Black Lacquer Console Sink

antique marble sink on black lacquer console table by designer Melanie Pounds - House Beautiful via AtticmagHow an interior designer created a unique sink bathroom vanity using a custom black lacquer console table.

A unique scalloped marble sink — a flea market find — sits atop a custom black lacquer console table in interior designer Melanie Pounds’ master bathroom. I was enamored by 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 small but unique vessel sink is placed beneath a Newport Brass faucet mounted 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. An where is the microfiber cloth for wiping water spots off the mirror?  The desire to create an illusion of more space should never override function. 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.

(Source: House Beautiful)

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4 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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