Banish the Basic Basin: The Statement Sink Is Having a Moment

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Banish the Basic Basin: The Statement Sink Is Having a Moment

If heaps of submitted home tours can attest, designers often consider everything but the bathroom sink. They select a simple pedestal or top the vanity with a basic basin and move on to the next task (selecting a statement bathtub, perhaps?). But recently, we’ve noticed a fluid shift away from the expected. Bathroom sinks are getting chunkier and funkier, often carved from hunks of geological specimens that look straight-up prehistoric. From statement sinks fit for Fred Flintstone to slick hunks of high-impact, super-polished marble, the verdict is in: Your basic bathroom sink is no longer cutting it.

“If you are thinking about a statement sink, I recommend starting from there and building the room off of that,” advises AD100 designer Julie Hillman, who recently commissioned a sculptural pedestal in moody black marble for a powder room in a New York City townhouse. “Let the sink be the focal point and add interest through texture.”

Other AD100 designers seem to have been following the thread. In a Parisian apartment (the one-time home of Jean-Michel Frank), Pierre Yovanovitch placed a triangular Palissandre marble basin in a green Zhivago marble–clad powder room. In a New York City home, Steven Volpe stacked Calacatta Oro marble into a veritable Stonehenge in the powder room. And, unsurprisingly, taste-making couple Nikolai Haas and Djuna Bel are in on the trend: In their Los Angeles home, a groovy Haas Brothers Pele de Tigre marble sink dares to be different.