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PRESS RELEASE

January 2002

THE FOR COUNTRY COLLECTION BY MICHAEL S. SMITH

KOHLER, Wis. - Drawing design inspiration from the rich heritage of America's colonial roots, Michael S. Smith creates a timeless classic with the For Country Collection - a new bathroom line designed exclusively for Kallista. The traditionally designed bath collection seeks to answer consumer need for relaxed, classically designed fixtures that take their cue from the timeless and enduring handcrafted silver pieces of Colonial America. Although the collection embraces vintage design, For Country has been developed using 21st century technology, thus providing bath fixtures that work efficiently for today's homes. "The For Country Collection is steeped in 18th century tradition and thus its design is especially American looking and appropriate for country-styled homes," said Smith.

The For Country Collection has many sculptural details and a romantic, nostalgic appeal. "For Country uses the beauty of quality materials in a noble way that makes them intimately connected to the historic design and aesthetics of a bygone era," explained Smith. For example, perhaps the piece that best reflects the inspiration behind the collection is the lavatory faucet, whose design is most clearly derived from historical silver colonial tankards. The pieces are crafted from materials that make them amicable for a variety of settings and whose historic design has been refreshed to create an instant American classic.

Vanity with Lavatory Faucet Set
A gorgeous wood vanity is an elegant component of the For Country Collection. The vanity features an undermount, vitreous china basin with three elegant marble choices for the top including purest white, carrera marble or rich green terrazzo. The lavatory faucet set, whose design inspiration is borrowed from traditional silver pieces, is a beautiful, timeless faucet that complements various home décor environments. The beautifully rounded edges of the faucet handles resemble traditional silverware, a design theme carried throughout the collection. The basin set comes in several finishes that include chrome, nickel silver, brushed nickel, antique silver or sterling silver.

Console Table with Mirror
The terrazzo console top presents an elegant backdrop for the For Country Collection lavatory faucet set. The top is positioned on top of a set of solid brass legs that reveal elegant curves and sculptural detail. The legs are available in several finishes that include chrome, nickel silver, brushed nickel, antique silver and sterling silver. Complementing the console table is an elegantly framed solid mahogany mirror that measures two inches wide and is available in a rich, classic brown finish.

Bathtub and Deck Faucet Set
The wood surround of the For Country bathtub demonstrates that the elegant design of traditionally inspired home furniture can be successfully integrated into the bathroom. The beautiful grain and carved panels of the wood bath surround provide a striking focal point to the room. The surround features a marble top and deck mounted, bath faucet set. The faucet set includes a handshower with ceramic handle options, bath spout and lever handles featuring sculptured, curved lines. The bath faucet set comes in the same finishes as the lavatory faucet set.

Custom Shower Components
The shower components of the For Country Collection allow one to create a custom shower environment that will rejuvenate the spirit and add timeless beauty to the bath. The components include a showerhead, thermostatic valve, faucet set and pressure balance valve. The pressure balance valve features beautifully scripted letters indicating hot and cold along the dial and are reminiscent of script fashioned by colonial printer presses of long ago. The striking handle carries the traditional silverware-inspired design found throughout For Country, thus tying the entire bathroom collection together.

The For Country Collection features additional components that include a toilet, toilet tissue holder, robe hook, towel bar and wall sconces. Accessories are available in numerous finishes that include chrome, nickel silver, brushed nickel, antique silver and sterling silver.

For additional information regarding For Country and other Kallista products, consumers may call 1-888-4-KALLISTA, or access the Kallista Web site at KALLISTA.com.

Kallista manufactures products of exceptional quality and design for the kitchen and bathroom under four distinct collections - Michael S. Smith, Barbara Barry, Retro Kallista and Decorative Kallista. These exquisitely designed products are available in fine showrooms in major cities throughout the world.

Based in Kohler, Wis., the company is a division of Kohler Co., a world leader in kitchen and bathroom products.

For Country Collection For Country Collection

For Country Vanity with Lavatory Faucet Set For Country Vanity with Lavatory Faucet Set

For Country Console Table with Mirror For Country Console Table with Mirror

For Country Bathtub and Deck Faucet Set For Country Bathtub and Deck Faucet Set

For Country Custom Shower Components For Country Custom Shower Components