Published at Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Kitchen Faucet and Sink. By Thomsen Freja.
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.
Inside this rehabbed house in East London by artist, maker, and furniture designer, Faye Toogood, a checkered pop decks the basin. Though the overall aesthetic of the space takes a slight turn for the utilitarian with the stone cold countertops and earth-toned ceramics, this special patterned splash is an inviting surprise.
So how do you decide between the many options out there? OHJ checked in with two readers—one of them a former editor on staff—to find out how they selected sinks for their kitchen rehabilitations, and the specific challenges they faced in getting them installed. But when it came to the sink, they realized they could go a couple of different ways. They could select a sink from the mid-1800s, the house's early timeframe, or one dating to the year they had documented the installation of indoor plumbing on the house, which was 1948.
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