The fourth of July is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the birth of our wonderful country, not to mention an excuse to eat some delicious food. Check out our Pinterest board to view some of our favorite recipes. Enjoy!

 
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The Anniversary Issue

The Anniversary Issue

For 90 years BLANCO has quietly and passionately elevated the standards for luxury sinks, faucets and decorative accessories. BLANCO attributes its success and longevity to our passion for excellence and our commitment to people. This is evident in the quality of our products and the people who make up the BLANCO family. We dedicate this anniversary issue to all those who have helped make BLANCO a leader in the kitchen industry throughout the last 90 years. Join us as we celebrate this important milestone! Click here to view this issue of Inspirations, we hope you enjoy!

 

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BLANCO brings style and quality to a new level with a beautiful addition to their faucet collection, the N62119e62-bad7-4b8b-89eb-bbe2fe2dc438APA Bar. The NAPA Bar with Pull-Down Spray encompasses functional performance and livable design in a magnificent Polished Chrome or classic Stainless Steel.

“The latest addition to our faucet collection, the NAPA Bar offers a livable design,” stated Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Livable design is a transitional design with organic elements and pure performance. When we say transitional, we are referencing a design that leads trends while integrating a balance between contemporary and traditional style. At the same time, we are talking about the faucet’s graceful organic lines, durability and functionality which propels it from transitional to truly livable design.”
BLANCO NAPA Bar Faucet with Pull-Down Spray
  • Dual spray feature
  • Perfect for traditional and contemporary kitchens
  • Solid brass body
  • Ceramic disc cartridge
  • 2.2 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) flow rate
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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BLANCO proudly announces its finalist nomination for the 2015 NCW Magazine Eco-Excellence Award™ for the BLANCO MERIDIAN water-saving faucet in the Home Appliances category. The Eco-Excellence awards, regarded as one of the largest media awards, recognize products in over 15 categories which stand out for their social and environmental sustainability.157-140-MERIDIAN_SILO_CR_5x7

“BLANCO strives no only to create products that raise the bar in the kitchen industry but also help preserve the environment and our communities,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “We are proud that the BLANCO MERIDIAN™ has been recognized and selected as a finalist for such an environmentally conscious and highly regarded award.”

The BLANCO MERIDIAN 1.5 GPM faucet is designed to increase water savings by 32% versus standard faucets while exceeding requirements set forth by CalGreen, (California’s Green Building Standards Code).

NCW Magazine is the leading lifestyle publication addressing the needs of the modern family. Public voting for the 2015 Eco-Excellence Awards™ opens on Monday, June 18th  on the NCW Magazine website. Readers can cast their votes for their favorite products up until Tuesday, July 10th.

Vote for BLANCO by visiting the voting site here.

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BLANCO debuts a versatile and durable Dark Walnut cutting board, an integrated accessory for the ATTIKA kitchen sink. ATTIKA’s remarkable details found nowhere else in the world include a raised geometric rim with soft contours that separate wet and dry areas. The Dark Walnut compound cutting board sets the tone for luxury, and together with ATTIKA creates the ideal preparation zone. The board is made to rest on ATTIKA’s rim creating an extra work space where needed.

 

“ATTIKA offers a completely new look with its exclusive raised rim, tailored for architecturally-minded individuals, designers and builders,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Now, with the addition of the durable Dark Walnut cutting board we are able to craft an area for prep work – ideal for open contemporary living spaces.”

 

The innovative BLANCO ATTIKA is an Interior Design Best of Year Winner and has won four international design honors including the “Good Design” award, “Best of the Best” Interior Innovation Award, Red Dot Design Award and iF Product Design Award. BLANCO ATTIKA is now a proud supporter of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) through Specify with Care. As a Specify with Care partner, BLANCO will support the foundation with a donation when BLANCO ATTIKA is specified. Specify with Care, DIFFA’s cause marketing program pairs with socially conscious design companies to ensure DIFFA has the resources to assist HIV and AIDS organizations year-round.
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BLANCO ATTIKA Kitchen Sink
  • Satin Polished Finish
  • Two sizes:
    • 20″ Single Bowl 20-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ D
    • 26″ Large Single Bowl 26-3/4″ x 17-3/4″ x 10″ D
  • R10 Radius corners
  • 304 Series Stainless Steel
  • 18 Gauge Stainless Steel20″

BLANCO Dark Walnut Cutting Board

  • Dark Walnut finish
  • Features rubber feet for non slip counter-top use
  • Custom designed to sit perfectly on top of sink
  • Two new designs to fit BLANCO ATTIKA and all PRECISION™ 16″ bowls

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BLANCO recently appeared on the Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Ideas 30 Most Innovative Product list for the distinctive BLANCO ONE kitchen sink collection. Designs featured on the 30 Most Innovative Products list are selected by editors for their ability to combine smart function, seamless style and cutting edge technology.

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Ideas is a leading quarterly publication featuring ideas, inspiration and information about the latest products and industry trends. The 30 Most Innovative Products list is featured in the spring issue of the magazine produced by Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Hart.

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“We’re seeing smart updates in everything from appliances to surfaces and we wanted to recognize those manufacturers who are pushing the boundaries in terms of innovation,” says Hart. “These top products combine style and function and are perfectly suited to the needs of today’s homeowner.”

The ONE Collection offers three sinks and five innovative accessory kits that combine to form unique customized solutions for cooking, organizing and cleaning. The BLANCO ONE collection is crafted of the highest quality stainless steel featuring 9“ deep bowls and signature satin polished finish. BLANCO ONE comes in three base model sizes: XL Single, Super Single and Medium bowls – not including kits. Also available are coordinating accessories.

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BLANCO’s beautiful, architecturally pleasing and chef-inspired SONOMA pull-down faucet offers livable style with its clean, organic lines and high-performance design.

Designed for high performance and with convenient features such as an ergonomic pull-down with dual spray functionality, SONOMA takes center stage with its uncompromised contemporary design and lasting value.441647_SONOMA_SS(1)

“The BLANCO SONOMA faucet offers classic modern lines that simply transcend trends,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “With a starting price of $325, it’s an exceptional value for the performance, quality and style.”

Details

  • SONOMA comes in two finishes: Polished Chrome and Stainless Steel
  • Reach 8-1/2″; Spout Height 7-7/8″; Faucet Height 15-1/2″
  • Reversible mounting hardware adapts to thick or thin mounting surfaces
  • Solid brass body and ceramic disk cartridge
  • 2.2 GPM flow rate; also available in water saving models

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BLANCO is a finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards for its elegant stainless steel BLANCO ATTIKA top-mounted kitchen sink. The elegant sink with its one-of-a-kind elevated rim geometry was represented in the Kitchen Fixtures & Features category.

Architizer, regarded as the “Facebook for Architects” by the NY Times, is the world’s leading platform for architecture. A total of 150 firms and companies are represented among the winning projects at the Architizer A+ Awards. Winners are decided by juried and popular vote in 90 categories. A highly esteemed jury of over 300 industry leaders selected the Jury Winners, while an online public vote determined the Popular Choice winners, with over 40,000 voters from over 100 countries and territories.

519842_ATTIKA-20_WB“Being recognized as a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards is a true honor for BLANCO,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “The ATTIKA sink with its elevated modern rim design and bold architectural character caught the attention of the judges who look for innovation, sustainability and creativity in award-winning products. We are proud to be associated with such a prominent publication and for being acknowledged out of hundreds of talented entries from around the world.”

Other ATTIKA honors include being voted the “Best of The Best” at the Interior Innovation Award 2013, receiving the Red Dot Design Award, the 2013 iF Product Design Award and winning the 2013 Good Design Award.

 

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BLANCO brings style and quality to a new level with their latest collection of faucets. Two new stunning additions, the professional MERIDIAN™, and the classic SONOMA™ deliver powerful performance, complete with beautiful finishes and water saving 1.5 GPM flow rate.

“Our latest collection of faucets offer livable style,” stated Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “When we say livable style, we are referencing style that leads trends while integrating in to any kitchen design. At the same time, we are talking about the faucets’ functionality. Faucets are the jewelry of the kitchen. They must be attractive, but they are also the most abused fixtures in the kitchen. That’s why we engineer BLANCO faucets to last, to use less water, to provide unmatched cleaning and to be as easy to use as they are to maintain.”

 

The new faucets designed by BLANCO will increase water savings by 32% versus standard 2.2 GPM faucets. The MERIDIAN and SONOMA 1.5 GPM faucets also exceed requirements set forth by CalGreen, (California’s Green Building Standards Code).
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BLANCO MERIDIAN
  • Iconic chef’s look
  • Beauty meets performance, solid brass body construction
  • Available in Chrome and Satin Nickel
  • Features 1.5 GPM

BLANCO SONOMA

  • Clean lines and timeless beauty
  • Ergonomic pull-down spray
  • Available in Chrome and Stainless Steel
  • Features 1.5 GPM

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BLANCO Faucet Details
  • Solid brass body
  • Ceramic disc cartridge
  • Limited lifetime warranty

BLANCO’s Director of Marketing, Tim Maicher, certainly has a keen eye for what is up and coming in the kitchen design world. Check out our interview with Tim to learn more about the new and exciting design trends and technology that are becoming increasingly popular.

Q: What are the biggest trends you are seeing in kitchen sinks, faucets and water accessories?

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BLANCO ONE™ Super Single Sink with accessories

A: The biggest trends are personalization and livable design. Everyone wants something unique for his or her kitchen… to make their own design statement. Personalization in the sink and faucet category has created a strong demand for integrated accessories such as cutting boards, workstations, caddies and grids. Grids are used for protection, but also are decorative and functional for drying and baking outside the sink. Workstations and caddies hold knives, utensils and cleaning tools inside the sink to save counter-space and provide greater convenience. Consumers and designers can personalize the sink area to match their needs for space, functionality and ergonomics.

BLANCO defines livable design as transitional in feel – but with organic lines that are naturally inspired and offer durability and easy-to-clean performance. It’s not enough to walk the line between traditional and modern… today’s styles must also be performance driven – they need to save water, last longer, be easy-to-use and easy-to-clean. They also need to offer organic lines – gently sloping and easy to match with today’s surfaces, cabinetry and flooring. Even modern cabinetry is reliant on nature’s palettes and textures so the fixtures must match.

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BLANCO DIAMOND™ Low Divide

Q: What are the most popular finishes and materials for sinks/faucets?  What styles are most in demand?

A: Granite sinks are on trend as they fit the model of livable design as its organic, durable, functional and contemporary. BLANCO is the leader in this category both in terms of innovation and in patents. BLANCO’s SILGRANIT® sinks come in 8 colors that match well with today’s surfaces. In fact we offer an App in iTunes or GooglePlay that helps designers to match sinks and counter surfaces. Our top selling colors are brown, grey/black and beige. Our fastest growing colors include a warm grey, grey/black and metallic grey. Grey is one of the fastest growing neutrals in both warm and cool tones.

For faucets, polished chrome and stainless or satin nickel are still the biggest sellers as they are both contemporary and durable. These finishes go with most appliances and other fixtures in the kitchen and are easy to maintain.

Q: What are the size trends in the sink and faucet market?

A: Super Singles and undermount sinks are still trending upwards in popularity. Big sinks do not always need to be deep. About 9-9.5” are desirable and keep sink usable for aging in place. Low divide sinks cleverly offer separation – but room for large pots and pans. These help with ergonomics and are a growing category for BLANCO.

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BLANCO QUATRUS R15

Q: Are there any must have water accessories?  Are there any new accessories that are on the rise?

A: Integrated cutting boards are continuing to expand in popularity. These, and other integrated features like colanders help you prep inside the sink to save space on the countertop.

Q: Are there new technologies impacting the faucet and water accessories trends, and if so how?

A: There are no real “new” technologies in play. Most are existing technologies that are being expanded and refined for home use such as “instant” hot and touchless features. Real technological breakthroughs include simple solutions such as the CULINA™ magnetic hook up or improved pump actions on soap dispensers that are the small details that make a huge difference long term.

Q: How does the overall design style of the kitchen impact sink and faucet trends?

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BLANCO CULINA MINI Faucet

A: Open kitchen designs have called for chef-inspired faucet designs that are lower in height and more transitional in design. Our new CULINA MINI faucet fits this new category of downsized pro-style faucets that are also more streamlined and less industrial in appearance.

More matching faucet fixtures – such as matching bar faucets and accessories are also in demand. Many kitchens are featuring multiple stations or prep areas and sinks. A two-sink kitchen may have a prep faucet and a super single. Both require matching fixtures and accessories.

Q: Are there other factors, such as the need for universal design or water conservation concerns, that impact trends?

A: We are continually reaching new water saving levels – now with the launch of 1.5 GPM faucets this year. Regulations in states such as California drive the need for more water saving faucet availability even though the kitchen faucet does not contribute greatly to overall water use in the home. It’s only a small percent of total use. Universal design has driven the need for easy to use and maintain faucets ongoing. BLANCO faucets have always innovated in this area with single lever faucets and our CULINA faucet with magnetic hook up.

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