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New Neighbor: KOHLER Experience Center

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is thrilled to welcome KOHLER's new retail concept to the Flatiron District. The first KOHLER Experience Center in the world is now open at 6 West 22nd Street. The Center houses fully-functioning displays of Kohler’s global product line available across the world—a first for both the industry and for the KOHLER brand. This will enable trade professionals and consumers to test and source KOHLER products like never before. Fully-functioning products, including showers, tubs, sinks, and toilets will enable all customers to experience the true differences in performance and design.

"We chose Flatiron because of its growing reputation as the new design district," says Kymberly Weiner, New York City sales and development manager, "We didn’t want to be anywhere else! We actually looked for the perfect Flatiron property for over two years before finding this one."

At the New York City flagship located in Manhattan’s iconic Flatiron District, each touchpoint of the 10,000 square-foot space is designed to connect and inspire. The Experience Center within the KEC is the only private bathing space in New York City where guests can exclusively experience Kohler’s most impressive offering of products like Real Rain, the DTV+ digital showering system, VibrAcoustic hydrotherapy, and a range of showerheads and intelligent toilets among the very latest in KOHLER technology.

To best serve design professionals, KEC will also offer a new KOHLER global specification service, which will for the first time allow professional architects and designers working on international projects to have instant, hands-on access to all products across the entire KOHLER global portfolio. A Kohler team of experts will be stationed on-site to help source and resolve complex plumbing projects both in the United States and around the world. By appointment video conferencing will also be available, connecting customers with the full network of KOHLER product experts across its international markets.

“We recognized a tremendous need across the industry for a deeper knowledge and insight into how our products work,” says Larry Yuen, Kohler Co. president of the global Kitchen & Bath Group. “From a plumbing perspective, the products that work in a bathroom in Milan are acutely different from those that need to work in a hotel in Dubai, for instance. Our goal with the KEC is to provide design professionals with both the ability to source and resolve all plumbing needs on a global scale from any KEC location.”

Each KEC will also serve as an art exhibit space for select pieces from the permanent collection of Kohler Co. and its renowned Arts/Industry program through the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, which fosters the intersection of art and the industrial process. Since its founding in 1974, the program has hosted more than 500 resident artists from around the world at the manufacturer’s global headquarters in Kohler, Wis., where in its pottery and foundry, they are immersed in a new creative medium.

Kohler Co. plans to launch a total of nine KECs over the next year to meet the global demand. In addition to the New York opening, London will immediately follow, along with Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi and Taipei opening later in the year.

KEC NYC will be open seven days a week, welcoming walk-ins from both consumers and trade professionals. It will be run and operated in partnership with Best Plumbing Supply, a leading KOHLER plumbing distributor in the Northeast. 

The store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

KOHLER Experience Center, 6 West 22nd Street, (855) 466-7031

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