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the illusion of a drain-free sink

Drains often give a negative first impression, as they’re a showcase for sludge and bacteria buildup. There is, however, a solution that gives the illusion of a drain-free sink.

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Kartell by Laufen

The Trough

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Antoniolupi

Different companies offer different drain-free solutions. Most common is the trough style. The drain is built into the front of the sink as a slender trough, allowing the eye to overlook this simple line.

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Axolute: SP6

The same is true for the overflow (if there is one), which is placed at the back of the sink’s edge, complementing the style of the drain.

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Art Ceram

Picture a drain with a front-lip cutout and thin tresses, allowing the water to spill down. Rather than an unkempt sink, it’s a visually appealing “drain-less” illusion.

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Concrete Wave Design

A lot of custom concrete and solid surface sinks feature the trough drain, often without the overflow.

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Lago

The trough is sometimes also seen with central, visible placement. It’s lines are still more subtle and refined than a more standard basin drain.

The Outline

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Giquardo

An alternative to the trough drain is the outline.

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This sleek 1-level sink is not for everyone. And it’s definitely not recommended for the kids’ bathroom.

Instead of the round central drain, there’s a geometric cut or gap in the bottom of the basin.

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Scarabeo Ceramiche

Many of these sinks, by design, have no overflow.

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Liquid Sink in black

As such, they’re often better for powder rooms than they are main bathrooms.

The Cut

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Scarabeo Ceramiche: Mizu Washbasin

The cut isn’t a drain-free sink at all. Rather, it has a regular style drain that’s simply hidden.

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Scarabeo Ceramiche: Mizu Washbasin

In the case of the Mizu Washbasin, there are two removable ceramic pieces that fit together to form a more discreet drain. But if you remove one or both pieces, the base sink and standard drain remain.

 

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