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Mar 22 2012

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A new sink, a new finish and Eric Ripert redux

I had the good fortune to spend yesterday morning at a press event for a new Blanco sink and some new Poggenpohl introductions. I say good fortune not only because the new products were oh-so-pleasing to behold and, in the case of the sink, touch, the event also fed me, along with a group of bloggers—some of whom were in New York from Europe to attend the Architectural Digest Home Design Show—so well.

The morning’s festivities kicked off with words of welcome from Ted Chappell, president of Poggenpohl U.S.,

followed by a presentation by Christy Emens, marketing communications manager for Blanco, who presented the company’s latest, Cerana, a fireclay apron-front sink designed to slide under a countertop in one of two ways.

Let me explain: one side has sharper corners for a more contemporary look, while the other boasts more rounded corners for a more classic appearance.

White and generous in depth (it measures 9 1/4 in.), it comes in a 30-in. or a 33-in. single-bowl model, as well as a 17 1/4-in. bar style, and is completely smooth to the touch and lovely to feel. It will be available mid-year.

We then were given a tour of the Poggenpohl introductions, which included +Artesio (not new) in a warm walnut veneer (yes, that’s new). It’s amazing the difference a change in finish can make!

The line was conceived by architect Hadi Teherani to include elements that lend the kitchen quasi-room definition; hence the ceiling element—which is accented with white LED lighting—in the installation and the arch in the linked image above. I imagine if set in an open-plan space with lofty ceilings, the concept would be especially dramatic. The hardware is also quite striking.

Last year, I wrote about an event announcing the collaboration between celebrated chef Eric Ripert and Poggenpohl and the interesting details he brought to kitchen design. I won’t go through them again, except to say that my, ah, “fixation” on the flush cooktop was fully satisfied yesterday, as we were treated to a demonstration of the benefits of such an arrangement. Here’s a photo I took of the new Eric Ripert Kitchen by Poggenpohl:

Here are the official photos:

And here’s one I took of something that looked delicious but never made it into my stomach (I told you they fed us well!):

Want to see the new Poggenpohl kitchens in the flesh? Check them out at the company’s showroom in the A&D Building.

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