Kohler hosted three innovation and design-focussed events—Kohler Chit Chat “Wanderlust” event, KOHLER design forum on “ALL THINGS CONNECTED”, and Kohler WasteLAB at Dubai Design Week.

At this informal forum called Kohler Chit Chat “Wanderlust’’, architects and designers were called upon to share their innovative experiences. It featured four distinct speakers: Nasser Turk, regional manager MEA, Watg and Wimberly Interiors, Omar Abdelghafour, founder of Light Space Design, Roy Posey, head of design, Keane, and Frederico Cruz, project designer of Wilson Associates.

KOHLER Design Forum on “ALL THINGS CONNECTED” provided a platform for the architecture and design industry to join in the discussion of shaping the future of the global industry through the exchange of experiences, insights and ideas. The forum consisted of insightful presentations, discussions and panels by industry leaders on trending themes and topics, and offered opportunities for architects and designers to inspire and be inspired. “The future of architecture and design is being informed by today’s events, and it is crucial for the talented and aspirational voices within this industry to rise above and give shape to what we will see in 10 or 15 years,” said Larry Yuen, Kohler Co. Kitchen and Bath Group president.

Lastly, Kohler WasteLAB explored new uses for industrial wastes in a workshop, “Nothing Into Something”. During the forum, KOHLER looked at wastes differently to see it as an input or raw material for another process or product. The idea for the WasteLAB originated in 2013 at the company’s annual innovation for Good retreat. A group of KOHLER associates studied nature’s ability to break down and reuse by-products within an ecosystem lifecycle and reconsidered how this model might work within an industrial manufacturing system to use waste as an ingredient in new products.