Introducing The Aerofoil

Supremely minimal with no visible support, The Aerofoil is the first large, commercial, multi-user sink of its kind.

Aeroplane wing with a red sunset sky

Genesis

Inspiration is everywhere. For The Aerofoil sink, both the name and its shape were inspired by the aerodynamic beauty and streamlined simpilicity of an aircraft wing.
The initial concept behind The Aerofoil was to create a sink that didn’t look like a sink. This meant eradicating corners, removing all sides and precision-shaping the surface to achieve the correct water friction and surface tension. The second aim was to make it impossibly thin yet strong and durable. Like an aircraft wing, The Aerofoil gives the impression of uniform thinness, yet it is thicker at the wall-affixed end, tapering to half its thickness at the front.

Stone quarry with trucks and gravel

Materials

We look beyond the conventional. Rather than
create a traditional sink from vitreous china, The Aerofoil is crafted from a single piece of marble or bonded pieces of solid-surface material.
Giant, towering cubes of stone more than three meters high and almost two meters wide provide the starting point for The Aerofoil. Slices of marble just 30cm thick are pared from the cube and machine-profiled to create the correct dimesions and surface tensions. Each Aerofoil slab is then hand finished by skilled artisans in Britain to ensure consistent smoothness.

Lovair machinist's hands

Installation

The simplicity of The Aerofoil sink is complemented by a complex support system behind the wall cavity
To the user, The Aerofoil floats from the wall in an unsupported and beautifully linear way. Behind the wall cavity, The Aerofoil is simple to install and easy to maintain. A hexagonally shaped support leg uses the entire wall to bear the weight of The Aerofoil, ensuring it is evenly distributed. Water drainage and soap dispensation is neatly and efficiently executed out of sight. Cleaning and maintenance was considered in the design process and is easy to perform.

Honeycomb close up on wire

Drainage

Nature always finds the best way of doing things. The hexagonal drainage holes in The Aerofoil’s discreet grate were inspired by the shape of honeycomb cells.
In a honeybee hive, tesselating hexagons provide the most efficient way for storing and transporting honey between cells. Similarly, a hexagonal latticework grate located at the wall side of The Aerofoil ensures unwanted debris is captured while providing the most efficient water drainage. This hexagonal shape also aligns with the City of Manchester’s official emblem, the worker bee, providing a thoughtful connection between The Splash Lab’s British heritage and its products.

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The aircraft-like rounded front edge is also planed and crafted by hand. The Aerofoil is then hand polished to bring out the color of the marble and to achieve a refined, homed finish with slight reflectivity rather than a traditional high-shine look. This matte finish prevents accidental water release due to reflection issues with IR sensor faucets.