If eye-catching colour is turning your head in décor showrooms these days, you’ll be pleased to know that the sheer beauty of a post-modern kitchen sink can indeed be coupled with the toughest surface.
A hot topic in 2014, for example, is a superstar material for sinks called silgranit, which has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. This is a rock-solid composite, made in Canada, engineered in Germany—and Toronto is one of only two silgranit production facilities in the world.
“Silgranit is a patented material that combines 80 percent natural granite stone with a premium, acrylic-resin formula to give the sink unsurpassed hardness, strength and durability,” says Edyta Drutis at Blanco Canada, an innovator in kitchen art technology.
These sinks, she points out, are non-porous for exceptional hygiene and easy care. They are also scratch-, chip- and stain-resistant, and they are strong enough to withstand the heat of saucepans straight from the stove—and tough enough to let you cut food right on the surface.
“If you’re looking for a beautiful kitchen feature that will never lose its brand new look and appeal, these sinks will give you a lifetime of pride,” Drutis says.
“The colours are cinder, anthracite, truffle, café, biscotti, and white, each one a non-fading, densely textured earth shade. Cinder, for example, is a velvety warm charcoal with a hint of brown. Anthracite is a beautiful black sink, dramatic but also serene. All of the colours are imbued with a mineral pearlescence to catch the light and each one is designed to complement the other décor features in your kitchen.”
The two most talked about silgranit sinks this year are first, the Blanco Precis Cascade, with a revolutionary bi-level bottom, and secondly, the Blanco Diamond Low Divide U 1 3/4, a functional double-bowl design.
“The Diamond Low Divide U 1 3/4 model is one of a kind,” says Drutis. “Indeed, we say ‘raise the bar in your kitchen by lowering your divide.’ The main feature of the sink is a low partition in the large, double bowl. This partition gives you added room to fit large pots, pans, and trays, making clean-up much quicker and easier. In a busy kitchen, the Diamond Low Divide functions as a regular double-bowl sink—but is able to do so much more.”
The Blanco Precis Cascade is also a star performer this year, turning heads with its super-square modern bowl design, also with bi-level bottom.
“The lower level is designed to soak your pots and pans, while the raised level equipped with a mesh basket can function much like a second bowl, perfect for cutlery or glassware, or for washing fruit and vegetables. Both sinks are exceptional examples of the silgranit innovation—and you can even get the faucets colour-matched with silgranit finishes,” Drutis explains.
“Coloured faucets are striking when paired with the colour of your sink,” she continues.
“And yet, if you think you might miss the usual gleaming finish on this fixture, take a look at the faucets with a split finish. This gives you the silgranit colour at the base and shiny chrome on the rest. Varying faucet styles are available including models with pull-down and pull-out features, dual spray function and a wide variety of designs to satisfy today’s kitchen needs.”
Each faucet, like each Blanco sink, is an achievement of German engineering and sophisticated styling—and with the solid brass construction, says Drutis, they are built to last a lifetime.
More information is available online at www.blancocanada.com.