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March 2012
KOHLER Numi Toilet Receives Global Accolades From Prominent Design Organizations
Good Design and iF recognize Numi for its perfect blend of form and function

   
KOHLER, Wis. – Mar. 1, 2012 – The Numi integrated toilet is not only Kohler Co.’s most advanced toilet, but is proving to be one of the company’s most celebrated products as well, having received accolades from two of the most prominent global design award organizations – Good Design and iF.
“As a global company, our goal is always to be on the leading edge of design and innovation,” says David Kohler, President and COO of Kohler Co. “Numi convinced the judges – and consumers worldwide - not only with its advanced technology and amazing user experience, but also with its beautiful, minimalist design. We are truly honored to receive this recognition from two of the most respected global design organizations.”

Good Design Award 2011
Of the 3,162 applications entered in the 2011 Good Design Award, the KOHLER Numi toilet was selected as 1 of 62 house fixtures product recipients of the prestigious award. Organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP), the Good Design Award is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design. JDP receives approximately 3,000 submissions from more than 1,000 companies and designers from inside / outside of Japan every year. These designs are screened by about 60 design experts, who select and recommend those designs worthy of the Good Design Awards. With a long history stretching back more than 50 years, the present-day Good Design Award is given to design that enriches everyday life and is inspiring with an outstanding quality.

iF Product Design Award 2012
For 58 years, the iF product design award has been an internationally recognized label for award-winning design and the iF brand has become a symbol for outstanding achievements in design. Out of 2,923 entries, Numi was selected as the recipient of the renowned iF Awards 2012 for product design, under the bathroom / wellness category.

   
There are altogether 16 different categories for the iF product design award 2012. In selecting the recipients for the various categories, the jury considered criteria such as design quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, ergonomics, visualization of intended use, safety, brand value and branding and aspects of universal design. Well known for its strict criterion when it comes to evaluating a product’s design, the judges of the iF award are experts and top designers from countries such as the UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Singapore and China.

Launched in 2011, Numi is a celebration of the most technologically inspired experience in personal convenience. Adopting legendary architect Mies van der Rohe’s “Less is more” mantra, the Kohler design team took a minimalist approach to Numi’s creation, arranging complex technological functions internally within a limited space, all while presenting extreme simplicity externally. The result: a figment of beauty and geometry with high attention to detail, featuring a series of intersecting planes.

Recommended and Related Material
• Resource: iF Product Design Award
• Resource: Good Design Award
• Press Release: Numi Toilet
• Resource: Numi Microsite

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.
 


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