The reality of life is that not all of us can afford to have very spacious kitchens, so an ample sink is just a distant dream for many. However, there is a workaround that gives us the illusion of a spacious kitchen – and it’s something that comes up when designers stretch their imagination and give us functional options. Falling under this category is the Romesco Kitchen Sink, a series of six sinks that help us make the most of the limited kitchen space that we may have.
Offering multi-functionality in a compact format, the sink integrates accessories that facilitate key tasks like food preparation, washing and drying. It converts the basin into a workstation, thanks to the worktop accessory. While the design of the Romesco range reduces the overall footprint of the sink, it however increases the functional space, so that you can get the most out of it.
Crafted from composite quartz and stainless-steel, this affordable range features areas for food prep, washing of utensils, drying the washed dishes and propping them. The accessories can be placed either vertical or horizontal on the basin, giving you the freedom to use them the way you want to.
The drainer and dish rack are designed in a way that they can be reversed and placed inside the sink, so that you can increase the drying surface area. When you don’t need them, simply nestle the accessories inside the big unit and stow them away.
Designer: David Needham
Insights & Research
The average kitchen size in Europe is less than 12m2, the kitchen should be an efficient and functional area which utilises all available space. The kitchen sink is a key functional area and is an important element of daily workflow. We conducted research to review the type of sinks across different homes, many sinks adopted small bowls with large drainers using a significant amount of worktop space.
As a result of our customer insights we explored how a sink could utilise space more efficiently. We identified an opportunity to use accessories within the bowl for key functional tasks. This allowed us to reduce the overall footprint of the sink, saving valuable worktop space.
Throughout the development we had to be conscious of manufacturing constraints to achieve a commercially viable solution whilst maintaining a consistent and coordinated design language that adhered to the Goodhome brand.
Prototype & Refinement
We tested and evaluated a variety of prototypes at different stages of the design process. We continually refined and improved the design to ensure we achieved high performance at an affordable price.
The Romesco range consists of 6 sinks with a selection of integrated accessories. The sinks are manufactured from composite quartz and stainless-steel offering different price points to a wide range of consumers.
Ledges within the bowl allow for different accessory combinations, whether that be for food preparation or washing up. The accessories can be orientated in a vertical or horizontal position to create a flexible space.
Large Fucntional Bowl
Many sinks don’t offer a functional bowl size and can be difficult for users to wash bigger items that can’t fit in the dishwasher. Romescos large bowl ensures there’s enough space to conveniently access and wash larger items.
Drainer & Dish Rack
The dish rack offers efficient storage and can be reversed and placed inside the bowl to increase the drying surface area. The integrated cutlery drainer allows the user to separate cutlery for drying and storage.
When the accessories aren’t in use they can efficiently nest for compact storage.
Below: Sink with Drainer & Accessories