Kohler presents Transcendence by Nada Debs
Kohler is partnering with global artist Nada Debs on the first hammam to be displayed at Design Miami/. The hammam is constructed from hand-crafted custom tiles designed by Debs and the Kohler WasteLAB team. Kohler WasteLAB carries the objective to reimagine the approach to waste by finding the value in landfill-bound material and engaging in a manufacturing process where nothing is wasted. In 2021, the Kohler WasteLAB diverted 11.38 metric tons of waste from landfill through sales and product development. The custom tile used in this installation utilize material for both the tile body and glaze that originate from Kohler’s manufacturing waste streams. The design of the WasteLAB tile used in the hammam mimic 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. Visitors to Kohler’s space will be invited to explore Debs’ translation of a traditional hammam journey expressed through a three-room immersive experience. The hammam highlights Debs’ ability to distil culture and craftsmanship to create emotional resonance married with Kohler’s design and material expertise and commitment to sustainability. This soothing and peaceful environment paired with innovative sustainable tiles is perfectly in tune with the fair’s overarching theme of The Golden Age: Looking to the Future and become an earthly heaven in the sometimes hectic and crowded exhibition space.