The event space at Loft22 in the California Tower in Hong Kong was packed with guests, associates, and friends on 23 November 2018 for the KOHLER Design Forum Hong Kong. As it is customary for a Friday night, it was a rather festive atmosphere with good lighting and music to let the fabulous product display shine. Guests arrived early enough for the registration and to network among the latest products. These included the Verdera™ Voice Lighted Mirror that is part of the KOHLER KONNECT group of products and just recently was selected as an Honoree in the Bath Cabinetry category of the ‘Best of Year‘ awards in New York, City. It was one that attracted quite a bit of attention, however, the others were by no means ignored either. The KOHLER Design Forum HK evening presentations were kicked off by Larry Yuen, president K&B Group, who gave the audience a quick, succinct overview of the history of the KOHLER Design Forums. They started in China and Asia-Pacific and rolled out all the way to North America in 2018. Next year, other cities and venues will also have a chance to host the popular event. And popular it was. With more than 160 guests in the house, the speakers Ani Bahlekar, Steven Shaw, Sankar Villupuram, and Mark Bickerstaffe has a wonderful audience who was eager to learn about responsive cities, connectivity, transformative economies, and much more. Down to the last details, of how to make a bathroom more connected, safer, and ultimately healthier.
Suzy Annetta, editor in chief of the interior design magazine Design Anthology, led through the evening and moderated the animated panel discussion at the end of the presentations. From technology and human-centered designs, the guests of honor touched upon all of this and took some great questions from the audience related to their fields of expertise. The evening concluded with a lucky draw where Angel Yang, president K&B Asia-Pacific, pulled the lucky winners’ coupons out of the box. A rich cocktail with finger food and funky drinks was served after the KOHLER Design Forum HK and guests were happy to linger and catch up with each other or continue the conversations on ‘all things connected’. We hope to see everyone again in 2019.