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European Luxury Sink Trends

Oh yes, I have much more to show you from Milan!

When I’m talking some of these trends, keep  in mind that European kitchens simply aren’t as large as North American. I remember designing a kitchen in Paris that would be considered a coat closet here. As such, Europeans have created a lot of interesting ideas for maximizing space. First off, sinks do double- and triple-duty: sink, counter, and workstation.

I’d like to thank lovely designer and fellow BLANCO Design Council member, Marilyn G. Russell of Design Magnifique, for displaying the sink/counter for us. It wasn’t actually that easy to open from the side and she did a really good job. I have no idea who the guy was at the end, but he manages to raised the faucet so it’s all good.

BLANCO didn’t have a booth at Eurocucina this year, but shared with us that 50% of the displays sinks at the show were BLANCO sinks. Given that the last EuroCucina stats indicated 160 exhibitors in over 26,000 square meters, that’s a lot of sinks and faucets!  (By the way, 26,000 square meters works out to about  280,000 square feet, thank you very much. My feet are still whining.)  European sinks are a bit different from North America:  colanders and/or draining trays are more in use:

BLANCO Sink at Salone del Mobile 2014

Check out this Silgranite sink with double drain trays:

Blanco silgranite

I like the drain trays; I designed with them before I moved to California and I think they’re pretty handy. My clients are just starting to request colanders, and the cutting boards have been pretty standard for the past few years.

Two more designs that are fun to look at)

A raised lip design: This is ATTIKA, which was all over the EuroCucina booths. We’ve just got it now in the US, so will be interested to see which of my clients notices/wants it first.

Blanco raised lip design

Separate side-by-side sink bowls with the counter between them:

Blanco separate sinks

Also, as you see, a lot of rigid square corners similar to restaurant sinks. Truthfully, while I like the look, I’m not so great at getting into those corners; however, I sure appreciate the flush counter edges.

Could you see adapting some of these European styles?

Until next time,




*As a member of the BLANCO Design Council, my trip to Milan was provided courtesy of BLANCO America. I was not asked to write any posts, and all thoughts and ideas are unfortunately my own.

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  1. I would love to know who was the maker of the sink at the top of this page (in the video), that retracted and had the pop up faucet.

    Also, I have an integrated stainless steel counter and two bowl sink and so it is representative of that two sink with counter between trend you spotted there. And I can tell you its a horrible idea. Water invariably gets on that and runs down the counter onto the cabinet doors or my pants. You want a lowered divider between sinks to keep the water inside the sink and off the counter.

    • Bonnie, it was part of a display at EuroCucina — I’d need to look to see if I have any information.

      The counter between the bowls has been around for a long time and yes, I can feel your frustration.

  2. I am also in kitchen designs and where i live in South Africa there are some small places out there. I really like these concepts thank you Kelly for the post.

    • Just about every in the world there are small places. I suspect you’d find a good use for these in South Africa. Hope you’re doing well and thanks for dropping by!

  3. I really like the idea of having the colander incorporated into the sink. It’s not only more accessible but the stainless steel looks very clean. Although the sinks are deep and have solid lines, they seem a bit too industrial. It would really depend on the quality of the counter. For instance, if your kitchen is filled with white cabinets and has a rustic appeal, I’m not sure these sinks would work.

    • I agree – there are other sinks that can add a rustic look. All depends on the cook — and there are not many homeowners who could tell you what the sink style is in the homes of their closest friends. I might use it anyway and pair it with a rustic or bridge faucet for fun. We’re going to see more of the design styles blurring in the next generation, which is a bit of a challenge for those of us with period style training.

  4. Kelly – maybe you can explain – or ask! – why Blanco only sell some of, and not their entire, product line here in N America. We’re in Canada, where we have even more limited options. For instance, I wanted to buy the brilliant Blanco Silgranit Precis (to go with the Blanco Culina faucet I won, thanks to you), with two big bowls, a colander, and a generous draining board, but – not available in Canada. What, we tackle our food and dish washing challenges differently from you Americans?!

    Blanco Canada have been able to resolve my dilemma, I think, although the sink itself has not yet materialized as promised.

    I think the buying public has been conned for far too long into buying smallish single and double bowl sinks with no draining boards because somehow seeing dishes drying on the counter is perceived to be grossly offensive – the 21st century kitchen is not ever meant to look like anyone uses it, perhaps?

    Anyway, bring on clever sinks, I say (and keep your fingers crossed that my Precis shows up soon!).

    • I posed your question to BLANCO to see what they might say. I’ll let you know. (And I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.)