modern kitchen sink the most beautiful everI think I’ve just found the most beautiful modern kitchen sink ever. I don’t normally write about contemporary decor. But. Then This. In my research travels, I stumbled upon this Blanco Modex kitchen sink and thought it was really quite… perfect… if your look is contemporary. 

The video brings the sexy sculptural lines of this modern sink alive: 

Genius drainboard design makes this product

modern drainboard sink in blackThis modern kitchen sink is architectural in its overall lines — the company calls it a “modern cubic design.” The first thing you notice is its unique profile, sitting 3″ above the kitchen counter. 

But to my eye, the angular drainboard design is the real stroke of genius that takes this kitchen sink from good to great. Rather than simply recessing the drainboard in the wrap-around deck, the designer started it at the top edge of the front (a practical move, for chopping, etc., too). Then, look carefully, and like me, do you see that the drainboard slopes back and down toward the sink at compound angle? It’s hard to tell exactly, but if so, wow.  Who’da thunk a drainboard design could make such an impact.

The Blanco Modex seems like an instant 21st Century classic. Others noticed, too, and the company says it won a 2012 Red Dot International Design Award. Yes — this is not a new-today design — but like I said, I don’t normally pay attention to or write about contemporary design kitchen and bath fixtures. 

Modern material

The company says that Modex is:

… made from Blanco’s patented SILGRANIT II formula. It is resistant to heat, chips, scratches, food acids and offers an impervious Hygienic+Plus shield against bacteria and dirt.

“You can prep, cut and clean right on MODEX,” said Tim Maicher, Director of Marketing. “This is a workstation and sink in one. It’s a stunning fixture that you don’t have to treat delicately. You can put it to work and abuse it. It’s as tough as it is gorgeous.”

I’d go with the white:

Blanco Modex modern sink with side drainboard in whiteOf course, I’d prefer this kitchen sink in white. When making big purchases meant to last many many years, I lean conservative about choosing details that are too trendy. “Anthracite”… “Cinder”… etc…. hmmmmm. White will always be crisp and modern! I also tend to think dark kitchen sinks will show dirt and water spots worse than white sinks will.

The drainboard gives this modern kitchen sink a nod to mid century

blanco modex modern sink in whiteI suspect there are quite a few readers with midcentury modern homes who want to bring contemporary design into their kitchens. Because this sinks gives a nod to vintage drainboard sinks and in such a beautiful way, I think it’s an excellent choice for the MCM-marries-contemporary short list.  

Modern — even if it’s not mid century modern — for sure can be good.  

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  1. Karin McGaughey says:

    This sink is so beautiful. But more for a person who wants to post on social media from their kitchen rather than cook. The sink is too small. The lip is too high to sweep crumbs from the counter into the sink. Fabulous sink if you only want it for the pictures…

  2. Debbie Peterson Jenson says:

    Too small and I like sweeping my crumbs into the disposal side of sink…I also could imagine chips on the corners from a pot hitting it just right?

  3. Ranell says:

    It says heat resistant, I had another brand name sink and when I stuck my warm pot in the sink it burnt a ring indentation. We ripped it out and put in a cast iron farmhouse sink. Lots of things look pretty but are they functional in real life situations? Maybe this one is, I wouldn’t want to chance it with my money. Love your blog!

  4. DJ Sparkles says:

    I love the look of it, but it’s too small for normal kitchen use for me. As a second sink, like a bar sink, it’d be great. But as my kitchen barely has room for one sink, two’s not going to happen here.

  5. Crazy Quilter says:

    I have this sink in white and I love it. The bowl is big enough for standard size cookie sheets and broiler pans. I can lay them flat and scrub away. Because it is basically crushed granite composite, I can put hot pots etc in it with no problem.
    The biggest problem is if you are short. I am 5’5″ and can reach everything easily, my good friend is 5’1′ and says it pushes on her
    ta-tas so she can’t reach the faucet or the back bottom.
    My kitchen is an updated version of 30’s design. That’s why I picked this sink and I’m very glad I did,

  6. Cristin says:

    While I can appreciate the super modern design I could never use this sink for this reason: it is very much designed for people who are right-handed. Wouldn’t work at all for lefties like me. Most everything is designed by, and therefore, for righties. As a left handed person there are a lot of products I cannot comfortably use. For example; the ubiquitous Kitchen Aid mixer. The controls are impossible for left handed people to use without considerable twisting. Even though my vintage mixers are frustrating (the cord plugs into the right side so it’s always in the way) they are much easier to use. Certainly not the biggest problem, but it would be great if more companies would think of lefties when designing their products!

  7. Lindsay says:

    I could not agree more! Fellow lefty here. Many people do not even realize how many household and day to day products are specifically designed with the right-handed person in mind.

    While I find this sink visually appealing, if I were renovating with modern features, it wouldn’t be my choice based on the raised design. I would prefer the practicality of being about to wipe the counter straight into the sink with an under-mount. In my house, that crevice would become wet and crumb-filled in no time.

  8. Diane in CO says:

    Lefty here too and have you ever realized you have been reading a tape measure upside-down your entire life? I was quite old when I finally recognized the faulty design of the everyday metal tape measure. And I measured all the time in my work as a landscape architect! Amazing what we adapt to….

  9. Call me crazy: I loathe over mount and vessel sinks.
    They make clean up crazy difficult – with an undermount that you can just sweep water/debris into them.
    My parents house in the late 70’s had a harvest gold porcelain/cast iron sink set into a tiled countertop – since then I’ve tried working with other styles, including Hudee rings – and I just can’t go back to anything but an undermount sink.

  10. Holland VanDieren says:

    In the same crazy club as Brian. Vessel sinks achieved cliche relic-dom years ago. Top-mounts, not far behind. And these designs defy fast and thorough clean up.

    Undermounts function perfectly and don’t masquerade anything than what they are: sinks. And there is beauty in that simplicity.

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