Kitchen geek that I am, I collect farm sink photos especially those with unique features. In high end kitchens this year, I saw embellished farm sinks expanding in size and importance. And four different approaches to the fronts the sinks help make them more elaborate and even personalized.
Engraving [top] – Custom stone sinks can be fabricated in many different ways. This dark beauty, in a modern kitchen with what appear to be sustainable bamboo cabinets, has a flat front that sits flush with the sink base cabinet. I love the idea of personalizing the farm sink by engraving a saying in the apron front. If my Italian serves, this rather cryptic saying translates roughly as “if not true, it’s well founded.” But whatever. The lettering, centered on the front of the sink, is handsome and makes it quite unique.
Tilt Front – In a designer’s own Massachusetts kitchen, a deep, custom soapstone farm sink could be called a trough style sink in that it tilts forward and has a prominent lip on the edge. I love this style which opens out towards the user and requires no leaning it. So it’s very comfortable. Note that the the tilt-out motif is also repeated with angled base cabinet pilasters that line up with the window above the sink. The same pilasters are used across the room on either side of the pro range.
Fluted – Shaw’s of Darwen has made farm sinks since 1897. They are sold in the U.S. under the Rohl brand but the classic smooth-front Shaw’s handmade fireclay sinks launched the entire trend more than a decade ago. What hasn’t been seen as frequently are more old-fashioned fluted front sinks like Shaw’s Ribchester or Bowland styles from their original collection. In this coastal-style California kitchen, a British original looks great and suits the bead board cabinets. Kohler also makes a variety of cast iron farm sinks with embellished fronts in white and in colors.
Layered – A towel rack affixed to the front of a farm sink is a love-it-or-hate-it feature. That’s because the user must lean against the towel bar. That makes a dish towel super accessible, especially for hand wiping. It also puts a bar like shape in the user’s path to a dirty pot or dish. For me, a towel bar ads a layer to the sink since it’s dimensional. This stainless farm sink, in an award winning Wolf-SubZero kitchen, is made by Julien of Canada. The integral towel bar is one embellishment option that shows how form can follow function in the kitchen.
(Source: buckminster green, bostonguide, otm1designs, subzero-wolf)
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