A New Age in Bath Design has arrived with KALLISTA Grid
KOHLER, Wis. (January 9, 2018) – KALLISTA, a leading designer and provider of luxury kitchen and bath products, unveiled the Grid Collection at KBIS 2018 a series that celebrates the KALLISTA ideal to Live Artfully captured in an altogether new and unexpected way. The Grid Collection will be available beginning in Summer 2018.
Grid pays homage to the architects, designers, and artists that stepped away from 19th century design norms setting off an artistic revolution that literally took the world by storm. It was this shift from ornamentation and pomp to spare, restrained form that began a new genre in design – one that continued to grow throughout the mid-20th century and remains one of the most significant chapters in the history of design. KALLISTA has produced an archetype that is testament to the clean, minimalist forms that rose to prominence with the advent of the De Stijl movement and its shift from excessive decoration to employing the principles of geometry to create precise works of art. These principles of form, function, and scale are equally represented with the new Grid collection, which currently boasts a sink faucet executed using 3D print technology, wall-hung console, lighting and accessories.
“Intrigued by the fundamentals found in the De Stijl movement and how it embraced the de-massing of a design has always sparked my imagination as to how it all comes together,” explained Bill McKeone, Design Studio Manager, KALLISTA. “The same curiosity is behind my work on the Grid spout design, which became a reality through 3D technology. I was challenged to design the ideal faucet. What makes it work? As a designer, the challenges that Grid created led me to see things through a different lens and explore the possibilities. I could not be more pleased with the result.”
KALLISTA partnered with 3D Systems, a pioneer in the additive manufacturing industry that began with the invention of 3D printing in 1983 by founder Chuck Hull, and the subsequent formation of 3D Systems in 1986. One of the many innovative products by 3D Systems was Direct Metal Printing (DMP), which takes the metal additive process to a new level of accuracy and speedier part production. By using DMP, KALLISTA was able to create Grid’s intricate form and also meet the exacting standards and required timely execution to compete and meet industry demands. The process enables the production of metal parts without tools and with significantly reduced waste resulting in a product with a high rate of accuracy and output.This boutique collection resonates with tailored elegance and harnesses the visual impact negative space can command by stripping away the confines of traditional design elements to expose the intrinsic beauty of simple, geometric form. Grid has become the latest star within the KALLISTA portfolio, pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge bath design.
The KALLISTA Grid sink faucet is the very first of its kind within the vast Kohler family of businesses’ product portfolio. The faucet employs 3D printing, resulting in Grid’s unique design elements, which defy the standard requirements of external housing to incorporate internal components. The form is developed through a layer-by-layer process of powdered steel that is then laser fired to liquid and cooled before another layer is added until the form is complete. Through 3D printing, KALLISTA can achieve the Grid sink faucet’s open form and discreet interior channels that allow the water to flow easily through the base. The Grid sink faucet comes standard with the KALLISTA soft touch drain, is fitted with quarter-turn washerless ceramic disc valves for seamless operation, and provides an environmentally sound 1.2 gallon minimum/maximum water flow rate.
The Grid sink faucet is paired with the graphic Cube handles, understated perfect open squares that are scaled appropriately to comfortably conform to the hand. The design is created by employing the investment cast process, a technique that begins with a wax mold in which metal is poured and cast creating a prototype to masterfully recreate intricate designs with the type of repetitive precision difficult to achieve with such accuracy and exacting replication.
KALLISTA Matte Black
KALLISTA is introducing a chic Matte Black finish – a statement-making shade that alone can take center stage within a room or create a neutral backdrop to support larger interior design statements. Currently exclusive to the Grid Collection, Matte Black is a powder-coated finish that has been renowned within the high-end outdoor furniture industry due to its resilience and durability against the elements that naturally break standard finishes down over time. KALLISTA Matte Black is gently textured that is sensuous to the touch. Its composition provides a hardworking finish that withstands the daily rigors of use, resisting water spots and fingerprints. KALLISTA will be extending the Matte Black finish to other select collections in late 2018.
Grid Wall-Hung Console
The 27-inch Grid console lends architectural flair with an open, rectangular frame of intersecting steel members. Complementing the console is a stone top of Lana marble, its soft grey broken by cream to white veining, a perfect complement to the collection’s Matte Black finish. The console is set with a lower glass shelf to easily house towels or other accoutrements.
Grid Lighting and Accessories
Included in the Grid Collection are complementing lighting and accessories:
The linear style Grid wall sconces reflect Grid’s sophisticated design elements. The base and supporting shade frame are cast in metal and finished in KALLISTA’s signature Matte Black.
Towel bars available in 12-inch and 18-inch lengths, a robe hook and a toilet paper holder complete the collection.
About 3D Systems
3D Systems provides comprehensive 3D products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. Its ecosystem supports advanced applications from the product design shop to the factory floor to the operating room. 3D Systems’ precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments. As the originator of 3D printing and a shaper of future 3D solutions, 3D Systems has spent its 30-year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models.
More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.
KALLISTA is known for its designs 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, along with sister brands Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, Inc., and Robern mirrored cabinetry and vanities, is a division of the Kohler Co. Decorative Products Group, 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 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 Grid Collection and other KALLISTA products, consumers can visit www.kallista.com.