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, unveiled a series of brilliant stone and crystal handle options for the elegant designs by Michael S Smith For Town collection. Unveiled at the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, the extraordinary lavatory faucet, tub fillers and showers feature cross handles set with hand-carved, semi-precious stones and French crystal hand-polished to bring out the stone's brilliance.

The Michael S Smith For Town collection, one of the three collections Smith has designed exclusively for Kallista, was launched to wide acclaim in 2000. Smith gained his inspiration for the collection from the classic elegance of 1930s Park Avenue apartments. Evoking the spirit of vintage bathrooms, this collection mixes a universally timeless look and a familiarity in design that speaks to its traditional roots.

"The bath has become a central part of people's lives," said Smith. "The rooms are becoming more romantic and soothing, a place to escape from the everyday world. Inspired by the golden age of American and European architecture, the For Town handles create a new type of luxury in bathroom design. Crafted like fine jewelry, semi-precious stones and French crystal are set in silver and nickel, giving the faucets a magical, lyrical quality reminiscent of the grandeur of 1920s and 1930s design."

The stones and crystal are hand carved and polished by artisans and range from Black Obsidian, a glass with impenetrable depth produced when volcanic lava cools; Wyoming Jade, a medium dark green stone its rich color mottled in black; and, French Crystal, a pure, faceted crystal produced in France and stamped with proof of authenticity.

Set within For Town hardware designs in a choice of Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver or Brushed Nickel, the finished stone imparts dazzling warmth, its polished facets catching and reflecting surrounding light and lending a touch of jewelry to these classic designs. The jeweled accompaniments are offered on For Town wall and deck mount bath sets, basin sets, pressure balance, thermostatic, and wall shower valves, bidet sets, and its basin and toilet accessories.

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 For Town collection or other KALLISTA products, please visit the Kallista Web site at or by calling 888-4-KALLISTA.

Michael S Smith - For Town Collection