Kohler x Nada Debs Transcendence Offers Wellbeing and Sustainability Experience at Design Miami/ 2022

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Fair goers experience custom hammam built with handcrafted sustainable tiles from Kohler WasteLAB

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Kohler x Nada Debs Transcendence

“At Kohler, we have a great passion for exploring the nexus between design and environmental sustainability, a passion that is shared by Nada and translated into the hammam and the tiles themselves,” says Laura Kohler, Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer for Kohler Co.

Kohler’s collaboration with global artist/designer, Nada Debs, brings both a custom hammam and exclusive tile design to Design Miami/ 2022. Kohler’s presentation of Transcendence by Nada Debs, along with various onsite and digital activations, pays homage to cultural inclusivity, environmental sustainability, and wellbeing through design and innovation.
Media can access images of Transcendence in Kohler’s Design Miami/ 2022 Press Kit.

“The theme of the Golden Age at Design Miami coincides with the history and rituals of the Hammam, falling under the same “trip down memory lane” by bringing to light practices and beliefs in the way we look at well-being and self-care,” says Nada Debs.

The three-room immersive hammam highlights Debs’ ability to distil culture and craftsmanship to create emotional resonance married with Kohler’s design and material expertise and commitment to environmental sustainability. The design of the Kohler WasteLAB tile used in the hammam mimics the arch aesthetic of traditional hammams and offers a visual parallel between the rebirth of waste material and the spiritual and emotional rejuvenation that hammam guests experience.

The hammam is constructed from hand-crafted custom tiles designed by Debs and the Kohler WasteLAB team. Debs and Laura Kohler, Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer at Kohler Co., participate in a discussion on Dec. 1 moderated by Design Miami/ 2022 Curatorial Director MC Didero that examines how partner collaboration can address societal shifts and result in more sustainable designs.

“At Kohler, we have a great passion for exploring the nexus between design and environmental sustainability, a passion that is shared by Nada and translated into the hammam and the tiles themselves,” says Laura Kohler, Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer for Kohler Co. “Partnering with Nada helps to bring critical conversations about sustainability, cultural inclusion and well-being to the forefront of the Design Miami/ audience and community at large, while also showcasing what we can achieve with sustainable design.”

Kohler WasteLAB carries the objective to reimagine the approach to waste by finding value in landfill-bound material and engaging in a manufacturing process where nothing is wasted. WasteLAB is a cornerstone initiative within Kohler’s Believing in Better sustainability and social impact strategy. In 2021, the Kohler WasteLAB diverted 11.38 metric tons of waste from landfill through sales and product development. The custom tile featured in this installation utilize material for both the tile body and glaze that originate from Kohler’s manufacturing waste streams.
To learn more about Kohler’s activations at Design Miami/ 2022, visit StudioKohler.

About Nada Debs
Nada Debs is a Levantine designer living and working in Beirut. Her work spans scale and discipline: from product and furniture design to one-off commissions across craft, art, fashion and interiors.

Nada grew up in Japan, studied design at Rhode Island School of Design in the United States and has spent time living and travelling the world, finding connections between different cultures. What ties her work together is her ability to distil culture and craftsmanship to create pieces of emotional resonance. She believes design can cross time and border and touch us on a primal level. She calls her approach: handmade and heartmade.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of 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; engines and power systems; luxury cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort 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 enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more 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 across environmental sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion and social impact.

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