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Design Sleuth: What Is that Triangular Enamel Thing?

Sandeep Salter Picture Room Brooklyn Heights House Photo by Jonathan Pilkington Styling Alexa Hotz

If you’re a regular visitor of our sites, you likely remember having seen this image before. It’s from one of Remodelista’s most popular home tours this year (see A Modern Fairy-Tale Told in 800 Square Feet: Sandeep Salter’s Family Apartment), and the photo was also featured in a post on The Organized Home about Sandeep’s clever sponge storage solution (see Aha! Hack: Finally, a Pretty Way to Store the Kitchen Sponge).

This same picture came up yet again recently at an editorial meeting. I’d assumed the triangular enamelware hanging to the right of the faucet was just an oddly shaped colander, but Julie explained that it’s actually an old-fashioned sink drainer, designed to fit into the corner of a kitchen sink. Its original purpose: to catch food scraps and peels before they go down the drain and clog it!

Photography by Jonathan Pilkington for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz.

Sandeep Salter Picture Room Brooklyn Heights House Photo by Jonathan Pilkington Styling Alexa Hotz
Above: Sandeep’s collection of vintage enamelware is both pretty and practical.

Corner Sink Drainer Colander
Above: I found new triangular sink drainers that were either stainless steel or plastic, but the vintage enamel options are much more charming. This Vintage White Enamel Sink Drainer is very similar to Sandeep’s; $21 on Etsy.
Vintage Corner Sink Drainer
Above: This Vintage White and Red Enamelware Corner Strainer Colander is $22 on Etsy.
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