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May 10 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion.
Sponsored and Hosted by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join Franke on Wednesday, May 10 at 2pm eastern for a discussion of gourmet kitchen trends – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!
Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

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Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.
Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 10 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:
• What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?
• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counterspace)?
• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?
• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?
• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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May 4th at #KBtribechat – The Sink Zone

When designing a kitchen, the sink area is not only part of the work triangle but an important zone to consider.  The kitchen faucet is the most touched appliance in the room.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What features help create an efficient kitchen sink area?

2.) What are the pros and cons of single bowl vs double bowl kitchen sinks?

3.) Do you have a preferred kitchen sink material/color or does it depend on the countertop or kitchen style? Explain!

4.) What is your preferred kitchen faucet style and finish? Do you specify touchless? Why or why not?

5.) Please share tips to keep the sink zone clutter free and efficient.

Join this Twitter chat discussion

on Wednesday, May 4

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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What is the one kitchen accessory you can’t live without?

A design discussion sponsored and hosted by BLANCO.

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Accessories are a must have in a busy kitchen to keep things organized and stay on task. Which accessories are your favorites, the ones you can’t live without? Which are the ones that end up in the back of the junk drawer?

BLANCO has perfected the art of accessorizing around the kitchen sink – integrating countertop elements into the sink to form a workstation with convenient tools that help the busiest room in the home remain productive, space saving and beautiful at the same time. We hope to explore how fixtures and appliances can multi-task in the kitchen space as well as to incorporate accessories that add to the design of a kitchen, not add to the clutter. Share with us your favorites, the ones you won’t part with…

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This week’s topic explores the following questions:

1.) Accessories help keep the kitchen, often the busiest room of the house, clean and productive. When do you need accessories the most?

2.) Which accessories help you to be more environmentally friendly in the kitchen? Which ones help us with recycling, up cycling, composting, organizing, etc?

3.) Space saving design is not only desired, but necessary for productivity. What tools help save countertop space, drawer space, etc.?

4.) De-cluttering helps de-stress – organization helps to stay on track when entertaining guests or cooking for a family. What helps you avoid clutter?

5.) Keeping your kitchen appliances clean with proper maintenance is a key to ensuring they last a lifetime! What accessories keep your kitchen clean?

6.) There’s nothing more desired in the kitchen than creating an appetizing meal. What tools help you make the most delicious meals possible?

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Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, November 11

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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#KBtribechat at #ICFF

Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks, custom accessories, faucets, Little Butler hot and cold water filtration and waste disposers is excited to be exhibiting at ICFF for the second year in a row this May at New York City’s Jacob K. Javitz Center! makeitwonderful In celebration, Franke will be sponsoring and hosting KBtribechat on the first day of the show – Saturday, May 16th, at 2pm.   Join us in booth #1153.  Learn how the Franke Kitchen System name came to be and see Franke’s newest product additions. We will be having a giveaway too!  Don’t miss your chance to win a $100 gift card. When tweeting during KBtribechat, use the hashtags #KBtribechat along with #FrankeKitchenSystem.  Krista Rivers, Social Media Consultant for Franke will randomly select a tweet using these hashtags and present the user with a $100 gift card.  The randomly selected winner must be present in the Franke booth during KBtribechat to win. Brad Kiel, Franke Kitchen Systems’ Vice President of Luxury Products, will be there to discuss Franke’s new product line.  He will also be looking for our group’s feedback. frankeicfflogo The discussion questions:

Franke is the only company to offer an entire kitchen system product line by one company.

Q1.) Do you like the fact that Franke can offer you and your clients a single source to select the complete kitchen system

Q2.) What Franke kitchen system products are you partial to and why? Franke recently introduced the Planar 8 Kitchen Sink. This contemporary, sophisticated and stylish sink features 18 gauge stainless steel, designed and hand-fabricated in Italy.

Q3.) Franke’s stainless steels sinks are timeless and extremely durable, would you also like to see more colored/fireclay sinks introduced by Franke? What colors and configurations would you prefer to see?

Q4.) Do you feel there is need for a sink that offers your clients a solution for composting? If not at this time, how about in the future?

For ICFF media appointments with Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Products Group, please email john.oreilly@oreilly-depalma.com.

We have a group Pinterest board for images from this KBtribechat.

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Livable Design

BLANCO defines livable design as transitional in feel – but with organic lines that are naturally inspired and offer durability and easy-to-clean performance. It’s not enough to walk the line between traditional and modern… today’s styles must also be performance driven – they need to save water, last longer, be easy-to-use and easy-to-clean. They also need to offer organic lines – gently sloping and easy to match with today’s surfaces, cabinetry and flooring. Even modern cabinetry is reliant on nature’s palettes and textures so the fixtures must match.

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BLANCO is sponsoring and hosting our January 7, 2015 KBtribechat.  

Join us on Twitter from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

Here are their discussion questions:

Question 1: What is livable design? How are you inspired by organic themes?

Question 2: Colors are livable. What colors take their inspiration from nature?

Question 3: Ergonomics are important to livable design. How do ergonomics impact your designs?

Question 4: How does personalization play a role in livable design?

Question 5: Durability is a hallmark of livable design. Is quality making a comeback? Are we tired of a throwaway culture?

Question 6: As living spaces come together, how do open floor plans impact design?

Question 7: Open floor plans also mean keeping spaces uncluttered. What organization systems are you employing to keep it clean?

Find more information at BlancoAmerica.com.

Here is the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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How Do You Design A Kitchen?

Work Centers? Work Flow? What Fits?

BLANCO and Modenus will be hosting and sponsoring #kbtribechat on Twitter, Wednesday October 30th  from 2 to 3:00 PM.  Join us to discuss current design approaches to the kitchen.

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Get the sink selected and placed correctly, and the rest of the design flows from there.

To determine the best kitchen layout and sink placement, it’s helpful to focus on four scenarios of kitchen use: families with children, people with limited mobility, multiple users and solo users.

Before we zero in on who is using the kitchen, let’s discuss some factors to consider no matter who’s in there. These include common layouts and work zones. Kitchen layouts begin several different ways, such as from a “what’s got to fit” point of view. This requires looking at specific appliances or a specific cabinet range to work around, even though this may limit positioning choices.

Another option is to begin from a “workflow” point of view, such as the classic “work triangle” method, which is a sink, refrigerator and range in any arrangement. Another way of establishing a kitchen layout is by creating “work centers” or zones, where each type of task revolves around a specific area and set of appliances.

Join us for a #kbtribechat on “who is in the kitchen” – tips for designing a kitchen for different user groups as well as common layouts and work zone options. We’d love to hear more about how you approach kitchen design and to share your tips on designing for families, limited mobility, etc.

To learn more, we have a complementary CEU on kitchen design as well as a strong how-to video library on our website.

To get updates on new products, events or inspiration please follow BLANCO on social media, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or visit our weekly blog at http://www.blancobydesign.com.

#kbtribechat on Twitter ~ Wednesday, October 23 ~ 2 to 3pm eastern time

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