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!”