Did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.1 million families in the country live in multi-gen homes?

A recent Metropolis Magazine panel discussion explored the topic of designing kitchens for multi-gen homes. The panel event, “Generation Shift: Designing kitchens for the multi-gen era,” was held at the Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio in downtown New York City. The three expert panelists, Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director for Metropolis; Roger Zierman, Showroom Manager and Designer for Poggenpohl as well as Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing and Product Development for BLANCO explored trends, technology, products and design for the multi-generation kitchen.

If you want to learn more about designing for the multi-gen kitchen, watch this short video for nearly 20 clever design ideas including installing integrated toe kick ladders, low divide sinks for better ergonomics, integrated LED drawer lighting, smart handleless design and more. Click on the image below or on this link to connect to the video. 

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We have really enjoyed hosting the #BLANCOSmile Caption Contest featuring the artwork of Instagram artist, Kerstin Hiestermann. We had nearly 600 very creative caption entries and awarded  iPad minis to the winning captions below. The winning caption this final week was:

“Spray it With Flowers” by Louann Wojtalik. Congratulations Louann! Thank you for your creativity. You have won an iPad Mini.

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. Thank you to Modenus for helping to promote and judge the entries (www.modenus.com) and to Kerstin for her wonderful artwork and inspiration (http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind).

Winning Caption: It's worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.

Winning Caption for week #1: “It’s worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.”

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Winning Caption for week #2: “When every detail of your home is uniquely you, it just feels right.”

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Winning Caption for week #3: “Blanco…..just the right amount of spice for your kitchen.”

Winning Caption: "Sprinkle some Style into the Kitchen."

Winning Caption for week #4: “Sprinkle some Style into the Kitchen.”

Winning Caption for Week #5: “Full Spray Ahead.”

Winning Caption for Week #5: “Full Spray Ahead.”

Winning Caption for Week #6: “The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.”

Winning Caption for Week #6: “The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.”

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Winning caption week #7: “Spray it With Flowers.”

The winner of ”People’s Choice” award  for the most popular caption was Georgiann D’Angelo with 336 votes across all 7 weeks of the contest. The most popular caption was from week #7: “The Beauty and The Bend.” Congratulations!

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Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering its final week and almost 500 captions have been entered so far! This is the last week for a chance to win!

The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image of a BLANCO kitchen faucet below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #6 was Kelly Novak with the caption:

The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

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Winning Caption for Week #6 was “The right accessories always add a little zest to your kitchen.”

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering week #6 and almost 400 captions have been entered so far! Only this week and next for a chance to win!

The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image of a BLANCO cutting board below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #5 was Georgiann D’Angelo with the caption:

“Full Spray Ahead”

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

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Winning Caption for Week #5 was “Full Spray Ahead”.

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

instagram-psd-to-wordpressFollow us on Instagram! @blancoamerica1

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

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Vote for BLANCO’s ATTIKA™ sink to win the Interior Design Best of Year Awards in the Kitchen Fixture category.

BLANCO ATTIKA is also a proud supporter of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). As a Specify With Care® partner, BLANCO will support the foundation with a donation when their award-winning BLANCO ATTIKA™ sink is specified.

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Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering week #5 and over 300 captions have been entered so far! Amazing creativity!

The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image of a BLANCO kitchen faucet pull-out spray below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #4 was Walter Cox with the caption:

Sprinkle some Style into the Kitchen

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

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Winning Caption: Sprinkle some Style into the Kitchen

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

instagram-psd-to-wordpressFollow us on Instagram! @blancoamerica1

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering week #4 and over 200 captions have been entered so far! Amazing creativity!

The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image of a BLANCO cutting board below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #3 was Alison Wilder with the caption:

Blanco…..just the right amount of spice for your kitchen

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

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Winning Caption: Blanco…..just the right amount of spice for your kitchen

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

instagram-psd-to-wordpressFollow us on Instagram! @blancoamerica1

 

 

 

 

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering week #3 and over 70 people entered week two! The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image of a BLANCO ONE Sink Grid and CAPFLOW Drain Cover, below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #2 was Connie Patterson with the caption:

“When every detail of your home is uniquely you, it just feels right.”

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

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Winning Caption: “When every detail of your home is uniquely you, it just feels right.”

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

instagram-psd-to-wordpressFollow us on Instagram! @blancoamerica1

 

 

 

 

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

 

Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest for a chance to win an iPad Mini 

Our contest is entering week #2 and over 60 people entered week one! The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini.

Write a caption for this week’s image, below, for a chance to win.

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The winner of our contest for week #1 was Erin Thomas with the caption:

“It’s worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.”

Congratulations! You have won an iPad Mini.

Winning Caption: It's worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.

Winning Caption: It’s worth traveling to the ends of the earth to find a little beauty.

And remember to vote for your favorite captions! We’ll announce the winner of the popular voting on 10/23/14.

Modenus will be helping to judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com).

Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

Whoever said childlike whimsy had to stop when you become an adult? Well apparently Kerstin Hiestermann never got the memo. The German Instagram artist has risen to prominence in the photo sharing community for her art pieces that display everyday items in collaboration with her own minimalist drawings. These two components combine to create something that can only be described as magical. Hiestermann discusses her introduction to Instagram, her creative process, and more when we interviewed her recently.

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I learned about Instagram from some friends. They used the app and invited me to join. I was excited by the opportunity to be able to post and share my pictures so quickly and easily. I was also fascinated by the pictures of other users from other countries, cultures and ways of life.

How did you get started with your art concept?

The idea of combining a concrete object and my own free hand drawing came to me rather randomly. Around Christmas time I was baking biscuits and cookies with my youngest son and the idea popped in my head of a little man running from the biscuit. So I put the biscuit on a white paper, lined with simple lines to a landscape and took this picture with my iPhone. So gradually I added more and more of these images in my Instagram gallery until I eventually wrote in the caption of one of my photos: “I cannot stop with this”, because at that point I had an endless stream of ideas flowing out of me.

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Instagram. I do not know if I would have ever created my art without Instagram.

Have you always been an artist?

No, not at all. I am a teacher as was my mother. There is a very large, childlike part of me, I have reserved unto myself. But now, I can express that through my pictures.

Tell us about your teaching. What makes you smile? What your goals are for your artwork, Instagram.

Children, with their unique view of the world, make me laugh. I love my work with the children and at the same time I myself have a head full of fun and funny ideas. I think that’s a good combination to have. Its good to laugh over and over again and see the world with a smile and a wink.

What is your creative process? How did you come up with the concepts for BLANCO?

In my paintings I always work with individual objects that speak to me and fascinate me with their shape or appearance. I like my work to be very minimalist. The particular style of Blanco was perfect for my work. The elegant stainless steel surfaces and the design of the accessories such as a faucet, a cutting board or a drain cover have a very high visual appeal for me.

Where do you find your real life props to go with your drawings?

The are no limits, I find my items anywhere in my environment. In my garden, in the house, in the kitchen, at work, at school. My eyes are always open and looking for a beautiful new object, an idea or an association.

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Which is your favorite BLANCO piece?

Definitely the CapFlow Stainless Steel Drain Cover.  I love the brushed stainless steel, the simple design and the engraved Blanco logo. Thus, it is also the image that is created with this object (the globe) that is one of my favorite pictures.

What other comments would you want to share?

I never thought or knew I had so much creativity in me, but I always had the courage to try things. Instagram gave me a wonderful opportunity to come in contact with people all over the world. The imagery is so universal that it does not matter who you are or where you come from, you can always find someone who understands.

In honor of Kerstin Hiestermann and her whimsical approach to using objects and illustration created in her own kitchen, BLANCO has decided to team up with the German Instagram artist in creating a photo caption contest.

Enter the #BLANCOsmile contest to win an iPad Mini.

There will be 7 images and 8 chances to win over a 7-week period. The winner of each week will be awarded 1 of 7 iPad Minis and the people’s favorite caption across all 7 weeks will win the 8th iPad Mini. Modenus will join us to help spread the word and to help judge the winning captions weekly (www.modenus.com). Also don’t hesitate to head on over to http://www.spielkkind.de/ and instagram.com/spielkkind to check out more of Kerstin Hiestermann’s artwork.

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Click here to enter.

BLANCO employees and sales representatives are not eligible to participate.

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