07 May 2010

All the way from Argentina, it's Fango handmade sinks


Last fall, I started being followed on Twitter by Fango Sink Design. Fango is an Argentine company with one production facility in suburban Buenos Aires. They make a truly unique lavatory sink and before I knew it I was their fan on Facebook and I added their link to my idea file for the next time I get called on to source an interesting sink.


Well imagine my surprise when I turned a corner at Coverings last week and saw that they were exhibiting. I walked right up and introduced myself, "Hey, we tweet together!" It's always fun to meet someone I've come to know 140 characters at a time. That's either a sign that Twitter truly knits the world together or it's a sign that I need to turn off my laptop from time to time. In any case, I was struck by how beautiful their sinks are in person.


The person on the other side of those Fango tweets is Joanna Smink, Fango's export manager. We talked for a while and she told me the story of Fango and why they decided to show at Coverings. Fango had come up from Argentina for the show on a quest for US distributors. Joanna handed me a cost sheet and I thought about changing careers for a moment. Fango sinks are not only beautiful, they are shockingly affordable. If anybody out there's interested in carrying a line of beautiful, handmade sinks let me know and I'll put you in touch.


There's a simplicity to these sinks that borders on the primitive and the effect is stunning. Fango manages to walk a line between substance and delicacy that these photographs fail to convey.


Fango's sinks come in three shapes, round, conical and cylindrical. Each of those shapes is available in three sizes and they can be either vessel-style or they can be semi-recessed. There are nine stock colors for the exterior and 15 patterns available for the interior.
Exterior colors

Interior patterns

if you find yourself looking for something new and original when it comes to bath design, look to Argentina and Fango's handmade sinks.

6 comments:

  1. Rich Holschuh07 May, 2010 08:59

    Fantastic sink line! Good find Paul. Brings the human touch back into the the bath, which after all is a very personal, creature-oriented space and too often ends up looking like a sterile examination room. The trend toward the organic with varied texture and mixed media is one that I am glad to see.

    The quote "Fango manages to walk a line between substance and delicacy..." brings Argentinian wines to mind in a happy geographical confluence with these sinks bowls. Bold, full-featured, but eminently accessible - their common origin is apparent. The hand of the craftsman leaves its mark on its work, and we are all touched.

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  2. What a gorgeous line of sinks! So glad you shared, Paul.

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  3. Thanks Rich and Walt. Rich: I can see them as a vessel on an artisan concrete counter...

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  4. Those are really pretty, they almost look like travertine or limestone! Some of the painted ones remind me of the Japanese pottery we had in the house growing up that my mother had collected from when they lived over there.

    Also really liking the semi-recessed! The look of a vessel sink without the faucet headaches :)

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  5. Those are really pretty, they almost look like travertine or limestone! Some of the painted ones remind me of the Japanese pottery we had in the house growing up that my mother had collected from when they lived over there.

    Also really liking the semi-recessed! The look of a vessel sink without the faucet headaches :)

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  6. They are really distinctive and beautiful, I agree. You can see their stuff better on their website.

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