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Every few years, we make a day-trip to Kohler, Wisconsin, home of the world-renowned Kohler Company, home of world-class golf courses, luxurious hotels and fabulous restaurants, not to mention a great grocery store with a killer deli.

Mostly, though, we go for a chance to tour the Kohler Design center, a 36,000 square foot, three-level cathedral to toilets, bathtubs, and kitchen sinks. We’re not alone: every year, 150,000 architects, designers, corporate buyers and regular folk from aound the world make the trek to see cutting-edge design and technology, up-close and personal.

I might have a slightly different fascination with the Kohler product line: as a child in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we didn’t always have indoor plumbing.

I’m just saying.

At any rate, when our friends from the U.P. came for a visit this week, we hauled them down to Kohler for a tour of the facilities. (Disclaimer: Our friend, Michael, grew up in Grosse Pointe,  a swanky neighborhood that had no outhouses, but he was impressed anyway.)

I didn’t take many pictures of the staged rooms, glorious as they are. My focus was the giant display of sinks and toilet fixtures, sort of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound interpreted in ceramics.

Tall Wall Diver

Tall Wall Diver

Wall of Joy


NB: I don’t mean to be indelicate and this is just an observation, but the male figures in the displays were not…all there… and therefore, I’m not sure what they would find so exciting about  a wall of flush toilets they would never have call to use.

Who knows? Maybe even mannequins have their own dreamworlds.