Photography courtesy of GROHE
FOOT CONTROL + Exposé
In an exclusive interview with GROHE’s Foot Control Technology, which took time out of
its busy day of simplifying its user's ability to get
the washing done, i+s sat down with the new
line to learn more about the enhancement feature
for the manufacturer’s kitchen faucets. The
following is a personal glimpse into its history,
technical makeup, and the role it plays in both
GROHE’s lineup and the design world as whole.
WHO ARE YOU?
The name’s Foot Control Technology and I
update select GROHE kitchen faucets to enable
hands-free functionality. My activation plate can
be installed in the toe space of the cabinet;
when you need to activate the faucet, simply
give me a tap with your foot. It’s a classic
“look, Ma, no hands!” moment.
ASIDE FROM SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE,
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU MADE OF?
I’m “made” when paired with GROHE kitchen
faucets: K7®, a contemporary statement; and
LadyLux3 Café, a transitional look.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK?
I got my foot in the door at this year’s Kitchen &
Bath Industry Show. Despite being in Las Vegas—
the mecca of performers and acrobats—I would
argue the best “toe touches” were happening
right in the GROHE booth.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the
GROHE Design Studio is located, and am now
in my first year in the United States.
WHAT’S THE RUMOR MILL CHURNING OUT ABOUT
YOU THESE DAYS?
Actually, I have a squeaky-clean reputation,
which matches my overall stance on cleanliness.
Because my innovative enhancement means
touch-free operation, I can help reduce the
spread of germs around the kitchen.
WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE THE PAPARAZZI
In the GROHE Live! Center—a kitchen and bath wonderland nestled in the Flatiron District of New York City.
IF YOU COULD GET ONE PLASTIC SURGERY
PROCEDURE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
No surgery needed here! I’m perfect just the
way I am.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TURN ON?
My biggest turn on is being turned on!
When someone taps a foot on me, it really gets
Tarnishes and scratches on the faucet. Thankfully,
K7® and LadyLux3 Café both feature GROHE
StarLight® surface technology, which is resistant to
dirt and scratches, ensuring a good-as-new look
for many years.
WHO IS YOUR CURRENT BESTIE?
I have several BFFs, ranging from architects
specifying me for restaurant kitchens to
designers who choose me for residential
applications. I fit in whether it’s a home for
foodies or design enthusiasts.
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