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PRESS RELEASE

May 1998

KALLISTA PARTNERS WITH BACCARAT TO CREATE AN ELEGANT COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFUL BAMBOUS CRYSTAL FAUCETS

Kallista, Inc., a leader in decorative plumbing design, together with Baccarat, the finest manufacturer of crystal in the world, introduce the luxurious Baccarat Bambous Faucets for the Decorative Kallista Collection.

The new line showcases Baccarat's signature Bambous design on a crystal knob for an exquisite faucet design. The crystal, which is available in three brilliant colors -- Clear, Red and Cobalt Blue -- coupled with the faucet, serve as jewelry for any decorative bath setting.

"Baccarat's Bambous continues to be one of the company's oldest and most popular designs because of its exceptional reflective qualities," says Jean-Luc Negre, president of Baccarat, Inc. "This rolling, undulating design allows the crystal to gather light and create a scintillating display."

The Bambous swirl has been a featured design of the company since its earliest days of hand-crafting traditional crystalware. Baccarat continues to include the Bambous design in its luxury crystal products which include perfume bottles, decorative toilet accessories, lighting fixtures, bowls and vases.

"The crystal's rolling, wave-like design is the perfect complement to the faucets, which also feature a round shape and smooth feel," says Christopher Lohmann, general manager-Kallista. "The crystal knobs evoke the graceful movement of the faucet."

Baccarat has long been known for creating extraordinary colors and using the finest techniques in crafting crystalware. Its manufacturing process allows for no deviations from perfection in terms of overall color and shape. The awesome reflective qualities of the Clear crystal knob disguise the faucet's interior metal fittings. Clear crystal is brilliant, soft and inviting; while the Red crystal knob is rich and vivid. Red crystal is the result of adding gold to the mixture to create an intense color with amazing depth. The Cobalt Blue crystal knob is strong and masculine and includes actual cobalt mineral remnants in its mixture.

The faucets reflect classic styling and are smoothly sculpted. A gradual sloping spout grows from a round metal base, and its shape is identical to the crystal knobs which support the traditionally designed cross handles. Another distinguishable design element shared by the metal base and crystal knobs is the layered tiers at each of their bases. Homeowners can choose one of four pristine finishes for these faucets -- Sterling Silver, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel and Gold. The Baccarat Bambous faucets are also NSF-complaint.

In addition to these lavish crystal knob faucets, the Baccarat Collection for Kallista offers an assortment of beautiful bath accessories -- a Clear crystal tumbler, tumbler holder, towel ring and toilet tissue holder. Each accessory is exquisitely accented with a Bambous crystal knob in Clear, Red or Cobalt Blue and is available in Sterling Silver, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel and Gold finishes.

Baccarat crystal is sold in 85 countries and accounts for 48 percent of French handmade crystal exports. All of the company's 10,000 products -- including majestic chandeliers, sophisticated lamps and candelabras, distinctive vases and bowls, and other decorative and stemware products -- are made in the Baccarat, France, factory where 900 skilled craftspeople adhere to the same standards of excellence that have been Baccarat's hallmark for more than 230 years.

In a continuing effort to create collections never before imagined in the luxury plumbing market to reflect the distinct lifestyles of high-end consumers, Kallista takes a leadership role by forging exclusive partnerships with widely acclaimed designers and prestigious companies equally committed to creating products of superb taste and enduring value. Decorative Kallista is the ultimate in luxury for the kitchen and bath -- products dedicated to craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail. According to Lohmann, "Our partners in this effort share our unique commitment to beauty and elegance."

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 elegant 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 website at http://www.kallistainc.com.

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