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PRESS RELEASE

April 2000

DESIGNER MICHAEL SMITH RECREATES THE CLASSICS FOR KALLISTA

Kallista, a world leader in decorative plumbing design, debuts a collection of classically designed products for the bath by premier interior designer Michael S. Smith.

The Michael S. Smith Collection For Town, created exclusively for Kallista, gains inspiration from the classic elegance of a 1930s Park Avenue apartment. Evoking the spirit of those vintage bathrooms, this collection mixes a universally timeless look with hints of tradition and modernism. Smith describes the collection as, "tailored and functional with an inherent richness that makes a substantial statement."

"For Town represents timeless design," says Christopher Lohmann, general manager-Kallista. "This timelessness equates to versatility, making it ideal for today's urban environment, from lofts to luxury high rises."

The collection's versatility lies in its extreme attention to the finer details. Smith reinforces Kallista's philosophy of creating timeless designs that "take their cues from the classics of the past but are refined for today."

The collection features a reproduction of a deep, classically styled free-standing soaking tub with a raised base, handcrafted in England and offered in Croquet White. An external waste-and-overflow valve and deck-mounted bath faucet, which hearken to those from the 1930s, are available in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, Luxbrass and Chrome finishes. The bath faucet can be ordered separately for use with any bathtub and is available with deck or floor riser tubes.

The vitreous china pedestal sink and console table give the bathroom a sense of shape and airiness, while offering generous vanity space for toiletries. At 30 inches wide, the ample vanity of the pedestal sink possesses a real presence, from its softly cut corners to the geometric angles of the base. As an alternative to the pedestal style, the console table is fitted with a 36 inch-wide Carrara marble vanity top and tapered, spindled legs that embrace the look of streamlined glamour. The legs are crafted from solid brass and are available in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel and Sterling Silver finishes. The console table is completed with a vitreous china underslung basin. Both the pedestal sink and underslung basin are available in Croquet White and Linen.

A refined crown for the pedestal sink or console table is the solid-brass, wide-set faucet with cross handles, which takes its design cues from vintage faucets of the 1930s and 1940s. Manufactured in France, the faucet features a signature flat spout and hexagonal bases with decorative details that emphasize the product's geometric lines. The faucet is available in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, Luxbrass, Sterling Silver and Chrome finishes.

No bathroom sink is complete without a mirror above, and Kallista has turned to bathroom cabinetmaker Robern to custom design a beveled-glass medicine cabinet with Nick el Silver metal accents to complete the look.

The For Town custom shower and shower door fuse beautiful design and high-quality materials. The custom shower includes a showerhead, handshower, bodysprays and a thermostatic valve to ensure the right temperature every time. These products are available in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel and Luxbrass finishes. The custom-made, solid brass shower door is covered in design detail, from the faceted door handles to the frosted glass border. Available in Nickel Silver and Brushed Nickel finishes, this door has a weight and beauty second to none.

Smith's attention to design detail extends to the modernized, yet classically designed toilet. Smith has designed the bowl in a rounded rectangular form with a custom-made seat that echoes the shape of the vitreous china bowl. Manufactured in England, this 1.6 gallon toilet features a concealed trap and a rim wash, and is available in Croquet White or Linen.

True beauty lies in the details, which is evidenced through Smith's complementing accessories.

The solid-brass wall sconce is paired with an exquisite lens of hand-cut Baccarat crystal, for a glamorous lighting effect. The lens is available in clear and cobalt crystal while the sconce comes in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, Luxbrass and Sterling Silver finishes. The clean, geometric lines of the bathroom suite are echoed in a grouping of solid brass bath accessories. The towel bar, robe hook, toilet tissue holder and a toilet trip lever are available in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, Luxbrass and Chrome finishes.

All brass components for the collection are manufactured in France and all vitreous china fixtures are crafted in England or Italy.

In 2001, Kallista will introduce the next phase of the Michael S. Smith Collection for the bath, titled For Country.

Kallista manufactures products of exceptional quality and design for the kitchen and bath under three distinct collections - Kallista, Barbara Barry and Michael S. Smith. 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.

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