KOHLER, WI/ACCESSWIRE/November 14, 2022/ Kohler unveils a partnership with global artist/designer, Nada Debs, through the creation of a custom steam room to be exhibited at Design Miami/ 2022. Kohler’s presentation of Transcendence by Nada Debs, along with various on-site and digital activations, pays homage to cultural inclusivity, environmental sustainability and heritage through design and innovation.
The steam room showcases Debs’ ability to distill culture and craftsmanship to create emotional resonance paired with Kohler’s design and materials expertise and commitment to environmental sustainability. This soothing and peaceful environment designed with Kohler WasteLAB’s innovative sustainable tiles handcrafted exclusively for Design Miami/ 2022 is perfectly in line with the overall theme of Design Miami/ The Golden Age: Looking to the Future and provides an earthly paradise for the within the bustling fair.
“Having the opportunity to design a modern hammam at Design Miami/ truly embodies the feeling that wellness transcends all cultures,” says Nada Debs. “I’m thrilled to bring such a unique experience to the industry.”
The steam room is constructed from custom handcrafted tiles designed by Debs and the Kohler WasteLAB team. Debs and Laura Kohler, Head of Sustainability and DEI at Kohler Co., will participate in a Dec. 1 discussion moderated by Design Miami/ 2022 Curatorial Director MC Didero that examines how partner collaboration can respond to societal changes and lead to more sustainable designs.
The design of the WasteLAB slab used in the steam room mimics the arched aesthetic of traditional steam rooms and offers a visual parallel between the rebirth of waste and the spiritual and emotional rejuvenation that steam room patrons experience. Visitors to the Kohler space will be invited to explore Debs’ translation of a traditional hammam journey expressed through an immersive three-room experience within the fair from November 30 to December 4 (located in X07).
“At Kohler, we have a great passion for exploring the connection between design and environmental sustainability, a passion shared by Nada and translated into the steam room and the tiles themselves,” says Laura Kohler, Sustainability Manager and DEI Manager for Kohler Co. “Partnering with Nada helps bring critical conversations about sustainability, cultural inclusion and well-being to the forefront of the public and Design Miami community at large, while showcasing what we can achieve with sustainable design.”
Kohler WasteLAB aims to reinvent the approach to waste by finding value in materials destined for landfill and engaging in a manufacturing process where nothing is wasted. WasteLAB is a fundamental initiative of Kohler’s Believing in Better strategy for sustainability and social impact. In 2021, the Kohler WasteLAB diverted 11.38 metric tons of waste from landfill through sales and product development. The custom tile shown in this installation uses materials for the tile body and glaze that come from Kohler’s manufacturing waste streams.
To learn more about Kohler’s activations at Design Miami/ 2022, visit StudioKohler.com.
About Nada Debs
Nada Debs is a Levantine designer who lives and works in Beirut. His work spans scale and discipline: from product and furniture design to one-off commissions, craftsmanship, art, fashion and interiors.
Nada grew up in Japan, studied design at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, and spent time living and traveling the world, finding connections between different cultures. What ties her work together is her ability to distill culture and craft to create pieces of emotional resonance. She believes that design can cross time and borders and touch us at a primary level. She calls her approach: handmade and made with heart.
About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, with more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; motors and power systems; luxury cabinets and tiles; and owner/operator of two five-star hotel and golf destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin and St. Andrews, Scotland. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to improve the quality of life for current and future generations. For details, please visit kohlercompany.com.
Learn more about Kohler’s social impact and sustainability initiatives through the company’s first environmental, social and governance (ESG) report highlighting goals and progress in environmental sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion and social impact.
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Kohler Co. Public Relations
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