Chicago, Illinois, USA
Morad Ghassemian from MG Design Group and George Knoll from KUL Refreshment present a new twist on home refreshment, combining previously separate appliances into a single source.
In addition to built-in water filtration, the KUL Refreshment Center provides ice cold drinking water–either plain or sparkling and instant hot water.
Effectively, KUL replaces the following items in a kitchen – water filter, cold water source, soda water machine, and electric hot water kettle.
The project has been awarded a 2021 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies for its design and recycled quality.
KUL has other unique features for the home user, based on a software platform and Touch Display that digitally controls all operations of the appliance, such as the parental controls to keep little hands safe, temperature control of cold and hot water, sleep Mode, and Vacation Mode for energy-savings and built-in diagnostics and solid-state controls for operation.
At the same time, it works with a touch Display with intuitive GUI, 12+ languages, metric and USA display, plug-and-Play Setup for easy installation, and finally usage-based reminders for filter and CO2 change.
KUL’s water filtration technology is second to none – effectively reducing 80+ contaminants, including PFOS, PFOA, asbestos, arsenic, and even pharmaceuticals.
Another innovation with KUL is the use of a refillable reservoir “SideKick” giving users the choice of (1) a plumbed connection or, (2) using SideKick, the freedom to locate the appliance in other rooms within their home environment where plumbing may be an issue.
More importantly, KUL’s mission is to replace plastic water bottles and we are a strong advocate for environmental responsibility.
Project: KUL Refreshment Center
Designers: MG Design Group
Manufacturer: KUL Refreshment Inc.