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Although this vessel sink and vanity happen to be clear, glass is a material that can provide a huge number of color options. Just like a window, however, it
can be subject to water spotting, and maintenance can be an issue for some clients. (Photo courtesy Lori Carroll and Associates)
So does a high-end project require a higher-end,
specialty or custom sink? Not necessarily, although that can
vary depending on designer and market, as well as the job.
Both dea’s Heir and Ward’s Anderson say in the
Midwest, there seems to be less interest in unique and
higher-end offerings than there may be in some other
parts of the country.
“I’m in a pretty traditional area,” says Heir.
“We haven’t done a whole lot in that direction,” says
Anderson. “Most of the time we can find a sink that fits
the client’s needs and fits their aesthetic within the gen-
eral offerings of some of the higher-end suppliers.”
DeWitt’s Katsioula-Beall echoes Anderson, while
noting that it may not be the client with the outsized
budget who’s looking for something special as much as it
is the client with unique tastes – especially those not
concerned about resale value.
“Considering the plethora of sink choices in all price
points that one can find online, it’s harder these days to
define ‘unique,’” she says. “As for the demand for limit-
ed editions, it’s proportional to the clients with the
unlimited funds.”
Even Morris says probably half his bathroom designs
incorporate traditional porcelain, although everyone agrees
the powder room is the place most likely to see a sink that’s