GPS Living Fall 2022 - Kohler Stores

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On the cover: Even set amidst the ambitious patten combinations of designer Christa O’Leary, Kohler fixtures draw the eye to the center of this customized coastal bath.

04 RAWMATERIALS Delightful additions to bring new life to your kitchen and bath.

08 MEET THE DESIGNERS Why Amanda Rodriguez is still fascinated by the concept of tiny houses.

10 TWO BATHS DIVERGE How two designers took different paths on the way to crafting unique baths.

16 PALM READING Celebrate color by the sea at Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse Palm Beach.


THE TONE BATHROOM COLLECTION Crafted from premium metal for unrivaled durability and resistance to corrosion and tarnishing, the Tone Bathroom Collection delivers dynamic beauty with a fresh take on mid-century modern style. With clean lines and a soft teardrop shape, the Tone collection brings an unmistakable warmth to minimalism. The unique two-tone finish option breaks through the expected and adds bold confidence to any transitional bathroom.



The Kohler Maxstow medicine cabinet maximizes storage while shedding light on your most detailed grooming tasks.

Selvaggio means “wild” in Italian—a perfect name for this tile collection from Ann Sacks , shown in new colorway Rosa.

Not feeling square? Robern Murray Hill medicine cabinets go round with shapes like this Pill.

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On this backsplash, Ann Sacks Calacaa Lincoln presents a milky-white field with charcoal veining.

The oblong head of Kohler’s Statement collection offers six spray experiences.

The Kohler Statement VES showerhead can cut water usage by forty percent without sacrificing form or function.


Ann Sacks shakes up its long-standing Context collection with this surprisingly translucent

colorway: Emerald.

Unadorned and refined: Kohler Brazn now adds elegant lavatories like this to a special collection.

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The two-finish Kohler Tone faucets may be the ultimate split decision.

Kallista teamed with Workshop/APD to create the Argile vesssel with its elegant shape and distinctive pattern.

This Kallista Contemporary Filter Faucet is designed to pair beautifully with other fixtures while dispensing from a water filtration system.

Kohler Anthem Showering Controls make sure you get a personalized experience each and every time.

Kohler brings a new degree of minimalism to the bath with the one-piece, tankless Avoir toilet.

In its other new colorway, Lilac, Ann Sacks’ Selvaggio is still a visual feast— if not quite so wild.

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The Klyne Collection is an inspired interplay of geometric form and mixed metals that is distinctive in its elemental details but will also complement other modern designs within the KALLISTA product portfolio. There are two versions of the sink faucet – Klyne and Klyne Pure. Klyne Pure strips the faucet down to its simplest form, adding to its understated sophistication. Inspired by the spatial effect of a cantilevered structure or form, Klyne collection adds an air of haute couture with its striking two-tone nish dening the design’s crisp line and graphic shapes.


and mobile homes. I love watching these small spaces be transformed into beauti- ful, multiuse rooms. How do you unwind when you’re feel- ing stressed out? I enjoy a tasty meal, a yummy cocktail, and quality time with my loved ones and friends. Is there an iconic building or space where you’d like to try living? I would love to live in an autonomous home, one that relies on itself for heat- ing, cooling, electricity, and more. Often these homes have large windows for natural light and indoor gardens for clean air and fresh food. I would enjoy living in a space that is sustainable and brings me closer to nature. If you were a color, what color would you be and why? If I were a color I would be green. I try to bring a calming presence to a room. Many of my clients come to me stressed and overwhelmed by their renovations. My goal is to make their experience as simple and fun as possible. ■

Who inspires you? Stylistically I’ve been inspired both by my mother and by my best friend. They each have a natural eye for design and can make a house into a home in no time. Can you describe a favorite design project you’ve worked on? I’ve recently collaborated with another designer on a bathroom for a log cabin. I don’t get the opportunity to collaborate often, so that has been a really fun pro- cess. I’ve enjoyed brainstorming ways to modernize this space while maintaining the cabin’s charm. Is there a TV show or movie with de- sign that you love? What do you love about it? I was captivated by the design in The Queen’s Gambit . I could not get enough of the drapes, wallpaper, patterns, and midcentury modern furniture. It added to the drama of the series. I am also a fan of the Old New York style with a modern twist featured in Only Murders in the Building . Can you share a trend you’ve seen in the world of design that fascinates you? Although they’ve been around for some time, I am still fascinated by tiny homes


How would you describe your personal design style? My personal design style is eclectic. I en- joy bringing in elements that I’ve gathered from my travels, while maintaining a cozy and organic feel. What would you like to do more of? I tend to work on baths and kitchens with neutral colors. It would be fun to do more kids’ bathrooms because of the flexibility to play with color and pattern.

Influenced by the unique candle-like shape of antique apothecary jars, the Damask lighting collection illuminates any space with lasting beautify and style.

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Christa O’Leary defines the bathing area in this coastal bath with a mix of patterns. Note how elegant Kohler fixtures still draw the eye to the center.

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W hat really shapes a bath? Is it the owner, the location, the trends of the moment? We spoke to two designers who started with something in common—beautiful Kohler designs for the bath—to explore how their paths diverged. Christa O’Leary was designing for a home in a coastal town in New England. “So I wanted it to be a refreshing take on traditional that was not fussy but elegant, timeless and sophisticated,” she explains. Her clients requested the bath feel like a spa oasis, while still remaining functional. Meanwhile, Michele Plachter was working a little closer to home in Haddonfield, N.J., which she describes as “a picturesque small town that exudes classic Americana.” Her homeowners requested a bathroom that would feel fresh, open, and stylish. Functionality was a priority for them as well. So, with fairly similar requests, how did they arrive at these distinctive results? What speaks to the designers matters. “I am obsessed with pattern play,” explains O’Leary. “ I love creating refreshing pattern combinations that are unique and inspir- ing.” She started with the decorative wall marble, allowing that to inspire choices like the hexagonal floor tile, which in turn led to the cabinet hardware. Meanwhile, Plachter moved upward. “We fell in love with the floor tile at ‘hello’ and the inspira- tion flowed from there,” she says. The pattern has the appearance of interwoven wood weathered to varying shades. This led to anchoring the space with darker cabinets and fixtures, while keeping “the envelope of the bathroom light and bright.” The result is a sophisticated study in contrast. The designers also shaped their respective rooms to fit their clients’ routines. For example, though the tub is definitely the focal point in the bath O’Leary designed, the gentleman of the house prefers a rain shower, which she tucked behind a wall. But for days when the lady of the house doesn’t want to get her hair wet, her showering T E X T PAUL HAGEN PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL J. LEE DESIGNERS TAKE DIFFERENT PATHS TO TWO UNIQUE BATHS

Christa O’Leary brought her “Home in Harmony” philosophy to this home.

Versatile Kohler bath designs look just as at home on “his” vanity as “hers.”

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O’Leary’s subtle yet impactful pattern mixing continues in the bedroom.


area has two wall jets below the neckline. Conversely, Plachter’s clients were very specific in wanting the bath shaped around a large, luxurious shower. The re- sult is impressive, especially with dark, sexy Kohler fixtures pop- ping against the lighter shades of the shower area. But O’Leary and Plachter had more to achieve, notably his and hers vanities. O’Leary gave each its own distinctive personality— in part by keeping her cabinetry creamy, while transforming his with a masculine blue. O’Leary notes that she tried to balance masculine and feminine energy throughout the space. “I chose a mix of traditional feminine crys- tal,” she says, “complemented by the straight masculine lines of

the wall sconces coming out of the mirrors.” Back at Plachter’s vanities, she was differentiating for function more than aesthetics. “They actually look like they are the same size, but they are not,” Plachter says wryly. “She got the larger one.” Nevertheless, each vanity involved custom com- ponents: here a place for her blow dryer, there a spot for his shaver. “There is a mirrored TV over the vanity as our client likes to watch TV when showering,” Plachter adds. She also notes the couple prefers single-lever faucets throughout the house, so she installed those here as well. Ultimately, both designers and clients were thrilled with the outcomes. “I love this bathroom;

Customized space for her, this serene vanity boasts Kohler fixtures and a place for everything.

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Michele Plachter

Darker cabinets bring out the bold black of the Kohler fixtures.

it is one of my favorites,” shares O’Leary. “I am thrilled that the homeowners come home from trips away and love their bathroom more than the ritzy hotel suites that they travel to around the world.” And Plachter appreciates being able to deliver depth without sacrificing spaciousness. “We layered the white canvas of the room with dark accents to create the unexpected moment,” she says. “Designing an all-white

bathroom, although lovely, is more expected. We enjoy creating one-of-a-kind moments in spaces. Although there are dark accents, this bathroom feels light, large and airy.” And it seems to be her hunch that the main difference between these two baths is who will be using them. “Whether the designs are neutral or colorful, traditional or modern, our designs represent the best part of our clients’ personality, and we enjoy discovering that.” ■

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A cool white kitchen— with splashes of gold from Kohler fixtures at the sink and from the pulls on the sophisticated gray cabinetry—provides a palette pause from an otherwise riotously colorful show house.

SHINING ACCENTS AND RICH COLOR MAKE THIS HOUSE QUITE A SHOW E very show house mixes elements to develop its own unique flavor. Some of its elements will come from an area’s rich design history. In the case of the 2022 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach that can mean candy pinks and verdant greens—as in the color- ful balcony overlooking the pool—or the blue and white of sea and sky. Some influences will bubble up from the house itself: a 1920s Mediter- ranean Revival estate that reflects the vibrant Art Deco period when the place was built. So designers incorporated period elements like interlocking geometric patterns from ceiling details to tile patterns. And what could be more Art Deco some- thing that shines like the top of the Chrysler building—as do many of the Kohler fixtures sprinkled through- out? Project proceeds benefit Boys & Girls clubs in New York City and Palm Beach. And you may benefit by using it as inspiration when you are planning your next renovation—cap- turing a bit of sunny Florida energy you can visit any time. ■ T E X T PAUL HAGEN PHOTOGRAPHY NICK SARGENT

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Note how the finish of the Kohler faucet pops against the emerald waves climbing the Thibaut wallpaper in Catherine M. Austin Design’s jungle-inspired guest house kitchen.

Can it be easy being green? It can in this primary bath— featuring Kohler fixtures at the sink, shower and tub that designer Nikki Levy calls “magnificent.”

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Designer Amanda Reynal kitted out this second-floor bedroom terrace in a very Palm Beach palette of yellows, greens and pinks— including a bubbly-bedecked buffet topped in crystal rose quartzite.

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A salute to NYC dining institution Monkey Bar, Jim Dove’s custom cocktail area includes a Kohler faceted Brinx bar sink. Below: Janie Molster brought pink to the poolside in accents from pillows to ottomans and beyond.


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Nashville-based Sarah Bartholomew looked across the pond to King George IV’s Royal Pavilion in Brighton to inspire a bedroom that is fit for a crowned head.

For the feel of a French salon, Goddard Design Group paired furniture in bold prints with walls lavishly draped in hand-painted linen panels.

What can stand out against visually dense, Art Deco–flavored tiles chosen by Joy Street Design? This rose gold Kohler fixture certainly does.

Beth Diana Smith’s Wonderland-themed dining room featuring Hudson Valley Lighting ’s blooming lotus chandelier.

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Kohler fixtures sit astride an elegantly elephantine console in this powder room by Andrea Schumacher, a nod to the beach nearby.

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Nodding to home offices becoming increasingly necessary, Tish Mills transformed this room into the ultimate place to Zoom— whether you prefer bold art or swirling wallpaper as your background.

Above: In addition to the verdant primary bath, Nikki Levy designed this upstairs bath, where Kohler fixtures add shine to a shower with colorful, poetry-inspired tile. Below: This rainy day–themed kids’ room from the team at Damour Drake creates the illusion of sky with a series of clouds dancing across the ceiling.

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