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April 15, 2014

Franke at ICFF 2014

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FRANKE BOOTH #1153

See Franke in booth #1153, May 17-20 at the 26th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in the  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Brad Kiel, Vice President of Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Products Group, comments on Franke’s participation at ICFF,

Franke is excited to be unveiling a new sink series along with new concept products from the European market.

As a leader in kitchen systems, it is our goal to engineer and develop new and innovative products. ICFF will be a great venue for us to be able to listen to the A&D community as we introduce new products to the US market.”

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and this blog for regular updates on what new and very popular existing products will be showcased at the event. Don’t forget to use #ICFF to follow Franke in the conversation!

March 27, 2014

SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR KITCHEN

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Photo above: Franke KBX11028 undermount sink, KB-40S cutting board and FF7000A bridge faucet. KBX110-18 sink with roller mat (KB36-RM) and FFPS1300 faucet in kitchen island installation.

It’s Spring cleaning time and although it’s probably not your favorite time of the year, it sure is a nice feeling when the cleaning is done!  I’ve scoured (no pun intended!) the internet for simple suggestions from various sources and these are some of the ones I find to be most helpful in getting your kitchen sparkling clean:

Clean inside of cabinets and drawers. Remove everything from inside cabinets, wipe down shelves, and replace and reorganize items. Do the same for drawers.   This is a good time to go thru and clean out unused and expired items. [Tidymom.net]

Dust and clean light fixtures. Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing. If you have a light with exposed light bulb, turn the light off and when it’s cool, dust light bulbs too. [Tidymom.net]

Refrigerator - A good cleaning can make your refrigerator more efficient. Move it out from against the wall (if you can) to sweep behind it, and remove the grill to clean the coils. This will boost energy output, saving you money in the long run.

The sink! Did you know your sink can be one of the dirtiest spots in your home?  
Franke recommends various methods for cleaning your sink, whether it is stainless steel, granite or fireclay. Please follow these instructions with the utmost care.

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Looking for a place to store your sink sponges, etc.? Check out this clever concept tilt-out sponge storage.Photo Credit: Nar Fine Carpentry, Inc.

The Floors: Sweep the kitchen floor and follow by mopping using a solution of equal parts vinegar and hot water. The vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant and odor remover, and its scent will dissipate as it dries. [Foodnetwork.com]

Everyone is always looking for quick and easy ways to keep their kitchen clean. What do you find works best for your kitchen?

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 Krista Rivers
 Social Media Management
 Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Products Group
 twitter.com/frankeluxuryusa
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March 24, 2014

Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Product Group - 2014 Catalog

Did you know Franke's 2014 product catalog is available in an easy to read, flipviewer format? Take a look and pass it along! 

To request a printed copy, email ks-customerservice.us@franke.com.

February 19, 2014

Franke Continues Expansion to Better Serve US Market

Smyrna, TN - Franke is committed to growing the Kitchen Systems Division in the United Sates. Relocating to Smyrna, Tennessee allows Franke to utilize the strategic and technological advantages developed by the Foodservice, Coffee, and Resupply divisions. With a brand new team in place, Franke is excited to add two new Product Managers for the Luxury Division, Fausto Samaniego and Lars Christensen. Both are based out of our Smyrna, TN headquarters and report directly to Brad Kiel, Vice President of Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury segment.  Brad Kiel comments, “We are thrilled to have Fausto and Lars join our team. With their experience and industry knowledge, they will be a great addition to our new team”.

imageFausto Samaniego brings to Franke, over 15 years of product development experience. His product development focus has been in the durable goods category catering to the home building industry, with products sold through wholesale distribution, specialty retail showrooms, big box hardware and club centers. With his most recent role as a Sr. Product Manager at RSI Home Products, Fausto was responsible for developing and launching numerous bath cabinets and counter top products. 

imageLars Christensen has over 17 years of experience in the plumbing and wholesale industry. His previous roles with Hasgrohe include sales, product manager and Director of Product Development. He managed the product portfolio and product offering for the trade as well as retail. Lars also developed several highly successful product programs and launched them into the North American market.

Franke is thrilled to add to the team and looking forward to continued product innovation and new product launches in the very near future!

February 14, 2014

Fall in Love with Red Kitchens this Valentine’s Day!

Check out Franke's 'Fall in Love With Red Kitchens' board on Pinterest for some Valentine’s Day inspirations!

February 9, 2014

KBIS 2014 - FRANKE CONNECTS WITH INDUSTRY

Monday, February 3rd, Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Products Group provided Premier Sponsorship at the KBIS 2014 opening night party hosted by the NKBA.

Over 800 people from the Kitchen and Bath industry attended the event – the party proved to be a hit and gave colleagues, peers and friends a great opportunity to connect.

The exotic waterfall location at the Tryst Nightclub, Wynn, Las Vegas was the perfect venue.

Everyone from Franke Kitchen Systems Luxury Products Group would like to thank all who attended and are anticipating an even bigger and better KBIS 2015 – make sure to stay connected!

See more pictures from the event on our Pinterest or Facebook page…

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Tryst Nightclub, Wynn, Las Vegas

I have an HT-200 and the nylon fitting that allows the water to enter the tank has cracked. Can I buy the part to repair it?
Anonymous

Please send an email with your contact info and issue to ks-customerservice.us@franke.com and we can help. ~Thank you!

January 18, 2014

Kitchen Islands - Install a Second Sink for Added Kitchen Efficiency

Guest Blogger: Todd Vendituoli

Kitchen islands can serve a totally functional purpose in that they are a place to prepare food and help create a work triangle in the kitchen. The island can be an area for your food preparation, allowing easy access to the main sink. A second sink can be placed in the island for added kitchen efficiency.

Read more about what Guest Blogger, Todd Vendituoli has to say about ‘Kitchen Islands: Design, Form and Function’.

 
Image source: homecentrl.com

To read this blog in its entirety, click here.

Guest Blogger, Todd Vendituoli, works within the field of social media, using his 30 years of construction and design experience to help others understand and use social media in the home and kitchen and bath industries. Todd is the creator of HomeCentrl.com – an extension of his knowledge and highlighting everything about your home.

frankeluxuryusa:

Have you heard!? Franke is providing Premier sponsorship for KBIS 2014 opening night event! The event hosted by the NKBA is where the most established professionals in the kitchen and bath industry will be – the opportunity to support such an occasion was one Franke couldn’t pass up!

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December 17, 2013

Franke to Host Industry Twitter Chat

Chat Topic: The Holiday Kitchen
The kitchen plays an integral role in our holiday celebrations.

(Holiday kitchen photo: Franke Fireclay sink, Franke faucet, Grothouse Lumber countertop and Wood-Mode cabinetry)

Wednesday, December 18th , Franke will be hosting the final kbtribechat of 2013. Kbtribechat is a kitchen and bath chat for industry professionsals – contractors, designers, architects, bloggers, and other kitchen and bath manufacturers.

For more details on the chat, the questions that will be presented during the chat and to find out how you can participate, visit kbtribechat.com.

Krista Rivers
Social Media Content Manager for Franke Kitchen Systems