Part of our “Tresham Reimagined” series, Industrial Designer Niels Eilmus puts his creative mind to work, using our Tresham collection to create a bathroom for that rebellious teen in all of us.

As an industrial designer, my job is to be creative in all aspects…it is the core of what I do.

My first step in designing the space was grasping the idea of Kohler’s Tresham collection: Preppy with a twist. I looked at images and clothing that exemplified the preppy look, and the more I thought of preppy and how to put a new twist on it, the iconic plaid pattern came to mind.

From there, I had a billboard company create the huge sections of plaid on the back wall. It was the only way to get that kind of scale.

As I thought about the rest of the space, I imagined a family home, a Tudor, with a couple of teenage boys. While they had this beautiful suite that their parents most likely picked out, the boys were given the freedom to really make the room their own. I imagined these kids who bridged the world of this big Tudor home, preppy clothes and skateboards, and this idea really mashed itself together: preppy blended with that skater aesthetic and attitude.

The result is a blend of clean and messy, classic and modern. In the end, the room doesn’t so much reflect my personal style as it does my personal attitude; the freedom to make something your own, blending seemingly opposite aesthetics and creating something compelling.



Since 1873, Kohler Co. has been improving the level of gracious living among its customers by providing exceptional products and services for the home. As a recognized global brand, Kohler leads the way in design, craftsmanship and innovation. Kohler's product offering spans across all price points, offering consumers a wide variety of options in kitchen and bath fixtures, faucets, and more.

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