KALLISTA EXPANDS THE LAURA KIRAR VIR STIL™ COLLECTION WITH ESSENTIAL NEW PIECES
KOHLER, Wis. – April 21, 2006 – Kallista, a leading brand of grand luxury plumbing products, presents several exquisite additions to the Vir Stil collection designed by New York designer Laura Kirar.
Kitchen Faucet and Minimal Faucet Collection
The elegant proportions of the avant-garde, single-handle kitchen faucet available with matching side spray and soap and lotion dispenser advance kitchen décor with a refreshingly clean aesthetic. The fluted detail combined with graceful lines add visual warmth to this highly functional design. The Vir Stil kitchen faucet is available in three finishes: Polished Nickel, Brushed Nickel and Chrome.
Offering an undecorated interpretation of the original fluted design, Kallista also launches a seamless, non-fluted style option available in the entire Vir Stil bathroom faucet collection. The new Minimal faucet collection as well as the original bathroom design are available in the same three finishes as the kitchen faucet as well as Bronze.
1.5 Vanity and Mirror
Increased functionality and easier maneuverability are achieved with the new oversized Vir Stil 1.5 vanity. Included in this piece are side-by-side front double doors, an interior shelf, two interior pull-out drawers, three vertically stacked swivel drawers and a smooth vanity top that provides a large workspace. The black walnut veneer is consistent throughout the piece even into the sliding interior drawers.
The vanity is available with the original Grigio limestone top or the new and rare Calacatta Borghini marble top, quarried in Italy – a material of rich, warm hues. The juxtaposition of Calacatta Borghini and black walnut creates a vivid expression in the bath.
Console Lavatory and Bath Cart
Perfect for a powder room, guest bath or small urban bathroom, the Vir Stil console lavatory epitomizes minimalist expression of form and function, enhancing the fundamental aesthetic qualities of the line. The console with an integrated towel bar makes efficient use of space. It is available in either Grigio Limestone or Calacatta Borghini with legs in any of the four standard finishes: Polished Nickel, Brushed Nickel, Chrome and Bronze. The innovative new Vir Stil bath cart provides an efficient, flexible and visually stunning storage solution. Crafted of plated brass and the same black walnut veneer as the vanity, the cart includes an open storage shelf, a set of enclosed drawers and a working surface.
The complete Vir Stil Collection for Kallista includes a smaller vanity, basin set, deck-mount or wall-mount basin and bath faucets in lever and cross handle styles as well as decorative bath accessories. Vir Stil faucets for the shower include the ceiling shower dome, deck-mount handshower, showerhead, wall-mount handshower and bodyspray.
Drawing inspiration from a variety of historical time periods ranging from the Bauhaus to the Danish Modern and even Japanese design, Kirar’s minimalist yet refined style with great attention to detail is apparent in every new piece of the collection.
"Vir Stil creates a new perception of beauty, challenging common beliefs that decorative embellishments parallel the value of a piece. The subtle converging elements of Vir Stil alert the senses to the charm of the natural materials and earthy textures it contains," says Kirar.
The selected colors and textures combined with the subtle details create a serene space with quiet proportions, evoking a sense of age and comfort that will evolve over time. Kirar adds, "It is my hope that the simple elegance of the collection reveals itself over time. The person living with the pieces will discover subtle details the longer he or she lives with it."
Laura Kirar is the creative director of her own multi-disciplinary design firm TRU, based in New York City with an extensive client portfolio including Baker Furniture, a sister company of Kallista within the Kohler family of businesses. In March 2006, Kirar introduced a refined and dramatic collection of home interiors including 14 living room, dining room and occasional pieces for McGuire Furniture Company, also part of the Kohler family of businesses.
For additional information regarding the Laura Kirar Vir Stil Collection and other KALLISTA products, consumers may access the Kallista Web site at KALLISTA.com or call toll-free at 1-888-4-KALLISTA (1-888-452-5547).
Kallista is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of luxury plumbing products, offering faucets and fixtures thoughtfully created for tasteful whole-bath solutions. Kallista is available in fine showrooms in major cities throughout the world. Along with Ann Sacks, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., which includes Baker furniture, McGuire Furniture Company, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms, and Baker Stores, it is part of the Kohler Interiors Group and a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.