What do designers look for when choosing a sink? The answers might surprise you from “Geeky” things like built-in colanders to small sinks in islands for chilling wine. Here are three fun tips from BLANCO’s own Design Council. Looking for more inspiration? Read our new magazine here.
Here’s the latest buzz – from the latest BLANCO designs featured in leading magazines. BLANCO sinks and faucets are an essential ingredient for a well-designed kitchen.
BLANCO wins the distinguished Architectural Products 2013 Product Innovation Awards (PIAs) for their BLANCO MODEX™ kitchen sink workstation. The luxurious MODEX, with its unique raised cubic design, won in the Restrooms/Plumbing Category.
Part of the BLANCO SILGRANIT® II family, MODEX features a unique 3” profile that sits above the counter and offers a generous amount of task space thanks to the dual draining design and large integrated cutting board.
The PIA Awards highlight a diverse range of outstanding architectural-related products and recognize manufacturers who have demonstrated leadership across many different areas stemming from education and sustainability initiatives to standards developments.
The awards are judged by a group of 50 independent industry professionals including architects, interior designers, lighting designers and veteran industry writers.
“Building on the success of last year’s program, our third edition of the awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability,” states Jim Crockett, Editorial Director, Architectural Products Magazine.
“We are so proud to have won the Product Innovation Awards for MODEX,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Already recognized internationally for its striking design, the award-winning MODEX combines high performance and architectural structure in perfect harmony.”
BLANCO recently sponsored a CEU (Continuing Education Series) course for Hanley Wood University. The CEU titled: “Who’s in the Kitchen?” provides education and training for architects, builders, contractors and remodelers who want to learn more about different kitchen layouts and how certain layouts work better for different users. The free one credit AIA course was published in the summer issue of Residential Architect Magazine where readers received insight into how to design kitchens, while keeping in mind various homeowner dynamics.
The course explores kitchen design and layout choices for user groups including: families with children, those with limited mobility, multiple or solo users and explains in depth options in sink selection and placement. The free online course is available at:
Design inspiration is all around us. That’s why we started this blog BlancoByDesign.com – to inspire you with beautiful kitchen sink and faucet design. We hope you enjoy our new magazine which features our talented BLANCO Design Council. The Design Council is a group of highly regarded kitchen designers and home improvement experts who we partner with to share information on the latest kitchen trends, innovations and of course – inspiration!
BLANCO is pleased to welcome Keith Morgan, founder of the custom furniture and cabinetry company Bespoke Minneapolis. With a very talented team of in-house designers and artisans, the Iowa-based firm is known for creating luxurious couture kitchens with hand crafted details.
Bespoke recently designed a kitchen for the Royal Crescent, a historic landmark in Bath, England designed by architect, John Wood the elder.
Morgan took time out from his busy schedule during the recent WestEdge Design Fair show in Santa Monica, CA to talk about the show and his eye-catching kitchen displays that featured BLANCO sinks and faucets.
Keith, What was your impression of the very first WestEdge Design Fair show?
We generally spec Blanco products on all of our kitchens. The FLOW MicroEdge™ sink and ALTA™ faucet on display produced the perfect combination of modern lines with obvious craftsmanship, very similar to the Bespoke product.
The sink might not be recognized by some for the engineering tour de force that it is, but for those that do it is a gem. The design also offers a water buffer zone between itself and other materials that might not be so durable which in turn affords more options when specing countertops and backslashes. Wood countertops in water zones are a much safer option when used in conjunction with this sink.
BLANCO and Modenus will be hosting a #kbtribechat on Twitter on Wednesday October 30th, 2-3:00 PM to discuss current design approaches to the kitchen.
How do you design a kitchen? Work Centers? Work Flow? What Fits?
To determine the best kitchen layout and sink placement, it’s helpful to focus on four scenarios of kitchen use: families with children, people with limited mobility, multiple users and solo users.
Before we zero in on who is using the kitchen, let’s discuss some factors to consider no matter who’s in there. These include common layouts and work zones. Kitchen layouts begin several different ways, such as from a “what’s got to fit” point of view. This requires looking at specific appliances or a specific cabinet range to work around, even though this may limit positioning choices.
Another option is to begin from a “workflow” point of view, such as the classic “work triangle” method, which is a sink, refrigerator and range in any arrangement. Another way of establishing a kitchen layout is by creating “work centers” or zones, where each type of task revolves around a specific area and set of appliances.
Join us for a #kbtribechat on “who is in the kitchen” – tips for designing a kitchen for different user groups as well as common layouts and work zone options. We’d love to hear more about how you approach kitchen design and to share your tips on designing for families, limited mobility, etc.
#kbtribechat on Twitter ~ Wednesday, October 23 ~ 2 to 3pm eastern time
In the latest episode of the DIY network show Kitchen Crashers, a much needed old fashion 1950′s kitchen gets a modern and stylish transformation with the BLANCO CULINA™ Semi-Professional Faucet and the beautiful BLANCO PRECISION™ 16″ Double-Bowl Undermount sink.
“I pretty much hate our kitchen,” states Julie along with husband James to host Alison Victoria. “I want something that is light and open.”
That’s all the Victoria needed to hear and off to work she went for the family of five (and dog) to transform their kitchen into a modern day stunning Feng Shui kitchen.
“This is awful,” says Victoria when she first enters the tiny, outdated and very cluttered kitchen noticing the old sink with no depth along with the other outdated appliances.
In three days, Victoria and her staff along with a crew of friends from Julie and James turn the boring and vintage kitchen into a artistic masterpiece complete with Feng Shui hand painted symbols, natural products and earth tone colors.
Last week, BLANCO joined Gaggenau and Poggenpohl in the Poggenpohl LA Showroom to welcome BlogTour LA and Modenus to an evening of crafted German food, wine and beer. Of course it wasn’t all about the delicious Oktoberfest offerings. Three great German kitchen brands enjoyed the opportunity to share their latest new product innovations and design trends with Modenus bloggers. To see highlights of the event and trends, click here for a short, entertaining video.
BLANCO’s new MODEX™ sink has captured the attention of designers and design competitions including the prestigious red dot, Good Design, KitchenInnovation and KB Culture awards. We interviewed BLANCO’s Head Designer Brigitte Ziemann to learn more about the BLANCO design process, today’s hottest kitchen trends and what goes into making a successful launch like MODEX.
What was the inspiration for the MODEX design?
Vertical and horizontal lines bring more life and dimension to the kitchen. With MODEX, we played with volumes, nesting geometries, pattern and mixed colors. We see this approach as a very strong trend for the next 3-5 years.
How do you stay ahead of the trends?
Design and Design Leadership is very integral to our culture as a company. We always look ahead and anticipate trends. We have a very strong team that constantly researches and experiments with materials, furnishing trends.
We stay ahead of the trends by exploring limits and moving boundaries – two points that basically apply to every area in the product development and manufacturing process of a future-oriented, leading brand such as BLANCO.
Our challenge is to stay on trend while delivering well-designed products that will be both fresh today and stay fresh years from now. Reliable design is not always about the latest style. It’s about quality and durability. When we pick a color or a material – it must be long lasting. When we pick a new neutral for SILGRANIT® for instance, it must combine well with counter surfaces and cabinetry. A successful or popular design is one that will continue to maintain it’s look for years to come.
What sink do you have at home now?
I have a MODEX at home. I am the biggest fan of MODEX. The material is durable, easy to clean. I have a lot of cutting boards so the integrated board is much better for storage and function. The new ash compound chopping board surprises with its filigree appearance and pleasant lightness. It moves easily across the entire sink width to create an additional flexible work surface.
Do you experiment with products at home? How does your family feel about that?
Yes, I do like to experiment with the new products in my own kitchen. And no… my husband is not amused when I’m always changing out the sinks and faucets.
Don’t forget to vote for MODEX this week: http://boyawards.interiordesign.net/vote