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The Industrial Designers Society of America recognizes the Moxie, the first showerhead of its kind to combine the delivery of water and music, with a 2013 Silver IDEA Award

KOHLER, Wis. – Dec. 19, 2013 – As a global leader in kitchen and bath design, Kohler Co. prides itself on bringing cutting-edge products to market—most recently the KOHLER Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker, which easily and affordably streams music wirelessly into the shower via a Bluetooth-enabled device. Moxie's ground-breaking design earned it a 2013 Silver International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Design Society of America.

"Moxie brings a new level of fun into the shower," says Gregory de Swarte, design studio manager for Kohler Faucets. "Before Moxie, bringing music into the shower meant settling for a complicated and underperforming shower radio or required a remodel with waterproof speakers. Moxie changes all of that with its great sound, affordable price and ultra-simple installation."

Among the nearly 700 finalist products considered, the KOHLER Moxie showerhead shined; the IDEA jury, comprised of 24 international design experts, honored it with a 2013 Silver IDEA Award. IDEA jury chair Thomas Overthun said submissions this year touched more on aspects of the user experience, "the best entries excelling with a consistent approach to hardware, interaction, digital and packaging design."

After a successful launch in November 2012, the KOHLER Moxie has become both a must-have home gadget and hot item on holiday gift lists. Kohler recently debuted the Moxie speaker in four different colors (sold separately: Navy, Chartreuse, Retro Blue and Cherry Red) and expanded the finish offering to four finishes (White, Polished Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Polished Nickel). "Moxie is only the beginning of something very new and exciting not only for Kohler, but for the end-user,"
de Swarte says. "We can't wait to share what's next."

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About the Industrial Designers Society of America
With its roots reaching back to 1938 and founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the world's oldest, largest, member-driven society for industrial design. IDSA represents professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields. The society produces the renowned International Design Excellence Award® (IDEA) competition annually; hosts the International Design Conference and five regional conferences each year; and publishes Innovation, a quarterly journal on design, and designBytes, a weekly e-newsletter highlighting the latest headlines in the design world.

About the International Design Excellence Awards
Started in 1980 by IDSA, the International Design Excellence Awards program (IDEA®) fosters business and public understanding about the impact of design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. The IDEA program is considered one of the most preeminent design competitions in the nation with its scope and influence reaching far beyond U.S. boundaries.

About Kohler Co.
Kohler Faucets is a global organization and part of the Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath Group. With plants in North America, China, Egypt, the United Kingdom and France, it is a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath faucets, showering products and decorative accessories – marketed globally under the brand names KOHLER, Mira, Jacob Delafon and Rada.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world's finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St Andrews, Scotland.