GROHE Garners Fifth “red dot: Best of the Best” Award

Coveted design award goes to innovative kitchen faucet Minta Touch

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2014 – The 2014 edition of the “red dot award: Product design 2014” once again saw GROHE prove its prowess as a leading manufacturer of premium kitchen, bath and shower fixtures. Apart from picking up awards for its Thermostat Grohtherm 2000, its GROHE Rainshower® Flower Collection* and its Eurodisc Joy* line of faucets, GROHE also won the "red dot: Best of the Best" award for its Minta™ Touch kitchen faucet. This marked the fifth time in seven years that GROHE was able to secure what is arguably the design community's most coveted accolade.
The Minta Touch’s elegant silhouette has already made this kitchen faucet a design classic that continues to win favor among discerning consumers worldwide. Now incorporating the innovative EasyTouch technology, GROHE Minta Touch is a hybrid faucet, offering two modes of operation. In addition to conventional lever operation, the flow of water can also be triggered by skin contact with any part of the spout.

This means whenever fingers are dirty from preparing food, a simple touch with the back of the hand or the lower arm will start the flow of cool and cleansing water. This unique touch sensor technology has reinvented the kitchen faucet and repositioned it as a modern product for 21st-century lifestyles. The Minta Touch comes in three designs, L-spout, C-spout and C-spout with GrohTherm® Micro thermostatic scalding technology, and two finishes, GROHE Starlight® Chrome and SuperSteel Infinity Finish™.
Paul Flowers, Senior Vice President of Design at Grohe AG, said: “When we set out to create GROHE Minta Touch, we started by exploring the boundaries of modern technology in cooperation with our colleagues in R&D. This is why we take pride not only in the faucet’s technical and visual features but also in the cooperative spirit that made it possible in the first place. Winning the ‘red dot: Best of the Best’ is clearly the result of a team effort and we appreciate this award as a very special accolade.”
Minta Touch faced some tough competition in this year’s “red dot award: Product Design”. A panel of 40 judges scrutinized and tested a total of 4,815 entries submitted by 1,816 manufacturers, designers and architects from 53 countries. The awards were presented at the red dot gala event held in the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany, on July 7.

“With the Minta Touch kitchen faucet, users experience magic,” stated the red dot jury of international design experts. “Well-implemented technology has resulted in a kitchen faucet of particular quality.”

*Products not available to U.S. market
About GROHE
GROHE faucet and shower products are distributed in more than 180 countries and represent nearly 80 years of excellence in European design, innovation, engineering and quality.

GROHE America’s headquarters are in the heart of the Flatiron district and houses the GROHE Live! Center, an interactive showroom created for inspiration and collaboration.

The GROHE Group is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings, comprises Grohe AG, Hemer; Joyou AG, Hamburg and other subsidiaries in foreign markets. With its global GROHE brand, the GROHE Group relies on its brand values quality, technology, design and responsibility to deliver “Pure Freude an Wasser”. With the JOYOU brand, the Group covers the fast growing Chinese market.

The GROHE Group was purchased by the LIXIL Group and the Development Bank of Japan in January 2014. The LIXIL Group is the global leader in the building materials and housing equipment industry. GROHE and Joyou remain independent within the LIXIL Group.

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