Put your new kitchen sink in stone

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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 per cent 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 con­tin­ues. “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.” Trend-set­ting mod­els 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 ¾, a func­tional dou­ble-bowl de­sign.

“The Di­a­mond Low Di­vide U 1 ¾ 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,” Drutis ex­plains. “Both sinks are ex­cep­tional ex­am­ples of the sil­granit in­no­va­tion – and you can even get the faucets colour-matched with sil­granit fin­ishes.

“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.

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