January 25, 2011

Sink Thinking

After a month of holiday in tropical Thailand, Angelo is back on site. For the newcomers to this blog, Angelo is my father-in-law, which he is since 11 years now. We are lucky that he has time to supervise the renovation and not only supervise but also works hard on it. I hope he had a pleasant holiday ;-)

He just arrived and already found emails from me asking this and that. So for the tiny bathroom (190 x 140 cm), we still think sinks. To help with my decision, Angelo had the idea to position the already delivered sink from the basement here between the compact toilet (360 x 474 mm, not mounted yet) and the shower (80 x 80 cm). (Sorry for not having it in inches).

The above picture shows the Starck 3 sink that is 600 x 450 mm. It seem that the window sill (not in the picture, see previous post) has the same length. It would look good, when window and sink are in line, that the sink is not that much shorter then the tiny window above. However, this sink is too big!

And the toilet seems to me a bit too close to the wall, a few cm to the right would be more comfortable. In total 10-15 cm would be enough. The blue stuff coming out of the wall on the right side of the toilet provides hot and cold water for the hose (with spray head).

So I looked into my files and made a final drawing of the three last sinks that are still in the race. But not much longer. I feel that the Happy D (460 x 345) is too small. And the medium Starck 3 (550 x 370) has as well not much larger inner bowl (only 470 x 215 inner measurements, to wash your hands in). So I opt for the larger version that is 550 mm long and 430 mm deep. Which would be just a bit smaller than the sink in the picture above. About 2,5 cm on each side which is probably the frame. 

Any other suggestions, ideas?
How important is the sink in a bathroom? I would say the equipment most often in use. That's why it should not be too small even when the space suggests a tinier one.


  1. I have to agree! We're in the process of renovating a house in Munich and the trend here is to use a mini-sink. Now, I have very small hands but even I can't wash them comfortably! Besides, sometimes a well designed over sized piece can look great in a small space.

  2. Hi Anne, great to meet you here.
    Yes, you need to think it is not a guest bathroom (although we will be kind of guest in this house considering the length of stays during the year). I agree, it is better to have less space to stand then less space for the hands (although kids hands only at the moment).
    The sink is designed by Philip Starck, however not super aesthetic, BUT, most important: functional ! You have space to have a soap and glass (for tooth paste and brush) on the side. I like this serie Starck 3, because it comes in so many different sizes. Which makes the serie appear in lots of public places and hospitals. This simple sink adapts to all kind of places, as its design is not dominant.

  3. shower (800 x 800 mm), I assume ;-)

    (Musst du nicht veröffentlichen, ist nur so ne Anmerkung für dich.)

  4. Hallo Michelle,
    hab's verbessert. Danke.
    Klar, wir sind ja keine Schluempfe! Hatte erst ein Waschbecken von 600 cm Breite ... und dann wohl auch die Dusche auf mm geaendert. Anyway, wer und wo bist du denn? Ich sehe immer Michelle, Michelle (dachte erst die Kollegin von Bleeding Espresso, aber sie wuerde ja ihren link benutzen). Danke fuer's regelmaessige Vorbeischauen und Deine Ratschlaege. (Ich habe mich nun doch gegen Happy D entschieden, obwohl ich das sehr formschoen finde.)