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BLANCO Introduces QUATRUS R15 Medium Apron Front Sink

Posted on 28 May 2021 by cradmin

BLANCO has embraced small space living by adding the QUATRUS R15 Medium Apron to its stainless steel apron front sink collection. The QUATRUS R15 brings a whole new level of design versatility to space-challenged kitchens, even fitting compact 27-in. cabinets.

The new QUATRUS R15 Apron Front sink is an ultra-compact 25-in. wide farmhouse sink with a generous 9-in. bowl depth. The contemporary design features soft, rounded outside corners and easy-to-clean 15 mm radius inside corners.

According to the company, the result is a sink with a fresh, modern farmhouse look that will solve many of the challenges faced in compact kitchens. The QUATRUS R15 Medium is made of durable, 18-gauge stainless steel with 18/10 chrome-nickel content for exceptional luster and strength.

Optional accessories include a protective grid, 3-in-1 basket strainer, colander and custom-fitted cutting boards in glass or ash compound – efficiently extending the kitchen workspace, saving time and increasing ergonomics.

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Blanco Vintera Silgrant Sink

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BLANCO Introduces New VINTERA Contemporary Apron Collection

Posted on 08 April 2021 by cradmin

BLANCO introduced the VINTERA farmhouse sink collection – a clean, contemporary version of the apron front sink style with versatile installation capabilities. Farmhouse sinks are typically fitted as undermounts, but the unique design of the VINTERA also allows for a seamless flushmount placement. This unique option visually showcases a beautiful rim of SILGRANIT® color around the top of the sink, and is flush with the countertop. In addition to the flushmount look, the VINTERA is designed to bring further benefits as it fits into a standard base cabinet measuring the same width as the sink. This eliminates the need for custom cabinetry common with farmhouse sinks, making kitchen renovations easier for homeowners, designers and contractors.

The new farmhouse sink family includes two models, the VINTERA 30-in. Super Single and the VINTERA 33-in. Equal Double. Although the VINTERA has a slim 6-1⁄2-in. apron, it features a generous 9-in. bowl depth, making the sink both spacious and sleek. VINTERA has all the material advantages of SILGRANIT®, BLANCO’s patented granite composite material that is stronger and more durable than other sink surfaces according to the company. Non-porous and food-safe, SILGRANIT’s Hygienic Plus surface formula acts as a protective shield against dirt and bacteria and reduces bacteria growth by up to 98 percent.

Available color options include Anthracite, Biscuit, Café, Cinder, Coal Black, Concrete Gray, Metallic Gray, Truffle and White. Additional accessories include a floating grid and custom-fitted cutting board that provides an extra level within the sink and cultivates a more ergonomic experience.

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BLANCO IKON Low Divide Apron Sink Wins Design Awards

Posted on 24 December 2020 by cradmin

BLANCO has won two major design awards for their revolutionary new product, the IKON 33-in. 1-¾ Bowl Low Divide Apron sink. The IKON is recognized in the 2020 Architectural Products PIA (Product Innovations) Awards and the 2020 Residential Products MVP (Most Valuable Product) Awards. Each award recognizes the farmhouse sink for its ergonomic design that works hard to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience.

Additionally, the IKON 33-in. Low Divide earned an honorable mention from The Architect’s Newspaper 2020 Best of Products Awards.

Designed to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience, IKON is the world’s first apron front sink made of SILGRANIT®, BLANCO’s patented granite composite material. The new IKON sink’s convenient low divide that sits just 5-1/2-in. from the bottom of the sink, makes it easier to handle large pots and baking sheets while still dividing the sink into cleaning and prepping bowls. Because apron front sinks are installed a couple of inches closer to the user, they minimize the strain of reaching and leaning over a countertop.

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Blanco Rivana

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BLANCO Introduces the RIVANA Faucet Collection

Posted on 19 May 2020 by cradmin3

BLANCO introduced the RIVANA faucet collection to its line of options. Featuring modern, geometric styling with functionality home chefs will appreciate, the new BLANCO RIVANA collection includes semi-professional, pull-down and bar faucet options along with a coordinating soap dispenser.

Available in Polished Chrome and Stainless Finish, the RIVANA semi-professional and pull-down faucet models help make clean-up more efficient with their easy to maneuver design and powerful dual spray features. An innovative magnetic handspray holder on the Semi-Professional model enhances ease-of-use. A bar faucet and coordinating soap dispenser round out the collection allowing for a seamless design when incorporating additional sinks into other areas like a wet bar or kitchen island.

BLANCO RIVANA Semi-Professional Faucet measures 19 7/8” x 8 7/8” with 1.5 GPM powerful water saving performance.

BLANCO RIVANA Pull-Down Faucet (pictured) is 16 3/8” x 8 ½” with 1.5 GPM powerful water saving performance.

BLANCO RIVANA Bar Faucet is 15” x 7 1/8” with 1.5 GPM powerful water saving performance.

BLANCO RIVANA SOAP DISPENSER made with solid brass construction; Size: 1-3/8”; Outside Diameter: 1”; Reservoir: Approximately 12 oz.

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Blanco Ikon Apron

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BLANCO Presents New IKON Farmhouse Sink

Posted on 18 February 2020 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks, is elevating kitchen ergonomics with its new IKON® 33-in. Apron 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide sink. Designed to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience for all users, this apron front sink is crafted with the brand’s exclusive SILGRANIT® granite composite patented material available in nine trending colors.

The new IKON sink’s convenient low divide that sits just 5-1/2-in. from the sink bottom, makes it easier to handle large pots and baking sheets while still dividing the sink into cleaning and prepping bowls. Because apron front designs are installed further forward and eliminate the countertop, they minimize the need to lean over as much and help to reduce strain.

Available color options include Anthracite, Biscotti, Biscuit, Café Brown, Cinder, Metallic Gray, Truffle, White and Concrete Gray. Additional accessories available include: Small Grid, Large Grid, Floating Grid, Floating Cutting Board, 3-in-1 Basket Strainer, 3-in-1 Disposal Flange.

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2020 Announces Design Inspiration Award Winners

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2020 Announces Design Inspiration Award Winners

Posted on 10 December 2019 by cradmin

The 2019 winners of the 2020 Design Inspiration Awards have been announced.  The 2020 Design software allows kitchen, bathroom and closet designers to create visualizations using actual materials and finishes from a selection of manufacturer catalogs. Interior designers from all over North America submitted their best designs using the software.

There were five main categories for which designers could submit their entries: 2020 Inspiration, BLANCO America, Amerock, Kohler and Avanity. From almost 500 submissions, the winners of each category, as well as Voter’s Choice and an Expert’s Choice winners, were selected by a panel of experienced design judges.

The winners of the 2020 Design Inspiration Awards for 2019 are: 2020 Inspiration Winner Catherine Ouimet, Cuisine 3d360; Amerock Winner Kayla Herrick, Maureen’s LLC; Kohler Winner Steven Buck from Cabinets & Granite Direct; Avanity Winner Charity Faith Gilsdorf from Dream Kitchen & Bath; BLANCO America Winner Carolina Rivera from Armando Garcia Custom Cabinets (AGCC); Experts’ Choice Alex Légaré Grondin from Dkor.A; and Voters’ Choice Chris Purdy from TheRTAStore.com.

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BLANCO Earns Product Innovation Award

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BLANCO Earns Product Innovation Award

Posted on 19 November 2019 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, has earned an Architectural Products Magazine Product Innovation Award (PIA) for its QUATRUS®R15 ERGON Apron Super Single stainless steel sink. Now in their ninth year, the PIA awards honor innovation in the development of buildings-related products and are judged by a group of 14 independent industry professionals.

“For generations, BLANCO has focused on material development and lifestyle trends, enabling us to consistently design sinks that deliver superior functionality with beautiful styling,” notes Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “In the case of the QUATRUS®R15 ERGON Apron sink, we transformed a classic style into a more modern look while enhancing its functionality and we’re honored to have industry professionals recognize these innovations with this award.”

With a generous R15 radius, rear-positioned drain hole and a high ledge for custom accessories, the QUATRUS R15 ERGON offers users maximum workspace in, under and on top of the sink. Optional accessories include a grid, steel colander and wood cutting board – the QUATRUS R15 ERGON elevates a kitchen’s workspace and limits countertop clutter.

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Fabricator Spotlight: Metro Stone Works - Trends and Fabrication for the Laundry Room

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Fabricator Spotlight: Metro Stone Works – Trends and Fabrication for the Laundry Room

Posted on 20 June 2019 by cradmin

 

Metro Stone Works Family “Power” Team From Left to Right: Jeremy Powers, Nicholas Powers, Karen Powers, Nick Powers, Colby Powers

We asked Nicholas Powers, partner for Metro Stone Works, a family-owned and operated fabricator in Northern Virginia, what they are seeing in laundry rooms today and how fabrication is trending in this design space.

Are laundry rooms trending for you?  

We have noticed that laundry room countertops are trending and this seems to be the case in both the remodel and the new home construction segment as well.  Some builders are including the laundry room top as a standard granite top now.

What counter surfaces are most popular in laundry room? (Quartz, Granite, Porcelain, etc.)

For us, granite countertops have been the majority for laundry room tops, but engineered quartz has steadily increased over the last few years and is getting closer to 50/50 in terms of sales in comparison to granite for laundry room tops.

What finishes/colors are trending for you?  (White, Dark, Gloss, Matte, Pattern?)

Whites and greys, of course, are dominating in sales in terms of countertops currently. The majority of our sales are still “gloss finish” but both honed and even leathered finish sales have seen an increase within the past two years. The current trend for pattern is still the marble White Carrera or Statuary look. This has been the case and continues to be the strong demand as far as the pattern goes.

What do you recommend to designers/consumers for laundry and why? 

In a laundry room where detergents and bleach would be around, it’s hard to say one material is “better” than the other in that scenario. While engineered quartz is more “stain resistant” than most natural stones, both products can still be penetrated and etching and/or staining is still possible. With that said, both products are very durable and make for a beautiful and sustainable countertop for a laundry application.

Another material to think about in a laundry application would be Soapstone. Although Soapstone is a soft material that will scratch, it gives it a patina or in other words a lived-in finish. Soapstone is a good material and it is non-porous so it will not stain.

BLANCO’s LIVEN™ sink in SILGRANIT® offers a deep bowl and accessories ledge.

What makes for a good laundry sink?

Most sinks we sell in laundry countertops are either stainless steel, cast iron, or a stone composite sinks (such as BLANCO’s SILGRANIT® ) The majority of the sinks we sell in a laundry room top are undermount sinks. In discussions we have had, most customers look for a deep single bowl sink that they can rinse/clean items in. It’s also a nice option to have a small “ledge” within the sink for placing sponges, brushes, etc.

BLANCO’s LIVEN™ Laundry Sink in a recent project for Metro Stone Works

What edge is best for laundry work? (Surface edge)

We consider the decorative edge details to be more of a personal preference as opposed to being “suitable” for a certain type of room. All edges we offer are suitable for a laundry room top.

 

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BLANCO Partners with DIFFA For a Sixth Year

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BLANCO Partners with DIFFA For a Sixth Year

Posted on 11 April 2019 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, joins DIFFA for a sixth year as a Specify with Care® partner. Each time BLANCO’S new QUATRUS® R15 ERGON is specified, BLANCO will make a donation to DIFFA.

“We are honored to support DIFFA’s vital mission to battle AIDS,” states Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots design community organization into one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education in the U.S. and we are proud to continue our support as a Specify with Care partner.”

The QUATRUS R15 ERGON Apron Super Single sink refreshes the classic farm sink with a modernized look and functionality that meets the everyday needs of the most practical, yet beautiful kitchens. With a generous R15 radius, rear-positioned drain hole and a high ledge for custom accessories, the QUATRUS R15 ERGON offers users maximum workspace in, under and on top of the sink. Optional accessories include a grid, steel colander and wood cutting board – the QUATRUS R15 ERGON elevates a kitchen’s workspace and limits countertop clutter.

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On the Surface, Colors Matter: 2019 Color Trends in the Kitchen

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On the Surface, Colors Matter: 2019 Color Trends in the Kitchen

Posted on 26 March 2019 by cradmin

As kitchens cement their role as the home’s central gathering place, color is taking on an even more important role in design. Whether we are aware of it or not, color affects us on a deep subconscious level. Transcending beyond the name or number of a specific hue, color can tell a story beyond the visual senses. Homeowners and designers use color to personalize, create a focal point or to set the mood for their space. BLANCO recently surveyed top architects and designers to uncover current and future trends in kitchen color.

Gray elements in the kitchen have become more frequent and popular over the years. BLANCO demonstrates their latest color launch, Concrete Gray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to choosing a color for your kitchen, neutrals tend to win the game. According to about 67 percent of those surveyed, gray and white kitchens are the dominating design projects this year. Not only do they see the gray and white trend in paint choice and cabinetry, but these smart neutrals populate the sink area, as well.

Of those surveyed, 64 percent found that the most popular sink specified in 2018 was stainless. However, 54 percent of those anticipate the sink trend is moving towards neutrals that are in the white and gray category. Homeowners are looking for a timeless and transitional kitchen design that also makes a personal statement.

The gray trend is very timely considering BLANCO’s brand new SILGRANIT® sink color, Concrete Gray. Clean, organic and extremely balanced, Concrete Gray is at home in both urban and natural settings. Its revolutionary warm red and cool blue undertones make it BLANCO’s most versatile color yet. Right on trend, Concrete Gray is the perfect fit with a wide array of countertop and cabinet designs.

BLANCO’s Concrete Gray color as shown in their IKON 27” farmhouse sink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For trade professionals or consumers who want more assistance in specifying color for their sinks, BLANCO offers an app that helps match sink finishes to countertops:  The BLANCO SILGRANIT Mobile Color App

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