Kohler’s CES 2021 bathroom designs include touchless toilets and a $16,000 tub

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

CES 2021 kicks off as a virtual event on Monday, but some companies are already offering a peek at their brand-new products. Kohler is ringing in 2021 with a host of new smart kitchen and bath products ranging from a smart water monitor to a $16,000 tub. 

We’ve seen smart toilets and voice-controlled faucets from the established manufacturer in years past, and this year the focus lands squarely on relaxing and home and keeping our hands free from germ-ridden surfaces as much as possible. 



Stillness Bath

If you’d rather buy a bathtub than a used car, Kohler’s stillness bath might be right up your alley. This square tub combines light, fog and aromatherapy to create a spa-like experience at home. 

The bath is based on the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water fills from the bottom of the bath and overflows into a Hinoki wood moat. The tub is surrounded by lighting, but that’s not all. You can also choose to envelop the surface of your bath with a fog and add essential oils for aromatherapy. 

The Stillness Bath will be available this year in configurations ranging from $6,198 to $15,998 fully loaded. 



Touchless Bathroom Faucet

If there’s anything a global pandemic taught us, it’s that touching stuff is not the best for personal hygiene, especially in the bathroom. Kohler released the Sensate touchless kitchen faucet in 2019, and this new bathroom-focused model offers the same hands-free interaction. Two styles will be available, one with built-in sensing in the faucet itself and another with a button beside the faucet. 

Pricing isn’t available yet, but Kohler says we should see the touchless bathroom faucet come to market by the end of 2021.



Innate Intelligent Toilet

This intelligent toilet doesn’t technically have any smart home integrations, but it is pretty jam packed with extra features at a lower (but still expensive) price than the company’s previous intelligent toilets. Innate includes a heated seat, auto opening and closing, a remote, as well as a personal bidet function. Kohler also says you can install the toilet yourself thanks to its DIY-friendly ReadyLock design.

The Innate Intelligent Toilet will be available this summer with an MSRP of $3,100. 



Touchless Toilet

Kohler is adding more touchless toilets to its portfolio for 2021, bringing us two new styles costing $600 and $1,000. A sensor in the flush lever of the toilet flushes with the wave of your hand. A built-in LED light can be customized through the Kohler app. Both of these toilets are slated for release in March of this year. I’ve never been so excited about a touchless bathroom as I am after living through 2020.



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Bathroom ideas, designs, trends and pictures

These bathroom design ideas cover every aspect of how to plan and decorate your dream bathroom, shower room or en suite. They come with design inspiration and practical how-to advice from the expert Ideal Home editorial team.

Amy Cutmore, Digital Editor
2nd April 2019

After a hard day, what could be more relaxing than a long soak in the bath? That is – unless your bathroom is out of date, and as you lay back, all you can think out is the mouldy grout/peeling paint/dripping taps. In which case, a makeover is definitely in order!

Designing a bathroom might seem a daunting task, but with our bathroom ideas and expert advice it needn’t be. There are several essential elements to consider when you think about bathroom design – whether you want to know how to install a shower room or what bathroom suite will suit your space, our gorgeous bathroom decorating ideas gallery is packed with inspiring pictures to get you started.

Browse these beautiful (and practical, we promise!) bathroom schemes for all styles and budgets to get a sense of what you like. From vintage bathrooms with free-standing tubs to modern bathrooms, there’s a huge range of options to choose from so it pays to do a bit a research before you invest.

From small bathroom solutions to our guide to bathroom colour schemes, we’re here to help you create the perfect bathroom in the heart of your home.

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troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup’s recycled plastic

for environmental enthusiasts, boyan slat has become somewhat synonymous with the title ‘teen prodigy.’ back in 2012, the dutch engineering student first floated his concept for the ocean cleanup array—a boyant trash trap that uses natural currents from the pacific ocean to clean the garbage within it. eight years later, the initiative is seeking products to manufacture using the plastic collected from the ocean. developed by troy dunn, the ocean cleanup urban garden planter is a project that took into consideration the guidelines slat gave in various podcasts.

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic



for boyan slat, a product made with the ocean cleanup collected plastic must be durable in construction, able to retain its value, something people want, should be kept for life, should be easy to use and should encourage social interaction. the ocean cleanup urban garden planter by troy dunn checks all this by creating a product that allows for urban farming, social interaction while being aesthetically pleasing and completely functional.

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic



featuring three layers, the ocean cleanup urban garden planter is composed of a soil vessel formed with recycled ocean plastics, featuring perforations that allow water to drip down to the water reservoir. waste ABS plastic and AS (acrylonitrile-styrene) are processed to become an absorbent polymer for the planter’s wicks, allowing the plant to water itself. the water reservoir is made of mixed transparent plastics, allowing users to see the water level and preventing over-watering. the base is made from a synthetic cork base formed by low density polyethylene collected from the ocean that prevents wear and tear on concrete.


overall, the ocean clean up planter is simple in construction, can be used repeatedly and provides food to local communities.

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic



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name: the ocean cleanup urban garden planter

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Modest terraced house in Cambridge Grade II listed for interior designs | Anglia

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David Parr is not a famous name in Cambridge.

But in the late 1800s when he got home from working as a decorative artist in grand houses and churches he used the same skills and techniques to spruce up the walls of his own modest terraced house.

David Parr’s house given Grade II listing Credit: ITV Anglia

It’s now been turned into a museum and has just been given Grade II listed status in recognition of the rarity of the interior designs preserved on its walls.

It gives us a recognition and a quality stamp which will enable us to access funding in the future

Shelley Lockwood, David Parr House

The designs survived because the house was later lived in by his grand-daughter Elsie Palmer, who died in 2013.

A charity was then set up to buy and restore it and David Parr House opened as a museum last year.

Like all musuems and attractions it’s been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions, but its also just received a grant of over £40,000 from Historic England to help them offer a virtual tour of the building.

We were fully booked at the begining of the year and have been looking for alternative ways for people to experience the house

Charlotte Woodley, David Parr House

David Parr didn’t get much recognition for his day job, but his name lives on through the preservation of his home where he spent decades creating his designs in his spare time.

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Robert Gutowski Architects designs minimal church interior in response to changes in modern worship

The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, by Robert Gutowski Architects

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The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, by Robert Gutowski Architects

The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, is a crescent-shaped building featuring skewed angles and whitewashed concrete that aims to turn “passive observers” into active participants of worship.

Local practice Robert Gutowski Architects filled the church in the village of Páty in Budapest with modern takes on traditional aspects of Medieval, ecclesiastical architecture.

The intention was to shift the emphasis towards the altar and the congregation to make the act of worship more engaging.

a herd of sheep in a city: The Church of Pope John Paul II features an elliptical layout

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The Church of Pope John Paul II features an elliptical layout

Traditional churches typically have a rectangular floor plan and are made up of a nave – the central part of the church – and an apse – the semicircular or polygonal area at the end of the aisle, usually located behind the altar.

The Church of Pope John Paul II, however, has an elliptical layout, made up of the crescent-shaped building of worship that wraps around an adjoining oval-shaped outdoor space.

Therefore what would typically be the nave of a conventional church functions as the churchyard or garden, while the liturgical space is situated where the apse would be.

a wooden bench sitting in the middle of a room: The church interior features whitewashed reinforced concrete ceilings and walls

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The church interior features whitewashed reinforced concrete ceilings and walls

As studio founder Robert Gutowski explains, this layout was designed to place more emphasis on the communal experience of the Eucharist and to “invite people closer to the holy act” at the altar.

“If you like, we invite people into the apse, surrounding the altar, forming a community,” the architect explained. “It is also similar to the liturgy of early times, when Paleochristians simply surrounded a table in their own home – what is known as Domus Ecclesiae.”

a view of a box: The design aims to place more emphasis on the Eucharist and the altar

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The design aims to place more emphasis on the Eucharist and the altar

“The church clearly defines its purpose: while the Creator and the almighty God are at the centre of traditional liturgy, modern liturgical efforts have shifted emphasis to the recreator God, the image of a perpetually redeeming Christ,” Gutowski added.

“The Church of Pope John Paul II represents a conscious response to liturgical changes in recent decades, rendering it a model church experiment in contemporary church architecture,” he continued.

“Emphasis is shifted toward the active involvement of worshippers.The community is not a passive observer of events in a sanctuary, but rather actively experiences the holy act.”

a room with a brick building: The church building itself has a crescent-like shape

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The church building itself has a crescent-like shape

Several rooms lead off of the central, liturgical space, including a communal room, a service room and an office on the ground floor, and an educational room, guest room, the priest’s living quarters, and access to the bell tower on the first floor.

Each of these rooms are enclosed in one, whole elliptical floor plan – a form chosen to symbolise “perpetuity” and to create a holistic space.

“The concept is that when we say

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Caren Rideau Designs a Pattern-Filled Kitchen With Lots of Function

When, after nearly a decade of slowly renovating the rest of their home, a Pacific Palisades, California, family of seven finally faced their kitchen, they turned to their go-to designer, Caren Rideau, founder of the Kitchen Design Group, with a request to rework it into a multifunctional room.

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This dramatic Waterstone faucet is one of four in the room.

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Well, they had a few more specific requests too. “They wanted a place for coffee, an area for wine. A walk-in pantry. A drop-off zone for the kids. And most important, direct access to the backyard,” says Rideau. “We weren’t adding square footage, so we needed to get a lot into this space.”

Since the family eats and cooks together nearly every night, and mom in particular is an avid pasta maker, Rideau chose a 60-inch BlueStar range “that can handle commercial-size trays,” and added a pot filler so she wouldn’t have to lug heavy vessels back and forth. The island serves as a prep area for making lunches and dividing up the wares from their weekly Costco runs, while three sinks and three dishwashers mean everyone can pitch in on cleanup.


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Accordion glass doors retract to increase the family’s hangout space.

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A Serene Color Story
Cabinetry from Caren Rideau’s colorful Frida Collection allows white accents like her custom range hood and Circa Lighting pendants to pop. Catania cement tiles from Veranda Tile Design anchor the cooking wall, while brass rails give access to upper storage via a ladder stashed in the adjoining room. Sink: Rohl. Hardware: Emtek. Wine storage: Sub-Zero.

Practicality is key, but plenty of attention was paid to showstopping color and pattern. It didn’t take much convincing to get the clients on board with the tranquil blue palette from Rideau’s Frida line of cabinetry, but the tile was a different story. “They loved it, but wanted to use it in a ‘little way,’ like on a pantry floor,” she says. Instead, she took it from countertop to ceiling. Rideau’s mantra is, “If you love it, you should see it!” And now, the kitchen feels as joyous as its inhabitants.

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A larder off the pool area can handle wet feet and dirty dishes. Faucet: Waterstone. Tile: Waterworks. 

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Closed storage keeps (most of) the hobby chaos out of sight. 

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The “sommelier center” has all the accoutrements for adult nights in. 

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Bigger Splash

You can do better than subway tile. Read: detailed mosaics, graphic tiles, or full-surface slabs.


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Online home decor retailer Ballard Designs to open Houston store

Ballard Designs, a catalog and online retailer of furniture and home decor, will open a store in the Houston market in Rivers Oaks Shopping Center.

The Atlanta-based omnichannel retailer will take over the 10,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Gap Stores in February, the company announced.

Ballard Designs joins other design and furniture stores in Weingarten Realty Investors’ renovated River Oaks center as it continues its brick-and-mortar expansion. The Houston store will be the chain’s 16th since first opening stores 2007.

“We’ve been serving Houston designers and homeowners for 35 years through our catalog, so we already have a large following here,” Dominic Milanese, senior director of retail for Ballard Designs, said in an announcement.

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Ballard is targeting a soft opening in early 2021. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

“Shopping is one of the Top 10 things to do in Houston,” Milanese said. “And at Ballard, we have such a robust assortment, we expect people to love our upholstery and larger furniture pieces, but also to stop in for smaller accessories as well.”

The location on West Gray Street near Shepherd Drive is close to the affluent River Oaks and Montrose neighborhoods, a couple of miles west of downtown. Weingarten Realty is developing the 30-story Driscoll at River Oaks apartment tower in the center, with opening planned in mid 2021.

Ballard Designs also has stores in Fort Worth and Dallas. The company is part of Qurate Retail Group, which also includes QVC, HSN, Zulily, Frontgate, Garnett Hill, Grandin Road and Ryllace.

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Sabine Marcelis designs work-from-home cubicle with bright yellow interior

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Candy Cubicle is a desk by Sabine Marcelis, created as part of the Design Museum’s Connected project at London Design Festival, that hides its contents inside a pale wooden shell when they are not in use.

The wooden box sits on hidden wheels and can be opened along a central axis, transforming it from a block into an L-shaped desk setup.

This offers storage for books and documents on one side and space for a computer on the other.

a close up of a box: The desk is made of maple wood

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The desk is made of maple wood

Marcelis created the piece in response to a brief by the Design Museum and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), which called for nine international designers to develop a wooden desk and chair set up to suit their “new ways of working from and living at home” during lockdown.

Candy Cubicle was designed not for Marcelis herself but for her partner, an architect with whom she shares a loft together with their newborn baby.

“He has a big screen, which has taken over our dining table for the past month,” said Marcelis.

“It’s super annoying – it’s always there, it’s ugly. I just want to be able to hide it. The desk is something that can be transformed from working mode and then back into hiding mode. It means we won’t constantly be confronted with work equipment.”

a box on a table: The interior is varnished in a bright yellow, glossy lacquer

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The interior is varnished in a bright yellow, glossy lacquer

The entire desk, as well as the drawer trolley and matching cylindrical stool nestled within it, are set on wheels so that they can be easily closed and moved around the loft’s open floorplan.

From the outside, the wooden desk is finished in a muted white colour while the entire interior is covered in a high gloss yellow varnish.

A drawer trolley is nestled inside and can be pulled out when needed

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A drawer trolley is nestled inside and can be pulled out when needed

The yellow a references a scene from the movie Pulp Fiction, in which John Travolta’s character peers into a briefcase but all the audience can see is a tantalising golden glow emanating from within.

“It makes you wonder: what on earth is inside? I was keen to achieve that sense in this project – a minimal shape that beautifully shows the wood but then there’s something inside it that’s to be discovered,” she said.

“The object we’ve come up with has two states: the closed, anonymous object mode, then it opens up and the inside is completely contrasted to the outside.”

Marcelis's trademark translucent resin is used to form the wheels

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Marcelis’s trademark translucent resin is used to form the wheels

Like all of the designs in the Connected project, it was realised by the British furniture maker Benchmark with whom she was only allowed to communicate via the internet.

Another challenge lay in the material itself. Generally, Marcelis works with things such as resin, as in her Fendi fountains, the plaid Burberry displays and Candy Cubicle’s see-through wheels.

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‘House of Cardin’ unveils man behind iconic designs

“House of Cardin” celebrates of one of the most famous, most merchandised and most enigmatic fashion designers the world has known: Pierre Cardin, now a vibrant 98.

Pierre Cardin sitting at a table in a restaurant: SEPT. 11, 2020 - Iconic designer Pierre Cardin. Courtesy "House of Cardin" press materials

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SEPT. 11, 2020 – Iconic designer Pierre Cardin. Courtesy “House of Cardin” press materials

For filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, a couple who have been together nearly 30 years, it began with shopping. The duo, based in Palm Springs, have long been high-end Cardin collectors.

“We have furniture he’s made. The car that’s in the film, the 1972 AMC Javelin he did, that’s our car. We are Cardin-o-philes,” said Ebersole, 56.

In Paris, they “stumbled” into the Musee de Cardin, which Cardin opened in 2014 on the Right Bank.

At the museum’s adjacent merchandise shop, they learned Cardin often met his fans there on Tuesdays around 10.

The two were surprised Cardin was still alive. “He was 95 at the time. So the next time we were in Paris we went and, just by chance, we weren’t planning a documentary, we met all the people who (ended up) in the film.”

Cardin’s nephew suggested the project, telling them, “This would be a very good year to film my uncle.” Within two hours they were speaking to the man himself.

“You just meet him, he likes you, he says yes. The next thing we were making a documentary!  We didn’t have funding but what an opportunity. So off we went.”

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    SEPT. 13, 2020 – Naomi Campbell in a scene from “House of Cardin.” Photo courtesy “House of Cardin” press materials

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    SEPT. 11, 2020 – Styles by Pierre Cardin, from “House of Cardin.” Courtesy “House of Cardin” press materials

The notables in “House of Cardin” include Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell and designers Jean-Paul Gaultier and Philippe Starck. “They are the two of Pierre’s proteges who are now huge names themselves.”

Among the surprises is this most private of designers is actually Italian, he came to Paris at the end of WWII, and he is gay — which is why the movie won the 2019 Venice Film Festival’s Queer Award.

“He’s said no to every autobiography,” Ebersole said. “He will say yes to television interviews, where he knows it’s just a promotion of the brand. But he has never wanted to let somebody in and do a whole study.”

“I think part of the reason he responded to us,” Hughes, 57, said, “here we were, this extremely comfortable married couple. I love what Gaultier says in the film: ‘He was never hiding, just living among his friends in an extremely open way.’

“He was of a generation where you didn’t have to claim your sexuality for the public.”

“Now,” Ebersole added, “it’s a different era, where people want to know.”

Which is why we hear Cardin say onscreen, “I was young, attractive and everybody wanted to sleep with me.”

“House of Cardin” is available on streaming platforms Tuesday.

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PIG design’s public washroom interior in china reminds of space exploration scenes

located in seiranri – a commercial building complex in binjiang district, hangzhou, PIG design has completed the renovation of a 1,450 m2 area including public walkways and washrooms. mainly targeted at urban young generations, the project combines functionality and novel ideas, generating a space-like interior with apparent influence from concepts of gravity, planets, and black holes. 

seiranri public area 1

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PIG design has extended the pre-existing 80 m2 restroom to create a large communal area. just like a black hole, the original washroom has engulfed and absorbed its surroundings, eventually forming a broad public space where people can stop and rest. this space contains elevator halls, escalator wells, passages for logistics personnel, as well as actual restrooms. the passageways for customers and those for tenants are separated, and all circulations are optimized. 

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the project consists of three separate floors, and each of them features a different dominant hue. white, green, and purple are respectively the main colors of each level, thereby creating an overall scene that echoes the colorful view produced by friction between planets around a black hole. tiles, a common material that is cost-saving and easy for cleaning and maintenance, are applied to large areas of the space, to give the visual impression of fragments

seiranri public area 3



conventionally, a washrooms are private and not usually highlighted in spatial design. however, here, such a space is accentuated by a strong color on each floor, to produce dramatic visual and sensory experiences. public passages become extensions of the restroom areas, inviting people to go deeper into the interior. within these hallways, a series of items that generally exist in restrooms has been placed, such as washing sinks, showers, toilet paper, toilets, and mirrors. although not considered as elegant in an aesthetic sense, these objects perfectly function as conceptual and symbolic visual elements, evoking familiar memories of daily life. 

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overall, the design seems to generate a story-telling spatial experience, emerging from familiar yet strange scenes. all elements within the interior are magnified, interlaced, and sorted, like planets colliding with each other due to the gravity of a black hole. the holistic use of a single color on each floor provides a unique background while people take the role of the protagonists. through a detailed visual language complete with fragmented shapes and sculptural volumes, the space encourages visitors to look past the virtual boundary, pay attention to daily life elements that are often ignored, and create their own story. 

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