Forgive me for being such a kitchen geek, but I did a lot of holiday cooking last week which left my elegant 10-year old faucet and sprayer in a pretty sticky state. I cleaned them immediately, of course, but the hard use left me wishing I a super cool kitchen sensor faucet with a pull down spout. Those were introduced last year by Kohler and by Moen. These faucets also can be operated manually – like any other. But this latest type of “sink jewelry” has impressive and unique features that point toward kitchens of the future.… Continue Reading
Inspirational, unusual and special kitchen sinks of every style, material and installation.
Over the past decade, farm sinks have become so popular they are now considered a high-end kitchen standard and a prime choice for a money-wise update. Also called apron front sinks, their appeal is the sensuous basin shape and exposed front panel that brings the sink out to the user. That the sink sits “proud” of the cabinet reduces the need to lean in while washing dishes and makes farm sinks especially comfortable to use.
Whether hand- or machine-made, apron sinks come in a variety of materials including fireclay, metal, porcelain, and enameled cast-iron.… Continue Reading
Big single-bowl sinks – the bigger the better – have been the dominant choice over the past few years since they easily accommodate large items like oven racks and roasting pans. But a double bowl kitchen sink is a two ‘fer. When it has a singular value that only salvage or a vintage look can provide, it easily can become the focal point of a kitchen. The double cast-iron integral backsplash beauty [top] spent quite some time in a Vermont barn before the owner of a 19th century cape home asked Pi Smith of Smith & Vansant to redo her entire house.… Continue Reading
A sink is arguably the most used fixture in any kitchen.
For several years now, we’ve seen kitchens sinks get larger and deeper, notably with apron fronts. Owners talk about loving their deep basins which are great for cleaning big pieces of cookware and — with sliding cutting boards and colanders – handy for keeping unwashed items conveniently out of sight. But I’m always intrigued by differences which is why I’ve been looking at a trio of shallow stone sinks with an eye towards understanding the differences in their function.
An elegant French kitchen in the Vaucluse [top] has one of the shallowest and most unique sinks I’ve ever seen.… Continue Reading
The Japanese aesthetic of imperfection and simplicity is expressed in the use of raw plumbing pipes.
Raw copper plumbing pipes and valves are an industrial look often embraced by avant garde architects. I adore my sink jewelry but piping has its own kind of graceful beauty that I also could easily live with in the right space. The Japanese put a name to the look – wabi-sabi – which is a bit of a catchall but then, so is “rustic.” In Africa and Asia, where sink fixtures can be affected by tropical weather, it’s a practical approach and often paired with concrete sinks.… Continue Reading
Finally, a real boiling water faucet: 100° C/212° F!
Recently a friend “boiled” water for my tea in the microwave so it never reached a rolling boil – bleeccch. At my house, the trusty Braun water kettle is my favorite go-to appliance for morning coffee and my green-tea nightcap. So I was instantly drawn to the Quooker boiling water tap the moment I stumbled across this “quooky” video promo. I found (quieter) additional videos on using the faucet even more seductive. It’s expensive, of course. And oh, to be in England where it might be possible to give the latest object of my kitchen obsession a test pour.… Continue Reading