Best of Both

by | Oct 30, 2019 | #kitchens

With styles ranging from truly traditional to sleek and contemporary, there are sinks and taps to suit all styles of kitchens. We round-up a few of the most recent stand-out additions to the market…

 

Hansgrohe’s C71 C71-F765-10 Sink combination in a chrome finish. Hansgrohe / hansgrohe.co.uk

 

AXOR Montreux Single lever kitchen mixer Semi-Pro. Axor / axor-design.com

 

Franke’s new Box Center is a multifunctional sink with integrated food prepping accessories for chopping, washing, rinsing and draining. The stainless steel design incorporates knives, knife holder, strainer bowl, chopping board and wire rack. Franke / franke.co.uk

 

Jeanette Ward, Communications Manager, Franke

“Increasingly, people are seeing the value of their sink area as a multi-functional workcentre. In kitchens large or small, a sink, together with ergonomically-designed accessories, provides key support functions such as chopping, washing, straining and draining to the task of cooking.

In today’s social context, everyday meals and entertaining all happen in the theatre of the kitchen and so the emphasis on the functionality and design of the sink space is important because it is part of the performance. Hand-in-hand with the ongoing trend for sleek worksurfaces, sink design is becoming ever more streamlined, including fully-integrated accessories that make a statement when the sink is either in action or at rest.”

 

ERA 810/54 sink with ERA J-spout tap from KWC. The minimalist sink features a thin 4.5mm rim which offers an ‘in-top’ installation method, and has a hidden overflow and bevelled square waste cover. KWC / kwctaps.co.uk

 

Larah Kuziw, Brand Manager for KWC

“High-end customers want products that really stand out from the crowd with exclusive features, premium ergonomics, and eloquent design aesthetics. Streamlined design is very sought-after with flushmounted installation being a strong trend in this segment because it differentiates from what everyone else has.

“As with any luxury product, there is a value placed on precision and handcrafting using high calibre materials. Form and function are also very important as consumers want intuitive features such as push-button pop-up wastes, invisible ghost overflows, soap dispensers, and premium accessories that enhance the overall user experience.”

 

Dune from Abode is a granite sink available in white, grey or black metallic granite finishes, offering a stylish alternative to stainless steel in the modern kitchen. Abode / abode.eu

 

Leanne Adamson, Marketing Manager, Abode

“We expect to see continued growth in sales of steaming hot water taps and filtered water taps this year. Such high spec products are increasing in popularity due to the greater level of convenience they bring to the kitchen and also as part of consumer reaction to the issue of plastic waste.

“In regard to sinks, undermount sinks and low-profile insets are now very popular, creating a streamlined, seamless finish that is so important in the modern kitchen and filtered down the market with low profile inset models. And while stainless steel remains number one in terms of material choice, others including ceramic and granite will increasingly be seen in 2019.”

 

Bespoke teak kitchen sink by William Garvey for a project by Plain English. William Garvey / williamgarvey.co.uk

 

The Acri range of taps from Reginox is available in three metallic colours of Copper, Gold and Gun Metal. With its angular yet curving ‘U’ shaped spout, Acri features a single lever operation and swivel spout and is suitable for both high and low pressure systems. Reginox / reginox.co.uk

 

Dave Mayer, Sales and Marketing Director of Reginox

“Stainless steel continues to dominate the sinks market, particularly with the ongoing introduction of new coloured stainless steel products and PVD coatings, the latter of which is proving particularly popular at the moment with the current trend for all things metallic. Currently PVD sinks are available mainly in gold and copper finishes (which, incidentally, look fabulous teamed with grey granite worksurfaces), but this has the potential for growth as PVD coating can be produced in a wide range of colours including blue, red and purple.”

 

BLANCO’s Etagon sink. BLANCO / blanco.co.uk

 

John Robinson, Marketing Manager at BLANCO UK

“As kitchen space and worktop space seem to be reducing in the UK property market, we are actually seeing a surprising trend that goes against that grain. Larger bowls – both wider and deeper due to the want to use the sink to keep things like baking trays and pots out of sight while they soak or simply keep the washing up hidden while it waits to be rinsed and loaded into the dishwasher. It makes the bowl a practical storage area to keep the surface area clear of mess – It’s gets away from ‘less is more’ and shouts ‘bigger is better’.”

 

K700 flushmount sink from Grohe with Eurocube Professional tap. Grohe / grohe.co.uk

 

Tony Wilson, Head of Kitchen Channel, Grohe

“Granite sinks have been around for decades and are still a source of choice with consumers. However, it is likely that this material will get more popular in the future especially with the growing trends around colour merging with design. We predict that the black and dark grey finishes will be most popular as they tend to coordinate more with current worktop trends. Satin finishes are also on the rise.

Sharp lines and square bowls are becoming more and more popular, as is the introduction of colours which add a touch of individuality to the home. Although there are matching coloured sink and tap ranges in the market, this is not always the consumer’s preferred choice. More often, customers are drawn to colour and finishes that complement one another, rather than the same colour throughout.”

 

Rangemaster’s Paragon undermount granite sink with Cruciform tap. Rangemaster / rangemaster.co.uk

 

Crosswater’s Tube Side Lever Kitchen Mixer Tap in brushed stainless steel. Crosswater / crosswater.co.uk

 

Kohler’s Purist kitchen tap in Matte Black boasts a stylish and contemporary look yet has been designed with practicality in mind. The high-arch spout provides clearance of a full sink and rotates 360 degrees, making way for the largest of pots and pans. It is available as a bridge mount and a single lever. Kohler / kohler.co.uk

 

The Quooker Flex is the world’s first 100°C boiling water tap, equipped with a flexible pull-out hose for hot, cold and filtered cold water. This makes it very easy to rinse and clean at any point in the sink. Thanks to the boiling water stop, the Flex will not dispense boiling water when the hose is pulled out. It also features an extra childproof (double) push and turn handle, making it one of the safest appliances in the home. Flex comes in polished chrome and stainless-steel finishes. Quooker / quooker.co.uk

 

Stephen Johnson, Managing Director, Quooker UK

“The UK boiling water tap market continued to develop at a reassuring pace throughout 2018 and we have already seen a strengthening of this during the early part of 2019. It certainly is fast becoming a kitchen must-have. In addition to our own experience on the ground, independent market research that we commissioned demonstrated that, once installed in a kitchen, the boiling water tap rapidly becomes the most frequently used appliance.

“However, the findings determined that consumers found their boiling water tap more beneficial, and that they were likely to use it more frequently, only if the tap dispenses genuine 100°C boiling water, as this allows them to dispense with a kettle entirely. At anything less than 100°C, the boiling water tap is not a true replacement for a kettle.”

 

Russell Owens, Marketing Director, Zip Water UK

“Customers are increasingly looking for products that ‘do more’, and kitchen taps can now be so much more than just a regular mixer tap. Hot tap manufacturers have transformed the meaning of the kitchen tap and can offer customers outstanding functionality.

“Consumers can choose from filtered chilled, filtered boiling and even filtered sparkling water, alongside their hot and cold water for washing up. They don’t even have to compromise on tap style thanks to a wide range of designs and finishes on offer. These products are proving incredibly popular, as not only do they add a new level of convenience to daily life and prevent counters from getting cluttered but also remove the need to buy unsustainable bottled water.”

Best of Both

by | Oct 30, 2019 | #kitchens

With styles ranging from truly traditional to sleek and contemporary, there are sinks and taps to suit all styles of kitchens. We round-up a few of the most recent stand-out additions to the market…

 

Hansgrohe’s C71 C71-F765-10 Sink combination in a chrome finish. Hansgrohe / hansgrohe.co.uk

 

AXOR Montreux Single lever kitchen mixer Semi-Pro. Axor / axor-design.com

 

Franke’s new Box Center is a multifunctional sink with integrated food prepping accessories for chopping, washing, rinsing and draining. The stainless steel design incorporates knives, knife holder, strainer bowl, chopping board and wire rack. Franke / franke.co.uk

 

Jeanette Ward, Communications Manager, Franke

“Increasingly, people are seeing the value of their sink area as a multi-functional workcentre. In kitchens large or small, a sink, together with ergonomically-designed accessories, provides key support functions such as chopping, washing, straining and draining to the task of cooking.

In today’s social context, everyday meals and entertaining all happen in the theatre of the kitchen and so the emphasis on the functionality and design of the sink space is important because it is part of the performance. Hand-in-hand with the ongoing trend for sleek worksurfaces, sink design is becoming ever more streamlined, including fully-integrated accessories that make a statement when the sink is either in action or at rest.”

 

ERA 810/54 sink with ERA J-spout tap from KWC. The minimalist sink features a thin 4.5mm rim which offers an ‘in-top’ installation method, and has a hidden overflow and bevelled square waste cover. KWC / kwctaps.co.uk

 

Larah Kuziw, Brand Manager for KWC

“High-end customers want products that really stand out from the crowd with exclusive features, premium ergonomics, and eloquent design aesthetics. Streamlined design is very sought-after with flushmounted installation being a strong trend in this segment because it differentiates from what everyone else has.

“As with any luxury product, there is a value placed on precision and handcrafting using high calibre materials. Form and function are also very important as consumers want intuitive features such as push-button pop-up wastes, invisible ghost overflows, soap dispensers, and premium accessories that enhance the overall user experience.”

 

Dune from Abode is a granite sink available in white, grey or black metallic granite finishes, offering a stylish alternative to stainless steel in the modern kitchen. Abode / abode.eu

 

Leanne Adamson, Marketing Manager, Abode

“We expect to see continued growth in sales of steaming hot water taps and filtered water taps this year. Such high spec products are increasing in popularity due to the greater level of convenience they bring to the kitchen and also as part of consumer reaction to the issue of plastic waste.

“In regard to sinks, undermount sinks and low-profile insets are now very popular, creating a streamlined, seamless finish that is so important in the modern kitchen and filtered down the market with low profile inset models. And while stainless steel remains number one in terms of material choice, others including ceramic and granite will increasingly be seen in 2019.”

 

Bespoke teak kitchen sink by William Garvey for a project by Plain English. William Garvey / williamgarvey.co.uk

 

The Acri range of taps from Reginox is available in three metallic colours of Copper, Gold and Gun Metal. With its angular yet curving ‘U’ shaped spout, Acri features a single lever operation and swivel spout and is suitable for both high and low pressure systems. Reginox / reginox.co.uk

 

Dave Mayer, Sales and Marketing Director of Reginox

“Stainless steel continues to dominate the sinks market, particularly with the ongoing introduction of new coloured stainless steel products and PVD coatings, the latter of which is proving particularly popular at the moment with the current trend for all things metallic. Currently PVD sinks are available mainly in gold and copper finishes (which, incidentally, look fabulous teamed with grey granite worksurfaces), but this has the potential for growth as PVD coating can be produced in a wide range of colours including blue, red and purple.”

 

BLANCO’s Etagon sink. BLANCO / blanco.co.uk

 

John Robinson, Marketing Manager at BLANCO UK

“As kitchen space and worktop space seem to be reducing in the UK property market, we are actually seeing a surprising trend that goes against that grain. Larger bowls – both wider and deeper due to the want to use the sink to keep things like baking trays and pots out of sight while they soak or simply keep the washing up hidden while it waits to be rinsed and loaded into the dishwasher. It makes the bowl a practical storage area to keep the surface area clear of mess – It’s gets away from ‘less is more’ and shouts ‘bigger is better’.”

 

K700 flushmount sink from Grohe with Eurocube Professional tap. Grohe / grohe.co.uk

 

Tony Wilson, Head of Kitchen Channel, Grohe

“Granite sinks have been around for decades and are still a source of choice with consumers. However, it is likely that this material will get more popular in the future especially with the growing trends around colour merging with design. We predict that the black and dark grey finishes will be most popular as they tend to coordinate more with current worktop trends. Satin finishes are also on the rise.

Sharp lines and square bowls are becoming more and more popular, as is the introduction of colours which add a touch of individuality to the home. Although there are matching coloured sink and tap ranges in the market, this is not always the consumer’s preferred choice. More often, customers are drawn to colour and finishes that complement one another, rather than the same colour throughout.”

 

Rangemaster’s Paragon undermount granite sink with Cruciform tap. Rangemaster / rangemaster.co.uk

 

Crosswater’s Tube Side Lever Kitchen Mixer Tap in brushed stainless steel. Crosswater / crosswater.co.uk

 

Kohler’s Purist kitchen tap in Matte Black boasts a stylish and contemporary look yet has been designed with practicality in mind. The high-arch spout provides clearance of a full sink and rotates 360 degrees, making way for the largest of pots and pans. It is available as a bridge mount and a single lever. Kohler / kohler.co.uk

 

The Quooker Flex is the world’s first 100°C boiling water tap, equipped with a flexible pull-out hose for hot, cold and filtered cold water. This makes it very easy to rinse and clean at any point in the sink. Thanks to the boiling water stop, the Flex will not dispense boiling water when the hose is pulled out. It also features an extra childproof (double) push and turn handle, making it one of the safest appliances in the home. Flex comes in polished chrome and stainless-steel finishes. Quooker / quooker.co.uk

 

Stephen Johnson, Managing Director, Quooker UK

“The UK boiling water tap market continued to develop at a reassuring pace throughout 2018 and we have already seen a strengthening of this during the early part of 2019. It certainly is fast becoming a kitchen must-have. In addition to our own experience on the ground, independent market research that we commissioned demonstrated that, once installed in a kitchen, the boiling water tap rapidly becomes the most frequently used appliance.

“However, the findings determined that consumers found their boiling water tap more beneficial, and that they were likely to use it more frequently, only if the tap dispenses genuine 100°C boiling water, as this allows them to dispense with a kettle entirely. At anything less than 100°C, the boiling water tap is not a true replacement for a kettle.”

 

Russell Owens, Marketing Director, Zip Water UK

“Customers are increasingly looking for products that ‘do more’, and kitchen taps can now be so much more than just a regular mixer tap. Hot tap manufacturers have transformed the meaning of the kitchen tap and can offer customers outstanding functionality.

“Consumers can choose from filtered chilled, filtered boiling and even filtered sparkling water, alongside their hot and cold water for washing up. They don’t even have to compromise on tap style thanks to a wide range of designs and finishes on offer. These products are proving incredibly popular, as not only do they add a new level of convenience to daily life and prevent counters from getting cluttered but also remove the need to buy unsustainable bottled water.”

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