Antique stone sinks. A Journey in time and space.

Most people fall in love with antique reclaimed Limestone sinks that are centuries old from the first few moment they lay eyes on them. A client once said that if can could hoist one of our antique sinks up 100 fleets of stairs into his New York penthouse just to replace his impersonal, modern powder room sink he would be up for that challenge. He was enchanted with our sinks uneven yet smooth to the touch edges and taken back by the historic patina of the stone that took centuries for its formation. He took that passion for old limestone to heart and added many of our sinks to the full container order he had us ship for him from France.

1 sinkA gorgeous antique marble ribbed sink that was shipped from the South of France to New York in a full container.

2 sinkSee above the photo of another simplistic yet timeless sink element he has acquired from us. It’s a 17th century converted French Farmhouse stone sink that our client had his heart set one to moment he saw that photo. He liked the fact that it has started to collect vegetation and moss from having sat there in the yard undisturbed for nearly 15 years covered with purple flowers and ladybugs.

In addition to our crusty antique limestone sinks that will eventually reside in some of the prettiest kitchens and powder rooms of America, we also carry a few amazing antique marble shell sinks that our many friend designers and architects end up installing in their powder rooms projects just like this client did.

3 sinkOne of the original antique Italianate marble sinks that were reclaimed from a 17th century ruined villas.

4 sinksAn inspirational photo showing similar antique shell sinks as seen installed in a French home showing a ‘his and hers’ antique sink layout.

So many ancient marble sinks were among the 200 plus items shipped to that client who ended up furnishing his Texas ranch as well! We can’t wait to see the final properties coming to life, filled with our ancient elements juxtaposed with the modern furnishings in a modern architectural layout. How will they be used?  With a little inspiration from our past project database of images, most of the guess work is normally taken out of the final design equation.

5 sinksAn old and crusty sink that was to sit on a thick stone slab sheet with a modern linear glass tile mosaic back splash and a minimalist nickel faucet above.

6 sinksA similar Italian house trough sink was also proposed for the second guest bath at one time.

7 sinksA French Chateau Sink was the first contender for the Master bathroom sink.

8 sinksA possible option for the French farmhouse vegetable sink to be installed into the Antique limestone island.

9 sinksThis was another interesting design contender for the main kitchen sink.

10 sinksAn original Stone sink.  This was a possible option for the main French farmhouse sink but proved to be harder to configure into the existing design of the kitchen.

11 sinksThis was another possible option for the French farmhouse vegetable sink that was to be installed into the Antique limestone island

12 sinksAn unusual antique planter sink that could be re-purposed  as a wine cellar or wine tasting room sink.

13 sinksThis beachy antique marble sink turned out to be a few inches off from what the designer was hoping for. Luckily a similar but narrower sink was available.

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This inspirational photo was so close in design and size to the real antique sink we had in stock at the time.

Ancient Trough Sink by Ancient Surfaces-02154That’s the one we picked at the time. It was later replaced by a 38” wide sink that was close in design.

16 sinksThis double sink antique limestone trough was a bit deeper that what was engineered for by the architect.

17 sinksA Very West Indies Caribbean looking sink that was replaces last minute by an oval shaped sink.

18 sinksAn ancient Limestone block carved out by our carver. It was about to have a customized sink hole for fitting the drain pipe in before it was deselected.

19 sinksThis inspirational sink design is supposed to have the faucet mounted from its wall side since it has enough stone depth to drill into.

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It is hard not to fall in love with a solid standalone piece of rock that is hundreds of years old and harder not to want to see those thick stone treasures retrofitted into kitchen and bathroom sink in the most interesting homes and villas all across the world. We hope that one day you too will take that same journey in time and space and start selecting not only your sinks but your stone floors, walls, fountains and fireplaces from our unique local US and European stocks.

 

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Beautiful Bathroom Ideas

We love to spend time in the bathroom to primp, refresh or unwind inside a soaking tub filled with warm water, mineral salts and essential oils. Our Bathrooms have slowly become our meditative

Getaway room of the house. Being the true place of relaxation, a well-designed bathroom rewrites the normal bathroom experience and invites us to discover hydrotherapy in its basic form. Like a well-orchestrated classical symphony, the various bath elements need to work in unison. Well focused lights that can be dimmed and directed on command, artfully applied Venetian plastered walls, inclusion of key stone design elements from floors, sinks and tubs, perhaps the inclusion of live plants, eclectic pieces of furniture and last but not least music.

Stone walled showers, classical stone bathtubs, prestigious hand carved sinks from basalt to marble, limestone floors salvaged from the south of France are some of the many splendid craft of our trade that we employ in order to transform any bathroom into a personal spa.

 

A chandelier lamp near the sink

Get rid of your old neon above your sink and adopt a chandelier for an unusual chic bathroom. In this piece, we opted for a nice classical metal luster that fits perfectly into the mood of this place giving it a fifties look with a nice Belgium black basalt for more majestic look. Enjoy!

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Small rack beneath the sink for stowing

Finding a place in the bathroom to tidy up the towels gets frustrating for some of us when you’re limited by your bathroom space. The solution is to put them on a limestone rack beneath a trough limestone sink, on a window sill or the edge of the bathtub.

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A green touch in a corner

We cannot merely give up and throw our hands in the air at the sight of our conventional bathrooms that are ailing from the standard fixtures and finishes all through. As they say, Rome was not built in one day. Every well thought of and well-designed bathroom can be slowly built one small project at a time. Take for example the installation of a mortar marble sink with a thick antique limestone vanity as its support. This 2 day project can take place before or after your retiling or plastering of your walls.

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Small but Sassy

A small space doesn’t have to mean a diminutive vanity. In this tiny powder room, choosing an undermount sink and adding a clever tile accent along the walls makes the room look larger.

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Install a piece of furniture

When your bathroom is large enough, do not hesitate to install a seat that will highlight the warmth to the room. Take this photo for example. A beige wingback chair blends into the New England 1800’s styled Bathroom. In this case, you can’t help but feel the retro 19th Century New York or Boston Barber shop spirit in there. Easy to create and will timelessly remain beautiful and trendy for as long as this house stands.

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Space-Saving with a Console Sink

Frustrated by a lack of space for a sink? Pedestal sinks are terrific space-savers that will still leave you with a feel of an open space which is lost with cabinet vanities. To make up for lost storage space one can add a short wicker basket that will store additional towel, soaps and other bathroom novelties.

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Frames to decorate around the sink

Laying in our bathtub enjoying a moment of silence or listening to a soft melody should go hand by hand with a well framed beautiful wall art to look at. Framed objects such as period paintings, captivating photographs or antique mirrors placed above the sink that would add artistic beauty to your bathroom

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Ancient Stone sinks worthy of designing your entire bathroom around.

If you are reading this, we are going to assume that you have encountered a bathroom sink before. Bathroom sinks are typically smaller than kitchen sinks (which must accommodate pots and pans) and have less function. Washing hands and faces, brushing teeth, and filling small cups are the main functions of a bathroom sink. They must also be hygienic, easy to clean, easy to reach, soft to the touch and of course very durable.

Once these basic parameters are met, bathroom sink design is up to anyone’s interpretation. As a result, many different sink styles and materials are on the market. As you read on, we’ve recapped the most popular options you are likely to encounter while going through our bathroom stone sinks catalogue.

 

Bathroom Basalt sinks

An elegant touch in any bathroom design can be realized with a rustic Basalt sinks. Just why is this so appealing?

Many like the black/white contrast that is created through the enlistment of an antique Basalt sink. Guests won’t help but to be transported back in time to a Victorian or Georgian era of the British Empire anytime they glance at your contrasted powder room design complete with its weathered West Indies style Basalt vessel.

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Bowl Shaped Sinks

Another trend is to replace existing sinks with thick solid stone vanities topped with a bowl-style vessel sinks.

They’re eye catching, unusual and add an edge to any personal style. Weathered bowl sinks add a frugal country cottage minimalism to traditional bathrooms. Bold limestone bowls have become a staple in contemporary and traditional bathrooms alike. Juxtaposing old with new has turned into a defining characteristic of our 2010-2020 design era.

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Bathroom Limestone Trough Sinks

Limestone has always been key to making bathrooms feel time-honored and serene. You want warmth? Add limestone! This design dogma isn’t reserved to contemporary bathrooms but has been known since the days of Minoan villa design some 5,000 years ago.

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More and more people have started to realize that elementally worn natural stone sinks are a must in any trend tolerant bathroom design worthy of a front cover feature in any national shelter magazine.

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There’s something to be said about stone that was softly eroded over centuries not by the sheer force of steel mallets but by the gentile & perpetual motion of soft rain droplets landing on its exposed surface sitting in nature for centuries.

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Bathroom His and Hers Sinks

His and Her’ bathroom sinks design layout helps to create a symmetry especially when the creations are monumental and artistic as in the case of pedestal sinks. Those sinks have much in common with outdoor wall mounted garden fountains and work very well with other classical bathroom features such as full hand carved marble tubs and period mirrors and sconces.

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Undermounted bathroom sinks

Undermounted bathroom stone sinks are sinks that are installed below the vanity or countertop and mount from below. Undermounted sinks hang flush or slightly below the countertop for a seamless look that is easy to clean.

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These sinks do not have a lip like drop-in sinks, leaving more counter space for toiletries and a smooth surface for cleaning. The Sink below brings a furniture-like feel to your bathroom vanity and go perfectly with the tub and chair.

Full length marble and limestone sinks

Those full length bathroom stone sinks are truly remarkable looking and just like trough sinks they will help you add volumes of sophistication, liveliness and playfulness to your bathroom.

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