about time we recognize the dishwasher!
can’t kitchen designers, sink manufacturers and the general
public recognize the dishwasher? I must say, I have no clue.
The modern dishwasher cleans all dishes, glasses, silverware
and most pots and pans, does it not? About the only items a
dishwasher will not handle are large cookie sheets,
oversized pots and pans, and other large items. If this is
true, why are sink manufacturers still designing old
fashioned, double bowl sinks? Why are designers specifying
them for today’s kitchens? Why does the public accept this?
Again, I have no idea… well I might have an idea as to why.
notorious inventors. We have invented all kinds of things
over the past 100 years. Humans are also very single minded
most of the time. It is only a noted few who think outside
the box. Those humans are called eccentric; sometimes they
are kindly called visionaries. In any event, the vast
population of humans is incredibly talented at refining
inventions; few are talented or successful at changing
paradigms. Allow me to illustrate.
the automobile for example. I believe Mercedes Benz was the
very first automobile invented, well over 100 years ago. It
not only amazes me, but it frustrates me to realize that we
are still driving that same invention – merely refined, not
re-invented. We are still using a piston engine, gasoline
sucking vehicle. Is there no one who can realize that this
is 100 year old technology, and the time has come to make a
visionaries have come up with radically new technology, but
nothing has hit the mainstream yet.
true. Thank heavens we are not still clicking rocks
together to make a fire… oops, matches – the refinement of a
million year old invention.
Now, let me
show you what has happened with kitchen sinks over the
years. The original sink was a wall mounted “farm sink”. It
was a single bowl sink. It was not very good at providing a
washing and rinsing area. Thus, the double bowl sink was
invented. This was a logical move. Now there would be a
place to wash and a place to rinse. This invention came at
the time of the industrial revolution in this country. At
that time, mass production was the way of the future. In
order to produce in mass, generalizations had to be made.
Some braniac decided to make the standard kitchen cabinet
height (with countertops) 36” tall. Sadly, he (and I would
bet it was a “he”) was a generation or so ahead of his time.
It has taken at least a generation for the average American
to be tall enough to comfortably use a 36” kitchen height.
The ultimate kitchen at that time included a double bowl
the standardized kitchen came into being, the dishwasher
entered the kitchen. This was a big plus. Now, we could put
dishes, etc. in a machine and have them cleaned. It truly
did take some time for us to refine the dishwasher to the
point that it really did clean everything that fit inside
it. Apparently, this happened so quietly, no one noticed! If
someone had noticed, they would have eliminated the obsolete
double bowl sink. The double bowl sink has no value at all,
coupled with a dishwasher. A single bowl sink is now
required – a large single bowl sink! This sink must be large
enough to fit the items which will not fit in the modern
dishwasher. There is not one double bowl sink on the market
which will accomplish this goal. How funny is that? In fact,
there are hardly any manufacturers offering a nice selection
of large single bowl sinks. Folks, we need to open our eyes
to the new invention – the dishwasher. It is here to stay,
let’s make some real progress with sink designs.