US-based bathroom giant Kohler has announced the acquisition of UK-based Kast Concrete Basins – a boutique designer and manufacturer of contemporary concrete basins and sinks. Kast specialises in bathroom basins within the premium market and is a design-led brand known for its bold colors.
The 12-year-old company was founded by Tim Bayes, pictured, who will now serve as Kast's managing director and head of creative. Kast now joins Kohler’s Luxury Brands portfolio alongside Ann Sacks, Kallista and Robern. Kast products are sold globally in the high-end showroom and specification channels, targeting customers who seek personal expression in their bathrooms with colour and texture.
“Kohler pioneered vibrant, colourful products to great acclaim as far back as 1927, and has progressively introduced innovative designs, materials, and finishes that help customers make a design statement in their spaces," said Bonnie Choruby, president – luxury brands at Kohler. “Kast shares that same mindset and is a perfect fit for our luxury brands division. Not only does the brand bring a new material to our portfolio – concrete – but also the color and refinement expertise that is evident in the unique shapes and forms of its beautiful basins.”
“We are thrilled to join the Kohler organization, a highly admired multinational company that has achieved 150 years of unparalleled innovation and growth,” said Bayes. “Everyone at Kast Concrete Basins also has the passion to innovate relentlessly, and we couldn’t be more pleased to now be a part of the Luxury Brands division that includes like-minded brands and the resourcing to accelerate global expansion.”
All Kast products are made from traditional, aggregate-based concrete. Real, authentic concrete using limestone from local suppliers, along with specially sourced sands and high-quality pigments, are carefully blended to produce the aesthetically refined concrete mixes.