MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH DIFFA - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
BLANCO has joined DIFFA’s Specify With Care® program, and will support the foundation with a donation when their award-winning BLANCO ATTIKA™ sink is specified.
“Support from Specify With Care Affiliates, like BLANCO, ensures that DIFFA has the resources to help HIV/AIDS organizations year-round and is able to respond quickly to the needs of the organizations it supports,” states Johanna Osburn, executive director for DIFFA. “Specify With Care Affiliates distinguish themselves as socially conscious companies that support a cause that has had a significant impact on the design community.”
The BLANCO ATTIKA sink with its elevated modern rim design and bold architectural character has won many prestigious design honors for its one-of-a-kind elevated rim geometry including being voted the “Best of The Best” at the Interior Innovation Award 2013, receiving the Red Dot Design Award, Good Design Award and the 2013 iF Product Design Award.
For more information visit www.diffa.org.
Welcome to the personalization issue – featuring our new BLANCO ONE™ Sink Collection. By far, the biggest design trend that connects with both consumers and designers is the idea of individualization. We have so many options in front of us each day that we truly believe there is one product, made just for us and for our life. That’s the inspiration for ONE. It’s a sink that lets you customize the features to create a personal workstation. We’ve dedicated this issue of Inspirations to the idea of personalization in design. We hope you enjoy it.
BLANCO wins the distinguished 2013 Good Design Award for its elegant stainless steel BLANCO ATTIKA top-mounted kitchen sink. The elegant sink with its one-of-a-kind elevated rim geometry won in the Kitchen/Appliances category. The Good Design Award is the oldest Design Awards program organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
This year over 700 new products and graphic designs were selected from over 38 countries.
“Winning the distinctive 2013 Good Design Award 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 honor and for being recognized 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 and the 2013 iF Product Design Award.
BLANCO recently was featured on A Taste of New York TV. Their March Home Design Show featured the new BLANCO ONE™ Collection in the Long Island, New York showroom of Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly. Grace Kelly and Christy Emens discussed their favorite ONE accessories and how to personalize a BLANCO Sink for your kitchen. Personalization is one of the biggest trends in design today. To learn more, watch this informative segment here.
Trying to select a faucet for your kitchen can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be.
In their latest how-to video, BLANCO, offers an in-depth look into how to select the ideal faucet for your kitchen. You can click the link to view this new video: “How to Select a Faucet By BLANCO”.
“Faucets are the jewelry of the kitchen and one of the most utilized features in your home,” states Emens.
Emens specifically shows what to look for when purchasing a faucet and the kinds of features or elements that the consumer should be aware of when doing so.
Features such as single levers (which help to control water volume and temperature safety), to learning how counter thickness and spray features can influence the buying decision.
To learn more about other BLANCO how-to videos, please visit or subscribe to BLANCO’s YouTube Channel.
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.