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PRESS RELEASE

May 1998

BARBARA BARRY PARTNERS WITH KALLISTA TO DESIGN A POWDER ROOM COLLECTION OF SIMPLE ELEGANCE

Kallista, Inc., a leader in decorative plumbing design, debuts an exclusive collection of sleek and graceful products for the powder room by widely acclaimed designer Barbara Barry.

Clean and refined, the Barbara Barry Collection for Kallista is a sensual arrangement of bath products that recalls an earlier era of classical elegance with a modern sensibility. Barry describes her designs as transitional -- able to work within contemporary or traditional environments. They have been praised for their pure lines, exquisite beauty and versatility.

"Barbara has designed a clean, bold and distinctive collection," says Christopher Lohmann, general manager-Kallista. "She has taken traditional designs and created something that is comfortable, simplistic and elegant. Her collection is an instant classic."

The initial offerings in the Barbara Barry Collection include a uniquely designed undercounter lavatory and sensually styled faucet, a mahogany Baker Furniture vanity and mirror, and beautiful bath accessories in two genuine metal finishes. Barry's collection for Kallista will continue to evolve over time.

The powder room has long been revered as the most personal of settings within the home. With that in mind, Barry's designs reflect the personality and style of their owner; they are imaginative, fresh and inviting. Each piece, while making a statement of its own, works in graceful harmony.

The signature elements of the lavatory faucet are its simple lines, subtlety of form, and a deliberate, smooth feel. Barry has taken traditional shapes and refined them into a refreshing design that relies on luxurious simplicity in form underscored by an interplay between clean lines and gentle curves.

The base design for the faucet spout and handles is identical; it is the focal point of the whole design at which the spout and the handles seem to grow. Generously proportioned, the square base features an upward taper that gradually curves inward. The ovoid-shaped handles curve outward and are accented with distinct lines.

The faucet is available with either lever or cross handles. Customers have their choice between Nickel Silver and Brushed Nickel finishes and handles accented with mahogany inserts. The faucet is constructed of high-quality materials and is NSF-compliant.

Cleverly designed, the undercounter lavatory also relies on subtlety of form with its unique, classic shape that creates an identity all its own. Featuring a truncated-oval shape coupled with generous depth, the lavatory creates another layer of interest that is aesthetically pleasing. An additional distinguishing characteristic is its grand, yet subtle, "x" patterned-bevel across the bottom of the basin. The lavatory is available to customers in two gradations of white -- Stucco White and Linen.

Barry describes the Baker Furniture vanity as a classic mahogany cabinet. She believes that the powder room is just that..."a room," and furniture is much more attractive than a built-in cabinet or vanity. The raised ribbing on the bow-front cabinet doors collects the light and delights the eye. The vanity sits upon four curved, tapering legs, and its diminutive size makes it perfect for the powder room setting.

A mahogany mirror is well-constructed with subtle detail and is visually compatible with all other elements in the powder room. Both the vanity and mirror come in Baker's Java finish. Customers have come to distinguish this dark, coffee shade as the color of preference for Barry's entire Baker Furniture line. The vanity's counter material is provided by the customer.

The bath accessories -- towel bar and toilet tissue holder -- are beautifully crafted and well-made. Their streamlined forms make them easy to use. Solid and serene, the accessories are understated, warm and timeless. They are available in Nickel Silver and Brushed Nickel finishes.

"I like things that are beautiful to the eye and feel good in the hand," says Barry. "This powder room collection is timeless, because the products all have classic proportions; evoking history -- but not nostalgic -- designed for today."

Kallista manufactures and distributes products of exceptional quality and design for the kitchen and bath arranged into four luxurious collections -- Kallista, Retro Kallista, Decorative Kallista and Barbara Barry. These exquisite products are available in fine showrooms in major cities throughout the world. For more information on Kallista's kitchen and bath products or to obtain sales literature, consumers may call 1-888-4-KALLISTA or visit the Kallista web site at http://www.kallistainc.com.

Barbara Barry Collection