A big slate sink with integral backsplash is both practical and handsome
Farm sinks can be made from many different stones but most commonly soapstone, marble and slate. In a contemporary kitchen with dark gray cabinets and light gray slate counters, Mass. designer Molly Frey installed a large, double-bowl slate sink under the window.
The advantage of a farm sink of this style is fourfold:
1. It looks great, big and inviting.
2. It has a double bowl so it multitasks for draining and washing.
3. The back of the sink is integral meaning that there are no seams in back and no deck. The faucet is mounted on the wall directly on the back of the sink. All the drips go down the drain.
4. Although the slate is not especially thick, note that the sides of the sink sit just under the edge of the counters for easy clean up since things move directly off the counter and into the sink. Additionally, the forward angled front of the sink makes it very comfortable to work at the basin with little leaning over.
White the sink could have been mounted on a cut-down base cabinet, a more modern base which looks like a Parson’s table was chosen. That provides open space below the sink while a panel is built underneath to conceal the drain. As custom sinks go, this one is relatively modest but cleverly thought out.