New pedestal sinks are perches with panache

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - KIM COOK

If you’ve got a pow­der room, chances are there’s a pedestal sink in it.

The lava­tory perches have long been the go-to op­tion for small bath­rooms, and even for full-size spa­ces where a less im­pos­ing fix­ture is de­sired. The sim­ple bowl-on-a-stick con­cept has been given some imag­i­na­tive re­think­ing in re­cent bath col­lec­tions, and some are down­right state­ment pieces.

De­sign­ers are ex­per­i­ment­ing with ma­te­ri­als like stone, metal and wood, and com­ing up with in­ter­est­ing tex­tu­ral com­po­si­tions.

Some pedestal sinks re­sem­ble works of art, with elab­o­rate painted mo­tifs, or sculp­tural sil­hou­ettes.

Kal­lista’s Pa­pion pedestal sink has a bow-tie sil­hou­ette; in black with a white sink, it’s got a men’s dress-wear look, and in solid white, its spare moder­nity is no less el­e­gant. Bar­bara Barry’s tran­si­tional-style Tuxedo sink for Kal­lista fea­tures an am­ple sink sur­round for soaps and hand tow­els. (www.kal­lista.com )

Those look­ing for a more tra­di­tional style might ap­pre­ci­ate Kohler’s Prairie Flow­ers or English Trel­lis pedestal sinks. Both have a painted flo­ral pat­tern that would look pretty in a gar­den-themed pow­der room or girls’ bath­room. (www.kohler.com )

The totem shape is emerg­ing as a trend. In some, the sink and base be­come one, so the fix­ture re­sem­bles a ce­ramic bongo drum; Hast­ings Tile & Bath has an at­trac­tive one that comes in a range of fin­ishes, in­clud­ing metallics and pat­terns.

Also at Hast­ings, a strik­ing Tulip pedestal, avail­able in Fer­rari red, or gold or sil­ver leaf. (www.hast­ingstile­bath.com )

In Stone For­est’s or­ganic con­tem­po­rary col­lec­tion, col­umns of basalt are honed or left nat­u­ral, and ves­sels are mounted atop. The fix­tures can be had as one, two or three col­umns, so the sink can rest on one while the others are land­ing zones for tow­els and toi­letries. (www.stone­for­est.com )

Lux­ury bath com­pany Mai­son Valentina used the ef­fect of a rock slab crack­ing af­ter be­ing frozen to cre­ate the Lapiaz pedestal sink. A col­umn of mir­rored alu­minum is run through with a sliver of bur­nished gold lac­quer, and a freeform, gold-toned alu­minum sink rests on top.

The stu­dio’s New­ton pedestal sink is crafted of hand-cast brass spheres that are forged and stacked, then given a coat of inky black lac­quer; a gold sink nes­tles in­side the struc­ture like a ce­les­tial bird bath. (www.maison­va­lentina.net )

In­bani’s Tambo in­te­grates the wash basin into a wall-mounted col­umn, and then there’s a por­ta­ble, re­cessed stor­age base with one or two shelves that can be had in a range of colours, cre­at­ing a sleek, min­i­mal­ist fix­ture. (www.in­bani.com )

Cus­tom­ize your bath by se­lect­ing slim or curvy glass, nickel or brass legs, and then adding an in­ter­est­ing sink; Water­works and Ur­ban Ar­chae­ol­ogy have op­tions. (www.water­works.com; www.ur­ba­n­ar­chae­ol­ogy.com )

Stor­age can be an is­sue with these van­ity-less sinks, but Seat­tle­based pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer An­nie Trau­rig has some sug­ges­tions. Etageres, slanted lad­ders and even dressers can do the job of stow­ing toi­letries and other sup­plies, while adding per­son­al­ity.

No room on the floor? A lit­tle ver­ti­cal space may be all you need; just get cre­ative.

“Start by in­stalling small float­ing wall shelves,” says Trau­rig. “I’m telling you, you’ll marvel at the won­ders of a small slab of wood screwed onto your wall.”

Ron­bow’s Peb­ble sink, de­signed by French de­signer Ora Ito, doesn’t have a base but mounts to the wall, along with match­ing mir­rors — all crafted in a free-form, or­ganic peb­ble shape with a wood­like fin­ish and an in­te­grated, solid-sur­face white sink. (www.ron­bow.com )

Fi­nally, for the truly ad­ven­tur­ous bath­room, there’s Falper’s Wing sink, de­signed by Fed­erico Lom­bardi. It’s an­other with no base, but it doesn’t need one. Two swoops of ce­ramic on both sides of the sink re­sem­ble a crane’s ex­pan­sive wings, and the re­sult is a dra­matic work of func­tional wall art. (www.falper.it )

Kohler has cre­ated a se­ries of de­signs in its Prairie Flow­ers and English Trel­lis pedestal sink range.

KAL­LISTA VIA AP

RON­BOW VIA AP

Left, Ron­bow’s Peb­ble sink, van­ity and co-or­di­nat­ing mir­rors, from French de­signer Ora Ito. Right, the Triple Basalt pedestal sink from Stone For­est.

STONE FOR­EST VIA AP

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF KOHLER VIA AP

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Top: Bar­bara Barry’s clas­sic pedestal from Kal­lista. Above: Falper’s Wing wall mounted sink, de­signed by Lu­dovico Lom­bari, evokes the swoop­ing wings of a crane.

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