Nothing inspires respect for water like a natural waterfall, and this sculptured basin designed by the Swedish team of Johan Kauppi and Lars Sundström, honors a waterfall that's not only natural, but is said to have the purist water in all of Europe: the Abrisko Waterfall in the Abrisko National Park in Sweden. Ironically perhaps, there is no basin in the Abrisko washbasin.
The "basin" is actually a shallow reservoir in the floor. No pipes lead from this basin out of the home to a central water treatment center. You have to retrieve the water from the basin to use it. Yes, I do think a large ceramic bowl would be a more elegant solution to catch the water; nevertheless, the necessity of conserving our most precious natural resource is well-made.
Abisko Waterfall, Abisko National Park, Sweden (wikimapia) The basin is made from an growingly popular material -- cast marble -- a compound made of marble powder and a polymeric binding agent. Cast marble is not only less expensive than real marble, but it is stronger -- more resistant to cracking. The Abisko Waterfall Basin is also coated with a special gel that gives it greater strength and durability. The material is environmentally safe and requires very little maintenance. The Abisko washbasin is made by and available from Eumar.
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Thanks to Steve for the tip!