Daniel Arsham was able to turn a sink into a desirable object. Together with Kohler, and taking advantage of cutting-edge technology, they gave life to a unique 3D printed sink, named ‘Rock.01’. This is Kohler’s first artist collaboration in many years and a great choice. Creativity, experimentation, and sustainability come together in perfect form to create this limited edition sink.
Following the same line as Daniel Arsham’s latest collection “Objects for Living II”, presented at Friedman Benda in September, this limited edition product was born thanks to the time the artist was confined in his Long Island home. He experimented with materials that he found, such as rocks and stones, and poetically merges organic elements with his unique creation. It features an asymmetric vitreous basin, which is placed against a rock-shaped form cast from brass, and with the same recognizable patina as Arsham’s bronze sculptural works. 3D surfaces look quite imperfect, with some flaws, giving a handmade and unique look.
From November 30 until December 5 at Design Miami, Daniel Arsham will release Rock.01, a new washbasin for Kohler, 3D-printed in vitreous china and available in a limited edition of only 99. It will e presented as part of an art installation designed by Arsham to celebrate Kohler’s first time at the fair.
Kohler reached out to me about a year and a half ago, specifically about a new technology that they had been developing around 3D-printed ceramics. The technology is pretty nascent, but beyond being able to do some incredible things that are not possible with traditional slip casting, there’s a huge sustainability factor. There’s very little waste and it uses a lot less water than regular casting methods. I wanted to create something that would be iconic or representative of the technology itself, and I wanted to go big.Daniel Arsham
Kohler’s 148-year history is also marked in the printed sink. Daniel Arsham incorporated it to build tension between past, present, and future, which has characterized his work. It might be hard to imagine how these two different worlds come together in perfect harmony, but the printed sink unites Daniel Arsham’s and Kohler’s characteristics.
When I originally designed the sink, there were two components that looked like one stone was resting on top of another. But after realising that Kohler made cast iron bathtubs in the late 19th century, I ended up using a cast brass base that has a familiar patina to the rest of my bronze work. It’s a nice juxtaposition of this heritage material that feels very worn and old, alongside a new futuristic material.Daniel Arsham
We have a shared ethos on the topics of innovation, pushing boundaries and thinking differently. Many of Daniel’s works are an homage to time, where future meets past. To us, 3D-printed ceramics are exactly that – juxtaposing one of our most heritage material sets with a new production mechanism. We knew Daniel Arsham would be an authentic partner to bring it to market with us for the first time. We had spent three years with this technology before bringing Daniel onboard, and we used those learnings to establish some technical parameters. With those foundational fence posts, the canvas for the final design itself was entirely his to create.David Kohler, CEO and president of Kohler,