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PRESS RELEASE

April 2013

KALLISTA INTRODUCES NEW SHOWERING DESIGNS, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO VIR STIL® AND VIR STIL® MINIMAL BY LAURA KIRAR

KOHLER, Wis. (April 19, 2013) – Kallista, leading provider of decorative plumbing products, extends the Vir Stil and Vir Stil Minimal collections by Laura Kirar with a Multi-Function Showerhead and by upgrading its popular raindome with air-induced technology. Vir Stil and Vir Stil Minimal encompass a lifestyle collection of kitchen and bath products. All designed by multi-disciplinary designer, Laura Kirar, the addition of the Multi-Function Showerhead and Raindomes add fashionable and practical alternatives for the bathroom.

 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. The Vir Stil and Vir Stil Minimal collection of kitchen and bath products continues to evolve with timeless forms inspired by late 19th and early 20th century design.

Kirar's product designs often have special functional elements that appear first as decorative details. Some of these reveal themselves over time. "I believe we cannot completely discard the past as our history is the answer to why we experience this moment and gives clues as to where we will be in the future,” explained Kirar. “That kind of thoughtful design never goes out of fashion. The effect of the human hand in the construction of this collection and the pure materials complements both modern interiors and interiors that incorporate decoration and antiques.”

Vir Stil Multi-Function Showerhead

The Vir Stil Multi-Function Showerhead is a refined silhouette with a vertical ribbed detail breaking the smooth surface of the base in textural relief. Constructed from solid brass and boasting the latest in Kallista technology, the Multi-Function Showerhead offers three core sprays and two mix spray options.

The intuitive spray design allows the tempo of the spray to be shifted easily with a simple turn of small levers on the showerhead’s face. The large, optimized sprayface is constructed to resist hard water build-up and assure easy maintenance and is offered in four finishes: Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel or Bronze With a maximum flow rate of 2.0 gpm, the Vir Stil Multi-Function Showerhead is WaterSense® listed, and meets Environmental Protection Agency criteria. Whether choosing the steady, gently massaging pulse spray, wide-coverage, relaxing spray; or, the soft, aerated spray – or utilizing the mixed spray options – a personalized showering experience awaits.

Vir Stil Exposed Thermostatic Shower Set

Fluted detailing and uncompromising engineering, the new Vir Stil Exposed Thermostatic Shower Set is a statement to Kallista’s ability to marry intricate form with superb functionality. The shower set easily adapts to its environment by integrating the valve into the shower column versus behind the wall, eliminating the need for renovations; while providing a spa-like experience with the multiple components standard to the design. The integrated handshower bracket eliminates the need of an additional wall bracket for a clean silhouette. The raindome is engineered to release a lush cascade of water; each drop plumped through Kallista patented air-induction technology. The diverter is conveniently at the ready for a smooth pull-and-twist toggling between the raindome and the handshower. Kallista offers a choice of cross or lever handles in four finishes: Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel and Bronze, for a customized touch.

Vir Stil and Vir Stil Minimal Raindomes

The new Vir Stil and Vir Stil Minimal Raindomes offer the same enhanced features, while giving consumers a choice between the fluted designs of Vir Stil or the understated industrial chic of Vir Stil Minimal. The raindomes have been increased to an optimized 10-inch diameter sprayface with a patented air-induction technology that plumps up each drop for a dense, enveloping spray. An air intake system was developed to operate quietly and is discreetly built into the body of the raindome so as not to compromise the overall design aesthetic. Customers have a choice of 3-inch, 6-inch and 12-inch ceiling-mount shower arms or a wall-mount shower arm to speak to personal taste. The raindomes are available in four finishes: Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, and Bronze

Kallista is known for its designs of decorative 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 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, McGuire Furniture Company, and Mark David hospitality designs.

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 manufacturer 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 the Vir Stil or Vir Stil Minimal Collection, or any of the wide range of KALLISTA products, consumers can visit www.kallista.com.

Vir Stil Multi-Function Showerhead

Vir Stil Shower Column

Vir Stil Raindome

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