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Brizo adds TONS of models to the 3D Warehouse

Some of the finest faucet models in the 3D Warehouse just got a whole lot more awesome recently.

Brizo and Igloo Studios have released 103 new Sketchup models of some of the best faucets around.  They're available for free on the 3d Warehouse for you to use in your next Sketchup model.

They are beautifully modeled as well.  Take a look at this side by side comparison of a Sketchup model, and an actual faucet.  I know what you're thinking, it's rendered.  Well, it's not.  Igloo has a fantastic method of taking photo textures and wrapping them around 3D models so that these faucets look great at any angle.

But wait, there's more!

These beauty of these Sketchup models, much like Brizo faucets is more then skin deep, they're quite smart.  They are embedded with information that can help you, the designer use these in your model and get the information you need, see this screen shot from Sketchup:

Dimensions, model numbers, and even a link back to the faucet on the website are all there.

But wait, there's EVEN MORE!

So you've built your fantastic model, and you want to get a list of all those Brizo faucets you've specified so that you can order them really easily.  You CAN do that.  Just use Product Connect, a free plugin for Sketchup that allows you to run reports on your models.  Igloo and other companies have made tons of Product Enabled models that you can use.  If you want add information to your own models so that you can get a report, you can do that easily with their plugin.  I'd explain it more, but I think this video can best do this awesomeness justice:

Happy modeling (and specifying!)


Brizo Blogger 19 Contest Winner

Brizo has always been very outgoing and friendly to the design blogger community.

Over the past few years they've invited bloggers to come out to Fashion Week in NYC to participate in wonderful design challenges with them.  I was lucky enough to be one of those.

Back in November they reached out to all of us and gave us a challenge:  Design a bathroom with the new stylish line of Jason Wu products they are releasing.  I did, and while I didn't win, Kerrie Kelly did.

You can see her winning design here.  Great work, and it was a nice touch with the Jason Wu quote!  Congratulations!

Brizo Faucets vs Miami Vice

Out with the old, and in with the new!

I am sure most kitchen designers out there have seen this in their designs, using their "favorite" design program:

There's an old TV show that comes to mind whenever I see this...
Well, with the help of Brizo Faucets, Igloo Studios, and Sketchup, you can now have cool faucets like this:

How much better does that look?  Even if you don't like that faucet, the beauty is in the utility, as that faucet ACTUALLY EXISTS!  Yes, its a Brizo Faucet that can be found right inside Sketchup from their 3D warehouse collection.  So whether or not you think its good looking or not, your client might love it!

Now, about that utility part....  This faucet does more then just put on a good show, it actually helps you out with your work...  Do remember what I have been saying in the past that Sketchup is becoming your one stop place for design information?  Well check out what you can get if you "right click" on this faucet and select "Dynamic Components" and then "Options":

Now this has got some important technical information in it, kinda boring, but necessary at times.  The really useful and cool part is the "Product page" link in there, that brings you to this page:

Thats right, without ever leaving Sketchup you can search for, and insert Delta and Brizo faucets right into your model!  Imagine doing a design with a client, and you are deciding on faucets, would you rather flip through a spec book, or show them their faucet, in their kitchen, live in 3D?!  The best part too is that with the website links, all the options, and prices are right there!
Sketchup can help sell kitchens, and now it can help sell faucets!  Miami Vice was good, but who really watches that show anymore?
Try these models out, open Sketchup's component browser, and search for "Brizo"