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When Vietnam liberalized trade, a multitude of enterprises and multi-national companies from around the world came in and adapted to the Vietnamese culture. Simultaneously, these companies also shared their own values, through product design and services. Globalization helped pave the way for products from various countries to cross borders and gain access to consumers the world over. The achievements of these companies are monitored and recognized by Fast Company.

What is Fast Company?

Fast Company is the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on technological innovation, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company magazine and fastcompany.com inspire readers and netizens to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations and create the future of business.

Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding outdated convention, Fast Company set out to chronicle how leading companies function, in order to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are shaping the future and reinventing business.

Co.Design is Fast Company's daily blog, which explores of the intersection of business and design, from architecture to electronics, consumer products to fashion. Controversies within the world of business are analyzed here, as well as famous designers speaking their minds in posts and comments"”and plenty of sensational photography of the latest products.

KOHLER recognized as Iconic company

Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, received high praise in Fast Company magazine's 2011 issue dedicated to design. "The United States of Design" feature, which highlights the movers and shakers bringing American design to the global forefront, says aesthetes who once dismissed American design as second-rate, in comparison to their European counterparts, are now taking note of what's happening on the other side of the pond.

Kohler Co., noted in the article for its "fixtures that make the loo worth the visit," was the only plumbing manufacturer recognized among Fast Company's list of 30 design strongholds in corporate America and was one of 11 brands to earn a spot in the Icon category. Others icons include Apple, Nike, Starbucks, and OXO; additional brands were categorized as sleepers (The Container Store, McDonald's) or newcomers (Tesla, Gilt Group).

Kohler's guiding principles of living on the leading edge of design innovation has been underscored over the years by many groundbreaking product launches, such as the Karbon articulating kitchen faucet or the Numi toilet"”a business approach applied in the Kitchen and Bath Group and throughout the diverse company's other divisions, which focus on the furniture, hospitality and power industries.

About Kohler

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generating systems, tile and home furnishings. Additionally, Kohler manages international resorts known for their award-winning hospitality and world-class golf courses . For more information about Kohler in Vietnam, please contact 08 37 444 399 or access website: www.kohlervn.com

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