Blanco has received a very special accolade: no fewer than four of its products have received the internationally renowned red dot product design award. “Four red dots in one year – that’s pretty impressive confirmation of the success of our design philosophy,” CEO Achim Schreiber is delighted to report. These quadruple wins are a record in the company’s history. And the fact that design is a basic principle to Blanco, the kitchen technology specialist, is reflected in the countless awards and prizes that the company has so far received for its sinks, mixer taps and waste systems.
The two sinks and mixer taps, which have only just been launched on the market, convinced the 30-strong international panel of judges, which was faced with the challenge of examining a total of 4515 submissions from 58 countries over several days. The specific criteria included the degree of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and ecological compatibility.
Both Blancoandano, the versatile stainless steel sink programme with the striking radii and elegant looks, and the new sink module Blancomodex-M 60 in Silgranit PuraDur II, which makes an architectural statement in the kitchen, perfectly interpret the high level of functionality and quality and the advantages of the various materials. Excellent designs and functional refinement are other key characteristics of the two award-winning mixer taps. Blancoyovis S was clearly inspired by nature and appeals for its filigree looks, while Blancovonda is notable for its straight lined looks, and has an ergonomic front control.
Head designer Brigitte Ziemann: “Not only does the discerning, innovative design call for a conceptually convincing basic idea and independent, formally clear characteristics, but the excellent technical quality of the execution is no less relevant, both with regard to the material quality and to the processing technology.” The designer’s responsibilities therefore also include the subtle use of the durability of technical limits in industrial series production. Thus product design could also act as a motor in the technological further development in industrial manufacture. “Exploring limits and moving boundaries – two points that basically apply to every area in the product development and manufacturing process of a future-oriented, leading brand such as Blanco. We are particularly proud of these four awards because the results are based on a shared understanding of design and the extraordinary commitment to it throughout the company.
The red dot is an international benchmark for excellent design. This year, the international jury of 30 highly qualified independent specialists chose the winners from a total of 4515 submissions. The awards ceremony will take place on 2 July 2012, as usual in the Aalto Theatre in Essen and hosted by Professor Dr. Peter Zec, and is the highlight of this year's competition. Like all award-winning products, the Blanco sinks and mixer taps will then go on display in a special exhibition in the red dot design museum on the Zollverein colliery World Heritage Site in Essen. The red dot design museum houses some 1500 products and is the largest permanent exhibition of contemporary design anywhere in the world.