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Morgan Miller Plumbing: Top 10 Spectacular Sinks

We all know the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink”, but what does it really mean? Why not “everything but the carpet” or “everything but the big screen TV”? Most say it’s because a sink is harder to move, but at Morgan Miller Plumbing we like to think it’s because the sink is just so fantastic. Who could possibly give one up? In celebration of this cleanser of dish and hand, we give you… the Top Ten Spectacular Sinks of all time!

10. The Rotating Sink

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To start out our list, a winning combination of form and function, this Rotating Sink comes from Tim Odom of Kitchen + Bath Artisans. Cutting boards, colanders, a drain rack, and stainless steel bowls are interchangeable, and each can slide 360 degrees around the faucet, creating a more customized and integrated kitchen prep experience. Practical and attractive? Yes please!

9. The Squish Flexible Sink by Joel

Here is another sink that moves, though it’s probably less practical. The Squish Flexible Sink was designed by Joel Hoag, and uses flexible rubber to allow users to adjust the depth of the basin. It’s an ingenious idea, but holding so much water in such a flexible bowl seems a little risky. The sink was designed back in 1999, so it looks like this novel idea never took off.

 

8. The Garden Sink

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Coming in at number 8, another beautiful, high concept sink…that might not be so practical. Jean-Michel Gauvreau of Gau Designs created The Zen Garden Sink with a simple premise: use the water that runs from your sink to grow plants. The idea is marvelous and the sink looks so freaking cool. But the reality is, water isn’t the only thing that goes down sinks. How many plants could really survive on a diet of shaving cream and toothpaste?

7. The Bisynk

Rounding out this section of conceptual and questionable sinks, it’s the Bisynk! Yes, that’s a “bicycle” and “sink” combined. Jang Wooseok designed the Bisynk with conservation in mind. Water won’t leave the tap until put in some pedaling, making you really work for those clean hands! The intent is to have users appreciate their water more and waste less, and with more than a billion people alive without access to safe water, perhaps this funny-looking sink is nothing to laugh at.

 

 

 

6. The Spiral “Ammonite” Sink

And now for something completely different! This highly unique washbasin is called the “Ammonite” sink, inspired by the valuable extinct fossil of the same name. Made of solid concrete, imagine all the fun objects one could send spiraling down the drain!

 

5. The Ice Sink

This glass vanity top and integrated sink come from Signature Arts Glass, which provides a variety of custom glass statement pieces. The thick 3/4″ glass, motion texture, and drip edge with L.E.D. lighting gives this sink a hypnotic icy effect.

4. The Wood Sink

Very little can be found about the designer of this one-of-a-kind polished wood sink. We do know the sink support is made from a real tree, with a unique opening for storage. The black chains, lanterns, and wood paneling give the space a distinct rustic look. If you happen to know about this sink’s designer, leave us a comment!

 

3. The Crystal Sink

If you’ve read our other top ten lists, this sink might seem familiar to you. It’s actually a companion piece to the Baldi Crystal Tub, which earned top honors on our list of Top Ten Tubular Bathtubs. The Crystal Rock Sink is carved from a single block of crystal, taking 500 hours of labor to create, and is only available on custom order. This striking sink can go for as much as $50,000, and claims to be the most expensive sink around, but that distinction actually goes to…

2. The Gold Sink

Yes, it may just look like a fancy dog bowl, but you’re actually looking at the most expensive sink in existence! Stockholm-based Luxury Edition & Gallery offers a range of luxury bath and home furniture, and they aimed high with this 24 karat gold gold basin outfitted with your choice of precious gems. Asking price? $80,000. If you can’t get enough bathroom bling, check out our Top 10 Toilets on Planet Earth list, which includes the famed Golden Toilet.

 

1. The Reflecting Sink

What glorious sink could possibly win over an $80,000 price tag? Well, it may not be the most expensive or innovative, but it’s easily the most beautiful. This “Motif Basin” from design company Omvivo has a base of etched glass which casts an ornate light pattern over the vanity top. The glass etchings comes in three patterns, all of them beautiful. Sleek, simple, and practical wins the day!

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Top Ten Tubular Bathtubs

I believe it was Ernie who claimed the “rubber ducky” is what made bath time “so much fun”. But how often do we overlook the tub itself? The following is a collection of ten bathtubs so fun, so creative, so totally tubular… you won’t even need the ducky.
 

10. Pod Bathtub

The i-Sopod floatation tank is the height of relaxation, so long as you’re not claustrophic. This pod is lit with LEDs with programmable lighting and music. The effect is a futuristic, womb-like sanctuary, so good at alleviating physical stress it is commonly used by professional athletes.
 

 

9. Bubble Bathtub 

From bathing with bubbles to bathing inside of one, this transparent tub is probably not best for the modest bather. This bathtub by Russian designer Alexander Zhukovsky fills from the ceiling, so it can also double as a shower. And if the unique shape wasn’t enough, this tub also has custom-controlled temperature, humidity, light and sound.

8. Golden Bathtub

For many years, this lavish tub adorned the Kominato Hotel in Japan. The bathtub was made of 18-karat gold and stainless steel, and was estimated to cost roughly one million dollars. For reasons unknown, no one thought to put a video camera on this prized possession, and the tub was mysteriously stolen from the hotel in 2007 without a trace.

 

7. Book Bathtub

Ever curled up in the bathtub with a good book? How about curling up in a bathtub made of good books? Titled ‘Bath of Knowledge’, this art piece by Vanessa Mancini may not be functional, but it’s certainly ingenious. Mancini custom cut each recycled book to rest perfectly on a tub-shaped metal frame. Perfect for a hygiene-obsessed bookworm!

 

6. Boulder Bathtub  

 Although little is known about this trippy bathtub, its sheer creativity is hard to ignore. Apparently carved from a granite boulder, the tub’s real novelty comes from above: in the form of a chandelier that doubles as a showerhead. A perfect blend of nature and elegance!
 

5.   Rotating Bathtub

As a general rule, you should never flip over your bathtub. If your bathtub is the Disambigua Rotating tub, however, flipping your tub is a requirement. Designed to save space, the Disambigua tub can instantly turn from tub to sink in one rotation. Just be careful to drain your water before you flip it!

4.   Hammock Bathtub

What’s more relaxing, a bathtub or a hammock? With the Vessel Hammock Bathtub, you don’t have to choose! This ingenious tub is made of carbon fiber, making it light enough to hang, and suspended above the ground for maximum relaxation. This Hammock tub comes variety of colors, but there’s no cost stated on their official website, so expect a major price tag.
 

3.   Color-Changing Bathtub

Ever wanted to bathe in a rainbow? Of course you have. But before you start pouring food coloring into your bubble bath, check out this bathtub by Takeshita Co.  Named “Hotaru”, Japanese for “firefly”, this tub is packed with dynamic LED lights that subtly shift into a variety of colors. You too can turn your bathroom into a rave party for just $8,639 bucks.

 

2. High-Heeled Bathtub

Now here’s a bathtub fit for a modern queen. Italian designer Massimiliano Della Monaca combines art and function with this tub in the shape of an opulent high-heeled shoe. The bathtub is covered in a mosaic of precious glass in a variety of colors, and curved to fit the body comfortably. It costs a steep $17,000, but that’s chump change compared to the price tag on our final tub…

 

1.   Crystal Bathtub

What is it with Italy and unbelievably gorgeous bathtubs? The Baldi Rock Crystal bathtub is one of the most beautiful tubs in the world, and at $790,000 certainly one of the most expensive. Carved from a single block of Amazonian white rock crystal, there are only three of these tubs in existence, the most recent selling for an impressive $1.5 million. Baldi, the Italian company famous for its luxury tubs, says the rocks took three months to excavate deep in the Amazon rainforest.

 

Morgan Miller Plumbing: Top 10 Toilets on Planet Earth

Behold, ladies and gentlemen! Without further ado, here are the ten greatest toilets on the planet as of March 15, 2013:

#10: Aquarium Toilet

Looking to add some life to your bathroom? The Fish N’ Flush Toilet is perfect for you! With a 2.2 gallon detchable aquarium piece, this toilet can hold all your fishy friends: and don’t worry about accidentally flushing Nemo, the toilet is separate from the aquarium.

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#9: Pipe Toilet

This lime green futuristic toilet was designed by 2-B-2 Architecture with a water droplet in mind, but it’s hard not to notice the resemblance to a smoking pipe. Speaking of smoking…

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#8: Incinerating Toilet

This incinerating toilet is produced by Incinolet who say it  “uses electric heat to reduce human waste to a clean, non-polluting ash…uses no water and drains nothing out.” Looks incredible, and sounds great if there’s little water nearby. But how much gas does thing need? And I can’t help imagining it malfunctioning when I sit down…

#7: Golden Toilet

Valued at 5 million dollars, this is the most expensive toilet in existence outside of a spaceship. Why? It’s made entirely out of 24 karat solid gold. Talk about a throne!

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#6: Disappearing Toilet

From the flashiest toilet on earth to the most concealed; designed for late night party-goers in London, this public toilet goes underground during the day and lifted hydraulically at night. Manufactured by Urilift.

 

 

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#5: Green Toilet

This Loowatt toilet recently earned a $100,000 grant from the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meant to find affordable plumbing solutions for developing nations. This revolutionary toilet is waterless, chemical free, and most impressively, collects your waste for fertilizer and fuel.

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#4: Tech Toilet

For those with way too much expendable income,  here’s the ‘Souped Up John’ toilet. It features a TV, TiVo, DVD, XBox, laptop, refrigerator, megaphone and Ipod dock. And a toilet paper holder, if you need that sort of thing for a toilet.

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#3: Instrumental Toilet

Here’s a toilet that earns its spot based on sheer creativity. A tuba for a bowl, a cymbal & music book for a tank cover? Even if this toilet isn’t functional or even real, it’s just that cool.

Instrumental Toilet

#2: Egg Toilet

Here’s another toilet that seems to jump straight off the set of a Sci-Fi movie. Located at Sketch in London, these toilets are contained in a series of futuristic, LED-lit pods which hold their own separate bathroom areas. Eggstraordinary!

 

 

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MARCH 15, 2013

 

 

Behold, ladies and gentlemen! Without further ado, here are the ten greatest toilets on the planet as of March 15, 2013:

#10: Aquarium Toilet

Looking to add some life to your bathroom? The Fish N’ Flush Toilet is perfect for you! With a 2.2 gallon detchable aquarium piece, this toilet can hold all your fishy friends: and don’t worry about accidentally flushing Nemo, the toilet is separate from the aquarium.

#9: Pipe Toilet

This lime green futuristic toilet was designed by 2-B-2 Architecture with a water droplet in mind, but it’s hard not to notice the resemblance to a smoking pipe. Speaking of smoking…

#8: Incinerating Toilet

This incinerating toilet is produced by Incinolet who say it  “uses electric heat to reduce human waste to a clean, non-polluting ash…uses no water and drains nothing out.” Looks incredible, and sounds great if there’s little water nearby. But how much gas does thing need? And I can’t help imagining it malfunctioning when I sit down…

 

 

#7: Golden Toilet

Valued at 5 million dollars, this is the most expensive toilet in existence outside of a spaceship. Why? It’s made entirely out of 24 karat solid gold. Talk about a throne!

 

 

#6: Disappearing Toilet

From the flashiest toilet on earth to the most concealed; designed for late night party-goers in London, this public toilet goes underground during the day and lifted hydraulically at night. Manufactured by Urilift.

 

 

#5: Green Toilet

This Loowatt toilet recently earned a $100,000 grant from the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meant to find affordable plumbing solutions for developing nations. This revolutionary toilet is waterless, chemical free, and most impressively, collects your waste for fertilizer and fuel.

 

 

#4: Tech Toilet

For those with way too much expendable income,  here’s the ‘Souped Up John’ toilet. It features a TV, TiVo, DVD, XBox, laptop, refrigerator, megaphone and Ipod dock. And a toilet paper holder, if you need that sort of thing for a toilet.

 

 

#3: Instrumental Toilet

Here’s a toilet that earns its spot based on sheer creativity. A tuba for a bowl, a cymbal & music book for a tank cover? Even if this toilet isn’t functional or even real, it’s just that cool.

 

 

#2: Egg Toilet

Here’s another toilet that seems to jump straight off the set of a Sci-Fi movie. Located at Sketch in London, these toilets are contained in a series of futuristic, LED-lit pods which hold their own separate bathroom areas. Eggstraordinary!

 

 

#1: Transformer Toilet

And our winner? The greatest toilet on Earth is The Ultimate Clean Toilet by Young Sang Eun. As if the innovative Jetsons-like design wasn’t enough, what puts this toilet at #1 is its ability to transform from a standard toilet to a functional urinal with the press of a button.