KALLISTA & LAURA KIRAR COLLABORATE ON PALETTA™ BRASSWARE COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTING FORM & PERSONALIZATION
KOHLER, Wis. (January 19, 2016) – KALLISTA, a leading designer and provider of kitchen and bath luxury products, once again collaborates with Laura Kirar, the noted Brooklyn-based interiors and furnishings designer, to create and introduce the geometric Paletta bath faucet and brassware collection, and Laura Kirar one-piece freestanding bath and marble console table.
Kirar, who has previously worked with KALLISTA on the popular Vir Stil bath collection, says that in creating the Paletta design, she was driven first by applying geometric motif to textures and then creating compelling finishes by hand-selecting two-tone combinations.
“The inspiration behind Paletta was to design a collection based on natural forms that would be both contemporary and timeless,” said Kirar. “Throughout all my work, balance, proportion, and thoughtful aesthetics are important in designing functional objects that transcend utility and become art. This is particularly true of this sculptural collection for Kallista."
The KALLISTA Paletta line-up includes widespread lavatory faucets, showering components and bath accessories. Paletta means a palette of options that begins with a blank canvas, and the new line reflects just that. It features a classic sculptural form and is available in two distinct versions.
The Pinna Paletta™ design best emulates Kirar’s vision of personalization by deftly marrying the original geometric form with artisan accents in matching or contrasting finishes. Patterned after a plume, the intricately carved accents are added to the end of the lift rod, the end of the spout, and to the lever ends – where users interact with the faucet the most – providing another decorative dimension with a unique tactile experience. The distinctive detailing is created by using a jewelry machine to make detailed cuts and the delicate feathered design.
Homeowners can customize their powder rooms or master baths by choosing from myriad combinations of finishes. Kirar worked closely with KALLISTA to curate five of her favorite combinations that are standard and offer immediate delivery: Polished Chrome with Polished Chrome accents, Nickel Silver with Nickel Silver accents, Nickel Silver with Antique Silver accents, Antique Bronze with Antique American Bronze accents, and Unlacquered Brass with Unlacquered Brass accents.
Special order opportunities allow customers to literally mix and match finishes with spout/handle and accents to create a stunning two-tone look that is rich in depth and expression. For a set of up to 20 unique finish combinations – such as Nickel Silver with 24K Polished Gold accents and Antique Bronze with Unlacquered Brass accents – delivery is just eight weeks. To reinforce Kirar’s drive to weave meaning into each piece she creates, and for an extended lead time, customers can choose even more creative combinations incorporating a palette of 13 different KALLISTA finishes – such as Sterling Silver, Gunmetal, Black Nickel and Matte Gold.
The Pure Paletta™ design offers a clean streamlined aesthetic to complement a décor where detail and texture are emphasized within other elements of the space or minimized altogether. They are available in standard finishes: Polished Chrome, Nickel Silver, Brushed Nickel, Antique Bronze, and Unlacquered Brass.
For both the Pinna Paletta and Pure Paletta widespread faucets, there are two spout heights available, both at a 90-degree cantilever from the neck. Chamfers along the escutcheons catch the light and feel both solid and tactile to the touch. Like the spout, the handles are round for a simple, clean design allowing for a modern but transitional statement. They feature solid brass construction, an intriguing laminar flow for a pristine water delivery without splash, and are also WaterSense® listed at 1.2 gallons per minute as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Laura Kirar one-piece freestanding bath and marble console table
To create unlimited luxury bath possibilities, Paletta brassware can be paired to stunning effect with other Laura Kirar designs for KALLISTA, including a new one-piece freestanding bath crafted in durable cast stone material and marble top console table with integral basin. The new Laura Kirar fixtures carry through the designer’s affinity for geometric design with clean lines. The console table legs mirror the Pinna Paletta design with the textured plume design element and is offered in four types of marble: Nero Marquina, Silver Wave, Calacatta Borghini and Grigio Limestone.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Laura Kirar once again,” says Adam Horwitz, General Manager of KALLISTA. “She is a true visionary. Her designs are always innovative, playful and somehow anticipate what the market is seeking. We see the Paletta collection as adding a vital new dimension to the KALLISTA line – one that delivers a real sense of personalization for our discerning customers. At the same time, we also see it melding easily with other established KALLISTA collections.”
To view the entire Paletta collection, and other KALLISTA products, visit www.KALLISTA.com.
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About Laura Kirar
Laura Kirar, the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar Design, is an internationally renowned interiors and product designer. It is her mission to foster artistic exploration in all of her endeavors and to inspire others with art, craft and design from around the globe.
Under her experienced direction, her team creates elegant, innovative interiors and product for the home, with a timeless sensibility reflecting her deep respect for craft, history and innovation. Projects ranging from high-end residences to award-winning commercial interiors, restaurants, showrooms and hotels populate the Kirar portfolio.
With a degree in sculpture and interior architecture from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Laura’s passion for artistic exploration in numerous mediums has continued to infuse her work with originality and thoughtful attention to detail. Her extensive world travels and extended time in Mexico are powerful influences on each project Kirar undertakes.
Creator, patron, collector, and connector, Laura Kirar is truly “a designer with the soul of an artist.” Since 1999, Laura Kirar’s designs have been profiled in many top print and web publications including: Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Interiors, Metropolitan Home, New York Spaces, Space, Self, Veranda, Vogue Living, Women’s Wear Daily, W, Time Magazine, Wallpaper, New York Magazine and The New York Times.
KALLISTA is known for its designs of luxury plumbing products, offering faucets and fixtures thoughtfully created for tasteful kitchen, and whole-bath solutions. KALLISTA is a division of the Kohler Interiors Group featuring a powerful portfolio of premier furnishing brands comprised under two sectors – Decorative Products and Furniture.
About 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 manufacturing 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.