KOHLER, the global leader in kitchen and bath design and innovation, has partnered with Design Joburg, featuring Rooms on View, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, to present the KOHLER Theatre at this year’s show.
Now in its third year as the African continent’s premier showcase of the latest in local and global décor and design, Design Joburg is thrilled to present this auditorium space that will offer thought provoking and inspiring talks as well as the first KOHLER Design Forum in Africa.
Both KOHLER and Design Joburg see the importance of providing a platform for architects and designers to exchange experiences, ideas and find inspiration amongst their peers but also a platform in which the public can also participate.
Whilst the KOHLER Theatre will feature a 3-day agenda of talks by industry leaders, it is the KOHLER Design Forum, a platform for architects and designers to come together for an enlightening knowledge exchange session, that kicks off the weekend programme and is what members of the industry are anticipating the most.
KOHLER Design Forum was launched 4 years ago with successful forums at various design fairs and standalone events across the globe including Singapore, London, Toronto, Dubai, and Bangkok, but none on the African continent, until now…
Friday afternoon, May 24, 2019 at 3pm will see the main KOHLER Design Forum presentation by a panel of truly revered industry leaders including Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2019 winner Yinka Ilori, famed for his bold, up-cycled chairs that weave Nigerian narrative into newfound form. Further forum speakers will include Kohler’s Salil Sadanandan, President Kitchen and Bathroom of South Asia, Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa, who will offer guests rare insights into Kohler’s latest developments in the technology and design fields, as well as industry experts Mardre Meyer from Source IBA and Kenyan based designer Suzanne Watts.
These guests will be debating and exchanging their views on KOHLER’s chosen topic of Experential Luxury – designs that create a rich and dynamic environment indulging the senses on multiple levels.
Whilst KOHLER’s Design Forum is more of an industry event, the public are also in for a treat with Yinka Ilori sharing his experiences and insights on the Friday morning together with London based Cypriot designer Michael Anastassiades, courtesy of SA Tourism, sharing his expertise as an awarded lighting designer.
Over and above this, a not-to-be-missed line up of South African and continental design thinkers and leaders will take the stage throughout the rest of the weekend, ending on Sunday 26th May.
The KOHLER Theatre is touted to be an action packed and informative schedule set to leave its mark on visitors. Check out the Design Joburg website for updates on the talks programme.