Kohler Recognized by NKBA during KBIS 2023

Kohler Co. was honored multiple times last week at the 2023 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. Top recognitions include three from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) – Best of Show booth award and Best of KBIS Product – Silver for Abstra tile by KOHLER WasteLAB, and the NKBA 30’s Choice honorary award for creative use of color.

KBIS bestowed accolades on Kohler for the company’s impressive booth at this year’s tradeshow, naming Kohler’s booth Best of Show. The 15,000 square-foot space showcased the latest in design and innovation from KOHLER, Kallista, Robern, ANN SACKS, Kohler Lighting, Kohler Home Generators, and Sterling. Throughout the booth, Kohler paid homage to its rich heritage, celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary. The booth displayed new and past iconic products, including an emphasis on its renowned bold use of color. The space also explored Kohler’s Believing in Better sustainability and social impact strategy.

The Abstra Collection by KOHLER WasteLAB won KBIS – Bath Silver in the Best of KBIS Awards. The Abstra collection is a stunning series of bespoke brushed matte tiles for residential and commercial installations, made from nearly 100 percent recycled waste material. The WasteLAB pioneered a way to leverage the Kohler, WI pottery’s wastewater stream for Abstra’s tile body. Consisting primarily of pottery waste clay and glaze, the material is dewatered and processed into a useable base material. The collection is available in two different styles: Abstra Feature, which is a series of abstract patterned tile with raised and relief designs and an undulating surface; and Abstra Standard, an unadorned field tile with the same undulating surface detail.

The NKBA’s Thirty Under 30 Class of 2023 scoured the KBIS show floor to scope out products they deemed to be the best in six performance categories. The Kohler booth’s display of six Heritage Colors from throughout the company’s history helped to secure the 30’s Choice Award in the Creative Use of Color category. The colored enamel products spanned decades, having first been introduced into the bathroom in 1927. Visitors voted on their two favorite colors to be brought back into limited production in 2023 as part of Kohler Co.’s 150th Anniversary year celebration. Winning colors – Spring Green and Peachblow – were announced in-booth on Wednesday evening by Chair and CEO David Kohler and industry trends expert Sophie Donelson.

Please see here for more information about Kohler at KBIS.

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