Kohler made a splash in November when it opened its first-ever retail showroom-right here in Chicago, in LuxeHome (Merchandise Mart, Suite 100; 312-755-2510). The space, which features 30 working showerheads, tubs, toilets, and faucets, as well as plumbing fixture options from three of the company’s lines (Kohler, Kallista, and Robern) is designed to help customers make informed decisions about water pressure, fixture finishes, sink colors, and more. The showroom also has dozens of books of bathroom sketches by noteworthy interior designers (among them Christopher Coleman, Brian Covington, and Clodagh), which incorporate Kohler products in inspiring combinations. In an adjoining space, Kohler-owned Ann Sacks (312-923-0919) offers top-of-the-line fixtures from Kallista and more than 500 high-end tile options, including mosaics, borders, and a proprietary line. Seven bathroom suites show off designer tile and other glamorous offerings-including a $35,000 copper bathtub.
|What the Pros Love
Five local interior designers share their favorite finds at Kohler and Ann Sacks
"This vanity is functional, yet has a furniture quality that fits with many different styles."
Kathryn Fireclay Console Vanity, $3,814
Kara Mann Design
"I like that the WaterTile showerheads can go on the wall or ceiling and that they are flush mounted. It adds to their clean, angular lines."
WaterTile 54-nozzle body spray, from $123
"I love Ann Sacks’s glass tiles. I particularly like to use blueish-green ones that look like water in a bathroom. The color is very relaxing."
Promenade glass tiles, from about $22 per square foot
Michael Abrams Ltd.
"I love the simplicity of the Purist line of faucets, and the shallow square basin looks incredible."
Cabinet with Laminar faucet, $1,305; Wading Pool lavatory, $777; open-bottom basin, $180
Jessica Lagrange Interiors
"The Michael S. Smith line bridges modern and traditional. It’s town, it’s country, it’s really timeless."
One-piece toilet, from $871; pedestal combination, $1,330; 24-inch towel bar, $328; basin with cross handles, $730