Aims to Shape the Future of the Architect and Design Industry in London & Beyond

As part of a new series to inspire and unite architects and designers across the world, the KOHLER Design Forum in London led a meaningful discussion on the integration of design and technology into our daily lives.

London, 20th September 2018 – Kohler Co., global leader in kitchen and bath design and innovation, hosted the London edition of the KOHLER Design Forum at the Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke’s on 19 September 2018. This year’s theme of “All Things Connected” provided a platform for the architecture and design industries to join in the discussion of shaping the future of the London 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. “The KOHLER Design Forum has been crafted to provide a place and time for this invaluable exchange to occur, and this year’s theme of All Things Connected puts the spotlight on the growing and rapid integration of technology into our lives and how this is and will inform, shape and disrupt the design world.”

Several forums have been held in key design hubs throughout Asia and Europe over the last three years, and have presented the insights from influential and award-winning designers and architects all over the world. This year’s forum in London saw a panel of speakers consisting of design professionals from various fields, including Ron Bakker, Founding Partner of PLP Architecture, Runa Sabroe, Programme Director at Danish Design Centre, Allison Dring, Co-Director and Founder at Elegant Embellishments and Mark Bickerstaffe – Director of New Product Development for Kohler Kitchen and Bath in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Hosted in conjunction with Monocle, a global affairs and lifestyle magazine, the new series was moderated by Josh Fehnert, Executive Editor at Monocle. Conversations were focused on how smart technology is shaping the world we live in and offered an interactive discussion on the integration of design and technology into our daily lives, touching on meaningful topics such as ‘Responsive Cities’ and discussing the use of smart technology in a people-centric way, and where the possibilities of artificial intelligence might take us.

The new series of KOHLER Design Forum comes on the heels of Kohler’s successful and widely shared launch of the KOHLER Konnect smart home suite that includes the Verdera® Voice lighted mirror with Amazon Alexa, and products enabled with KOHLER Konnect: DTV+ showering system, Numi® Intelligent toilet, and Sensate® kitchen faucet, among others. Kohler’s new platform and product suite offer consumers the path to a bathroom with integrated voice control that provides enhanced convenience and connectivity.

Looking ahead, Annie Sim, Director Design Consulting Global Projects and Specifications at Kohler Co., shared about the company’s aspirations, “As Kohler continues to grow its presence in Europe, we look forward to continuously building new capabilities and partnerships to deliver innovative solutions for this region and beyond”.

To learn more about Kohler’s suite of products, visit www.kohler.co.uk or call the UK contract team on 0344 571 1000 to find out more.


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Ron Bakker

Founding partner, PLP Architecture 



Runa Sabroe

Programme director, Danish Design Centre



Allison Dring

Co-Director & Founder, Elegant Embellishments

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Mark Bickerstaffe

New product development director, Kohler Kitchen & Bath

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Josh Fehnert

Executive editor, Monocle


KOHLER® has offered gracious living in the UK since 2003. Well known for quality and design, whether contemporary or traditional, Kohler products are synonymous with luxury.  Smart water saving designs and advanced technologies help designers and architects create beautiful spaces in luxury resorts and hotels which consider the environment. The Kohler Experience Centre in Clerkenwell, London, is the first of its kind in Europe. Hosted in partnership with West One Bathrooms, it displays a fully-functioning collection of the UK and global product line for consumers, architects and interior designers. Kohler products are also available from specialist retailers across the UK.


KOHLER® was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA. Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler Kitchen and Bath Group has more than 42 manufacturing locations worldwide and is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; decorative, and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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