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| FEBRUARY 2009
F
or a fabricator, throwing in the kitchen sink can
often be a deal sweetener and the difference
between a signed contract and a quote that just
didn’t work out.
However, if your would-be client is working with
a designer, don’t anticipate your offer is going to
generate much of a wow factor.
While the old standbys – stainless steel in the
kitchen and porcelain in the bath – are still high on
just about everybody’s list, designers say for them
sinks are more than an afterthought ... even if other
elements play a bigger role in driving a particular look.
With many of their clients becoming more sink
savvy, more designers are finding that they’re going
the extra mile to find just
the
sink to provide the right
touch to a project.
SUPPORTING ROLE…OR STAR
Admittedly, it’s often not the sink that’s going to
serve as the key element in a particular design.
Depending on the job, though, the sink can have a
starring role.
Elina Katsioula-Beall of Studio City, Calif.-based
DeWitt Designer Kitchens
says there are times when
sinks are a commodity, but they’re also a necessary
design element.
“Since ‘form follows function,’ it’s both fun
and challenging to create an unusual focal point or
an exclusive jewel-like element depending on
the project and the lifestyle of the client,” she says.
“An out-of-the-ordinary powder room or bath lends
itself to far more imaginative solutions than a
kitchen.”
sinks
fashion
and
function
By K. Schipper