5 Duravit bathroom sinks great for retro modern bathroom designs

duravit happy d sink on metal legs

The story about Mike and Lindsey’s wonderful bathroom renovation reminded me that, indeed, Duravit bathroom sinks are good candidates for Retro Renovation bathrooms. I featured Duravit’s 1930s bathroom series a while back — they did that very nicely, I thought. But I have also been a longtime fan of their Happy D sink, shown above. This sink is what I would call “authentic” design — it is what it is, it’s not precious or overdesigned or pretentious. It’s a retro modern Euro styled sink, but it’s not on steroids, or antidepressants either. It’s a nice little sink — in fact, I think that along with the Kohler Memoir, it’s one of the new/classic bathroom sinks introduced in recent history. A strong candidate for my “timeless” kitchen and bathroom features hall o’ fame. Well done, Duravit. Mike and Lindsey used the Happy D for their bathroom update. Mike said that by shopping around online, they were able to but it (sink and legs, not faucet) for about $500.  Not Re-Store prices — but not bad for timeless. Anyway, I went through Duravit’s website to see what other bathroom sink gems they might have for us retro folk, and sure enough, I found a few more retro-modern contenders –>

duravit vero sink

Above: The Duravit Vero. Well, golly, this guy was new to me. It reminds me of one of the vintage Cranes. I can’t remember the name, and I don’t seem to have a catalog on my website — who knows??? Duravit has a terrific website, the only thing that bugs me is that their measurements are all in metric. So, I don’t know how wide this Vero is. Hey, Duravit, I am an American — I refuse to do metric. This is a good sink, all that deck space is actually useful.

duravit washbasin

The Vero also comes in this high-back washbasin configuration. So cute — great for tiny spaces.

The Scola, above, is also pretty darn cute. Can you tell that I think if you design your sink to fit on chrome legs I think it looks retro? Yes: Chrome legs are retro. They had them like crazy in the 1940s and 1950s. Then they went out of style in favor of vanities. Now they are back, in various re-interpretations, for those who want “retro”.

furniture sinks

Duravit also offers quite a few console sinks that can be dropped into furniture. I think that the look above — with the vanity off the ground — is super duper popular today. I like it. Cabinetry that is off the ground makes small spaces feel bigger — an important consideration for many of us in midcentury or vintage homes with small bathrooms. I actually think that having too much space in a vanity is dangerous: Stuff just gets lost in there and urps all over so that when you discover it three years later it’s totally disgusting.

Link: Duravit bathroom sinks. 

  1. Caroline says:

    We have the Happy D in our 1950s ranch master bath. The person we bought the house from took great care to update the house while remaining true to the architecture. The Happy D is a perfect choice! The only drawback seems to be related to the choice of faucet: water splashes!

    1. Cari says:

      You can get anything in pink; just have it reglazed. I had two cheap white sinks reglazed pink to match my bath tub. It cost $150 for each. Perfect match.

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