Kohler has reopened its London Experience Centre following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Reduced operating hours of 11am – 3pm, and an appointment system will apply while the showroom – located on Clerkenwell Road – adheres to social distancing regulations and phases to full reopening.
The showroom – on Clerkenwell Road – is currently operating on an appointment only basis and with reduced hours of 11am – 3pm. While new hygiene and social distancing measures have also been put in place to ensure the safety of the staff and visitors.
In a bid to help establish Kohler in the architecture and design, the brand has also appointed Arif Bhaluani as the new showroom manager.
Bhaluani has 15 years industry experience, having held business development roles at Travis Perkins, CP Hart and West One Bathrooms. In his first industry role – with Bathstore – he was part of the team that grew the network from 20 showrooms to 170 over seven years.
His most recent role was with Roman, where he worked within the London retail and specification market and focused on strategy, brand and product development.
Bhaluani will be working with the account management team to develop awareness of the brand in the design community.
“Arif is a significant appointment for us as we take sole ownership of the Kohler Experience Centre,” Craig Johnstone, associate director of sales at Kohler UK, said. “With this new role in place we will be able to fully establish Kohler in the Clerkenwell scene and become a true hub of inspiration. It’s no secret that we are operating in challenging times at the moment, but we look forward to the city bouncing back, as we know it will, with us at the heart of this creative district.”
Speaking of his appointment Bhaluani said: “I am delighted to be a part of the Kohler team and I’m looking forward to the challenge of working with a truly global landscape of projects and specifications.
“I’m going to rely on my experience in brand and product development as well as my strong contact network to bring the gracious living of Kohler to all who interact with our products and services. We have a fantastic space in Clerkenwell and I will be making sure that we utilise this with events and networking to showcase Kohler in its global markets.”