The Central Park West Collection Captures the Sophistication of Early 20th Century Design

For all the great architecture in New York, the buildings along Central Park West that overlook the park have something special about them. We wanted to celebrate the things that make Central Park West great – the tradition, the history, and the glamor.

– Alexander P. Lamis, partner at Robert AM Stern Architects

Life above Central Park is iconic, luxurious and typical of New York. The view of skyscrapers in all directions, the hustle and bustle of the city and the great design everywhere you look are to die for. Photos of old New Yorkers and plumbing fixtures from the early 20th century are at the center of the inspiration behind the Central Park West bathroom faucet collection. KALLISTA and the internationally renowned New York architecture and design firm Robert AM Stern Architects have worked together to bring this timeless project to life, a collection that is versatile enough for traditional or modern aesthetics and appeals to both the residential and hospitality sectors.

The heart of the Central Park West collection is without a doubt a row of faucets with distinctive design details that exude elegance and glamor from a bygone era. Perfectly proportioned with flowing lines, there are four options to choose from, including a stylized, elongated U-shaped design with low and high spout heights, an elegant gooseneck, and a slim wall-mounting style. The associated faucet nozzle is slightly oversized and has simple corrugated details. The lever handles are a work of art that creates the illusion of going through the supports, which are provided with a fluted ring, before flowing down to the stepped base. An engraved “H” and “C” on the front of each hood are the final thoughtful details.

Bathroom faucet handle and sketch

The serif font we chose for the faucet markings comes from hand-chiseled lettering on classic monuments from antiquity. it has come over many centuries to mark the timeless connection between past and present.

– Daniel Lobitz, partner at Robert AM Stern Architects

“The corrugation or knurling of the handles is reproduced on the carrier and again on the spout, creating a contracted look that unites the many elements of the collection,” said Daniel Lobitz, partner at Robert AM Stern Architects, who heads the company’s product design initiatives . The classic design references, engraved grooves, and tiered details of the sink and bathroom fittings are used throughout the collection, making Central Park West a distinctive new option in its category.

Bathroom faucet handle and sketch

The collection includes not only faucets, but also free-standing bathroom fittings on deck and on the wall, a shower head, pressure equalization and thermostat trim kits, 18- and 24-inch towel rails, a towel ring, a tissue holder and a bath hook. Central Park West also offers fittings for shower doors that are coordinated with the line, including a handle for the shower door, an 18-inch towel rail and a handle plate.

“The collection feels timeless and sophisticated. We wanted to give it broad appeal, ”said Alexander P. Lamis, partner at Robert AM Stern Architects, who leads the company’s product design initiatives. “The corrugated tool adds shine to the details, which feel very bespoke and luxurious. We thought a lot about how the hand would perceive the texture. We like its tight budget and size, unlike some other establishments that want to be traditional, our collection isn’t overworked or clunky.

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KALLISTA’s taps are made of solid brass and guarantee continuous quality performance over the years. Each is equipped with the soft touch drain, one of the signature products of KALLISTA, while the faucets have a maximum flow rate of 1.2 gal / min and are equipped with washless ceramic disc valves with a quarter turn. All faucets meet CalGreen requirements for basin fittings, along with a number of other certifications that are on the EPA WaterSense® list. Surface options include polished chrome, unpainted brass, and KALLISTA’s new Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) range, which includes polished nickel and brushed bronze.

The Central Park West collection can be effortlessly combined with other KALLISTA designs to create either a unique space to relax in or endless possibilities for large-scale, multi-unit bathroom installations. To learn more about the Central Park West bathroom collection, visit kallista.com.

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Project: 520 Park Avenue, New York, Photo: Peter Aaron / OTTO for Robert AM Stern Architects

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