Bloomingdale, Ill.—GROHE has introduced a new line of faucets that gives users the choice of drawing either filtered, still or sparking water directly from the kitchen. GROHE Blue Chilled & Sparkling is available starting in late 2011, and it’s being pegged as a convenient way to curtail the waste and cost associated with buying bottled water. The design blends a European minimalism with smooth curves available in U- and C-shaped spouts.
A single mixture lever controls water volume and temperature. There is also an additional rotating handle to control the flow of filtered water. The faucet eliminates the guessing game of filter replacement with a blue LED display that turns on when capacity falls below 10 percent. The filter comes in 150-, 400- and 800-gallon sizes that are housed below the sink. Filtered and unfiltered water are even separated and dispensed through different lines inside the faucet.
A professional carbonator and water cooler come standard with the GROHE Blue Chilled & Sparkling fixture. The units are tested to last more than 10 years for a family of four. The facet and filter system also comes with a glass serving carafe. The system was awarded the 2010 International Forum Design Product Design award for design excellence.