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PRESS RELEASE

January 2003

THE FOR LOFT COLLECTION BY MICHAEL S SMITH

Kallista expands its popular industrial-inspired collection with new pieces for the bath and powder room

KOHLER, Wis. – Subtle touches of industry and warmed up notions of classic minimalism strike a harmonious balance in Michael Smith's newly designed line for Kallista: the For Loft Collection. Originally introduced to wide acclaim with a range of kitchen fixtures, Kallista now adds new, stylish bath components to the For Loft offering that include a pedestal lavatory, toilet and mirrored cabinet.

Much of For Loft's appeal lies in its totally utilitarian design approach, which provides optimal functionality while also embracing classic style. "The For Loft Collection provides homeowners with refined, utilitarian fixtures that blend beautifully into many of today's contemporary environments," said designer Michael Smith. "However, the soft, rounded appearance of the pieces in the collection embrace a romanticized industrial look and provide a warmer alternative to the often more traditional minimalist inspired fixtures currently available in the market."

It is quite easy to envision components of For Loft blending perfectly into industrial, loft-like apartments and homes. Although the collection lends itself to contemporary-styled environments, its fresh design aesthetics and functionality appeal to homeowners who desire a more simplified décor but do not want fixtures that are harsh or extreme in their design.

Fixtures for the Bath
The For Loft Collection expands in 2003 to include a pedestal lavatory and toilet. Keeping with the industrial ambiance of the collection, the For Loft pedestal lavatory and toilet boast strong architectural design lines throughout the pieces. The pedestal lavatory has a generous surface space, perfect for toiletries, and offers a complete look when pared with the For Loft widespread basin set, available in several lustrous finishes. Both the pedestal lavatory and toilet are offered in Stucco White and Linen.

Mirrored Lighted Medicine Cabinet
Another 2003 introduction, the For Loft mirrored lighted medicine cabinet provides the perfect industrial, finishing touch to the bath or powder room. Complete with side light panels whose design harks back to the classic factory panes of the Industrial Revolution, the For Loft cabinet provides optimal storage solutions for bath and powder room spaces. Mirrored interiors and adjustable glass shelves make this cabinet highly functional and it is available in Chrome, Nickel Silver and Brushed Nickel.

Kitchen Island with Pot Rack
The crown jewel of the collection is a full-size, kitchen island with adjustable poles reaching all the way to the ceiling. In addition to its very simplified design, this eye-catching component of the collection offers a striking focal point to any room, especially in apartments and homes with very open layouts. A smooth, carrara marble countertop surrounds an oversized, undercounter mounted fireclay kitchen sink. Offered in Stucco White and Linen, the 40" X 19" X 10" basin is offered with a grooved drainboard on the left for drying dishes or simply as a large, spacious basin without a drainboard. Beneath the marble countertop, two large drawers and several maple storage boxes within these compartments provide ample room for cooking utensils and dishes. Directly beneath the countertop a generous maple grate provides additional storage for large pots and other kitchen items.

Not just for architectural flair, the metal frame structure of the For Loft island becomes an instant storage rack when metal hooks are attached to hang pots and pans. The metal frame structure of the For Loft kitchen island is offered in both chrome and brushed nickel finishes.

Bath and Kitchen Faucetry
Offering several rich, beautiful finishes, the For Loft faucets for kitchen and bath reflect a clean, sleek appearance and provide functionality that blends well into many environments. Three handle options – lever, cross and wristblade – allow homeowners and designers the opportunity to diversify and use different handle styles in the bathroom and the kitchen while also maintaining a consistent look and feel throughout the home. For Loft faucetry is offered in chrome, nickel silver and brushed nickel finishes. Faucets within the collection include a kitchen faucet, widespread basin set, deck bath set with handshower, pressure balance valve, thermostatic valve, showerhead and wall-mounted bath set.

Sconce, Mirror & Accessories
Offering touches of industrial influence, the For Loft sconces feature sleek, narrow cylinders with metallic banding along the top and bottom edges. Available in chrome, nickel silver and brushed nickel finishes, the incandescent sconces provide distinct style while also providing adequate lighting for frequent grooming activities.

The For Loft mirror is framed in clean, beveled edges and with a generous height of 38" and width of 22", provides a large reflection area for grooming.

The For Loft Collection features coordinating accessories that include a toilet tissue holder, robe hook and towel bars. Accessories are available in chrome, nickel silver and brushed nickel finishes.

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.

Michael S. Smith For Loft Collection

Michael S. Smith For Loft Collection

For Loft Fixtures for the Bath

For Loft Mirrored Lighted Medicine Cabinet

For Loft Kitchen Island with Pot Rack

For Loft Bath and Kitchen Faucetry

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