Kohler Store, Chicago
Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 12/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Feel the need for tranquillity? Betting that some consumers would rather avoid the chaos of Saturday afternoon at a big-box store, Kohler Co. hired Mark Janson and Hal Goldstein to design its very first retail location: 6,400 square feet on the ground floor of the Merchandise Mart. Soothing columns of water frame the entry, while the rear of the space is anchored by a row of showerheads spraying water into a trough. In between are 300 models of sinks, toilets, tubs, and shower stalls, many of them plumbed for use. Vignettes—abstract concepts rather than literal re-creations—pair the fixtures with tile and stone from Kohler subsidiary Ann Sacks.
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