There’s no material quite like glass. It can be hard and substantial, yet it can also mimic the soft appearance of undulating water or the diaphanous lightness of a cloud. And nothing else yields such variety of color, translucency and texture in the hands of the artisan. At Kohler, our exquisite one-of-a-kind bathroom sinks are inspired by generations of artisans who have crafted many of the sculptures and vessels found in the world’s great museums. The result is pure art in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and forms.
The “small shop,” where artisans passionate about their craft design and create original works, is back in vogue. With their hands-on approach, these shops or studios have been popping up across the country from Brooklyn to Portland. We understand this love of craftsmanship and the draw to objects that have been labored over with pride and intent. In fact, we’ve been operating our own “small shop” going on ten years.
In 2005, a tight-knit group of designers and artisans built on Kohler’s commitment to innovation and quality, and developed a glass studio from the ground up. And it’s here in Kohler, Wisconsin, that this same small team still designs, experiments, and ultimately crafts each glass sink we make -- cast, spun, or pressed.
These glassmakers heat, pour and cool glass to shape timeless vessel, drop-in and under-mount sink designs that range from smooth and sculptural to intricate and patterned. The details of each design dictate which method is used to shape the sink.
Spun glass bathroom sinks, like Briolette®, are manufactured by spinning. Centrifugal force pulls the molten glass up the side of the die. Cooling as it spins, the glass sets like frozen water.
Cast glass bathroom sinks, like Antilia®, are produced by first filling a mold. The glass is placed in a special annealing oven, where it cools at a very controlled, slow pace – up to three days. A sink as large and heavy as Antilia needs time to “set up,” so flow lines (like ripples) can settle.
Pressed glass sinks, like Whist®, are poured into a die and pressed or stamped, these sinks allow the team to explore a variety of shapes and colors.
There’s no material quite like glass. Nothing else yields such timeless beauty in a variety of colors and textures in the hands of the artisan.
At Kohler, we believe that the objects we choose for our homes reflect who we are and narrate the rhythm and texture of our lives. So our small team of artisans works hard to craft affordable glass bathroom sinks that can be ordered and delivered to your home in a matter of weeks – inviting you to celebrate beauty and creativity each day.