Farm sinks come in many materials these days due to their continued popularity. It’s not difficult to understand why rustic farm sinks — large, deep basins made of durable material would be received enthusiastically. Our kitchens now seem to handle more and more. Perhaps I’m an incurable romantic or just overly fond of vintage and antique. Farm sinks with character developed by age and use always speak to me. The faucets intrigue me, too.
The old black stone sink in this Dutch country kitchen [top] rests on boards between two cabinets. A curtain strung onto a dowel below the hides the plumbing — it definitely has a makeshift quality. Cabinet hardware is mismatched and would it even be Holland without blue-and-white Delft tiles for an informal backsplash? Seeing this sink, I immediately fixated on the simple but beefy spigot. That may have been original to the kitchen and simply boxed in but behind the sink there’s only room for the hot and cold water handles.
A Paris loft was converted from a former haberdashers store. There, a wonderful old sloped farm sink – likely marble – was mostly integrated into a plastered kitchen wall. A pair of whimsical faces-in-the-moon hot and cold water faucet spouts, found at a flea market (it’s France after all) rise to the level of sculpture though it’s not at all clear how they function. No handles are visible but the spouts are so special it hardly matters.
An overall view of the kitchen reveals how narrow the ancient sink actually is, and how cleverly it links an adjacent counter to the peninsula.
(Source: WOI, NY Times)
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