Kohler has teamed up with world-renowned artist Daniel Arsham to create Rock.01, a limited edition of 99 authentic 3D-printed bathroom sinks that masterfully blend digital technology, heritage craft, and nature-inspired forms into what can only be described as functional high art.
The first of its kind, this unconventional vessel sink reinterprets stacked rocks via 3D-printed vitreous china and patinaed hand-cast brass—symbolic of the collaboration and innovation built on the heritage of the KOHLER® brand. The sink’s physical composition underpins the notion of “future meets past” with a digitally crafted vitreous china body resting atop traditional brass; the basin a modern-day interpretation of primitive coil-building techniques.
Each printed sink is unique unto itself, arriving in Arsham Studio-designed housing with a certificate verifying its authenticity and edition number. The small-batch edition is being produced to order by an artisan team at Kohler’s global headquarters in Kohler, Wisconsin.
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Too complex to realize by traditional methods, Kohler leveraged new, internally developed capabilities with 3D-printed ceramics to construct the asymmetrical sink body. The final process involves a continuous 7.5 hours of print time, expertly tracing the designed pattern as the coil layers build upward into the sink’s unique form. The coordinating brass piece requires a similarly lengthy production process, each piece hand-cast and then sent through a lengthy chamber vapor patina process to arrive at its intended coloring.
Daniel Arsham is known for constructing indefinable moments between art, architecture, performance and design. The New York-based, Miami-raised creator has collaborated with world-renowned artists, musicians, designers, and brands. Working in a multitude of disciplines, Arsham creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces and situations, referred to as “future relics of the present”.
Since 1873, Kohler Co. has been improving the level of gracious living by providing exceptional products and services for our customers’ homes and their lifestyles. We believe better business and a better worldgo hand in hand. Fueled by the passion of more than 36,000 associates worldwide, we strive to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations through design, craftsmanship, and innovation.