I started my play off with a competitive game of Deadliest Warrior. I was the Monk, my favorite character. After swiftly defeating my opponent, and dominating the subsequent rematch, I decided to switch to a game of Chinese Chess. After yet another amazing victory, I was awarded a delicious mango by my now humbled boyfriend. At this point my creative juices where really flowing, but I decided to really lock-in to the creative mood by carving a few more designs into a piece a soapstone I've been working on. Now that I was in the zone, it was time to mind map the sink.
I have attached mind map in case you would like to follow along.
I started my mind map with the notion that sinks/basins are placed in the bathroom, the mudroom and the kitchen. In the bathroom scene, I flowed about the pedestal, and the faucet and came up with the idea of creating bathroom pedestal art. For example, the pedestal could look like an animal hoof, in the style of the greek/Roman statues. Or, it could look like the leg lamp from The Christmas Story. Talk about some comic relief!
In terms of the Faucet, I thought the shape looks like a bird neck, so what if the faucet had the face and neck of a swan and the faucet knobs could be the Swans wingspread. If done well, I think it could be an elegant and artful touch. The thought of swans reminded me of when I studied in Amsterdam, because I frequently saw them in the canals. Also in the Netherlands is the town of Delft which is famous for Delftware. I think there would be a pretty large market for Delftware patterned basin- my mom included! I also thought a light indicator or a sound indicator would be a great addition to a faucet to help conserve water. The faucet would light up when a certain amount of water is used so that the user knows when they are being naughty if they use more, and when they are being good if they use less.
In the kitchen realm, the sinks typically get greasy and grimy. Through a series of Star Wars connections, I came up with the idea of a smart sink that would possibly use nanotechnology or even biotechnology, or laser technology- the possibilities are endless. Who doesn't want a sink that cleans itself?
In terms of the material and appearance of modern day sinks, society has gotten boring. In the days of the Greeks and Romans, they made things elaborate with tile mosaics. What if a sink basin was made out of tile and made into a mosaic? The tile would need to have a glaze over it in order to increase its 'cleanability'. But it would definitely add to the class of a bathroom and could even become a status thing.
Finally, the mudroom was a little more difficult for me to brainstorm as I am not normally the user of one. But I do remember using it to give the dog a bath. A hands free shower addition to the mudroom sink would definitely make dog baths easier!