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Native Trails presents NativeStone – Our report from KBIS

February 10th, 2014

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:

Bar/Prep Sinks

• 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.

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Styleture visits KBIS 2014

January 27th, 2014

Viva Las Vegas! This February 4-6, trade professionals, designers, consumers and more will descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Center for KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Showcasing the latest industry products, trends and technologies, KBIS is an inspiring, interactive platform that is guaranteed to be bigger than ever. This year the show will co-locate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show and culminate in Design & Construction Week – one of the world’s largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes. While we look forward to seeing KBIS in its entirety, we’re especially excited to check out the latest offerings from some of our favorite companies that will be there.

Swiss ceramics manufacturer LAUFEN will be exhibiting their latest innovations in ceramic design and production, including their new revolutionary SaphirKeramik ceramic technology. Considerably harder and possessing a greater flexural strength than vitreous or fireclay ceramic, SaphirKeramik permits stronger yet thinner ceramic vessels and basins.

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Right-Sized Accessories

October 24th, 2013

In kitchen and bath design, size matters — in fact, it’s a critical component. If an accessory or mirror is too big, it’s overwhelming. But if it’s too small, it will seem lost. Not unlike Goldilocks, we are all in need of accessories that are “just right.” Here are our suggestions for right-sized accessories.

Luna1 Mirror – Hastings Tile & Bath

Is there anything more useful than a mirror with an inset magnifying glass? This mirror really does have it all; it’s a two-sided mirror with inset and a swiveling chrome frame. A space-saving 18 inches wide, the Luna1 is perfect for bathrooms where space is limited. The minimalist style allows for maximum creativity with sconces and other lighting options. Well done!

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Everything Old is New Again

August 27th, 2013

If you’ve seen The Wall Street Journal’s features on the offices of Google (Paris, Mountain View, Dublin and now New York City), you’ve seen what creativity and virtually unlimited budgets can produce. Funky spaces with “authentic” NYC graffiti and replicas of apartments as lounge areas make up many of Google’s spaces. To us, this signals more than just fun and games (albeit in a workplace). It signals the desire for people to be surrounded by real finishes and products, even as they work on technology that is forward-thinking.

We are seeing this return to “authentic not synthetic” in a lot of home design projects. Reclaimed, reused, recycled – homeowners are interested in the stories of their products, not just their looks. Hand-wrought, hand-hammered, hand-made and hand-finished are other terms we’ve been seeing.

Do you know where your sink was made? Or how it was made? Native Trails can tell you. Native Trails has elevated the generations-old art of working with copper to a new level. Skilled coppersmiths combine centuries of tradition with contemporary design to create one-of-a-kind functional works of art. Using age-old techniques passed down through generations, a typical sink or tub takes several days and many thousands of hammer strikes to perfect. These thoughtful and beautiful creations each have a story to tell.

Want a finish on your faucet that you just can’t stop touching? Watermark Designs can help you with that. Watermark Designs’ Natural Brass Finish was initially designed for a hotel project but is now available as a standard finish for any application. Completely qualifying as an “industrial/authentic” finish, the lived-in look of the Natural Brass begs to be touched. Finished with a very subtle protective coating, this finish won’t continue to tarnish – unless you want it to.

Need a sliding door but just don’t have the room? Or want something other than French doors for your home? How about reclaimed sliding barn doors? Funky yet practical, these doors can be used in locations where space is a consideration. And who doesn’t love the thought of having a door as an interesting design element?

Even “big box” retailer Restoration Hardware as their name implies, remains true to its core mission of supplying products that have a certain “lived in” look and feel. Their salvaged wood farmhouse tables are an excellent example of what we mean. Paired with some funky, “found” chairs (each one different of course), and you’ve got an entire tableau dedicated to the art of re-design.

There are many ways to create a home environment where every piece speaks to the integrity of design with a conscience – and isn’t that what design should be about?

“Sinko De Mayo”

May 3rd, 2013

At Styleture we never pass up the opportunity to celebrate good style. With ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what new products are in store. While we anticipate the latest and greatest in design, we want to take some time to celebrate a few of our old favorites. And what better time to celebrate than May 5th? In honor of our own “Sinko” de Mayo, here are five of our favorite sinks.


LAUFEN is masterful when it comes to innovation and organic forms, taking bathroom design to another whole level. With the graceful curves of the fish that bears its name, TUNA is an imaginative piece with timeless flair. Its soft fluid lines and clean white finish create a modern and luxurious statement for any bathroom.

Mojito by Native Trails

Just in time for summer, Native Trails’ new Mojito bar and prep sink is making a splash. With a look as refreshing as its namesake, Mojito’s hammered copper texture brings beauty to any backyard barbeque. This innovative sink combines artistry and functionality with a deep circular shape perfect for filling with ice and keeping bottles cold.

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Natural Design

April 25th, 2013

As Earth Month comes to an end, it’s natural to reflect on all things… well, natural. Whether animal, vegetable, or mineral, the greatest design inspiration comes from Mother Nature herself. That’s why we at Styleture strive to bring nature’s beauty indoors whenever we can. We’ve found some of our favorite companies that are not only making natural products but are contributing to a sustainable future as well.

Taking its lead from nature’s blueprint, Stone Forest sculpts designs from natural materials like stone, copper, bronze, bamboo, iron and hardwood. Their hardwood and bamboo lines are fully sustainable, and their copper and bronze products are crafted from 100% recycled materials. Some of our favorite stand outs include their luxurious Bronze Lunette, their stylish SYNC Drop-in Bamboo Vessel Sink and their Wood L-Slab Pedestal.

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Steampunk Luxury

November 13th, 2012

How do you fuse a blast from the past with a science fiction future? The answer is steampunk, an eclectic style that injects futuristic, steam-powered technology into the Victorian era. Taking inspiration from the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, steampunk creates an alternate reality where robots and Victorians share the same 19th century setting. Want to update your modern space with a punch of the past? Check out these steampunk-inspired designs sure to float your time-traveling dirigible.

Brooklyn Faucet by Watermark Designs

Inspired by mid-century gate valves and garden hoses found throughout New York City, Watermark’s Brooklyn faucet adds an old timey feel to even the most newfangled washroom. Available in an antique brass finish, the round handles and squared spout radiate a distinctive industrial style perfect for washing off elbow grease after a long day of calibrating cogs.

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