When asked how Gore Design Co.’s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it’s a matter of timeliness.
“The time involved for a fabricator to create designs such as these would price the project out of most clients’ budgets,” he says. “For instance, take our wave sink and wave drain board. Both of these designs took 3 to 4 weeks in mold-making, prototyping, refining and so on before they were ready to be cast.”
It’s also a matter of being modular. The sink molds can be cast with either a standard round drain opening or a slot drain assembly. Gore sells accessories to accommodate for both options, and the company is developing a line of drain openings in varying shapes and sizes. The sink mold system also includes drain board molds, soap dish molds, standard faucet knockouts, contractor-series faucet knockouts, edge molds, trivet kits and decorative detail molds. These components can be assembled in almost countless configurations.
“We learned a long time ago that the profit in concrete countertops is made in options,” Gore says. “Similar to the automotive industry, clients rarely want the base model. Most clients request an integral drain board, soap dish and/or sink. By having molds that can be used hundreds of times we are able to quickly and easily produce cutting-edge designs in a matter of minutes.”
Gore sells two sink molds right now. The Columbia Sink Mold lets water cascade down the sloped front of a design that was inspired by the deep gorges of British Columbia. The spacious Sedona Kitchen Sink features rounded interior seams that are easy to clean and a look that fits both modern and traditional design schemes. The company also has plans to introduce a Moab bathroom sink design with a basin that resembles a topographic map. “Most of the sink designs will be named after locations that reflect the personality of the design,” Gore says.
Gore Design molds are aimed at contractors who go into the concrete countertop field to be creative, Gore says. “The fabricator can combine components to create a completely unique sink each time, and then disassemble the sink components after casting to create a completely different sink for the next project.”
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