Stainless Steel Sinks - one of mans greatest inventions?
Since the dawn of time, mankind has been on an endless voyage of discovery. Finding things; inventing things; stumbling across new elements and substances by accident. The wheel. The flame. The sliced loaf of bread. The opium poppy and the coca plant. The last century alone has witnessed the discovery of a glut of wonder materials that have revolutionised manufacturing and irreversibly changed consumer culture. The 20th century has given rise to such everyday essentials as Cellophane, Nylon, Pyrex and Teflon. Another worthy addition to add to that list is of course stainless steel. Steel is so ever-present and ubiquitous - in both commercial and domestic settings - that it's impossible to remember what we used to use in place of it. Indeed, to recall such a time, you'd have to be pushing 120 now. Today, stainless steel is more popular than ever, and yet you wouldn't necessarily know it, unless it were your stock in trade. Stainless steel isn't the sort of material to attract paparazzi and screaming fans wherever it goes; it's more modest than that. Steel's not as smooth an operator as Teflon; nor is it as shallow and see-through as Cellophane. No, stainless steel is made of sterner stuff: it's durable, lustrous, easily cleanable and fully recyclable. In today's sensationalist society however, steel is not the stuff that headlines and front pages are made of. That's fine though, for steel is happy to quietly get on with performing the unsung stuff in the background; in footballing terms, it's more of a Darren Fletcher than a Wayne Rooney. Thanks to steel's tireless work ethic however, it is an essential part of any successful team.
Given that stainless steel was discovered almost a hundred years ago, it is not surprising that the fanfare surrounding it has long since died down. Nevertheless, in recent years it has been experiencing a new lease of life; where once it was practical but not stylish - a cosy jumper rather than a trendy sweater - now it is seen as fulfilling both roles with aplomb; a cosy jumper-cum-trendy sweater if you will. In other words, stainless steel is being utilised as much for its aesthetic benefits as it is for its robustness. This new wave of stainless steel manufacture has seen this alloy/chromium dream team being deployed as kitchen utensils, worktops, splashbacks and sinks within the home.
Stainless Steel Kitchens - a professional look in the home...
For all its adaptability and sultry good looks, it is still uncommon to see a domestic kitchen fitted with this flexible metal throughout. Most householders prefer to break up all those refulgent steel cupboards with a dash of marble across the worktops, or Formica if funds are tight. Formica, incidentally, was discovered in 1912, the same year that stainless steel was brought kicking and screaming into the world. Sadly though, its arrival that year was to be overshadowed by the demise of a far mightier steel beast: the Titanic. If you're going to launch a new product, try to schedule it so it doesn't coincide with a major humanitarian disaster; otherwise your message could get lost in the mix.
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