Kohler launches first KOHLER Bold Design Awards in PH


Posted at Sep 22 2017 11:43 AM


MANILA -- Kohler formally launches its first ever KOHLER Bold Design Awards (KBDA) in the Philippines, honoring the region’s most outstanding projects in the design industry.

The KBDA showcases the best talents in the field of innovation and design and aims to create an award-giving body that is able to elevate the practice and design standards in Asia Pacific.

“The Philippines is one of our fast-growing markets in the region, so holding the first KOHLER Bold Design Awards here was an easy decision. It represents how we, as a company, continue to strengthen our presence in the country and in markets that we see growth potential, not only for the company, but for the industry as well,” said Miss Angel Yang, President of Kohler Kitchen and Bath Asia Pacific.

She added, “We noticed, too, that there are more Filipino designers who are penetrating and are being recognized in the international market. For example, this year, there are many Filipino designers, who joined the New York ICFF shows.”


For KBDA, this design competition is open to hotel operators, hospital and residential development property professionals, architects, and designers from the local market.

Its categories include the Boldest Spaces with sectors representing projects for living, travel, leisure, culture; and the Visionaries, a category for the prodigies and icons of the industry.

“This proves that KBDA does not only focus on traditional categories, we also have awards covering social and cultural space. We also specially award those influencers who have great contribution in sustainability, innovations and restoration projects,” explained Yang.

Starting with the Philippines this 2017, the Kohler Bold Design Awards is set to rotate in the different countries in Asia Pacific every year.

Panel of Judges

A highly experienced team of international and Filipino professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines will judge the participants.

The panel of judges include Bill Bensley, Creative Director, Bensley Studios (Thailand and Indonesia); Budji Layug, Chairman and Principal Designer , BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design (Philippines); Carmelo Casas, President & CEO Casas Architects (Philippines); Kenneth Cobonpue, Founder & Creative Director, Kenneth Cobonpue (Philippines); Royal Pineda, Principal Architect & CEO, BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design (Philippines); Simon Rawlings, Creative Director, David Collins Studio (UK); and William Lim, Founder & Managing Director, CL3 (Hong Kong).

“The KOHLER Bold Design Awards was created to discover and reward the best people in property design and innovation. We hope to inspire the industry to continuously innovate and develop projects that will help promote and advance the practice not just in the country, but the world as well,” Angel continued.

“Aside from the recognition, the competition serves as an opportunity for winners to expand their network and to strengthen relationship with top management from hotel operators, developers, architects, and designers across the region,” she added.

Winners of the KOHLER Bold Design Awards 2017 will not only be presented with a trophy, their works will also be showcased on KOHLER’s social media platforms, literature and collateral, as well as gain exposure on ABS-CBN, which is one of the top networks and publications in the Philippines; and in Design Anthology, Asia’s leading interior design quarterly magazine.

Interested participants may submit their entries at the Kohler Bold Design Awards website: https://kbda-ap.com/ until November 19, 2017. The winners will be announced at the gala award ceremony in January 2018.

KOHLER Philippines, operating for more than 25 years now, has grown steadily over the years. It has 36 showrooms to date and plans to open more showrooms in the future.

For inquiries, you may send an email to Kohlerasiapacific@kohler.com.


About Kohler Co.

KOHLER® was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA. Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, KOHLER is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St Andrews, Scotland. Kohler has been consistent in setting new standards in design, craftsmanship and innovation. The brand’s reputation is rife with compelling accomplishments and bold innovations that stem from a heritage centered on living on the leading edge of design and technology.

In Asia Pacific, KOHLER is active in 14 major countries and territories. More information can be found at kohlerasiapacific.com.

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