Published at Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Kitchen Faucet and Sink. By Thomsen Freja.
When our great grandparents first brought running water into their homes in the 19th century, they often pumped it from a supply tank, usually into bowls or buckets set in a dry sink and metal trough built into a wooden cabinet. Many of the first wet sinks, like dry sinks, were metal lined. Two of the earliest available materials, used for butler's sinks in wealthy turn-of-the-century houses, were copper and nickel silver (a copper, nickel, and zinc alloy often called German silver).
The shabby-chic movement has inspired a mecca of kitchen trends. Chief among them, reigns the farmhouse sink. Up there with granite countertops, super islands, and stainless steel appliances, the farmhouse sink slowly become a staple in cookie-cutter homes with a rustic flair. But what if we told you there’s more to sink design than this standard and expected go-to?
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.
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