Published at Wednesday, 30 January 2019. Kitchen Faucet and Sink. By Osvald Henriksen.
A common companion for stainless steel sinks was laminates. The Formica Company developed its first light-colored faux wood-grain laminates in 1927, and their popularity grew as the material became more water- and heat-resistant. In the seven years following World War II, about one-third of new kitchens were dressed in Formica. Into the '60s, laminates continued marching pinkly around American sinks. Today at least one company, Wilsonart, will match old laminate patterns by scanning them and reproducing them digitally.
Candlemakers Linda and John Meyer’s bright and bold Portland, Maine home is an enticing celebration of color and fun. A true lesson in not taking life too seriously, their carrot-colored sink effortlessly picks up on the pair’s equally vibrant collection of dishes—not to mention, the cabinet knobs. With a sink like this, washing up after dinner would seem like anything but a chore.
In the 1920s, an ore with a naturally occurring mix of copper and nickel (with a dash of iron, manganese, silicon, and carbon) was tapped to make Monel, a corrosion resistant, lightweight white metal. Stainless steel, a blend of several different iron and chromium alloys, was studied as early as 1821, but until 1909 no one knew how to make it corrosion resistant. The material took off in the 1940s and '50s, not only for sinks but in countertops.
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