When Australia’s SJB Architects were invited to design the Bathroom-of-the-Future for Kohler’s Flagship store in Shanghai, they envisaged a luxurious cocoon of new age materials equipped with the very latest KOHLER innovations.
Tristan Wong, SJB architect who spearheaded the design, felt the bathroom of the future could be a global traveller’s retreat and as such located in the hull of a ship or fuselage of a jet. Wong’s vision is of a seamless, folding cocoon of new-age materials. Walls and ceiling fold and merge to conceal lighting, speakers and exhaust fans. The yacht-style timber flooring provides warmth underfoot which complements the long, carbon-fibre vanity that morphs into a day-bed. They made an intentional shift away from the more traditional bathroom materials of tile and stone to the highly versatile Kerlite which is a kind of ceramic porcelain, choosing a combination of white Kerlite for a clean, bright feeling; and a bronze-champagne Kerlite for warmth and contrast. Carbon fibre was the other material used extensively in the design. Chosen for its malleability, strength and waterproof qualities it was the perfect choice for the vanity and day bed. It also has a great aesthetic, with the woven strands of filament visible through the resin.
Kohler’s SOK overflowing bath was chosen for its luxury. Designed for two people the SOK offers deep immersion and the option of chroma-therapy and bubble massage. The futuristic Numi toilet, a Bluetooth enabled “hub” offering music, night light, warm air for the feet and automatically opening and closing lid and seat, was placed in the space as much for its sculptural effect as for its versatility. It is complemented by a pair of low slung, rectangular Forefront basins. Karbon taps were chosen as they are constructed in part from carbon fibre and come with a joystick control. To complete the look is the multifunctional electronically controlled shower area equipped with Watertile overhead shower panels and wall mounted body sprays to create an all-enveloping, totally luxurious showering experience.
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