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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of custom concrete and solid surface sinks feature the trough drain, often without the overflow.
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.
An alternative to the trough drain is the outline.
Instead of the round central drain, there’s a geometric cut or gap in the bottom of the basin.
Many of these sinks, by design, have no overflow.
As such, they’re often better for powder rooms than they are main bathrooms.
The cut isn’t a drain-free sink at all. Rather, it has a regular style drain that’s simply hidden.
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.