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Versatile Arrangements: Kohler’s Experience Center Presents Luxurious Fixtures for a Range of Interiors

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LTW Design Works demonstrates the high compatibility of Kohler’s sanitation offerings in a wide range of décors at the Kohler Experience Center in Singapore.

Each of the themed layouts was decorated with curated art pieces from Kohler’s corporate collection.

KOHLER, the global manufacturer of bathroom fixtures, commissioned renowned hotel decorators, LTW Design Works, to design The Kohler Experience Center – a showroom for presenting Kohler’s sanitation offerings, situated in a 3-storey conservation shophouse on Singapore’s Peck Seah Street. Recently completed this September, the showroom presents the decorative versatility of Kohler’s products in five themed layouts (Fashion, HiTech, Family, Classic, and Black).

“This was both an immersive and intensive process for us. Using a theatrical approach, we wanted to tell a story about each collection that is dramatic and multifaceted,” LTW partner Teo Su Seam comments on their design process. “From getting to know the wide range of high quality products from Kohler’s various lines, to delivering the end result in a very compressed schedule, our team was very excited to work on such a unique interior project.”

Each of the themed layouts was decorated with curated art pieces from Kohler’s corporate collection, with furnishings selected from the American rustic and contemporary furnishing brand, Restoration Hardware. “We felt these items were a perfect complement to the 19th-century American home aesthetic that alludes to Kohler’s beginnings as a company as well as the historic nature of the building this Experience Center is located,” Teo explained, regarding the design choice in furnishings. In an apparent nod to the building’s heritage, the designers also selected uniquely South-East Asian design features such as laser-cut batik panels and Peranakan-styled floor tiles to be incorporated into the décor.

In an apparent nod to the building’s heritage, the designers also selected uniquely South-East Asian design features such as laser-cut batik panels and Peranakan-styled floor tiles to be incorporated into the décor.

The entrance of the showroom is dedicated to the Kohler brand with displays of commemorative jewellery, original castings of fixtures in sealed glass cases, and the story of the brand told through interactive walls of digital media. The brand museum is subtly decorated with rich padding on the floor in the form of long-pile carpeting, light-toned wood panels with metallic trim on walls, and a ceiling maintained at full-height to create a sense of volume in the space.

The entrance of the showroom is dedicated to the Kohler brand with displays of commemorative jewellery, original castings of fixtures in sealed glass cases.

The design layouts on the first floor of the showroom are constructed in semi-open style, enabling easy replacements of individual layouts as needed and allowing visitors to wander around the space to experience the various décor concepts.

Fashion

The predominant feature of this themed layout would be the uniquely textured wall panelling in bright red matching the smooth shower wall and pedestal for the sink, and contrasting against the regal effect of the gold sheen in the bathroom fittings.

Hi-Tech

This themed layout presents Kohler’s fixtures among an abundance of reflective surfaces, recessed LED lighting, and stunning colours in panelling.

The concrete floor is polished smooth to match and enhance the clean lines of the layout.

Classic

This layout presents a call-back to simpler times, when Kohler first started out, with the expected features of a classic home in suburban America: white ceramic tiles, wainscoting below the chair rail of walls, and textured wallpaper.

Family

The warm peach tone of this layout creates a welcoming sensation designed to appeal to the various sensibilities of a typical family unit.

The addition of mirrors in photo-sized frames on the wall and a classical highback armchair complete the homely décor.

Black

The trend among modern bathroom décors is decidedly in the favour of white, but the elegant vibe from this layout may turn that around.

The overwhelming darkness of this layout and its presented fixtures are dramatically offset by the floral arrangement and the ingeniously hidden display of greenery beneath the sink.

The upper floors of the showroom are dedicated to Kohler’s newer designs, including the “Sustainability” and “Konnect” series of products designed in a collaboration between Jacob Delafon and sister brand, Kallista. The second level of the Experience Center is decorated with symbolism in contrasting colours and textures, with red being used to indicate the creativity and innovation expressed in Jacob Delafon’s designs, while the colour blue is used to denote the collaborative designs between the affiliated brands.

The upper floors of the showroom are dedicated to Kohler’s newer designs, including the “Sustainability” and “Konnect” series of products designed in a collaboration between Jacob Delafon and sister brand, Kallista.

The second level of the Experience Center is decorated with symbolism in contrasting colours and textures, with red being used to indicate the creativity and innovation expressed in Jacob Delafon’s designs.

Image Credit: Kohler

Article by Kevin Eichenberger

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