BLANCO welcomes renowned celebrity chef, former Martha Stewart food editor and leading author Ying Chang, who recently redesigned her eco-friendly kitchen using BLANCO. We spoke to the national authority on Asian culture and cuisine about her new kitchen and her design concept.
What were some of the main challenges you faced when remodeling your kitchen?
The main challenge was to find a place for a large sink. We enlarged our windows so we were looking for a good spot to put a large sink and since I don’t have a large kitchen, we needed a sink that would fit.
Was space a concern when designing the kitchen?
Well, we wanted to have a space large enough for two sinks. My son is a great cook so we wanted two sinks and we are always bumping into each other so we decided a prep sink and large sink would work beautifully for us. Plus, everyone always likes to chip in and help me cook, so it was practical to have a two sinks for meal preparation.
Why did you choose BLANCO?
I chose BLANCO because I love the design and functionality. I use the sink a great deal in the cooking process. Washing large pots, plates, vegetables plus I love the drain pan which I constantly use for cooking. I also think it’s more of a clean look and having a build in drain pan feature really attracted me to the sink. Plus a deep prep sink is great for washing vegetables and very multifunctional.
You also selected the BLANCO SOLON COMPOST SYSTEM. Is recycling a big part of your lifestyle?
I chose SOLON™ because I believe in recycling, composting and having a vegetable garden.
Chinese people don’t waste food. Most of the meals that I prepare at home are made from whole foods and not processed or packaged. I eat food that I can identify with so I try to use fresh ingredients all the time and whatever I don’t use I compost, so very little waste goes in the trash.
It sounds like BLANCO plays an active role in your eco-friendly living. Your thoughts?
I am totally focused on “living green” and use all eco-friendly appliances in my kitchen with low formaldehyde. I also like open clean space when I am cooking. For example, I placed my gas cooktop to face an open space for entertaining so I could have more counter space and I don’t like having cabinets hang over my head while I’m cooking or preparing a meal.
Your kitchen sounds perfect – exactly the way you wanted it. Was that difficult in achieving?
My kitchen from early on, had many special needs – green remodeling, open space, two sinks, etc. I am a writer, not a designer so I had to rewrite and rewrite the initial design draft until it was what I wanted and it’s not easy (or cheap) to make revisions in a remodel so it has to be close to perfect before the remodeling starts. I spent years looking for what I wanted and I finally got it!
To learn more about Ying’s new book, cooking with an asian accent, click on these links below.
Chef Matthew Borowski of the M Resort in Las Vegas recently demonstrated how to make pepper crusted ahi tuna for Modenus BlogTour Vegas during Design & Construction Week. The event was part of the BLANCO ONE sink launch. Visit our website to learn more about this exciting new product that lets you personalize your sink!
And thank you to Chef Borowski who is sharing his secret recipe for this delicious appetizer with us here.
- Furikaki (sesame and nori seasoning)
- Cracked Black Peppercorns
- Ahi Tuna Loin
- Clarified Butter
- Mix the furikaki 80% and the pepper 20% mix, roll the tuna loin in the mix and encrust on all sides.
- Heat pan on a medium high heat, add butter and sear all sides on the tuna 45 seconds per side, taking care not to burn the tuna just sear.
Soy Glaze Ingredients:
- Mirin Rice Wine
- Rice Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- In a pot combine mirin, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic and sugar, bring to a boil and reduce mixture until it beings to caramelize in color.
- Remove from heat and strain product through a chinois then add soy sauce, place on an ice bath to cool, sauce is best when at room temperature.
Cut strips of wonton and fry till a golden brown
- Slice tuna to desired thickness and plate add your soy glaze, fried wontons and a touch of sea salt and enjoy. ( you can finish w/ a finishing oil such as lemon oil or what you may prefer)
BLANCO launched its new ONE Kitchen Sink Collection during Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas this month. With three different sink sizes and an assortment of custom-designed accessories, the new ONE collection lets you customize your sink for your individual lifestyle – whether you’re a large family, a weekend gourmet, or a city-dweller with limited kitchen space. When we introduced the sink to designers for the first time, we asked them, “What ONE sink are you?” Click on the video below to see how designers would personalize a ONE sink for their own home. Click here to view.
Get ready for another exciting television series with FOX and this time it includes BLANCO!
BLANCO makes its television appearance on RAKE, the new legal drama series starring Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear who plays the role of criminal defense attorney Keegan Deane in this much anticipated show. And based on the recent critics reviews, this show will be around for a while.
One of the interior kitchens features the BLANCO CULINA™ as part of the kitchen ensemble.
RAKE can be seen on Fox Thursdays nights 9pm/8c.
The answer is already in the room,
it’s about finding the right question! — Veronika Miller
BLANCO is a proud sponsor of Modenus and this week we were one of 4 brands to sponsor the very first Modenus Talks held during Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. During a 4 hour engaged meeting – a group of 45 industry professionals including designers, remodelers, showroom owners, media professionals and supporting brands – joined to discuss one business challenge and one design challenge. We were also proud that many members of our BLANCO Design Council were selected for these discussions. Winners of the challenges and transcripts of the best ideas will be published after the event by Modenus. We look forward to sharing the results and to ongoing discussions with our very valued design community. We are honored to be a part of your work and to helping you in your daily challenges.
Introducing ONE — our latest stainless steel collection that offers a fresh approach to daily life in the kitchen.
With three different sink sizes and an assortment of custom-designed accessories, the new ONE collection is crafted of the highest quality stainless steel with generous 9″ deep bowls and our signature satin polished finish. ONE lets you customize your sink for your individual lifestyle — whether you’re a large family, a weekend gourmet, or a city-dweller with limited kitchen space.
Watch our video to learn more!
View the entire collection here.
The 2014 eBrochures are here including the new Showroom Catalog, SILGRANIT® Brochure and exciting new innovation brochures including QUATRUS™ and ONE™ Collection. You can conveniently link to each brochure by clicking on the image below or by clicking on the ebrochure tab above.
“Inspiration is always rooted in Sensible Style, which is based on how the person will use the space,” states San Diego-based kitchen designer Jamie Gold CKD, CAPS, author of the highly regarded blog Gold Notes and the recent popular book Kitchen Ideas That Work (Taunton).
Gold believes it’s not an individual decision, but rather a household one when designing a kitchen.
“How everyone in the household will use the space and having it work for how they really live, not how someone in a magazine or television show will use the space,” says Gold.
It’s all about choices.
The choices you make need to support how you live. “Whether it’s a low maintenance counter top, faucets that give you more functionality or clean up centers that are more usable and efficient,” states Gold “All of these go into the decisions you make that work for the home.”
Click here to play the entire interview.
We touch a sleek stainless steel handle and safe drinking water fills our pots and glasses. We can’t possibly imagine what it’s like for so many people around the world who have to walk miles each day just to collect the precious water they need to survive.
That’s why BLANCO is a proud supporter of Water for People - a charitable organization that ensures sustainable clean drinking water for all people. It’s also why we are fully committed to environmental and humanitarian manufacturing practices.
To learn more about our water saving faucets, how design a green kitchen or BLANCO’s sustainability vision, visit us at www.blancoamerica.com
Saving the World – One Kitchen at a Time
Here are some great earth-friendly tips from BLANCO’s Design Council.
“On an individual basis, it’s often easier to modify our behavior than it is our environment. Use the kitchen to further an eco-friendly lifestyle by shopping smarter and throwing away less. Each year we throw away 40% of purchased food.”
“Look good and feel great by reducing your consumption of red meat and poultry.” If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week, the carbon dioxide savings would equal taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads. (Environmental Defense Fund)
“Selecting new furniture can be fun and earth friendly at the same time. Look for latex foam, cotton, wool, linen or fabrics that have been minimally treated with chemical dyes or coatings. Extend your green efforts by buying antique or secondhand furniture.”
For more tips and inspiration, check out our new magazine. Inspirations.
BLANCO wins not one but two prestigious 2013 Davey Awards adding to its long list of industry recognitions and honors.
The BLANCO 2013 Showroom Catalog won a Silver Davey Award and the BLANCO Faucet Brochure won a Silver as well.
The Davey Awards are overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. The eminent award honors the achievements of smaller firms with big ideas rather then big budgets. This year’s competition included 4,000 entries from around the world.
“This year’s Davey Award winners truly represent the best small firms worldwide,” states Linda Day, Executive Director of the IAVA. “The work entered into this year’s competition embodies a smart, tactful approach to creativity and highlights the capabilities and forward thinking mindset that makes small agencies so unique.”
“We are so honored to have won two 2013 Davey Awards for BLANCO,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Our distinction in creative work has been recognized by the IAVA leading team of premiere judges and top professionals from the industry and we are proud to have won a total of five Davey Awards to date.”
BLANCO’s past Davey Awards wins include the 2011 Gold Award in the Best Design/Print category for the BLANCO SILGRANIT® II Brochure and two Silver Awards for the BLANCO FLOW™ Picasso ad and the BLANCO SILGRANIT II Truffle ad.
BLANCO’s agency of record is Frank Advertising who has won numerous awards for its creative and strategic work on behalf of BLANCO.