The other day, we got an email from a reader named Ann: Here’s something for your Annals of Bad Design! It almost deserves its own new category . . . Annal of Really Really Bad Design!
We found we agreed on WHY the amethyst bathroom sink is really really bad:
thank you so much.
Imagine what toothpaste splashings would look like on that sink!!!
And Ann wrote back:
That was EXACTLY what I thought . . . toothpaste!
Toothpaste and soap would make a film on the glassy facets, and all those little grooves would be really hard to clean. Really bad.
We’ve always loved amethyst and looked it up so see if there was anything to add to this astonishing sink:
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- (“not”) and μέθυστος méthystos (“intoxicated”), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness.
In which case, perhaps that sink is good design for its owner. Then again…
Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.
photo via unicornhornsandlgitter