I was delighted to see BLANCO sponsor and exhibit at our San Diego NKBA Industry Showcase on May 7. (In addition to being a Certified Kitchen Designer (http://www.jgkitchens.com/), author, blogger and journalist, I also serve our local Board as Chapter Representative.)
This annual “mini-KBIS” that we produce attracts major brands like BLANCO, Sub-Zero Wolf, Dacor, Daltile, Electrolux, et al that don’t show up at the national level, but enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with local designers. The same can be said of the hundreds of designers, contractors and architects who attend, but don’t travel to major conventions out of town.
I’ve been a part of all three Industry Showcases since I moved to San Diego in 2010, and always make it a point to stop by the BLANCO table to see the new releases. This year, area rep Tom Zimmerly of Associated Sales was handing out the new Cinder SILGRANIT® II color samples and shared with me that one of their hottest sellers lately is the ALTA white/chrome faucet paired with a white SILGRANIT® sink.
This share meshes perfectly with my own observations that the white kitchen trend is still huge in 2013, and that matte-metal combo faucets and matching composite sinks are another major trend. I saw them dominate at the IMM/LivingKitchen show in Cologne, Germany that I was fortunate to attend as a BLANCO Design Council member, and wrote about when I got back (http://www.jgkitchens.com/immlivingkitchen-2013-top-kitchen-style-trends/).
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing even more of the European BLANCO releases making their way into the US market.
FYI, firms interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the 2014 Industry Showcase can email email@example.com for more information. Attendee details will be posted on our website as plans develop.