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Kohler’s newly-launched limited edition sink Quila sports an intricate painting by Padma Shri Jai Prakash Lakhiwal

The sink is not only about art meets home décor, but utility as well

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Last Updated: 06.08 AM, May 22, 2022

Kohler’s newly-launched limited edition sink Quila sports an intricate painting by Padma Shri Jai Prakash Lakhiwal
The limited edition sink, and, (right) artist Jai Prakash

Kohler, one of the global leaders in kitchen and bath design, recently launched a new limited-edition sink range called Quila. A collaboration with Padma Shri winning artist Jai Prakash Lakhiwal, Quila is adorned with an intricate painting that he created exclusively for Kohler.

Recipient of many awards, Jai Prakash is an acclaimed miniaturist who has played a significant role in preserving and propagating the rich heritage of miniature art. Since the start, Kohler delved into an in-depth process, which included conducting a 10-day workshop with leading folk artists of India. A detailed brief was given to each artist, culminating in this collaboration with the Padma Shri artist and the choice to go with the traditional art form of miniature paintings.

With Quila, art blends seamlessly with utility, rendering a functional object that effortlessly doubles up as a work of art. “India probably has the widest tradition of art and craft, so we thought it was time to really now invest behind paying homage to Indian traditions. The Quila is a beautiful product, one-of-a-kind, and certainly very different from what people expect to see in a bathroom,” says Salil Sadanandan, President, Kohler, South Asia, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The artwork, which is essentially created on a two-dimensional medium, had to be carefully translated on to a three-dimensional object and this was achieved through an elaborate process, to create a bespoke functional element for the bath space. “We scanned these paintings and converted them into lithographs, which were transferred on to the ceramic surface. It’s all about craftsmanship and precision, without any automation” says Anand Asinkar, Lead Industrial designer - Kohler India Studio.

The product was launched at an exclusive and intimate event in Delhi which was attended by the top architects and designers of the country.

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