Flower power kitchen and bathroom sinks — new from Kohler + Jonathan Adler

four new colors for sinks from kohler and jonathan adler

kohler jonathan adler sink colors1960s flower power colors are ascendant in the mainstream design and decorating world. And here’s some of the latest: Kohler has teamed with Jonathan Adler and introduced four new real-colors for a narrow range of six contemporary-modern, enamel-on-cast-iron sinks. Alas, these colors are not available on the midcentury authentic, hudee-rimmed Delafield kitchen sink, or on the midcentury authentic, hudee-rimmed Tahoe bathroom sink. Even so, it’s nice to see some REAL COLOR FOR REMODELS. And, if you are doing a Modern-Retro look (rather than an authentic midcentury look), it’s good to have these choices.

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Here is what Kohler says about the lineup:

For optimum color vibrancy, Kohler Co. is offering the four new colors only on six of its Kohler enameled cast iron kitchens and sinks. “The materials used in the enameling process are incredibly saturated and vibrant,” Kohler creative director Tristan Butterfield explains. “Such an exclamation of color in a space should be as rich as possible. And Kohler enameled cast iron allows us to achieve that.” The four colors are available on the following sinks, in limited quantity —>:

• Bath Sinks: TidesCanvas and DemiLav Wading Pool
• Kitchen Sinks: WhitehavenRiverby and Iron/Tones

Actually, I think those last two kitchen sinks — the Riverby and Iron/Tones are sort of “plain” enough that if you get the self-rimming model they get closer to “timeless” rather than “trendy” in terms of styling.

Here’s what Jonathan Adler says about the colors. Haha, this is always like reading critics’ descriptions of wine:

The following are the four KOHLER Colors Featuring Jonathan Adler:
Greenwich Green captures the beauty of the perfectly manicured lawns of an English Estate—cultured and cultivated. “This is not dull avocado green,” Jonathan Adler says. “It’s bolder, yet timeless. So crisp and refreshing you can taste it.”
Piccadilly Yellow evokes the riot of colors from London’s Piccadilly Circus. Exuberant and fun, a Piccadilly yellow kitchen or bathroom sink instantly fills the space with giddiness. Adler says: “There’s a very mod quality to Piccadilly yellow, especially when paired with white. It’s unexpected and will always feel fresh.”
Palermo Blue is beautiful, serene splash of the Mediterranean Sea where it opens before the city of Palermo on Sicily. “A nice, crisp light blue is cool and refreshing,” Adler says. “Like taking a dip in the Med itself.”
Annapolis Navy, an unconditionally classic hue, calls to mind the sailing city of Annapolis on Maryland’s Severn River. “Annapolis Navy epitomizes nautical chic. It’s such a classic color because it pairs so well with other bold colors,” he says.

Of course, I do not like that JA disses the Avocado Green. But then, I diss the greige so it’s kolor karma.

turquoise kitchen sinksjonathan adler bathroom sinks for kohleryellow kitchen sinkQ. Where else can you buy kitchen and bathroom sinks in vibrant colors? 

A. Vintage –> Read how to find and where to buy vintage bathroom and kitchen sinks here.


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  1. says

    These are such fun! The sink designs do feel pretty modern, but Pam’s right that they can integrate nicely into retro-modern decor. I’ll have to see to see Picadilly in person – it looks like a good match for my bath counter laminate.

  2. says

    i saw this post and instantly drool started forming in my mouth. That has never happened before. Not even while looking at hot celebrities. I can’t decide if I like the yellow or the turquoise best!!!!

  3. says

    Sure looks like Avocado to me! Call it what you want, JA, you’re not fooling us! I love the aqua – I’d get the Iron/Tones double-bowl top mount in a heartbeat if I could afford it 🙂

    • Susie Q. says

      The color that was called “avocado” in the 70’s was not the color of a real avocado though 🙂

  4. Jon Hunt says

    I love Jonathan Adler, but he coulda been an advocate for the redemption of avocado instead of throwing it under the bus. That green = avocado. Otherwise, LOVELY. I’m so glad to see color coming back!!

    (PS: our avocado kitchen is anything but dull!)

  5. lynda says

    Love the colors and the white faucet. The faucet is on the Kohler site. The faucet reminds me of a Kroin (now Vola) faucet I had in the 80’s. I spent a lot for the faucet that I bought through an architect. However, it did not hold up well. Luckily if you buy the faucet from Kohler, they will stand behind it for as long as you own it.

  6. Ana says

    Love them and just wish they’d been available when I was fixing up my kitchen last year. I kept my vintage sink because I couldn’t find something that would work (and it’s in good shape), but if these had been around, I would’ve worked the aqua one in. Or maybe the yellow.

  7. jay says

    They can desbribe the colors any old way they want but I think the yellow and green are straight from the 70s.

  8. Janet says

    They are just bound and determined to get away from hudee rings, aren’t they? Sorry, Kohler, I got a turquoise rectangular sink with hudee ring and a matching tub (okay, a few scratches) from Habitat for Humanity. And they’re cast iron. And the whole deal was $100.

  9. Sarah says

    Aargh, where were these when I did my retro modern kitchen remodel a few months ago? They’re amazing!

  10. Annie B. says

    I am beyond thrilled to see these colors and these sinks. I’d love a huge bathtub in Palermo Blue. (Are you listening, Kohler??)

  11. Joe says

    It’s amazing how everything old can become new again. While studying architecture and design in the late 70’s and early 80’s, Kohler was THE go-to for colorful porcelain kitchen and bath fixtures. The names are different now, but the colors are the same. Greenwich Green was AVOCADO, Piccacilly Yellow was HARVEST GOLD, Palermo Blue was probably Turquoise, and Annapolis Navy was BLUEBERRY. The industry got away from porcelain and began pushing stainless steel (for its durability and ease of cleaning); soon we were awash in a sea of almond formica countertops, stainless steel sinks, and white laminate cabinets with golden oak trim. Thank goodness we’re finally coming back to color in our homes.

  12. Fogkate says

    Maybe it’s just my monitor, but these colors look new and fresh to me — not like avocado, et al, from the 50’s and 60’s.
    Besides, is there an absolute standard for any color? What color is yellow, peach, even red?
    Anyway, I love all four or these Kohler introductions, even though they’re too intense for my (often changing) tastes. I went with bisque for the kitchen 18 months ago and continue to be happy with thos very muted color.
    Thanks, Pam, for such great posts!

  13. Ethan says

    Why is it so hard to find a dealer that actually can get/ stocks these sinks in these colors. It’s always so difficult to find a dealer for this kind of stuff. If it was more readily available it would be more popular. Try going to Lowes or Home Depot (which is listed as a dealer for these) and finding these sinks in these colors. I couldn’t do it. The online showroom also lists the green sink for $1295. That’s a pretty hefty price tag. The white is half that price. Why?

    • Ethan says

      oops, I had more to say. In other decades you could readily buy different colors. So, people did. Then these companies quit making a color and forced us to buy a different color if we wanted something new. Obviously, corporations brainwashing us with advertising and availability of products makes us hate the old and have to have the new. It’s crazy. I have a passionate love for Avocado. If it were available, even for a price (maybe not 1300 for a sink) I would buy new stuff because I think it’s beautifull. But I am forced to buy white, black, bisquit (which is better) and stainless steel, yuck! I hope more colors become available to the average person in my lifetime again. I am ready for it. Alright, I’m done.

  14. Alison Schmidt says

    I don’t know about your monitors, but I grew up w/ Harvest Gold and Avocado green appliances and these colors are much purer and more clear. If you’ve done any color mixing, you know that gold has lots of red, brown, and black added to it. This yellow has a cool base with blue and maybe a touch of black in it. I love them, but way out of my price range!

  15. Lisa AF says

    Does anyone know if these have been discontinued? The models are available on the Kohler site but these funky colors are not. I’ve found a very limited selection on other sites (e.g., Amazon, among others).

    • Jess says

      Kohler’s site says ‘limited quantities’ in the 2012 press release so yes, I think they are discontinued. So sad, I just found these and would really like one. I found a green Whitehaven at a reseller but I don’t know about that style in my mid-mod kitchen, it looks kinda modern farmhouse-y to me. I really love the colors though. Sigh.

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