Kohler Co., founded in 1873, has forged a legacy of not only creating industry-transforming innovations for kitchen and bath spaces, but also energy resiliency products, luxury hospitality experiences, and major championship golf. Creativity and leading-edge design are the heart and soul of the Kohler brand ethos and mission of gracious living.
Kohler’s teams of bold creators around the world are the foundation of the iconic Kohler brand, along with consumers and trade communities who bring the company’s products to life in creative and artistic ways. As Kohler embarks on its 150th anniversary, the global organisation invites all associates, partners, and customers to participate in the celebration through a series of special events and activations around the world, including limited-edition product releases, commemorative apparel, and storytelling through digital content — all captured under the anniversary theme of Come All Creators.
“Bold moves and an entrepreneurial spirit are in our DNA and have deep meaning within our organisation," said Chair and CEO David Kohler. “As we celebrate our 150 years of achievements, learnings, and growth, we encourage all passionate creators to join our pursuit of continuous improvement in providing gracious living for future generations through better design, innovation, wellness, and sustainability.”
Throughout the year-long celebration of Come All Creators, Kohler will pay homage to its unique 150-year heritage while looking ahead to an innovative future joined by valued partners, talented artists, and explorers.
2023 Come All Creators initiatives include:
KOHLER Heritage Colours Product Launch
Kohler will launch some of the company’s most iconic and best-selling designs in two signature heritage colours to be announced later this year. Kohler’s introduction of vibrant, colourful products was received with great acclaim in 1927 and remains an innovative movement within the company’s design leadership today.
Visit www.kohler.com/forever-in-color for more information.
KOHLER x Robert Swan
Modern day explorer Robert Swan, the only person to walk to both the North and South poles, partnered with Kohler on his successful Undaunted Expedition across the Antarctic landmass. Swan reached the Geographic South Pole on January 10, 2023, relying solely on Kohler renewable energy solutions. Swan’s trek pays tribute to Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, aviator and the first polar explorer to walk to Antarctica in 1929, who also relied exclusively on Kohler generators to power his journey.
'Toilet in the Road' Campaign
In the early 1970s, Herb Kohler, long-time company leader and innovator, created a force with 'The bold look of Kohler' that transformed the American bathroom from a utilitarian space into one of design, style, sophistication, and craftsmanship. His provocative advertising campaigns challenged conventional norms and targeted consumers directly versus the industry practice of targeting professionals and distributors. One of the most iconic ads from the 1980s came to be known as 'the toilet in the road' and Kohler plans to reprise that ad in 2023 with breakthrough imagery and video featuring its award-winning Numi smart toilet.
Global Market Events
Several other 150th anniversary activations and events are planned across the globe over the next year at Kohler Experience Centres, Kohler Signature Stores, and at various trade shows and events in 2023 including: Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, CONEXPO, Design Shanghai, Milan Design Week, Design Miami/, Kohler Wellness Retreats, and Kohler Food & Wine to name several. The company is also planning celebrations with its associates — past and present — and a community-wide celebration in the Village of Kohler, the company’s global headquarters.
To learn more please visit Kohler Co. 150th Anniversary