The trend toward welcoming, open floor-plan kitchens is still going strong. Functional and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, open floor-plan kitchens blend harmoniously into the living environment and reflect the individuality and personality of the user. With its new SilicaTec granite range of kitchen sinks, the hansgrohe brand offers a comprehensive range for the kitchen centrepiece, combining a warm and welcoming look, elegant colours, premium design and long-lasting quality.
SilicaTec—a Quality Material for the Rigors of Everyday Kitchen Life
With SilicaTec, hansgrohe utilizes a composite made from quartz and acrylic resins, which has a natural look and is pleasing to the touch. But that’s not all it has to offer: only rounded quartz particles from quartz sand, the hardest constituent of granite, are processed. The result is a smooth, hard and nonporous surface, easy to clean and dirt repellent. It is odourless, UV-stable, heat resistant, food safe, impact resistant and stain resistant. Red wine, coffee, tea and even hot pots and pans leave no trace: a robust and attractive all-rounder for even the most hectic of kitchen routines.
The prestigious Phoenix Design studio created the minimalist, linear design of the range. The broad rim surface, so distinctive of the design, showcases the material and provides room for additional features. This wider rim is the connecting element for the innovative two-hole mixer used in hansgrohe sink combination units. In addition, the overflow in all of hansgrohe’s granite sinks is hidden from sight. It is positioned on the right side of the bowl, giving the sink a clean, uncluttered look.
At the sink, the hub of the kitchen, every move should be as easy as possible. All innovative hansgrohe sink combination models in graphite black come with a choice of two intuitive controls. The controls have been positioned at the front right-hand side of the sink rim for more ease of use. The central control unit on the first model is a lever handle on the front right-hand side of the sink. It can be switched and turned to select precise water temperature and volume. Once selected, these settings remain constant. Water flowing from the tap can then be turned on or off by simply pressing the Select button strategically positioned on the high spout. On the second model, the Select button, which turns water from the multi-spray kitchen tap on and off, is located on the right sink rim. Turning the button opens and closes the drain. Both models allow you to control the flow of water using the back of your hand or elbow; for instance, when your hands are dirty.
The hansgrohe sBox, which stows away the hose of the pull-out spray tap in a flat casing, keeps the base cabinet tidy. It protects the hose from being bumped into by drawers and waste bins, and ensures comfortable, smooth and quiet functioning. In addition, the sBox enables the use of hoses up to 76 centimetres long.. This creates a convenient operating range, making it easier to fill vessels near the sink.
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