We just got back from KBIS 2014, and what a great show it was! We saw a lot of exciting new kitchen and bath products at this busy expo from a variety of cool companies. While we enjoyed checking out the latest introductions, one of our favorite new products had to be Native Trails’ new line of NativeStone concrete sinks. We were blown away by these contemporary artisan sinks that are not only beautiful but eco-friendly as well. Let’s take a closer look at the collection.
Native Trails is well-known for their sustainable recycled copper sinks, as well as kitchen and bath furniture and home decor. Their new NativeStone concrete sinks are constructed using an innovative mixture of jute fiber and cement, meaning they weigh approximately 40 percent less than sinks made using standard concrete.
When you see these sinks up close, you would never guess that jute fiber fills much of the space within their walls – making them lighter and stronger. Jute is a vegetable fiber traditionally used for making rope, twine and heavy duty packaging, which is also 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable. When mixed with cement, it helps to produce an extraordinarily strong material with high tensile strength, while creating a dramatically lighter product.
Each durable sink is handmade by artisans and sealed using a cutting edge nanosealer, which penetrates the concrete on a molecular level to prevent stains and scratching. The final coat not only enhances the natural beauty of the concrete blend, but it also makes it impervious to water, oils, acids and food – adding even more strength and durability.
The NativeStone collection includes kitchen, bar/prep and lavatory sinks – including a new addition of trough sinks for the bath – and is available in Ash, Slate and Pearl finishes. Here is a brief listing of the entire NativeStone collection, available in April 2014:
• Ventana: This 15” X 15” X 8” apron front prep sink proves it is hip to be square. Its substantial apron shows off the sleek lines and organic beauty of NativeStone. Can also be installed as an undermount.