KOHLER has added a new Artist Editions® sink to its selection of inspired lavatories for the bathroom, this one hand-crafted to give the appearance of shagreen leather. This unusual finish, originally inspired by the oil spot glazing that became popular during China’s Song Dynasty, is painstakingly created using an organic two-step mineral glazing process. The result is a sink with a rich, granular texture and velvety iridescence.
Shagreen, or stingray hide, was made popular by 18th Century French aristocrats and has been used over the centuries on furniture, personal accessories, and book bindings by those who prize its distinctive grainy texture and durable, water-resistant finish. The leather’s exotic appearance and uniquely pebbled patterns have sustained its popularity over the years and made it an enduring mark of luxury and refinement.
“Knowing the rich history of shagreen, we were intrigued to see how this could be applied to a ceramic sink,” says Nancy Yusko, design studio manager for Kohler’s decorative products. “It certainly proved to be a challenging process, even for our skilled craftsmen, but the results are breathtaking.”
Shagreen is available on three different sink designs: the gracefully curved Carillon Wading Pool round vessel bathroom sink, the oval Caxton undermount bathroom sink, and the Carillon Wading Pool rectangular vessel bathroom sink. These Shagreen sinks come in two colours which allude to the finish’s subtle radiance: Ebony Pearl or Oyster Pearl.