Vanities

The original bathroom vanities bore almost no resemblance to what the term probably makes you think of today. In fact, until just a little over a hundred years ago, the bathroom as a whole didn’t really exist. The very first “bathroom vanities” were reall

The original bathroom vanities bore almost no resemblance to what the term probably makes you think of today. In fact, until just a little over a hundred years ago, the bathroom as a whole didn’t really exist. The very first “bathroom vanities” were really washstands like this Bonne Maman from Herbeau. These small wooden tables sat somewhere in your bedroom, equipped with a pitcher full of water and a bowl to wash your face and hands first thing in the morning.

It wasn’t until the Victorian era that bathrooms became their own separate rooms and started to resemble what we would think of as a modern bathroom. It’s also when we started to perfect indoor plumbing. At this stage, “bathroom vanities” evolved into wall mounted sinks like this China Sink from Whitehaus. At the time, all sinks would have had two faucets – one hot tap and one cold one. These served largely the same function as the old fashioned washbasin, but with hot water and a self-emptying drain.

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