17 November 2009

A Sinking Feeling

Some people have a thing for fancy cars or couture dressing; I'm a big fan of big kitchen sinks. Interchangeable cutting boards, integral colanders, wash-down areas, multiple bowls, varying basin depths: Such are the things that genuinely fascinate me. The Zeno sink offers several of these functional flairs, and tosses in an oddball geometry to boot. I am content. teka.com


  1. You're so easily pleased. It takes more than a good sink to move me, but I like Teka's style — and yours. Italian sinks always go better with a nicely decanted vino rosso, a good cheese and a scattering of grapes, but I'm confused about the name. Teka doesn't name its products. Am I wrong? Everything has an indexing code. Of course, there's Zeno of Elea and his famous paradoxes, and Italo Svevo's Confessions of Zeno, a bewildering novel that James Joyce promoted, but no sink that I find anywhere. Was someone just being literary? Is it because the ridges go half-way, half-way toward the drain?

  2. It could be that work—here, in the kitchen—is never done.

    It seems that in some EU distribution circles [pun intended], Teka does name its products. In the USofA, SKUs will do.

  3. Once again, you're absolutely right. In Italy it's the Zeno. Maybe they were hoping to avoid the Nova Syndrome, i.e. using a name that might be misunderstood — they do business in lots of languages. GM (the old GM) named their main export model to Latin America the Chevy Nova, which became El Chevy no va. The official General Motors position is that this was never a problem, but my Latino friends still laugh about it. The sink by any other name, however, would be just as perfect.


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