Trendspotting: The Kitchen Sink

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Posted on September 27, 2012

Homeowners today are expecting more from the kitchen sink than ever. No longer simply a place to rinse vegetables, drain pasta or wash dishes, today’s sinks are crafted from unique materials like fireclay, hammered copper, Carrara marble and granite and can contribute as much to the design of a kitchen as the cabinet finish or countertop material. Beyond their design, models like the Stages™ sink by Kohler and the Mick de Giulio Collection for Kallista turn the kitchen sink into a multi-functional prep space with modular components like cutting boards, bowls and colanders.

Kitchen Sink | Blanco Silgranite
The Blanco Silgranit™ II Collection offers an aesthetically pleasing low divide to accommodate large pot handles and other oversized items- blending the extra functionality of a double bowl kitchen sink with the utility of a super single bowl to manage large items while keeping cleaning and prep separate. Available in seven classic colors including Truffle (shown above). 

Kitchen Sink | Elkay Hammered Copper Apron Front Sink

The Harmony Gourmet Undermount Sink in copper offers hand-hammered craftsmanship combined with Elkay precision engineering to create a kitchen sink for today’s modern kitchen that has Old World charm.

Kitchen Sink | For Town by Kallista
The For Town collection by Michael S. Smith for Kallista offers a unique, modern quality infused with historical detail. The kitchen sink shown below is made from solid marble featuring an architectural molding-inspired panel and a honed finish.

 Kitchen Sink | Rohl Single Bowl

ROHL, whose sinks are handmade in Italy, was honored with the Best of Kitchen Gold Award at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show for their Single Bowl Kitchen Sink. The sink is available in commercial-grade stainless steel or stainless copper plated and designed with a “tangent edge,” or a rounded bottom edge radius and zero-edge side walls. Each finish carries an insulating undercoat known as “quiet coat” which reduces splash-back sound.

Kitchen Sink
The Mick De Giulio collection for Kallista is fabricated with 16-gauge stainless steel for long term durability. The collection includes three stunning single basin kitchen sinks with a variety of chef-inspired options that add style and functionality to any home.


Also from Blanco, taking inspiration from European kitchens, the Crystalline™ sink, also known as the “vanishing sink,” is the perfect solution for smaller kitchens, wet bars and butler’s pantries. The Cyrstalline™  features MicroEdge™  technology in a compact size with clean lines. The safety glass cover fits on top of the sink to create more workspace – or to hide dirty dishes and a small upper tray is perfect for storing your sponge or rinsing cooking utensils. Not for use with garbage disposal.

The Stages™ collection from Kohler was designed in collaboration with the chefs at Kohler’s Five Diamond resort hotel.  Integrated accessories like stackable bowls, a cutting board and drain board allow homeowners to personalize the sink to meet their needs. The design offers a wide basin to accommodate large pots and pans, as well as a stepped side platform for prepping food or drying dishes.

Julien’s collections of handcrafted fireclay kitchen sinks are perfect for today’s traditional or contemporary kitchen. These classic designs offer durability, practicality, design and low maintenance; an affordable luxury for every kitchen.

Photography above from Kohler, Rohl, Elkay, KallistaJulien and Blanco.