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Native Trails Introduces NativeStone in Charcoal

Posted on 26 July 2021 by cradmin4

As of July 2021, all NativeStone products are available in Charcoal, a rich matte black finish. This means there are now five finishes to choose from in the NativeStone family:

  • Ash: A light, naturally mottled gray
  • Slate: A soft, medium gray   
  • Pearl: A glowing off white  
  • Earth: A warm, natural brown-gray
  • Charcoal: A rich matte black

Seeing a need for a black finish in their NativeStone concrete collection, Native Trails began working with artisans in Vietnam last year to develop the right hue. The resulting Charcoal finish plays well with both warm and cool hues on the color wheel. It complements a range of accessories, faucets and design styles.

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Native Trails Introduces Precious Metals Collection

Posted on 27 April 2021 by cradmin

Native Trails celebrates 25 years with this luxe anniversary series featuring genuine 24k Gold, Platinum, and Silver glazed fireclay sinks. Crafted by the hands of expert Italian artisans, they are made for the finest aesthetic and unparalleled durability.

A long tradition of Umbrian ceramic making inspired generations of fireclay master craftspeople in central Italy. The high-quality fireclay sinks are fired twice at temperatures reaching more than 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Glazed by hand with genuine 24k gold, platinum and silver, and fired yet a third time. Precious Metals Collection sinks are the epitome of luxury and durability. Protected with custom formulated sealers, these sinks are built to last.

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Native Trails Introduces Murano Collection

Posted on 22 January 2020 by cradmin

New from Native Trails in 2020, the Murano Collection is a line of glass vessel sinks consisting of five unique design series handcrafted by master Italian artisans.

The island of Murano, just off the coast of Venice, Italy, is famous for its celebrated artisan glass producers, each with their own family traditions. The colors and patterns are created in the molding and spinning process, and each glass vessel sink is expertly hand-formed, giving each piece its own personality as an irreplaceable work of functional art.

The five design series of the Murano Collection incorporate colors and patterns inspired by views of the Italian coastline. Each series is available in a variety of shapes.

In the Abalone series shimmering mother of pearl meets the swirl of the sea with warm tones and bold accents of Abalone, inspired by the surrounding sea.

The bold depth of dark color in the Abyss series lends focus on shape and texture of the Murano Collection’s luxurious hand formed glass. Expert Italian glassmakers on the island of Murano showcase centuries of artistic innovation in the solid black, spun glass sink series.

The Beachcomber series of Venetian glass vessel sinks features earth tones and hints of mother of pearl that create an undeniably alluring effect, along with a feeling of delightful tranquility.

Light and bright, the Bianco series celebrates the innovation of Venetian glassmakers, while it highlights beauty of form, function and texture of the expertly hand formed Murano Collection.

Inspired by the sand, ocean and waves of the Mediterranean Sea, the Shoreline series offers a creamy background and bold colors.

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Native Trails Introduces New Products for 2019

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Native Trails Introduces New Products for 2019

Posted on 22 March 2019 by cradmin

This Spring Native Trails has made a variety of additions to its product offerings, including vanity collections, hammered sinks and a new NativeStone finish.


In the new Solace Collection of vanities, cool concrete meets solid, sustainable oak. Midnight Oak and Sunrise Oak are available in 30- and 48-in. options. The Chardonnay and Cabernet Floating vanities in the Vintner’s Collection feature floating vanities made from beautifully salvaged winemaking materials. The Zaca Collection includes  36- and 48- in. sleek stainless steel vanities paired with NativeStone for a stunning ADA compliant result.


Two new additions were made to Native Trails selection of Hammered Copper and Nickel sinks. Rhapsody is a Farmhouse kitchen sink available in Antique Copper and Brushed Nickel. Cozumel is forged from high-quality recycled copper, and features an integrated sink and clean lines make for simple maintenance; it is available in Antique Copper and Brushed Nickel.


Earth Finish

In addition, all NativeStone products are now available in a new finish – Earth! This natural, warm finish, somewhere between brown and gray, pairs well with many color palettes.




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Native Trails Offers Pinnacle Apron-Front Sink in Brushed Nickel Finish

Posted on 13 March 2018 by cradmin

Pinnacle Native Trails has introduced its Pinnacle apron-front farmhouse kitchen sink in a brushed nickel finish. This modern copper farmhouse sink is a contemporary take on the traditional farmhouse sink. The sink has an angular full apron front and single basin.

Artisan crafted and forged of high-quality recycled copper, the Pinnacle sink also boasts the bacteria-fighting power of copper. Studies show that uncoated copper can fight the growth of many bacteria which cause food poisoning, colds and flu.

The sink features a single bowl, no faucet holes, 10.5 in. depth, 16 gauge hammered copper, and undermount installatiobn. Coordinating products include drains, bottom grid and protective coating.

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Native Trails Introduces Tolosa Concrete Sink

Posted on 23 August 2016 by cradmin

NativeStone TolosaNative Trails introduced its Tolosa concrete sink. The company describes the sink as a clean, oval shape that shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. The Tolosa concrete sink is handcrafted of NativeStone, an innovative, remarkably strong blend of cement and jute fiber that is reportedly lightweight for concrete, extraordinarily heavy-duty in the bathroom and refreshingly easy when it comes to clean-up. The sink features a single bowl with a 3 ¾ in. depth that is crack, stain and scratch resistant. It can be installed as a drop-in or standard undermount.  Tolosa is available in Ash, Slate and Pearl finishes.

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Native Trails Introduces Nipomo NativeStone Concrete Bathroom Sink

Posted on 23 June 2016 by cradmin

native trails nipomo sinkThe Nipomo NativeStone concrete bathroom sink by Native Trails is perfect for today’s clean design styles. Nipomo can be installed as an apron-front, undermount or vessel sink. The soft rectangular shape shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. The Nipomo concrete sink is handcrafted of NativeStone, an innovative, strong blend of cement and jute fiber that is surprisingly lightweight for concrete, heavy-duty in the bathroom and reportedly easy when it comes to clean-up. It is available in Ash, Slate, and Pearl finishes. The Nipomo features a single four inch deep bowl that is crack, stain and scratch resistant. It includes a limited lifetime warranty, installation sheet and a care and maintenance guide.

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Much Ado About the Kitchen Sink

Posted on 29 March 2016 by cradmin

A couple of weeks ago, we published an article about a universal design for kitchen sink workstations developed with Ken Kelly using a sink from BLANCO, and I realized we have yet to provide an overview of the latest and greatest options for kitchen sinks. Not so long ago, the choices for sinks were slim, and nearly everyone was satisfied with porcelain, enameled iron or stainless steel drop-ins/top-mounts. Although the above styles still remain both common and  popular, several new types and models of kitchen sinks have entered the market and are making decisions tough for consumers and commercial building owners.

As our industry survey revealed last year, countertop fabricators hold a great deal of sway over their clients, so by understanding all of the options, you can stock kitchen sinks that both meet the needs of your clients and provides a solid profit margin for your business.

Stainless Steel

Wave_coverflow_371_259_Image2Stainless steel is still considered the mainstay of the modern kitchen sink. These sinks are affordable, and although they can scratch and thinner ones are more prone to  being dented, they do so without damaging their functional integrity. Stainless is also very versatile and can complement a wide range of décor and interior styles.

Just last year, MR Direct debuted a new series of budget stainless-steel sinks that are fully insulated, and Kohler introduced the Undertone Preserve series of stainless-steel sinks that have a special, scratch-resistant barrier. Other brands and series of stainless-steel sinks to watch for include the following:

  • Lottare – Stainless Farmhouse
  • Moen – 1800 Series with SoundSHIELD
  • Franke – Grande Series
  • Artisan Manufacturing Corp. – Frigidaire Collaboration Collection
  • Elkay – Slim Rim Sinks
  • Oliveri – 1100 Series
  • Ukinox – Micro Series

Enameled Cast Iron

Enameled cast iron was once the standard for kitchen sinks, and they’ve got a lot to say for them, namely durability. A well-made sink of this type could well last more than 100 years. At worst, it will need to be re-enameled, which is also this type of sink’s primary flaw.

Once the enamel chips, it is never quite the same again. Repairs may last a few years but will need to be repeated. The porcelain enamel, however, provides an appealing finish and is easy to clean. Because of their weight, cast-iron sinks are usually self-rimming, and these are simple to install. Undermount cast iron will likely require reinforced support. A few of the top manufacturers of these sinks include Kohler, Clarion, Song and American Standard. For a less expensive alternative, you may also want to explore enameled stainless steel.

Quartz/Granite Composite

Schock_lg(2)Quartz composite, also called Granite composite, is a relatively new material that is taking the kitchen-sink market by storm. Although every manufacturer has its proprietary formula, most are about 80 percent quartz/granite and 20 percent acrylic resin. It is compact, versatile and durable, being resistant to heat, chipping, etching and scratching.

The finish of these composites are typically slightly textured, and it is said to have the look and feel of natural matte stone, which may also work out to be a disadvantage because it cannot be polished smooth. Another disadvantage is that like many other types of sinks, some may eventually stain from water with high mineral concentrations, and the finish may dull over time.

A few of the latest options to watch for are the Granitali Collection from LOTTARE, BLANCO SILGRANIT sinks and Schock CRISTADUR. More recently, Domain Industries has unveiled its Lexicon Platinum Series quartz sinks.

Farmhouse Sinks

Fireclay_Image3One popular style of kitchen sinks that has come back into the spotlight like a blast from the past is the farmhouse sink with apron front. These large, deep, tub-like sinks originated in England more than 400 years ago. They were designed to hold large amounts of water, which often had to be hauled from miles away.

Farmhouse sinks are often the focal point of a kitchen, so many clients like to make them special. Stainless steel and enameled cast iron are both materials that are common used for these sinks, but several new materials are now available, including fireclay, hammered metal, concrete composite and quartz/granite composite (as outlined above).

Fireclay – Fireclay is very similar to porcelain and it appears nearly identical to enameled cast iron. The material is made when clay is glazed and heated at about 1,600° F until the glaze fuses into the clay. This makes the material extremely hard and durable. Last year, BLANCO added new colors to its fireclay CERANA series, and the year before, Domain Industries introduced Crestwood Fireclay sinks. Rohl now offers two styles, one with a flat apron front and one with a rounded apron front.

Hammered Metal – Hammered copper and bronze are also popular materials for farmhouse CPS291-Paragon-Copper-Apron-Front-Kitchen-Sink-vsinks that are durable and eye-catching. These sinks are also beloved because each one is unique. Houzer Hammerwerks copper sinks are one example, and Native Trails also creates a fine line of copper farmhouse sinks.

Concrete Composite – Native Trails has also pioneered a new material that is garnering some attention called concrete composite and branded as NativeStone. This material combines natural jute fibers with concrete for strength and sustainability.

Integral Kitchen Sinks

The last category we are looking at is integral kitchen sinks typically made out of the same material as the countertop, but not always. By strict definition, integral sinks are fabricated from a single piece so that there are no seams between the sink and the countertop, but we are including those with seams because truly integral sinks are rare.

A true integral sink can be fabricated from solid surface, and most of the large solid-surface suppliers have at least a couple line of sinks separate from their countertops, including DuPont Corian, LG  HI-MACS and many others. These sinks are lauded by those who purchase them because they are attractive, require little maintenance and are easy to clean. Another option is downloadgraphite-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), which can be created onsite or offsite and cast to be part of the countertops.

Other integral sink options include natural stone and quartz. When it comes to natural stone, the top choices are marble and soapstone, but because these materials are both so soft, they are best suited for kitchens where appearance is more important than functionality.

However, a discussion of integral sinks would not be complete if it did not include Karran, who pioneered the process of seamless undermounting of sinks made of various materials to  countertops made of completely different materials. Karran’s Edge series of sinks can be undermounted to solid surface, laminate, engineered stone and granite tops in a virtually seamless manner (as shown in this video depicting a seamless integration of a Karran quartz sink to a laminate countertop). Karran even won a coveted ISFA Innovator Award for this line Edge of sinks in 2012. Originally in acrylic and stainless steel, there is also the Quartz Series from Karran, which has been on the market now for about two years. And of course, like any great idea, there are now other companies that are on the bandwagon trying to offer this same “edgeless” quality in combining sinks and countertops of different materials.

Upsell Jobs, Hike Profit Margins

The world of kitchen sinks has greatly expanded in recent years, and more end users have taken an interest in having specific types of sinks in their kitchens. As a fabricator, it is possible to use your knowledge of the latest trends in this niche to upsell clients and expand profit margins. After all, it is easier to sell a few bells and whistles to a client already in the bag, than sell a whole new client…

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Native Trails Launches Line of Concrete Sinks

Posted on 23 January 2015 by cradmin

native trails concrete nativestone farmhouse sinkNative Trails has new concrete sinks made of a unique cement and jute fiber mixture called NativeStone™. The NativeStone line includes kitchen, bar/prep and lavatory sinks. According to the company, the sinks made impervious to staining by use of a cutting-edge nano sealer. Jute fiber, a renewable vegetable fiber, is integrated throughout the concrete, resulting in a material that is highly resistant to cracking. The sinks are most affordable kitchen and bath product line launched to date. The concrete sinks are reportedly 40 percent lighter than those made with more traditional cement mixtures, improving the ease of installation and expense to ship. “Concrete is an emerging home design trend that we see used far more often for countertops, floors, furniture and even home exteriors,” said Native Trails CEO and Founder Naomi Neilson Howard. “NativeStonemakes great use of concrete’s natural beauty and its natural color—gray—which is also a hot design trend right now.”

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