Chris Kuran, founder, owner and CEO of Waterstone Faucets
Waterstone Faucets is a true American success story. Two decades ago, founder Chris Kuran had a vision for a company that paid homage to the modern American craftsman tradition. An entrepreneur at heart and a Naval Academy graduate and former Marine, Kuran wanted to create best-in-class plumbing products that improved Americans’ everyday lives and embodied the qualities he valued most: service, leadership, unity and freedom. His passion and imagination for what was possible in the plumbing world eventually took the company from a singular focus on creating high-quality components for drinking water filtration systems, to its status today as a leading innovator and manufacturer of some of America’s finest crafted decorative plumbing fixtures.
Waterstone Faucets is also an example of American ingenuity. All design, engineering, manufacturing, finishing, assembling, testing and packing are executed from the company’s headquarters in Southern California. Each Waterstone faucet is touched by the human hand and made with integrity, embodying a respect for resources, materials, design, engineering and American craftsmanship.
Over 20 years later, Waterstone is now a multi-million dollar industry leader which produces made-to-order suites of faucets, pot fillers, faucet accessories and hardware with over 30 in-house finishes and custom split finishes. Many of Waterstone’s most innovative and iconic products were designed by Kuran himself, including the industry’s first Positive Lock Pulldown (PLP) technology, the Wheel Pulldown Faucet and the Gantry – faucet designs directly inspired by his naval roots.