of the night, but instead of turning on the light to a glaring level, it’s automatically set to a warmer tone for a more comfortable ambience.

This is one of the latest offerings from global kitchen and bath products manufacturer Kohler, featured in the recently held Kohler Design Forum in the Philippines. An annual forum hosted in key design hubs around the world, the event serves as a platform for established, as well as emerging architects and designers, to share ideas and best practices.

During the forum, Kohler unveiled its newest products, which included an exhibit of a Veil Lighted Suite, a bathroom collection that features a mirror, sink, vanity, and bathtub equipped with motion-activated technology that turns on the built-in lighting system while simultaneously selecting the ideal color temperature.

BATHROOM OF THE FUTURE Veil Lighted Suite, a bathroom collection, features a mirror, sink, vanity, and bathtub equipped with motion- activated technology that turns on the built-in lighting system while simultaneously selecting the ideal color temperature; right: bathroom faucets come in modern matte black finish

BATHROOM OF THE FUTURE Veil Lighted Suite, a bathroom collection, features a mirror, sink, vanity, and bathtub equipped with motion-activated technology that turns on the built-in lighting system while simultaneously selecting the ideal color temperature; below: bathroom faucets come in modern matte black finish

Components Collection

The suite offers color temperatures based on one’s wellness needs: 4000k that mimics natural light (best for dressing up in the morning), a cool 6500k to help you feel more energetic, and a warm 3000k that enhances relaxation at night (and allows you to have that spa experience right at your own home).

The vanity features touchless technology that allows the glass doors to smoothly transition from semi-opaque to translucent, which makes it easier for you to find that specific bottle of serum. And with built-in voice control, you can “tell” your bathroom how you would like to feel. These innovations are all part of Kohler’s global theme of “Experiential Luxury.”

“We envisioned them to create a rich and dynamic environment that engage the senses in different levels,” says Angel Yang, president of Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath, Asia Pacific. “We at Kohler define luxury as a feeling. We design products that  enrich comfortable spaces, elevates the mood, and creates a feeling of customized luxury.”

“Luxury is about innovation and yet also about heritage. It is encompassing building technology and materiality while enhancing comfort, ergonomics, and anthropometrics,” explains Architect Sally Saldaña-Siegel, managing director and CEO of PDP Architects, one of the guest speakers during the forum.

Kohler’s components line was also featured during the event, which presented customized design choices for bathroom faucets and accessories.

Options include a modern matte black finish, as well as vibrant hombre faucets (manufactured using Kohler’s proprietary technology) that come in two sophisticated gradients: titanium to rose gold and rose gold to polished nickel.

Four bespoke lavatories were the highlight of Kohler’s Artist Editions, which included the Kensho made with natural stone etched with patterns inspired by the sashiko kimono, and the Dutchmaster Floral with bold blooms inspired by paintings from the 17th century.

CREATIVE CONVERSATION During the Kohler Design Forum, guests talk about where the direction of design will be in the future. From left: Kohler Kitchen & Bath Philippines country manager Jonathan Kwong, Kohler Kitchen & Bath Asia-Pacific director for marketing Kesinee Charoenchitpaisarn, BLINK founder and co-CEO Clint Nagata, Atelier Almario founder and creative director Cynthia Almario, Atelier Almario founder and principal interior designer Ivy Almario, PDP Architects manager for business development Matthew Pirante-Pérez, Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath Asia-Pacific president Angel Yang, Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath SEA general manager Adam Quek, Kohler Co. director for design consulting Annie Sim, and host Manolet Garcia

CREATIVE CONVERSATION During the Kohler Design Forum, guests talk about where the direction of design will be in the future. From left: Kohler Kitchen & Bath Philippines country manager Jonathan Kwong, Kohler Kitchen & Bath Asia-Pacific director for marketing Kesinee Charoenchitpaisarn, BLINK founder and co-CEO Clint Nagata, Atelier Almario founder and creative director Cynthia Almario, Atelier Almario founder and principal interior designer Ivy Almario, PDP Architects manager for business development Matthew Pirante-Pérez, Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath Asia-Pacific president Angel Yang, Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath SEA general manager Adam Quek, Kohler Co. director for design consulting Annie Sim, and host Manolet Garcia

Aside from its enduring mission to create a ‘boldlook’, the company is also committed to sustainability.

Its toilet, for example, has water-saving features with a pioneering pressure design.

“We believe that business success can be enhanced by taking into consideration the environment, which we have been doing since the ‘70s,” says Adam Quek, Kohler general manager and commercial director for Kitchen & Bath Group, Southeast Asia. “Our strategy for sustainability is to reduce carbon industrial wastage to net zero by 2035.”

Through the harmonious union of technology, color, pattern, and material, Kohler elevates the bathroom experience to one that transcends utility. The bathroom of the future is here—and it will feel as you would as soon as you step inside it.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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