According to designer John Sugita of Mind Sight Design in Santa Ana, Calif., a touch-free faucet enhances the opportunities for creative presentations of sinks in the home, especially in powder rooms where they are rarely used for anything other than washing hands. Sugita employed Surround Sensor Technology, a new battery-operated system from Technical Concepts that is installed beneath the sink, to develop a sink that consists of a straight powder-coated brass pipe protruding from the wall above a flat surface of Staron® from Samsung (see photo). When activated, water hits this surface and runs onto a slightly larger surface that guides the water into a drain between the two sections.

SST turns on the water as soon as hands come within a few inches above, below, or along either side of the faucet. The water stops when the hands are withdrawn.