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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Image Credit: Kohler
Article by Kevin Eichenberger
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