A fabulous sink gives instant personality to a bath
My very first renovation experience was a town house in Chicago done in conjunction with a very capable architect. At the time I was focused on the kitchen at the expense of the bathrooms and, as a result, I wound up with sinks that were too small, too low, too splashy and too plain – even in lovely vanities. So here’s the lesson learned forever: bathroom sinks fall into the “most-used fixtures” in the house category. They need to be generously sized, mounted at a comfortable height, and even on a budget something special is needed to give the bath a personality and set it apart from the generic cabinet-shop look that passes for “designer style” today.
While a gigantic clam shell [top] may or may not be real, it is is nothing short of stunning. Done as a showroom piece for New Ravenna Fiona jewel glass mosaic, it steals the show. Organic shapes are inspiring for sink designs and sea shells have been a favored motif in Western decoration for at least a millennium.
The square, weathered marble basin in this McAlpine Tankersley guest bath surely must be antique. Installed on a ledge with a wall-mounted retro brass-tone bridge faucet above, it has a spaciousness and character that makes washing your hands feel luxurious. The black-washed, wood-plank walls insure that the sink stands out visually and the studded leather floor mirror helps reflect light dramatically in the dark space.
In the past, I’ve shown a cast-concrete powder room sink and big concrete bath sinks as well. With their shallow, pitched sized and custom shapes, they work perfectly for modern schemes. This black beauty, with an asymmetrical profile, juts out past the front of the vanity in one area – a feature that makes any sink more comfortable to use, especially so close to a wall. Perhaps someone would explain the pebbles-in-the-bath aesthetic we see so often. Practical me would rather have a view of the drain.
An ultra-rustic house in Majorca features this romantic vessel sink installed on a rough-hewn bathroom shelf. Find a piece like this, that can be used as a sink and – as this bathroom illustrates – not much else is required. Setting the mirror behind it helps emphasize the unique shape. While it does make me wonder whether it’s difficult to clean up drips, such streamlined beauty would be worth any extra work.