Steal This Look: An Eclectic Sink Skirt

We recently profiled the remodel of Paris resident Stephen O’Sullivan’s 55-square-meter apartment on Remodelista, and one small detail—the custom sink skirt—caught our eye. The project, imagined by French architects Suleïma Ben Achour and Antoine Lallement (of newly launched Studio Classico), uses graphic colors and patterns to the space’s advantage, without sacrificing style.

Once considered rather old-school, a sink skirt can add interest (and hide clutter) in a room often dominated by stainless steel.

See below for pictures of O’Sullivan’s kitchen, and five of our favorite modern fabrics to steal the look.

Apartment photographs by Marvin Leuvrey and Charlotte Robin, courtesy of Studio Classico.

Picture of a white sink in a kitchen, with a patterned sink skirt.
Above: To go with the apartment’s new checked floor, Suleïma found a length of Ikea fabric on Etsy patterned with all of the colors used in the apartment. She had it stitched into a sink curtain to loosen up the space and “introduce a bit of humor: we think design should inspire some emotion.”
Photo of a kitchen with green recessed shelving.
Above: The graphic pattern mimics the clean lines of the kitchen.

Steal This Look

Picture of navy blue fabric, block printed with white and blue flower-like patterns.
Above: Chand Indigo Fabric, from Remodelista favorite John Robshaw. Says Robshaw: “Chand is a recycling of a small leaf print put together into medallions, then printed edge to edge across the cloth, like layers of vines blooming over a garden wall.” Price available upon request.
Close-up photo of white fabric with a colorful, impressionist-style leaf pattern.
Above: This printed fabric, from Studio Four NYC’s Wayne Pate collection, evokes the French impressionists with a graphic twist. Trees of Derain printed fabric; $157.50 per yard. We featured Pate on Remodelista–read our profile of his work here.
Photo of a fabric sample with a gray background, printed with a repeating green and blue floral pattern.
Above: From UK-based Hus & Hem, 100% cotton Scandinavian fabric in Spira Renfana Brown, at £26.00 per metre.
Photo of a fabric sample, with lines of graphic black dots overlayed on a white background.
Above: Räsymatto, a classic cotton fabric from Marimekko, at $54.00 per yard.
Close-up photo of a fabric sample, featuring abstract, fluid bright orange lines on an off-white background.
Above: From Hable Construction, Ropes Nectarine, a 100% linen printed fabric handmade in the USA. $1.50 for a sample, orders upon request.

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