Robin Richter
Kohler Co. Interiors
Public Relations
(920) 457-4441 ext. 72340


May 2007


KOHLER, Wis. (May 7, 2007) - Kallista, a leading provider of luxury plumbing products, introduced three faucets and a White lacquer finish to its highly successful Vir Stil collection, at the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. Designed by multi-disciplinary designer, Laura Kirar, these additions include a single control lavatory faucet and a single control vessel faucet, expanding on the collection's extensive bathroom category, and a pull-down kitchen faucet, joining one other faucet in the collection and the first of its kind offered by Kallista.

Kirar approached her designs for Kallista as she approaches any project, drawing from her professional and personal experiences and inspirations to build a livable collection filled with universal appeal and signature pieces of iconic stature. "These pieces express the things I love - perfection of line, beauty of material and superior craftsmanship," said Kirar.

Her inspiration is based primarily in late 19th and early 20th century design, as well as period fashion, architecture, music, fine art, philosophy and culture. "As an artist, I am drawn to clean simple shapes, uniformity and proportion," continued Kirar. "I am devoted to the quiet beauty of forms from the Vienna secessionists, Weiner Werkstatte, and the classicism of the city's Ringstrasse architecture."

The Vir Stil collection of kitchen and bath products was introduced to wide acclaim in 2005. Striving for authenticity and comfort, no area was left to chance, from the selection of materials and finishes to its impeccable craftsmanship and unsurpassed excellence in performance and technological advantage.

The designs encompass a lifestyle collection of kitchen and bath products, offering bath and shower faucets, console and pedestal lavatories and complementing faucets, two vanities, two mirrors, a bath cart, and a range of bath accessories and lighting. "It is my hope that the simple elegance of the collection reveals itself over time," concluded Kirar.

The new single control lavatory and vessel faucets reflect Kirar's love of classic form with a unique single-handle design that provides easy water temperature control and an expressive, aesthetically appealing silhouette. Offered in two elegant lengths, the sleekly curved spout terminates to a simple fluted detail. The fluting also decorates its base and single lever handle. Its quality construction and simplified installation ensures reliable performance. Offered in four finishes, Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel and Bronze, the faucets are expertly finished to resist scratching, corrosion and tarnishing.

Laura Kirar Vir Stil Collection Faucet Laura Kirar Vir Stil Collection Pull-down Faucet Reflecting the same sleek design elements, Kallista also introduced a pull-down faucet to its Vir Stil collection. Incorporating the high standards of performance required in kitchen faucet design, this latest faucet by Kallista is the first to offer patented Kohler technology with single hand flexibility in its spraying options with exceptional mobility and ease of cleaning. A braided nylon hose affords smooth, quiet tangle-free operation. The sprayface resists calcium build-up, making cleaning simple and easy. The pull-down faucet is offered in three finishes, Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver and Brushed Nickel, and is expertly finished to resist scratching, corrosion and tarnishing.

Lastly, Kallista unveiled a pure White lacquer finish to complement the deeper Walnut wood finish currently offered exclusively on the Vir Stil furniture and accessories. The lacquer finish expands the design applications of the vanity for more modern interiors. The depth and clarity of the white is achieved by first applying repeated layers of colored lacquer. Transparent top coats are then individually applied, each layer leveled and sanded and allowed to completely dry before adding the next coat resulting in a soft, lustrous effect.

Kallista is known for its design 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. Kallista is a part of the Kohler Interiors Group family of brands, that includes Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Inc., Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms and Baker Stores, and The McGuire Furniture Company.

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.

For more information on the Vir Stil collection or other KALLISTA products, please visit the Kallista Web site at or by calling 888-4-KALLISTA.

Laura Kirar Vir Stil Collection Pull-down Faucet