The kitchen sink
The heart of every kitchen.
Whether extravagant or classic, modern or traditional – they are available in many designs, materials and colours, for any needs, tastes and kitchen forms.
Even if today you can find a dishwasher in almost every household – the kitchen sink is still indispensable. It is where all the chopping, cleaning, defrosting and seasoning takes place, and very often, it must satisfy special design requirements. That is why functionality and look are important criteria when purchasing a sink.
Thanks to its variability, it can be integrated into diverse room concepts. The most common option are built-in sinks. They are inserted into the countertop, their rim being supported by the same. Then there are corner sinks, which provide an interesting use of the different areas and make the most of the existing corner space. Undercounter sinks are preferably installed under natural stone countertops and blend in subtly into the kitchen style. Flat sinks provide a seamless line with the countertop and are best suited for modern kitchen designs.
The classical stone sink, however, is a piece of timeless beauty, which can mainly be found in country house kitchens, but becomes more and more common in modern kitchens, too.
This means there is a variety of forms and designs when choosing your kitchen sink: from traditional, classic to round or straight-lined-modern. Depending on the size, you can find single or double sink solutions, including leftover drains.
The look mainly depends on the material. The classic sink made from stainless steel is available in glossy or matt; those who prefer a kitchen sink in colour have the choice between granite and ceramics.
Thanks to its hard surface, the natural ceramic material is resistant to heat, cold and acid based household articles. It also is easy to clean and impact and scratch-resistant and, therefore, ideally suited for any challenge in the kitchen.
The history of ceramic sinks can be traced back into the 19th century. As early as 1870, the first ceramic wash bowls and basins existed. Improved production techniques and materials were key in order to facilitate mass production of sanitary fittings in the 20th century.
Soon, ceramics also found their way into the kitchen. "Granny's stone sink" already existed in 1921, and its predecessor, a kind of trough, could even be found in catalogues from 1912. Back then, such a sink would weigh up to 60 kg. In the following years, this weight could be significantly reduced by further development of the production method. Around 1950, the first ceramic table sinks were produced. Built-in sinks, as we know them today, were invented in the 60s.
There are kitchen sinks made from stainless steel, enamel, ceramics, granite, marble, and others. Different installation options, designs and colours offer the right sink for every taste.