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PRESS RELEASE

September 2009

KALLISTA PRESENTS RANGE OF COLLECTIONS DESIGNED WITH THE LUXURY HOSPITALITY MARKETPLACE IN MIND AT HD BOUTIQUE 2009

Kallista, a leading provider of luxury plumbing products, showcased some of its latest and most successful collections to emphasize its broad design scope and ability to meet the diverse needs of the luxury hotelier.  The collections range from its exclusive designs by world-renowned designers Michael S Smith, Barbara Barry, Laura Kirar, and Bill Sofield, as well as featuring collections from its in-house One™ Collection.

Kallista’s sophisticated lines for the kitchen and bath represent 30 years of innovative design.  Meticulously crafted from the finest materials and incorporating the very latest in engineering technology, Kallista provides a virtually limitless fashionable repertoire for the hospitality marketplace. 

Jeton™ Collection
Unveiled in 2009, the Jeton Collection designed by internationally renowned architect and designer, Bill Sofield, is his first commercial plumbing endeavor.  The collection includes a vanity with choice of two marble tops, wall- and deck-mounted basin sets and bath sets, thermostatic and pressure balance showering systems, wall- and deck-mounted handshowers, showerhead, undercounter basin, sconce, towel bar, towel ring, hook and toilet paper holder.

Sofield approached his plumbing designs as he approaches any project -- incorporating aesthetic appeal with straightforward practicality.  Using subtle juxtaposition by mixing simple form with complex detail, the collection resonates with underlying warmth and familiarity. Influenced by the classicism of early 20th century architecture, Eileen Gray and the haute couture of fashion icon Yves St. Laurent, Jeton reflects chic sensibility and sophisticated presence of line to complement traditional and contemporary interiors. 

One™ Collection
Kallista’s One collection of sophisticated kitchen and bath products and accessories offer a wide range of options and components for most conceivable plumbing configurations.  Recognizing the value of timeless design, Kallista continues to explore new avenues in bath décor to reach out to a larger audience with products that translate effectively into residential and commercial applications.  In May 2009, a console table with functional storage was introduced to help round out the collection.  Incorporating clean, fluid lines, the 24-inch wide console table accommodates even the smallest spaces.  Featuring a softly honed marble top and integral basin which sets on a simple, slightly inset plated brass frame which creates the console’s legs.  The legs are joined by an integral plated brass towel bar and optional lower glass shelf.

Inigo™ Collection
Following on the heels of his widely acclaimed earlier collections for Kallista, Michael S Smith introduced Inigo in 2008, its sensual curves and complex details inspired by the architectural aesthetic of Mediterranean design.  Smith worked closely with Kallista, taking Inigo from paper to reality in just under two years.  What resulted is an unexpected collection of intrinsic beauty and uncompromising quality.
 
Speaking to traditional or contemporary settings, the forms elevate even the most ordinary space to a luxurious escape.  Currently Inigo offers a white carrara marble console table with finish-matched metal legs, basin and bath set fitted with lever handles, wall-mount showerhead, 24-inch towel bar, towel ring, tissue holder, and robe hook.

Vir Stil Minimal™ Collection
Offering an undecorated interpretation of the original fluted design, Kallista also offers a seamless, non-fluted style option available in the entire Vir Stil bathroom faucet collection. The modern forms and clean lines of the Vir Stil collection for Kallista present an interesting contrast to the existing, more traditional Kallista offering, appealing to a large part of the community of designers and consumers who lean towards a minimal but refined design style. The inspiration for this collection references a variety of historical time periods from the Bauhaus to the Danish Modern and even Japanese design. Vir Stil Minimal basin sets are complemented by coordinating bath sets, showering components and accessories.

Tuxedo™ Collection
Originally introduced in 2005, with additions to the collection over the past four years, Tuxedo by Barbara Barry was inspired by the inherent beauty of antique sterling flatware.  The pieces reflect the understated, classic sophistication synonymous with Barry designs, with a timeless sensibility that is equally at home in modern environments or appointing a classic tile-and-marble bathroom. 

The collection includes deck-mounted basin sets and deck- and wall-mounted bath sets, showerhead, deck mounted handshower, bidet, thermostatic and pressure balance showering valves, and a choice of classic, cross and streamline metal handles, and black and linen reeded resin handles.  In 2008, a new console table with choice of two marbles, pedestal lavatory, sconce and mirror joined the collection, all appropriately scaled to accommodate the smaller footprint of an intimate power room.

Original Collection
Pure line, understated sensibility, and versatile design all come to mind when viewing the first Kallista plumbing collection by Barbara Barry.  The collection was introduced in 1998 to wide acclaim; its solid foundation built upon over the years to create one of the most comprehensive and successful Kallista lines.  Barry selected deep rich mahogany and brilliant nickel appointments for the Original Collection, two reoccurring elements in many of her designs.  This complete bath suite is a true testament to Barry’s mastery of proportion, scale and form.

The collection includes handcrafted, ribbed mahogany “For Her” vanity and “For Him” dressing table with creamy, hand-cut marble tops, and two sizes of faceted crystal pulls, and complementing sinks, basin faucets, bath sets, mirror and medicine cabinet.  Other components to the collection are cast iron tub and whirlpool, deck- and wall-mountedmounted bath sets, basin sets, cross, square and lever handle designs, shower head, handshower, thermostatic and pressure balance valve controls, two-piece toilet with deep wood seat trimmed in nickel, wall sconce, 24- and 12-inch towel bars, hook, and toilet paper holder.

Glamour™ Collection
Barbara Barry also designed the Kallista Glamour collection, a series of bathroom fixtures crafted in sparkling mirror and hand-honed black granite.  Taking her cues from the elegance of 1940s Hollywood, the forms feature soft curvaceous design lines create an air of femininity.  Ebony or Ivory resinfaucet handles and other jewelry like touches complete the air of sensual bliss.

Glamour™ includes an elegant mirrored vanity with black granite top, sumptuous bath and whirlpool, two-piece toilet with wood seat trimmed in silver, basin and deck-mounted bath sets, glazed undercounter basin, ceiling mounted showerhead, handshower, thermostatic and pressure balance valve controls, and mirrored medicine cabinet, mirror and wastebasket.
 
Offered in Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, Polished Chrome, and Gunmetal One™ offers complete bath and showering systems,.  high or low spout faucet options, wall and deck bath sets, single and multi-function handshowers, an optional 12-inch raindome and complementing wall valves.


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, which includes Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Inc., Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms and Baker Stores, The McGuire Furniture Company, and Mark David hospitality furniture.

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 additional information regarding these collections and other KALLISTA products, consumers may access the Kallista Web site at www.kallista.com or call toll-free at 888-4-KALLISTA.

 















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