Groundbreaking NYC Showroom Offers Immersive, Fully Functioning Experience
If you’ve ever wished you could try out a shower, sink or faucet before making the decision to bring it into your dream kitchen or bathroom project, it’s finally possible to do just that. Running water. All the latest products. Eye-catching designs. Expert staff on hand to demonstrate and answer all your questions. The quality of the most trusted names in the industry. It’s all waiting for you in a stunning new showroom in New York City’s iconic Flatiron District which features working displays, a beautifully curated tile collection, and innovative, hands-on showcases.
Kohler Co., a global leader in the design and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, has launched a new retail concept in partnership with Best Plumbing Supply, the Westchester-based distributor that tri-state customers have relied upon for nearly 60 years. The Kohler Experience Center (KEC) offers consumers and trade professionals the rare opportunity to test and source the full offering of KOHLER products in one convenient location. Visitors will be able to view and experience all possible finishes and models, making it easy to consider a complete array of products while designing a bathroom or kitchen to suit their own distinctive style.
Many functioning products – including showers, tubs, sinks, toilets and bidets, as well as the largest selection in NYC of the contemporary to traditional lines of Robern cabinets, vanities, lighting and accessories – are installed in more than 20 vignettes and the Artist Editions Gallery. The beautiful 10,000 square foot space was designed to give visitors a full immersion into the experience of choosing products for their projects.
The KEC Spa Experience Room is one of the only private bathing spaces in the city, and visitors experience the very latest KOHLER technology including a range of fully operational showerheads and intelligent toilets, as well as distinctive products like Real Rain, the DTV+ digital showering system and VibrAcoustic hydrotherapy. Real Rain, a new shower product, began with the study of rain and the way droplets differ in size and speed and fall in no particular pattern. This overhead panel features 775 silicone concave nozzles to replicate the gentle building that occurs during a real rainstorm, giving an authentic experience of the random patterns of a summer rain. And, with the push of a button, the Deluge feature releases a reservoir of water to simulate a heavy rainfall.
The elegant KALLISTA collection for both bath and kitchen – a signature Kohler Co. brand from its decorative products sector – has a dedicated 500 square-foot space, offering a shop-within-shop retail experience amidst inspiring vignettes.
This deep immersion into the full range of Kohler products is experiential and educational, allowing customers and tradespeople the chance to choose the best products for any project. And, professional architects and designers working on international products gain instant access to the entire KOHLER global portfolio.
“Our partnership with Kohler Co. spans nearly 50 years,” says Kymberly Weiner, New York City Sales and Development Manager of Best Plumbing Supply. “It’s a tremendous honor to elevate our collaboration to one that will best inspire and serve homeowners and design professionals through a shopping experience rooted in Kohler’s spirit of gracious living.”
The Kohler Experience Center in New York City (Monday-Friday, 10-7; Saturday and Sunday, 10-5) opened on May 24, followed by the launch of additional showrooms throughout the world, including a second U.S. base in Los Angeles, as well as others in the U.K., Asia, India and Taipei.
Best Plumbing Supply, a family-owned and operated business, has provided unrivaled customer service to retail and trade clients since 1960. Best Plumbing Supply pioneered the concept of establishing a showroom for products more than 50 years ago, making it a natural choice as a Kohler partner for the KEC. The Kohler Experience Center by Best Plumbing Supply located in the iconic Flatiron District of Manhattan displays all the latest and greatest products by Kohler, Kallista and Robern, as well as a beautifully curated tile collection. Two Best Plumbing Supply Stops located in Yorktown and Elmsford, New York are stocked with more than 3,800 plumbing products for the convenience of local trade customers, and their four frequently updated showrooms in Westchester and Fairfield County, CT, carry the region’s most comprehensive selection of high-quality plumbing fixtures and tile.
The Kohler Experience Center (KEC) by Best Plumbing Supply
6 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
Best Plumbing Tile & Stone
1019 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583
(Additional locations in Somers, Yorktown, Stamford and Elmsford)