Given the growing ubiquity of smart home devices, it’s quite evident that technology will continue to shape the ways we live, work and play—and good design will help make it a more seamless part of our daily lives.
For Mark Bickerstaffe, Kohler’s director of product development for kitchen and bathroom, it’s a rewarding, ongoing challenge to discover more elegant ways to better integrate these cutting-edge features into our homes.
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“We don’t want to include technology for the sake of it, we want to include it to help you have a better experience," says Bickerstaffe. "We always strive to do better. It’s why I work at Kohler—we don’t just care about making a great product, we care about artistry and craftsmanship."
“We don’t want to include technology for the sake of it, we want to include it to help you have a better experience"
This user-centric approach shapes the interactive design of the American brand’s kitchen and bathroom products, which pair sleek design elements with functional details. These include voice-activated smart mirrors and intelligent toilets that can adapt to your personal habits, as well as shower fixtures inspired by relaxing rhythm of rainfall.
Here, the product development director tells us more about the brand’s latest kitchen and bathroom collections, the interior trends to watch, and how smart features will continue to shape the homes of the future.