Kohler’s Karbon faucet is not the first to receive a cutting edge design, but it packs that extra wow factor with it’s segmented, cylindrical design. The articulated faucet not only looks like a series of James Bond-esque pistol silencers, but it lets you drag and hold the faucet where you need it. It doesn’t hang limp or shoot back to the base like those with a pullout head.
The stainless steel faucet utilizes carbon fibre for extra strength and less weight, while staying within the bounds of the design. It also has two spray modes, but technical specs aside, the main draw here is the look. You can’t help but stare at it. Details haven’t surfaced on pricing or release date, but I’d be willing to wager this thing will cost a pretty penny. [DVICE]
KOHLER LAUNCHES BREAKTHROUGH KARBON ARTICULATING KITCHEN FAUCET
New kitchen faucet marries ultimate kitchen functionality with visually entrancing design
KOHLER, Wis. – April 11, 2008 – What does the ultimate in functionality for a kitchen faucet really mean?
For Kohler Co. – a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology – ultimate functionality can be defined as a kitchen faucet that possesses the functionality and performance of a pull-down faucet, while also allowing the user to position and leave the sprayhead right where it’s needed, thereby freeing up both hands for kitchen prep and clean-up tasks. To develop a kitchen faucet that satisfied this requirement was the tall task presented to the Kohler new product development team.
The result is the new KOHLER Karbon kitchen faucet, a faucet of unexpected and intriguing design that will undoubtedly become the primary focal point of any contemporary kitchen setting.
“This articulating faucet represents a breakthrough in the evolution of the category,” commented Les Petch, senior product manager for KOHLER kitchen faucets. “The quest for the ultimate in functionality has not only produced a faucet that outperforms other models but has also yielded an astonishing piece of contemporary design work that represents as much a piece of art as the next generation in faucet technology. It truly is a one-of-a-kind.”
The original design impetus of the Karbon kitchen faucet was inspired by lighting and construction equipment with articulating joints. The Kohler design team took this concept and created a product that signals a paradigm shift in the functionality and design of modern kitchen faucets. “Form really does follow function in this case,” said Petch. “But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Karbon faucet is an outstanding piece of modern industrial design.” The use of a textured carbon fibre composite adds further appeal to a unique visual aesthetic that reinforces the contemporary nature of the design.
Unlike other kitchen faucets, the Karbon faucet will maintain the exact position where a user places it within its allotted reach in or outside the sink, keeping the spray head and water flow exactly where it’s desired. Additionally, the faucet offers both spray and aerated water flow options, eliminating the need for a sidespray. An elaborate design detail is featured in the remote joystick valve that consists of two disks of identical size installed flush with the countertop to provide an unusually sleek look and offer easy cleaning.
The actual construction of the faucet is a combination of traditional brass and innovative carbon fibre composite tubing. The logic behind the use of carbon fibre lies in its superior strength and light weight, allowing for tight movement tolerance and the exceptional functional performance of this faucet. The joints connecting the four sections of the faucet employ a novel patented technology that provides exceptional resistance to support the spout while allowing for smooth and effortless handling.
The Karbon kitchen faucet is available in high quality, durable Polished Chrome and Vibrant® Stainless finishes and carries a lifetime limited warranty. Offering easy installation, it relies on flexible connections and installation rings. Installers will want to take note that the joystick valve requires non-standard holes of two inches in diameter.