Kohler presents the intelligent bathroom as a hub for wellbeing
The people at Kohler want us to stop thinking of the bathroom as a chore-oriented part of the home and reimagine it instead as a sanctuary for self-care, a ‘hub for wellbeing’. ‘The bathroom is a space of privacy where you experience a renewal through your hygiene routine,’ says Erin Lilly, Kohler’s decorative design studio manager.
Exploring the profound impact that design can have on wellbeing, particularly in enabling healthy habits and clean environments, Kohler’s team of bathroom architects design touchless taps and intelligent toilets. Such innovations are particularly pertinent during a global pandemic.
‘There are so many dimensions to the concept of wellbeing,’ says Lun Cheak Tan, the brand’s vice president of industrial design, from meeting essential health needs with clean spaces to ‘a very cerebral idea of how every interaction can influence our state of mind and our mental and spiritual health’.
‘The wellbeing we derive from our bathroom experiences we then carry with us throughout our day, as we affect others through our interactions with communities, infrastructures and environments,’ says Lilly. ‘In this way, the architect and designer’s role is critical to creating greater health and happiness in society.’
Meet the touchless toilet: Kohler introduces the intelligent Numi 2.0
The world’s most advanced, intelligent toilet, Kohler’s Numi 2.0, is a multisensory marvel. Combining design and technology, functionality, ambiance and comfort, the loo promises exceptional water efficiency, cleansing and dryer functions, a heated seat, and high-quality built-in speakers to elevate the bathroom experience. Personal preferences are controlled via a sleek remote control, an app on your smartphone, or a simple voice command to a Bluetooth smart speaker. Numi 2.0’s five ambient light and sounds themes provide a unique sensory experience, while the speakers can be wirelessly synced to deliver playlists, weather checks, traffic reports or news.
Numi 2.0 boasts a contemporary, geometric design and a juxtaposed honed white or black exterior with a glossy metallic lid. Advanced bidet capabilities include a self-cleaning wand, a precision air dryer and a deodorising filter. Numi 2.0’s heated seat and cover are motion-activated for touch-free opening and closing. Dual flush options are also touchless and automatic. This is a truly gracious bathroom experience.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, and comprises more than 35,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power systems, luxury cabinetry and tiles. It is also the owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations, in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course will host the Ryder Cup in 2021. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. §
Kohler’s Dimensions of Wellbeing initiative seeks to empower architects and designers to create spaces with personalised technologies, intuitive experiences and responsive environments that seamlessly unify stunning design with thoughtful functionality.
The Numi 2.0 and intelligent bathroom design was showcased at Kohler’s multi-sensorial hub for wellbeing during Design Shanghai 2020, Shanghai World Expo, Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China. Discover Numi 2.0