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Best small sinks

LET’S GET SMALL:
Stylish sinks for space-challenged bathrooms; plus, do-it-yourself tips for improving air quality in your home

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Hastings’s Ink sink and vanity pack maximum curves into minimal space.
 

 

Q: I have a tiny powder room and am looking for a scaled-down sink/vanity combination with storage. I’m having trouble finding stylish options.

A: You’re not alone in your quest for a small sink that’s also beautiful. We hunted around and found a lot of great choices (some with storage), including Hastings’s Ink, which is meant to visually mimic an infinity pool (sink, 15¾ by 15¾ inches, $585; vanity, $1,500). Hastings’s Sonia Atic vanity has a large drawer with two removable trays (sink, 19¾ by 17¾ inches, $500; vanity, same size, $1,680). Both are at Hastings, at the Merchandise Mart (312-527-0565).

 

 
Caroma’s Liano has a sloping, extra-deep bowl.
 

If you can forgo storage, Caroma’s Liano has a modern, minimalist look and a generously deep bowl (sink, 16½ by 18½ inches, $338; decorative drain cover/trap, $148). It’s available at Aquae Sulis (2211 N. Elston Ave., 773-772-7272).

 

 

 
The Laufen Alessi dOT sink pairs with a nifty cabinet.
 

The understated Laufen Alessi dOT unit (sink, 23¾ by 19¾ by 718 inches, $1,850; cabinet, $2,100) is available at Waterware (1829 S. State St., 312-225-4549).  Another place to look is Community Home Supply (3924 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-281-7010), where design consultants will help you put together a lovely and efficient space using pieces from their small-bathroom showroom.

 

 

 
Architect Claudia Skylar designed this vanity for a tiny powder room with an angled wall.
Made of quartersawn makore wood, it’s finished with an integrated Corian sink and countertop.
 

You might also consider going custom, as architect Claudia Skylar (mastroskylararchitects.com) recently did for a client. The powder room, a small space with one angled wall, was too narrow for a standard fixture, so Skylar designed her own. She came up with a cabinet of quartersawn makore wood with an integrated Corian sink, then collaborated with Sprovieri’s Custom Countertops (sprovieris.com) and Wettengel Woodworking (wettengelwoodworking.com) on its fabrication.

And speaking of tight spaces, Skylar is also a fan of wall-mounted toilets because the tank goes behind the wall, saving valuable square footage. The one in the powder room shown above is from Duravit.

 

Photograph: (Claudia Skylar vanity) Nathan Kirkman

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