After more than 30 years of creating memorable and award-winning kitchen designs, Susan Palmer is retiring. But not before she blogs one more time! And we’re so appreciative that she’s posting here and that we were able to spend a wonderful weekend at IDS 2011 sharing her experiences with the BLANCO Design Council. (Of course all the greats retire and then come back… so can we really say this is her very last post?? SUSAN??)
IDS 2011 – Toronto, Canada
By Susan Palmer, CKD, CBD
With much appreciation to our host, Blanco, our visit to the beautiful city of Toronto Interior Design Show (IDS) 2011 show was a huge success. Before the show, our group traveled to the factory to see first hand the manufacturing of Blanco’s SILGRANIT II kitchen sinks. Mr. Flavio Bergamin, Blanco-Canada President, displayed all the qualities of a proud manufacturer as he personally gave us a tour of the facility.
Blanco’s new color, “Truffle,” will launch April 2011. The rich color works with cool, warm, dark or light color tones in the kitchen, and enhances granite and quartz countertops. Blanco points out, “SILGRANIT II sinks, made with 80% natural granite, are scratch, stain, acid and heat resistant; easy to clean and non-fading. These ultra-durable sinks come in 22 shapes and in 7 colors from cool to warm, boasting versatility and design.”
While the process of producing their beautiful sinks was enlightening, the most fun I had was trying to destroy the sinks! We tried various food products known to stain strongly, but with a soft scrub sponge and water, the stains washed away in record time. No harsh chemicals required!
My task was to take a stainless steel fork and scrape/gouge as hard as I could. What fun! After working really hard at it, the appearance of my toil looked horrible. I feared I had overdone my efforts, and ruined the sink.
Appearances can fool you, as the “damage” was metal fragments from filing down the fork, not cutting into the sink surface! Once again, the trusty soft scrub sponge did the job!
The crème dela crème was dropping a steel ball the weight of canned goods from a four-foot height…no problem! Not a dent or scratch left to show the nasty deed!
As a designer, I often have clients express concerns regarding color trends. Remodeling a kitchen is a large, long-term investment, and it’s understandable for people to hesitate during the selection process. While it’s “safe” to stay with basic neutral colors, remodeling is an opportunity to express your self and be unique. No one wants to be told their selections are passé’. I recommend using colors in low cost ways, such as painted walls or interesting backsplashes that can easily be changed in the future. For a more long-term item, I can see these Blanco colors being strong for many years to come. The powdered granite not only guarantees an almost impervious sink, the natural colors of the granite will always be fashionable.
According to Blanco, “Accenting the kitchen faucet with haute couture color is an exciting way to bring the inspirational hues of SILGRANIT II sinks out of the sink and onto the countertop,” says Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing for BLANCO. “It’s an eye-catching detail that adds a little extra something to the kitchen color palette. Color is innovation. And BLANCO is the color innovator.”
Joining a line of trend-provoking BLANCO color faucets including: Café Brown, Biscotti and Anthracite, Truffle will come in full color on the LINUS™, ACCLAIM™ and TORINO™. It will appear as a color accent on the chrome PURUS II™ (on the base).
While Blanco sinks are modern in shape, with the new colors added, I can see even very traditional style kitchens enjoying their use. Combining Oil Rubbed Bronze or Copper fixtures will be beautiful with the SILGRANIT II. Thank you for the opportunity to post! Please enjoy a few photos of Blanco’s booth at the IDS-2011 Toronto show.