Black Lacquer Console Sink

antique marble sink on black lacquer console table by Melanie PoundsThe desire to create an illusion of more space should never override function.

I was enamored with interior designer Melanie Pounds’ home when it was featured in a local Birmingham, Alabama magazine – especially her White Oak Cottage Kitchen.  Despite having two children and two pets, the couple purchased a small cottage and relied on her design skills to make each room feel larger.  While Pounds did not sacrifice aesthetics, it seems she did sometimes sacrifice the ease of day-to-day living, as shown in the master bathroom.  The unique scalloped marble sink, a flea market find, sits atop a custom black lacquer console.  A wall mount Newport Brass faucet was placed on a mirrored wall.  While the bathroom was not shown in its entirety, I can’t help but wonder where the hand soap and towel are located, as well as grooming necessities for two people… and the microfiber cloth for wiping off water spots.  While I do find this set-up visually appealing, it seems better suited to a powder room.  And what a stunning powder room it would be.

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(Source: House Beautiful)

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2 Responses to “Black Lacquer Console Sink”

  1. Kelly @ JAX does design November 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    That’s a very pretty & unique bathroom sink, but I agree with you, aesthetics seem to have won out over functionality. Unless the outside of the sink is cleaned every day, I imagine there will be quite an accumulation of soap & toothpaste & other not-so-nice dirty stuff over time! And I can see that framed picture getting splashed every time the sink is used. Overall, I don’t think vessel sinks are all that practical for every day, regular use. I do love the wall-mounted faucet, though.

  2. Christina A. November 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    My neck hurts just thinking of how I’d get my head under that tap during toothbrushing!

    Thanks for pointing out the importance of functionality in design – it’s easy to get caught up in the fairy-tale of cute decor!

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