Guest Blog Entry #12 – July 8, 2010
I am truly enamored with kitchens. It seems to be the one room in the house (oh yeah, and the laundry room, and the bathroom..) that I can just sit in for hours and daydream. Yesterday, I showed you beautiful kitchen countertop inspiration, and today it’s a breathtaking sink.
Today, guest blogger Joseph Freenor from CFT411 – Cabinet and Furniture and Information, shares with us an innovative sink that is not only gorgeous but sculptural in its visual delivery.
It’s been a long time since I saw the commercial, so I no longer remember the product, but I remember a TV commercial for a woman who came into an architect’s office, slammed a kitchen faucet down on his desk and said, “Build a kitchen around this!” I bring it up, though, because I honestly think the subject of today’s blog will surely result in a fair number of people shouting just that imperative.
Franke is, well I was going to say a cutting-edge Italian design company, but honest-to-goodness, the more I see of Italian design, the more I have come to believe that wine and pasta convey cognitive and artistic sensibilities that have heretofore gone unnoted by the scientific community. Although, it is certainly fair to say the Italians have pretty much always been on the cutting edge. We just haven’t done any work into what their secret is. But I digress. I wanted to tell you about a truly wonderful sink design from Franke, namely the Polyedra sink. What it does, really, is take sink design into entirely new territory, because it is designed to make as big an impact from the sides and bottom as it does from the top, which traditionally, is about the only way we see an undermount sink.
One of the things I most like as I make my way through cyberspace is the new, the innovative, the different, and this Polyedra sink from Franke is surely in line with those “search parameters.” You don’t very often see a sink that just screams for a public display, but the Polyedra is certainly one. I suppose a person could choose to install this sink into a closed counter, but doing so would take so much away from it. Think of the possibilities of this sink in a kitchen island or peninsula. If you elect to go down that route, and this sink is pretty much begging you to do so, you have suddenly opened yourself to some truly innovative kitchen designs.
There are those, of course, who are going to insist that every countertop must be firmly planted on a run of nice, conservative, properly closed-in base cabinets, the better to utilize all the available storage space. I’m not sure if the guy who’s talking now is the one who has spent the last two years exploring this most glorious idea of truly innovative kitchen design, or the old curmudgeon who has spent a sizable portion of his life now in a too-small kitchen with two sizable blind corners, both of which contain a large amount of “very important stuff” that hasn’t seen the light of day for almost eighteen years now. Do with less space? By gosh, I believe I have! But if that’s the way of things for you, and it probably is-be honest now-then why not just go in a different direction altogether? Rip out that old kitchen, employ the best kitchen designer in town, and take the Franke Polyedra sink with you to the first meeting. The kitchen she designs around this sink will probably blow both of your minds!
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