Archive for December, 2009
BLANCO MicroEdge™ received a prestigious honorable mention in the K+BB Product Innovator Award announced just last week. Only nine products were selected to receive K+BB’s recognition as a “stand out” for 2009. A panel of esteemed kitchen and bath designers carefully evaluated and passionately discussed the entries. As always, those that made the final list distinguished themselves based on four criteria: originality, aesthetics, functionality and consumer appeal. Mark Brady, owner of Mark Brady Kitchens and a panelist commented, “This sink is just beautiful!” He saw MicroEdge as a “perfect solution” to solving retrofit situations. Click below to see all the winners on K+BB TV.
BLANCO’s Diamond SILGRANIT™ II sink is featured in December’s issue of Workbench Magazine. This inexpensive makeover helped the homeowners update the look and function of their kitchen in just one weekend.
BLANCO MicroEdge™ (FLOW™) won Interior Design’s prestigious Best of Year Award in the competitive Kitchen Fixture Category. Winners were announced live on December 3, 2009 during a magnificent celebration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This is the 4th annual Best of Year Awards, the industry’s preeminent design competition recognizing superior projects and products in 65 categories. MicroEdge also won Professional Builder’s Top 100 Best New Products Award earlier this year and FLOW won an international red dot award.
The magazine received over 1,200 entries and the online voting system garnered nearly 30,000 votes, narrowing down the category finalists. A subsequent judging by panel occurred the week following to determine the 2009 Best of Year winners. Judges included Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio; Ali Tayar of Parallel Design; John Bricker of Gensler; Rick Focke of HOK; Mark Zeff of Zeff Design; Todd DeGarmo of Studios Architecture; and Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen, who selected winners from a total of 247 finalists in 64 categories.
“This is a proud moment for all of BLANCO,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “Interior designers participated in voting for the finalists which means our product, our brand was recognized by the design community with their highest compliment. Our win is especially sweet given the other nominees in the category namely Philippe Starck (Duravit), Jamie Drake (Elkay) and Kohler’s Chef Inspired Collection. Considering the competitive field, BLANCO stood tall because designers immediately recognized the innovation and craftsmanship surrounding the MicroEdge FLOW concept. What a stunning launch and validation for the STEELART® brand going forward!”
BLANCO, German innovator of quality engineered stainless steel since 1925, will partner with Battersby Danielson & Associates in Indiana (excluding Counties of Lake, Porter, and La Porte) effective December 1, 2009.
BLANCO has worked aggressively to increase their share of market in the United States, partnering with premium sales groups and rep firms throughout the country. As part of this strategy, BLANCO launched an exciting array of new products in 2009, including the award-winning MicroEdge™ technology and SILGRANIT® II. In addition, BLANCO launched their exclusive STEELART® line of sinks and faucets at the 2009 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
Kevin Madsen, Central Regional Sales Manager for BLANCO states, “Battersby Danielson & Associates offers an exceptional level of service for our markets in Indiana and we look forward to joining the stable of premium brands that they represent.“
Battersby Danielson & Associates represents premium brands in the plumbing & heating industry, calling on architects/engineers, builders, plumbing & heating retailers, manufactured housing and wholesalers. They are located in Indianapolis, IN.