Good things happen at The Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Its always been the place where the design and manufacturing families meet, swapped news and made plans. A couple of years age, back in 2011, Jake Levy of Brooklyn based custom stone artisan shop International Stone Collections met Krista Rivers from Franke‘s marketing team. And this is what happened next -
Franke’s Polyedro is already a very unusual sink. Its geometric, multifaceted, diamond-cut bowl has every right to claim to be a high fashion design, reinventing the sink. That was just a starting point for Jake Levy. First he took 500 lbs of amethyst. Of these rare stones, the particular kind is collected from geological formations called geodes, a sedimentary structure found in certain types of volcanic rock, he selected just 80 lbs which were hand placed, one piece at a time, completely covering the angular sink base. Amethyst, it may interest you to know, was regarded as a precious gemstone equal to diamond right up until the 18th century. Amongst those who admired it, and, indeed, wore it, were Catherine the Great, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius. None of the above, as far as we are aware, had a sink encrusted in it, however. Along with the amethyst base, the sink has a Brazilian grey quartz top.
To appreciate the beauty of this sink it has to be seen in the flesh. Fortunately, it is going to be on show at Franke’s booth, #383, at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York from March 21- 24. Which is appropriate, because that’s where it all began. In the meantime, here’s a very cool video which shows how it was made. Enjoy -