RELEASE: Kohler Co. Wins Prestigious Awards in Global Design

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- Kohler Co. Earns Prestigious Global Design Awards: Coveted Gold iF Design Award and 12 Other iF Design Accolades

KOHLER, Wis., May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Kohler Co. has earned 13 iF Product Design Awards for its Kohler, Mira and Klafs brands, highlighting the company's significant impact on design and global innovation. In this year's iF design competition, Kohler's product designs earned recognition in several categories, including the coveted Gold award, which earned Kohler a spot among 75 Gold winners at the upcoming awards ceremony in Berlin. Kohler's multiple awards represent innovative designs and technologies developed in each of the company's global studios: United States, United Kingdom, India and China.

With 10,800 applications from 72 countries, the iF Design Award is one of the most prestigious and relevant design competitions in the world. Being awarded the iF Design Award means passing a rigorous two-phase selection by renowned design experts, who evaluate applications based on idea, form, function, differentiation and impact.

Creativity and cutting-edge design are the heart and soul of Kohler's ethos, and its teams of bold creators around the world are the foundation of some of the most iconic brands in home design. The company has built a reputation for innovation, art and design, while possessing an operating philosophy based on entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity and humility.

"For more than 150 years, Kohler has been dedicated to advancing innovation and unparalleled design. It is a great honor to be recognized for the passion and ingenuity of our development teams," said David Kohler, president and CEO of Kohler. Co. "This recognition from iF affirms our continued commitment to creating impactful solutions in every market around the world."

Kohler's design prowess has been recognized for more than a century, including a 1920 installation of the company's colored bathroom fixtures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, major partnerships with world-renowned artists and designers, spectacular installations in some of the most revered design meccas and world-class design environments, and dozens of accolades spanning a myriad of product categories. In the past two decades alone, Kohler product designs have received nearly 100 iF awards, in addition to taking top spots in major global design awards such as Red dot, IDEA and Fast Company.

KOHLER's Loope toilet, winner of the 2024 iF GOLD Product Design Award - and the company's first to receive the Gold level - is a waterless sanitation solution that integrates with container-based sanitary waste collection models . It was designed to bring safe sanitation to dense urban environments where alternative options often do not exist. The Loope toilet was developed within Kohler's Innovation for Good (IfG) platform, an internal incubator focused on creating new business opportunities with a social and environmental purpose. IfG solutions are built on making a positive impact on communities and lives around the world by improving access to clean water and sanitation.

The Loope toilet is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 to “ensure access to safe and affordable sanitation for all”, and the iF Design Award jury members noted that “this is a great example of innovation in design at the service of humanity".

"As part of our Innovation for Good portfolio, Loope has the real potential to positively impact a significant number of lives around the world. Winning the iF Gold Design Award draws attention to the problem of unsafe sanitation that affects to so many people," said Laura Kohler, Director of Sustainable Living at Kohler Co. "This and other products derived from our IfG incubation program leverage the passions of associates to develop meaningful solutions that provide greater access to sustainable living."

Kohler Co. - under its Kohler, Mira and Klafs brands - received an additional 12 iF Product Design Awards for solutions in showers, bathroom faucets, toilets, sinks, storage, kitchen faucets and saunas:

Mira Select Flex Shower System Sveda Steam Lav Parallel Faucet Intelex Smart Recessed Faceplate Karing 3.0 Urinalysis Smart Toilet Karing 3.0 Urinalysis Interface Spacity Storage Accessory All-in-One Beverage Faucet SpaViva Hand Shower with All-in-One Cleaning Device ModernLife Edge Decorative Handles Sauna Klafs S11 Design by Studio F.A. Porsche Sauna black edition Klafs S1 Design and Henssler

"Our product design is human-centered and we strive to create deep interactions and memorable experiences for our customers. We are humbled by the overwhelming list of accolades from the iF organization, and excited to see our visions rise to the top of global design evaluation," said Michael Seum, vice president of Global Industrial Design at Kohler Co..

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About Kohler Co. For more than 150 years, Kohler Co. has been a global leader in bold design and innovation, dedicated to helping people live stylish, healthy and sustainable lives through its kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; wellness products and services; and luxury hospitality experiences and major golf championships. The privately held Kohler Co. was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin. The company also develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life of current and future generations. Its Innovation for Good platform addresses pressing issues, such as clean water and safe sanitation, with innovative products and services for underserved communities. David Kohler is Chairman and CEO and represents the fourth generation of the Kohler family.

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