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BLANCO wins the honorable 2013 KBCULTURE AWARD for the striking BLANCO MODEX kitchen sink workstation. Sleek in design, the innovative sink belongs to the BLANCO SILGRANIT® II collection. MODEX is also a 2013 IDEA (International Design Excellence Award) Finalist and a 2012 Red Dot International Design Award winner for its distinct raised profile, cubic style and innovative dual draining system.
KBCULTURE offers a popular and selective review of products, places and perspectives central to kitchen and bath design. The site is produced by Leslie Clagett, a well-known industry editor and author and has a following of thousands around the world.
“In the kitchen, islands, while frequently loaded with functional elements are often flat, visually empty planes,” states Clagett. “With its sculptural, above-counter profile, MODEX changes that, adding much-needed dimension to the island without sacrificing work space.”
The coveted IDEA competition draws thousands of entries each year from 39 countries around the world. Winners include standouts from Method, Samsung, Herman Miller, Microsoft, OXO, Panasonic and more.
Noteworthy characteristics of MODEX include its resistant to heat, chips, scratches and food acids. It also offers the impervious Hygienic+Plus protection that shields against bacteria and dirt, making it safe and enjoyable for the entire family.
MODEX comes in Cinder, Anthracite and White – it retails for $1,750.
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 has proudly won the 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award for its beautiful BLANCO MODEX™ kitchen sink workstation and for the BLANCO CERANA™, the uniquely reversible apron front fireclay sink. Presented by the world famous Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design along with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the award is given for design in excellence worldwide.
CERANA is BLANCO’s first Fireclay sink in the U.S. market, and offers a unique reversible design that goes from traditional to contemporary while offering exceptional style and versatility. The smooth non-porous finish makes it easy to keep clean while the ultra-slim shape makes it simple to install.
BLANCO’s award-winning MODEX offers a distinctive raised profile that sits above the counter. MODEX features a generous amount of work space thanks to its design that allows for draining in two directions and a large integrated cutting board. One of the newest additions to the BLANCO SILGRANIT® II collection, this handsomely crafted modern sink embodies a high design standard with its extraordinary form and generous, flowing surfaces.
“It is a true honor for BLANCO’s CERANA and MODEX to be recognized internationally by the GOOD DESIGN Award jury,” states Tim Macher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “It is our third time winning the GOOD DESIGN Award and we are humbled by the fact that we were selected out of thousands of amazing products from 48 countries. This prestigious award certainly validates our determination and passion for creating high performance, high quality designs without compromise for beauty or the environment.”
Founded in 1950, The GOOD DESIGN Award is the oldest and most globally recognized design excellence program.
The following guest post by Kelly Morisseau first appeared on her blog – Kelly’s Kitchen Sync. Kelly Morisseau is a member of the BLANCO Design Council and allowed us to repost this story which generated a comment about its BLANCO sink:
Hi Kelly, I started reading your blog and LOVE it. I am obsessed with that Blanco Kitchen Sink in this post.
So of course – we had to share. Here is Kelly’s post:
Last week, I posted a companion piece to Kitchen and Bath Ideas magazine, “One Kitchen, Two Budgets” article: the budget kitchen version. This week we’re going to look at the no-holds-barred-okay-maybe-some custom version.
Here’s the cost-savings kitchen layout from last week:
Here’s the custom version for this week:
A FLOATING ISLAND CONCEPT
Dividing walls are gone — they are not helpful if your guests are mingling between fabulous other rooms and the kitchen. My vision (apparently) was the concept of “floating” materials – the back glass-door cabinets are “floating” off the floor (conveniently hiding the new sink area), and the rest of the island hovers through a “picture frame” in what used to be the sink wall.
NEW PANTRY AND INTEGRATED REFRIGERATOR
The new pantry has custom doors that glide open but the interior structure of the pantry doesn’t change. You also don’t notice a refrigerator because it’s integrated with the pantry on the left wall – it’s the “pantry” doors furthest away. See the dark cubicles above the entire pantry area? They’re for artwork, but also for another idea – two of them are open in the back so that the light from the kitchen penetrates into the pantry area itself.
COOKTOP AND OVEN WALL
This is what you saw in the magazine…well, Kitchen and Bath Ideas hired an illustrator to come up with a much prettier version of this. What you can’t see here – the space below the Bisque painted wall cabinets are appliance garages, 8” deep for spices, oils, peppers, salts and knife blocks. The counter with the induction cooktop is a version of a waterfall counter – 3″ thick counter which spills over the sides of the section to the floor. They look like legs here. The backsplash is a combination of a boxed out tiled detail behind the cooktop and Concetto Gray Agate backlit on either side.
A couple of caveats:
- These graphics aren’t stellar so the color doesn’t pop like I wanted them to. Colors would be much richer and the textures would play off on each other if this was real.
- I have the lighting plan all in my head but it’s not in here, sadly.
- Computer graphics don’t really get the materials – I’ll show you some of the goodies.
- For those of you who thought we got a deal on the Concetto (the colorful backsplash on either side of the range wall priced in the magazine, you’re right. My apologies. I priced a remnant from a supplier and I should have bought it because I’ll never get another incredibly hot deal like that again in my lifetime.)
- If I was designing this in real life, I would have revisited those two dark wall cabinets on either side of the hood. Time was tight and I think I might have eliminated them entirely.
This was the material I was discussing in the disclaimers above: the Caesarstone Concetto Gray Agate 8311 backlit wall panels on either side of cooktop. Definite high-end and luxury material.
Hood backsplash material: Porcelanosa Jersey Antracita 12×35 Here’s another look:
Pendant set within the wall opening: Corbett Lighting Shoji medium light, 105-42 10” wide x 19” h
Flooring: Porcelanosa Toscano Antracita, 7 x26 “Wood” Tile
Column Opening (walls were tiled in around the frame): PorcelanosaTalis Beige, 8 x 13
Crystal cabinets: “Slate” stained wood, and EV Cherry slab. Ignore door style on left – this was for color
Island sink: BLANCO 440408 Precis Multilevel 1-3/4 with Drain, in Anthracite with accessories
Engineered for smaller spaces, CRYSTALLINE’s compact, hideaway design offers up clean lines, contemporary details, innovative features and premium quality.
BLANCO debuts the iF award-winning BLANCO CRYSTALLINE compact sink. The integrated opaque safety glass functions as a cutting board, visually hiding the sink while creating valuable counterspace in tight kitchen spaces. Crafted with BLANCO’s MicroEdge™ technology, the sink drops into the countertop with a virtual flush edge, creating a seamless look that is easy to maintain.
“The BLANCO CRYSTALLINE single bowl sink is truly multifaceted with its integrated safety glass cover,” stated Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “A beautiful BLANCO sink design is a given, but we always push the envelope to include functional details that respond to today’s kitchen trends. Small metropolitan kitchens have always lacked in space. With CRYSTALLINE, there’s no reason why the space-deficient kitchen should suffer in either design or function.”
The BLANCO CRYSTALLINE sink is available in black or white, comes with a limited lifetime warranty and retails for $2,495. The sink depth measures 7 1/8” and is 17.5” wide x 20 ½” long. Made from 304 series, 18 gauge stainless steel and 18/10 chrome-nickel content, the unique satin polished sink withstands the everyday corrosion action of foods and is easy to clean.
Other features include:
- Pop-up European strainer button drains the sink without putting a hand in dishwater.
- The safety glass cover functions as a cutting board for more workspace – or to hide dirty dishes.
- A small upper tray is perfect for storing sponges.
On this episode of “Kitchen Crashers” it was Jessica and CJ’s lucky day when they met designer contractor, Alison Victoria, while out shopping at Lowe’s for the afternoon. When the couple brought Alison and her team back to their home, the old, dark and gloomy kitchen was revealed. It was going to be a lot of hard work but Alison had positive thoughts about what could be done to create a masterpiece. The couple got right into action and it looked like they were really enjoying breaking down their old kitchen! With some new counter tops, cabinets and a fabulous BLANCO PRECIS SILGRANIT II® Truffle kitchen sink and PURUS faucet, things were beginning to come together. CJ even got his dream come true when a flat screen television which was installed right into the kitchen wall! After three days, their kitchen was transformed into a bright, shiny, colorful and spacious gathering space, where family and friends could come together and share a whole bunch of laughs and memories.
A unique chamfered rim edge delivers an intriguing appearance – making BLANCO VISION the focal point in any kitchen.
BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, debuts the BLANCO VISION designer sink in the SILGRANIT II series. Sleek, stylish and visionary, the high-end compact sink gives a whole new meaning to affordable luxury retailing at only $495. The unique chamfered rim is an intriguing design element creating a subtle focal point for an undermount sink. With a palette of 4 colors, the durable VISION SILGRANIT II sinks coordinate beautifully with a range of countertops and its patented surface won’t scratch, chip, stain, burn or fade.
“BLANCO VISION’s compact design and eye-catching style is perfect for smaller kitchens with limited space,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “The high-functioning VISION single bowl comes with a unique chamfered rim edge providing the ideal balance of form and functionality with plenty of space for large pots and dishes.”
BLANCO VISION comes in four popular SILGRANIT II colors including Truffle, Biscotti, Anthracite and Café Brown. VISION retails $495.
Why choose SILGRANIT? Click here to find out…
- Substantial single bowl depth of 8”
- Designed for 27” cabinets (18”w x 24”l)
- Rear positioned drain
- Heat resistant up to 536º F
- Comes with limited lifetime warranty
CERANA is BLANCO’s first Fireclay sink in the U.S. market, and offers a unique reversible design that goes from traditional to contemporary offering exceptional style and versatility
BLANCO adds another stunning and durable fixture to their collection – the reversible BLANCO CERANA Apron Front sink. CERANA is BLANCO’s first Fireclay sink in the U.S. – made of natural material that is highly resistant to shock, heat, acid, discoloration and chips. The unique, reversible design with two different corner radius measurements adds versatility as the ultra slim sink installs to feature either a traditional rounded or contemporary contoured apron front.
The newest material in luxury is actually centuries old. Fired at an intense heat of over 2100 degrees Farenheit for up to 20 hours, Fireclay sinks were first used in the late 1800s. BLANCO CERANA keeps the tradition alive while adding modern benefits of computer aided kiln production that keeps temperatures consistent for high quality control, a tight radius and a smooth non-porous finish that is extremely durable plus easy to clean. The hand-finished CERANA combines artisan technique, high tech automation and a special recipe of fine granular materials, which give the ultra slim, sink its high mechanical strength.
“The luxurious BLANCO CERANA makes a statement on many levels,“ states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “We’re seeing the fusion of traditional and contemporary in kitchen design today. Comfort and durability blended with sophisticated styling. The same is true of CERANA. Age-old fireclay artisans blend computer engineering to take fireclay to the next level in slimness and functionality. CERANA is also uniquely reversible which allows a designer or homeowner the choice of installing it with a traditional rounded or contemporary contoured look. What’s old is new – translating material function and traditional beauty into today’s modern kitchen.”
The BLANCO CERANA sink comes in two reversible apron front single bowl styles (30” and 33”), one bar bowl style (17.25”) and retails from $595 to $1,295. It will be available in mid 2012 and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
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Christy Emens spoke with the Cajun Contractor, Michael King recently about BLANCO sinks and faucets. Christy described the history of BLANCO, a family owned company with one of the broadest portfolio of quality sinks and faucets. These innovative products don’t just look good but also serve a functional need in the home. Michael King asked about trends and Christy spoke about the sink as part of a living kitchen design. To hear more, click the link to find the archives for February 25th and then click on hour 1.
New Trends in Kitchen Sink/Faucet Designs:
New sinks, like the BLANCO CRYSTALLINE offer an integrated cutting board that actually hides the sink when not in use. The sink is the heart of the kitchen – one of the hardest working appliances in the home. Sinks today do double duty for prep and cleaning to save space in the kitchen.
Chef-inspired themes are still hot but the designs are becoming sleeker and more sophisticated. The CULINA with its closed coil design prevents entanglement and is easier to clean with a streamlined look.
BLANCO’s SILGRANIT® II sinks made of granite and a patented formula of acrylic resins are indestructible and are one of the hottest growing segments in BLANCO’s product line. Their beautiful colors and durable construction are hitting a hot button with consumers.
Consumers want to feel good and will lean towards green companies like BLANCO. The SOLON Compost Systems lets consumers design green living into their kitchens while saving counter and under counter space.
For more trends, click on the link to hear the entire show.