The Bold Look of KOHLER

Jonathan Adler is one of my favorite modern designers and he’s recently teamed-up with KOHLER to design his own line of colorful kitchen and bathroom sinks. His line was inspired by KOHLER’s classic designs which were infused with bright pops of color. KOHLER began producing colorful sinks, tubs and toilets in the late 1920s but after WW2 their popularity exploded, peaking in the ’50s-60s, and finally fizzling out out in the early ’80s. For decades boring beige and plain Jane white have ruled bathrooms and kitchens but recently KOHLER has been reintroducing bold colors back into their products. Consumers deserve a better selection of sinks and other home appliances but if you want these new KOHLER products in your home you’re going to have to pay a hefty price. These things aren’t cheap and range between $295 – $1,795 per sink. I personally have my eye on the Tides bathroom sink in Greenwich Green… fabulous!

Kohler Links
Watch Jonathan Adler discuss his color collection for KOHLER & its mid-century inspiration.
KOHLER Colors Featuring Jonathan Adler
KOHLER Historic Color Timeline
KOHLER Talk – KOHLER’s Official Blog

A collection of vintage Kohler ads from the 1940s-1970s:

1943 KOHLER Color Range







1960 KOHLER Toilet types & Colors





Further Reading:
More vintage KOHLER ads at Retro Renovation

2 Comments Add yours

  1. knitxcore says:

    this makes me wish i didn’t rent! ugh.

  2. Aren’t they amazing? Maybe your landlord would let you upgrade but you’d have to make a deal so you could take the sink with you when you move. Every landlord I’ve had has been really strict (no painting much less any major renovations) so you have my sympathy.

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