For high-quality under-mount sinks, stainless steel is the industry standard, but this durable and attractive material can be deployed inside a home in other ways, and most notably: they can be introduced without making yours look like a commercial kitchen.
The high-end Elam series from Tisettanta is elegant and minimalist – what is particularly engaging (and useful for those looking for new layout ideas) is the contexts they are put into for showroom display and photographs. The settings for some shots show practical possibilities of pairing steel with softer tones and textured surfaces to keep it from seeming cold and impersonal.
Not everyone has a stone or brick wall handy, though, with which to contrast shiny a stainless counter top, sink or faucet – which is where a bright and/or warm accent color comes in.
Still, even in black-and-white zones it can work as well, assuming one goes in for the traditional Modernist aesthetic or adds some colorful decor to offset the gray. Sometimes small doses are part of the solution as well – a modern or traditional setting with sparing amounts of exposed steel can work as well.
“Elam project is based on the concept of a high quality product that lasts in the time. The specific knowledge in technologies and materials bring to the realization of kitchens appreciated for their finishing and techniques. Elam products are featured by essential and elegant modernity. The collection is telling us the history of design, proposing ac contemporary taste balanced by a unique cultural tradition that becomes style over time: the Elam style.”
More about the history of the collection
“Elam was born out of the same crucible of creative renewal that put the Brianza area companies in the international spotlight starting in the 1960s. Indeed the meeting between Marco Zanuso and Elam took place in that very decade and it led to the birth of two unforgettable projects: The E5 kitchen (1964) and the E6 cabinet systems (1967.)”
“Since 1965 inimitable. Formal liberty, geometric rigor, functionality. True qualities never lose their impulse, they remain the subject of constant research by cultivators of excellence.”