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  • New Brushed Nickel Decor and Accessories Complement Hammered Nickel Sinks and Bath Tubs

    New Brushed Nickel Bathroom Accessories: Tissue Cover, Toothbrush Holder, Soap Dish, and CanIsters New Brushed Nickel offerings include bathroom accessories: Tissue Cover, Toothbrush Holder, Soap Dish, and Canisters

    Where does one go to find high quality, brushed nickel home décor that perfectly coordinates with Native Trails hand hammered Brushed Nickel sinks and bathtubs? Starting this month, they go right here, to the source of the sinks and bathtubs themselves, Native Trails. Adding subtle silver sheen Continue reading

  • Native Trails Expands Hand Hammered Copper Range Hood Collection

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    March 20, 2013

    NATIVE TRAILS BRINGS TEXTURAL DISTINCTION TO THE KITCHEN WITH HAND HAMMERED COPPER RANGE HOOD COLLECTION

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Luxury sustainable kitchen and bath mainstay Native Trails is expanding its reach in the kitchen by introducing a full collection of hand-hammered, eco-friendly copper range hoods. These additions celebrate the brand’s commitment to bringing beautifully functional, artisan crafted, sustainable furnishings into the home.

    Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO remarks, “Increasingly, the kitchen is serving as the home’s central command station. With eating and food preparation a key component and a way for families to spend time together, we at Native Trails are passionate about creating inspiring options that can make a space warm and inviting and also durable and practical. Our range hoods prove that aesthetics and functionality can co-exist in one statement- making product.”

    Realizing that many of today’s luxury kitchens are equipped with high-powered, commercial-grade ovens, Native Trails conceived an ideal partnership: artisan-crafted copper paired with a professional grade ventilation and lighting system. Hood and flue are one single artisan crafted piece—not separate components like many other hoods on the market today.

    Native Trails Range Hoods are made from sturdy 16 gauge post-consumer recycled copper and hand hammered by artisans who use centuries-old techniques. A malleable material, copper beautifully showcases talented artisans’ skillful hammer strokes. In addition, copper has been proven to effectively kill bacteria, making it an exceptional surface in the kitchen.

    Native-Trails-Copper-Range-HoodsFrom left to right: Chalet in Brushed Nickel and Chateau in Antique Finish

    To maintain the artisan tradition, each hood is signed by the individual artisan who made it.
    Each standard size hood measures 36” wide; however, Native Trails is known for its custom
    capabilities. Custom flue lengths and sizes, including island hoods, are all possibilities.
    Beautiful alone or as a complement to a Native Trails’ kitchen sink, these range hoods are
    exceptional in quality and are dazzling to behold.

    Native Trails range hoods are equipped with a 600 CFM stainless steel industrial baffle filtration system, offering a quiet but powerful means of ventilation along with high grade variable Halogen lighting. In addition, the ventilation system is fully adjustable, allowing the user to adapt to the right setting depending on desired usage. Baffles used for filtration are easy to clean and remove—and, in fact, are dishwasher safe.

    Native-Trails--Coronado-Copper-Range-HoodCoronado in Antique Finish

    The Native Trails Range Hood Collection includes:

    Chalet—the gently sloped Chalet turns a kitchen range hood into an elegant silhouette.
    Wrought from recycled 16 gauge copper and topped with Antique or Brushed Nickel
    finishes, this professional grade range hood exemplifies getting away from it all through
    centuries-old artisan tradition. Chalet measures: 36” w x 24” d x 41” h.

    Chateau—inspired by the rustic sophistication of French country homes, Chateau
    naturally creates joie de vivre. Antique or Brushed Nickel finishes offer design
    versatility, while reclaimed hand hammered copper creates visual impact. Once inside
    the kitchen, Chateau will easily become the heart of the home. Chateau is available in
    two sizes: 36” w x 21” d x 41” h, and 42” w x 21” d x 41” h and is easily customizable
    into larger sizes.

    Coronado—the majestic hand hammered copper of Coronado creates an old world
    focal point that is the crowning jewel of any kitchen, with functionality to match. Made by
    centuries-old artisan tradition, the hand hammered copper range hood is textured by
    thousands of strokes before it is just right. With its artful rounded shape, Coronado’s
    rich texture comes alive in a beautiful Antique finish and decorative accent of hand
    formed nails surrounding the base. At 36” w x 24” d x 41” h, Coronado can also be
    customized, allowing it to suit a variety of kitchens and installations.

    About Native Trails
    Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, California, has produced high quality, artisan crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for over 16 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, Native Trails founder and CEO, established the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s artisan creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms in the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for not only consumers, but also designers and architects, based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials and excellent customer service. For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net.

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  • Americana Collection Celebrates American Artisans' Artistry and Innovation

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    March 13, 2013

    NATIVE TRAILS CELEBRATES AMERICAN ARTISTRY AND INNOVATION WITH AMERICANA COLLECTION OF BATH FURNITURE + ACCESSORIES USING SUSTAINABLE, RE-PURPOSED MATERIALS

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Luxury sustainable kitchen and bath mainstay, Native Trails, furthers its commitment to the environment and to supporting talented American artisans by launching a series of expertly crafted, eco-friendly, ‘Made in America’ furnishings, the Americana Collection. Inspired by early American design, the collection of bath vanities, storage and mirrors validates the brand’s ability to create varied, well made sustainable pieces that bring a refined, relaxed look as well as practical storage to the bath – or indeed to any living space – all while reflecting the brand’s artisan craftsmanship tradition.

    Made entirely in the U.S.A. on California’s Central Coast, each piece is hand constructed by artisans who use wood reclaimed from American structures of the past: old barns, barracks and fencing. By repurposing materials and transforming them into upscale furnishings, Native Trails gives them an extended life with a lasting legacy. Adding to the historic character and charm of each unique piece, the iron hardware is hand forged by blacksmiths who use traditional techniques. The collection features strong, textured pieces that create a poignant presence in the home and will last for generations.

    The Americana Collection is truly special in that it connects people with the rich history of its repurposed materials and with the traditions of the craftsperson who build each piece,” said Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. “It’s a beautiful, soulful collection, and it’s also practical. Every piece is incredibly well built and durable – the kind of special item that becomes a family heirloom. It’s particularly gratifying to me personally that this series supports American craftsmanship and artisans and is made right here in California.”

    As the vanity is often the cornerstone bath furnishing, the Americana Vanity features hinged door(s) and a roomy cabinet interior to accommodate plumbing, with plenty of room left over for grooming, beauty and cleaning supplies. The Vanity is available in three sizes: 24”, 30” and 36” in length.

    Three storage components, the Americana Cabinet, Americana Cubby, and Americana Hutch, can be used separately or in combination to create a tower specific to the user’s needs. The Cabinet, 19” w x 15.5” d x 36” h features a central shelf and hinged door, perfect for concealed storage. The Cubby, 19” w x 16” d x 30.5” h, features an open central and bottom shelf, while the Hutch, 18.5” w x 9” d x 33” h, is outfitted with three open shelves. Both are ideal for storing linens in the bathroom; in other areas of the home they can be used for displaying photos, books or other items. The Hutch can sit atop the Cabinet or Cubby, or can be used as a separate wall-hung piece.

    Similar to their furniture counterparts, the Americana Mirror is hand crafted of reclaimed wood. The exceptional craftsmanship elevates the beveled glass mirrors to serve as strong stand-alone pieces or as perfect pairings with the vanities and storage pieces. The mirrors are available in two sizes: large, 25.5” w x 29.25” h and small, 21.5” w x 25.5” h.
    The entire Americana Collection is available in four distinctive finishes: Anvil, Whitewash, Chestnut and Driftwood. Anvil evokes the rhythmic clanging of the country blacksmith, while Whitewash channels a certain fence painted by Tom Sawyer. The warm Chestnut finish is reminiscent of harvest time, while Driftwood summons the beauty of America’s scenic coastal waters. In selecting a finish, one can change an entire look of a space—from industrialism or the modern age, to a traditional or cottage feel.

    All pieces in the Americana Collection can be combined with Native Trails’ collection of hand hammered copper sinks and accessories, also made by artisans and prized for their recycled content. With a variety of basin styles—undermount, vessel and raised profiles—and in either Tempered, Antique or Brushed Nickel finishes, Native Trails offers endless varieties that are sure to make a lasting and beautiful statement in the bath and beyond.

    About Native Trails Native
    Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, California, has produced high quality, artisan crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for over 16 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, Native Trails founder and CEO, established the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s artisan creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms in the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for not only consumers, but also designers and architects, based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials, and excellent customer service.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net.

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  • Two New Sleek, Chic Bar Sinks for Upscale Entertaining

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    NATIVE TRAILS EXPANDS UPSCALE, ECO-FRIENDLY COLLECTIONS FOR ENTERTAINING WITH SLEEK + CHIC BAR SINKS—MOJITO AND MANHATTAN

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Luxury kitchen and bath mainstay Native Trails is causing a stir by introducing two new recycled copper bar sinks, Mojito and Manhattan. These notable additions celebrate the brand’s commitment to offering consumers and designers attractive and sustainable furnishings for entertaining in the home.

    Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO remarks, “People inevitably gather around the bar at gatherings, and it’s so much fun to have a sink that creates a ‘wow’ response. For everyday living, our sinks tend to ‘nurture the soul’ –they just feel good to live with, simple as that.”

    Process + Material:
    The process of creating a Native Trails sink begins with recycled copper – electrical wire and pipes– which is collected and melted to form sheets. Then, tried-and-true coppersmithing techniques, dating back to the age of the Aztecs, are applied. The warm-toned metal, heated and softened over an open forge, is hammered by hand with thousands of strokes over an anvil to form it into the desired shape.

    Copper is malleable not only in its nature, but also in its aesthetic adaptability to a variety of décor styles. Native Trails’ hand hammered copper products are designed to blend well with traditional, country and old-world looks, transitional and eclectic styles as well as clean-lined contemporary environments.

    Inspired in name by two popular cocktails, the new Mojito and Manhattan sinks raise the bar—literally. With elegant raised profiles, these sinks are great additions to a bar or entertaining area, and they can function as a secondary kitchen sink, supplementing cooking or preparation for big dinners and parties or everyday tasks.

    Native-Trails-Copper-Bar-SinksFrom Left to Right: Mojito in Brushed Nickel, Manhattan in Antique Finish, Manhattan in Brushed Nickel

    • With a look as refreshing as its namesake drink, Mojito will enhance any bar or prep
    area. A hand crafted delight, this sink truly illustrates innovative artistry and design with a fun, artistic flavor. The deep, circular shape is more than wonderfully functional; it makes a beautiful display when filled with ice and bottles of wine, beer and soft drinks. Mojito measures 16” high x 7.5” wide and uses a 3.5” drain. The raised profile shows off the sink’s beautifully hammered texture.

    • As suggested by its moniker, the rectangular Manhattan basin exudes upscale
    sophistication. Edgy and contemporary with a crisp linear design, Manhattan blends
    classic elegance with modern style into a combination as flavorful as whiskey and
    sweet vermouth, with a cherry on top. Manhattan measures 15” wide x 17” long x 7”
    deep and uses a 3.5” drain.

    Available in traditional Antique or Brushed Nickel finishes, Mojito and Manhattan bar sinks are made of 16 gauge post-consumer recycled copper, which has the strength and durability to withstand daily use. Additionally, studies have proven that copper effectively kills bacteria, making it an exceptional surface for living spaces.

    About Native Trails
    Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, California, has produced high quality, artisan crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for over 16 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, Native Trails’ founder and CEO, established the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s artisan creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms in the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for not only consumers, but also designers and architects, based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials and excellent customer service.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net.

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  • Halcyon Wall Mounted Vanity wins DPHA Innovative Furniture Product of the Year

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    October 23, 2012

    NATIVE TRAILS RECEIVES DPHA INNOVATIVE PRODUCT AWARD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR; Growing brand proves that sustainable materials and artisan craftsmanship create a winning combination for upscale kitchen and bath design

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, the mainstay in luxury, sustainable furnishings for kitchens and baths, was given an Innovative Product of the Year award by the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association (DPHA), one of the industry’s leading trade associations. Native Trails’ Halcyon Vanity was awarded Innovative Furniture Product of the Year, which was presented earlier this month at the DPHA Annual Conference and Product Showcase held in Chicago. Native Trails won the award in 2011 for the Bordeaux Wall Mount.

    Native Trails’ founder and CEO Naomi Neilson Howard remarks, “We are thrilled to receive this award from DPHA for the second year in a row. As part of our company’s mission, we are thoughtful in our design, focusing on innovation, sustainability, and quality to produce eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind kitchen and bath products. It is gratifying to be acknowledged by DPHA for these efforts.”

    Introduced in spring 2012, the Halcyon Vanity is part of the brand’s Renewal Series of bamboo bath furnishings and accessories. Halcyon showcases the material’s intricate beauty by combining Caramel and Woven Strand bamboo in a unique, compact contemporary design. In addition to its beautiful curvature, the product offers space for plumbing and a French cleat for easy installation. Given its bold looks and smart, compact size, it is ideal for a guest bath or powder room as well as for hospitality or commercial settings.

    Native-Trails-Halcyon-Bamboo-VanityHalcyon Vanity

    About DPHA
    The Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association is a cutting-edge nonprofit organization whose mission is to create competitive advantages for its nearly 400 members by advancing the business and professional development of independent dealers, manufacturers, representatives and others involved in the decorative plumbing and hardware industry. DPHA employs a unique consensus-based approach to accomplish its mission that treats showrooms manufacturers/importers and manufacturer’s representatives as peers and partners. Education is a DPHA hallmark. The organization has published the industry’s only comprehensive education program for showroom staff and produced numerous guidelines for consumers to make better and well-informed purchasing decisions.

    About Native Trails
    Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been offering high-quality, artisan-crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for 16 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails, started the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms throughout the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for consumers, and also for designers and architects, based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials, and excellent customer service.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net

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  • New Options in Native Trails' Hand Hammered Mirrors

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    October 1, 2012

    Native Trails’ Hand-Hammered Mirrors Offer Distinction for the Bath and Home
    Milano Available in Two Finishes; Divinity Showcases Hammered Aluminum’s Unique Beauty

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, the leading brand offering sustainable, artisan-crafted fixtures and furnishings for the home, is extending the range of its signature, hand-hammered products, providing more finishes and offerings in accessories. The Milano Mirror is now available in two finishes: Antique and Tempered, and the recently introduced Divinity Mirror is made from hand hammered aluminum. Since its establishment some 15 years ago, Native Trails has earned a strong reputation for bringing eclectic sophistication to high-end kitchen and bath furnishings with evocative, authentic, artisan-crafted designs that incorporate recycled, reclaimed or green-certified materials.

    Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails remarks, “While our brand is most recognized for artisan-made kitchen and bath fixtures, our hand-hammered mirrors gracefully extend into other areas of the home, adding a textural element that warms and personalizes a space.”

    Native-Trails--Milano-Copper-MirrorMilano Mirror

    Milano Mirror:
    The brand’s classic Milano Mirror is now available in Antique and Tempered finishes. Simple and rectangular in shape, Native Trails’ Milano provides a functional piece in a beautifully executed form. The artisan-crafted, hand-hammered frame made from 100% recycled copper contrasts beautifully with the piece’s beveled glass surface to create an elegant accessory that could be used in the bath, bedroom or other area of the home. Further showing its versatility, Milano can be hung either horizontally or vertically.

    Available finishes include:

    • Antique—celebrating copper in its most pure form, Native Trails’ Antique finish is rich and complex. The dark, textural surface provides a striking option for the bath, complementing a range of woods as well as other metals.

    • Tempered—this surface integrates a complex heating and cooling process that shows the remarkable mottling effect on the surface with unique coloration “splashes” punctuating each piece. The Tempered finish has a wonderfully variegated look; ideal for pairing with light and dark woods as well as classic and antique-style furnishings.

    Offered in three sizes, Small (measuring 20″ × 36″), Medium (measuring 28″ × 40″) and Large (measuring 36″ × 60″), Milano can easily suit a variety of spaces. Additionally, due to the 100% all-copper frame, its solid structure assures that it will last and perform over time. As with many Native Trails’ products, Milano reveals the individual and unique artistry of the many hammer strikes used by artisans to create it.

    Native-Trails-Divinity-Metal-MirrorsDivinity Mirror

    Divinity Mirror:
    Characterized by its luminous finish and clean lines, the Divinity Mirror pairs well with Native Trails hand-hammered lavatory sinks in Brushed Nickel. An assortment of shapes and sizes are ideal for use in the bathroom, bedroom, hallway or living area.

    Made of hand-hammered aluminum with inset beveled glass, Divinity’s texture offers just the right touch of glimmer and interest, complementing the simple form. The mirror incorporates high quality, bright aluminum that is made from recycled content, highlighting the unique texture. Divinity is offered in small 22” X 28”, large 28” X 34” and 25” diameter round.

    About Native Trails
    Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been offering high-quality, artisan-crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for 16 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails, started the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms throughout the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for consumers, and also for designers and architects, based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials, and excellent customer service with 98% of orders shipping within 24-48 hours.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net

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  • Esteemed Maestro Collection Lavatory Sinks now Available in Antique Finish

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    August 14, 2012  

    Native Trails Announces Expansion of Finishes in Maestro Collection of Lavatory Basins Artisan Made, Sustainable Brand Showcases Recycled Copper’s Beautiful and Lustrous Transformation as Created by Strokes of the Hammer

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, the leading brand offering sustainable copper pieces, giving end-users more selections than ever before. Continuing to expand its product offerings, Native Trails is making its Antique finish available for the first time in the complete Maestro Collection of lavatory basins. Since its establishment some 15 years ago, Native Trails has earned a strong reputation for bringing eclectic sophistication to high-end kitchen and bath furnishings with evocative, authentic, artisan-crafted designs that incorporate recycled, reclaimed or green-certified materials.

    Artisans in Central Mexico handcraft each Native Trails basin by using techniques and tools handed down through generations. Starting with sheets of heavy gauge copper made from salvaged electrical wire and copper tubing, the metal is handworked into a unique and lasting functional work of art. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails, remarks: “Our recycled copper basins and accessories showcase our unique ability to transform post-consumer waste into one-of-kind pieces with the help of skilled artisans. With the Maestro Collection available in three distinctive finishes, we are expanding the depth of our offerings once again, giving designers and consumers a substantial range of choice."

    Native-Trails-Maestro-Lotus-AntiqueMaestro Lotus in Antique finish

    Copper — Nature’s Artistic Statement:
    One of nature’s most bacteria resistant metals, copper is optimal for the bathroom. Not only does it fight bacteria, it is durable, performs well and its beauty is only enhanced over time. A living, breathing material, heat-based copper patinas continue to change and darken with use. Native Trails does not apply a lacquer or seal to its copper surfaces, which allows the product to respond and react naturally to its environment.

    Easy to maintain, copper can be kept clean with soap and water; harsh abrasives and cleansers are not necessary or recommended. Plus, unlike stainless steel or polished copper, Native Trails’ hand-hammered copper surfaces do not show finger prints. All Native Trails’ sinks are made by skilled artisans and feature 100% recycled copper content in their design and composition.

    Native Trails’ Specialty Finishes Highlight Copper’s Artistry:
    Antique—celebrating copper in its most pure form, Native Trails’ Antique finish can best be described as hearty and robust. The rich, dark surface provides a handsome option for the bath, complementing a range of woods as well as other metals.

    Tempered—this surface integrates a complex heating and cooling process that shows the remarkable mottling effect on the surface with unique coloration “splashes” punctuating each piece. Overall, the Tempered finish is lighter in color and feeling; a great finish to pair with light and dark woods as well as classic and antique-style furnishings.

    Brushed Nickel—achieved by plating nickel over copper followed by careful hand-brushing. With its silver tone, Brushed Nickel is among Native Trails’ most popular finishes. Sure to brighten any room, this versatile finish can be paired with ultra-contemporary fixtures and furnishings as well as old-world and turn-of-the-century pieces.

    Native-Trails-Maestro-Collection-Copper-SinksFrom left to right: Maestro Ananda in Tempered finish; Maestro Sonata Petit Vessel in Brushed Nickel finish; Maestro Round Vessel in Tempered finish

    Maestro Collection:
    Made from a heavy 15-gauge copper, Native Trails’ Maestro Lavatory sinks are revered for their exquisite texture and lustrous shine. Using recycled copper that is melted down and then rolled into sheets, the material then endures some 30,000 strikes of the hammer over several days before a finished basin is made, with no two alike. This process is carried out by the hands of skilled artisans who rely on methods and tools from centuries ago. Each Maestro Collection sink is signed by the artisan.

    Maestro basins are designed for the bath with nine unique vessel and drop-in styles available. As with all Native Trails’ sinks, the Maestro Collection perfectly complements the brand’s extensive range of sustainable bathroom vanities – made from re-purposed barn wood and fencing, salvaged materials from nearby wineries, or 100% Moso Bamboo, in the recently unveiled Renewal Series. Designers and consumers can also opt to feature a Native Trails’ basin with another vanity of their choice.

    The newest addition to the Maestro Collection is Maestro Lotus, noted for its sumptuous rounded lip and oval shape. A drop-in style basin, the undulating shape of Lotus inimitably highlights the thousands of hammer strikes required to make it.

    About Native Trails
    Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been offering high-quality, artisan-crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for 16 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails, started the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms throughout the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for consumers, but also for designers and architects based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials and excellent customer service with 98% of orders shipping within 24-48 hours.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net

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  • Native Trails Introduces Handmade Bamboo Bath Furniture

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    April 24, 2012

    Native Trails Unveils Renewal Series Showcases Latest in Sustainable, Modernist Bath Design Brand’s Vertical Construction and Use of Moso Bamboo  Reflects On-going Commitment to Innovation

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, the leading branding offering fully sustainable, handmade artisan furnishings for kitchen and bath is pushing the envelope further by unveiling its most exciting collection yet, the Renewal Series for the bath. Since its establishment 15 years ago, Native Trails has earned a strong reputation for bringing eclectic sophistication to high-end kitchen and bath furnishings with evocative, authentic, artisan crafted designs that incorporate recycled, reclaimed or green certified materials.

    Debuting in Spring 2012, the aptly named Renewal Series relies exclusively on Moso Bamboo as the collection’s primary material for vanities and accessories along with the brand’s tried and true material of recycled, hand hammered copper made by artisans for the lavatory basins. One of the planet’s most easily renewable resources, bamboo can grow several feet per day and is able to grow shoots indefinitely from the same root system. “We bring warmth and texture into the home through our hammered copper sinks and reclaimed wood vanities, along with a unique human touch through handcrafted artistry,” says Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. “The Renewal Series fulfills the company’s mandate and core values to embrace earth-friendly materials and processes into our products, combined with exceptional designs that evoke a restorative and rejuvenating feeling. We are thrilled to embark in this new and exciting direction.”

    The Renewal Series from Native Trails does not incorporate ordinary imported bamboo; rather, pieces are made only with 100% FSC-certified Moso Bamboo, one of the fastest growing and most durable species, with plants reaching full maturity in five to seven years. Native Trails’ leads the industry with their innovative use of vertical and strand woven bamboo, adding durability, unique coloration and texture to the Renewal Series’ designs. Most bamboo furniture is made from less expensive, softer horizontal bamboo, which is composed of strips compressed on thin edges, creating an appearance of larger strips with more prominent knots.

    By using vertical and strand woven bamboo, Native Trails is assuring a stronger and longer lasting form of construction that also amply illustrates the pieces’ beauty and changes in gradation. Native Trails creates two bamboo finishes out of this material, as essential components of the Renewal Series: Caramel Bamboo and Woven Strand Bamboo.

    Materials
    Caramel Bamboo begins with extra strong vertical bamboo, created by pressing the widest
    sides of bamboo strips together to form a solid bamboo board impervious to water. It is harder and more durable than oak, walnut or cherry woods, and embodies a distinctive, small-knot pattern. The vertical bamboo is then carbonized in a controlled steaming process that caramelizes its natural sugars, resulting in its deep, rich caramel tone.

    Woven Strand Bamboo is also used in the Renewal Series. It begins with strand woven
    bamboo, made of strands reclaimed from the milling of bamboo that are compressed and
    heated to create a hard, dense wood with impressive strength and stability. Woven Strand
    Bamboo ranks 3000 on the Janka scale, surpassing oak, walnut and teak, and making it one of
    the hardest woods in the world.

    Each bamboo piece in the Renewal Series includes a low-VOC finish to seal and protect the
    integrity of the wood for daily use, and to ensure absolute water impermeability. Styling in the Renewal Series is varied and original, drawing inspiration from 1960s Danish Modern to Zen-inspired Asian furnishings to classic antique bureaus and side tables. Also key to emphasize, the Renewal Series not only showcases bamboo’s distinct character and varied beauty in coloration, but also the material’s incredible strength and flexibility.

    The Renewal Series:
    Featured designs in the 2012 Renewal Series include a range of vanities and mirrors that work together or separately, creating a complete suite of furnishings.

    Vanities
    Trinidad-is characterized by carved horizontal slats and draws inspiration from the quaint
    louvered window shutters that adorn Caribbean cottages and bungalows. Added visual interest
    is embodied in the piece’s triangular shaped legs. The metal-wrapped feet coordinate with the gently curved drawer handles. Handcrafted from solid Woven Strand Bamboo, Trinidad
    includes two drawers with soft-close glides and can be paired with any Native Trails stone or
    copper vanity top and surface-mounted sink. Two sizes are offered: 24 ½” and 36 ½” wide.
    Both are 21 ¾” deep and stand 33” tall. (Trinidad is shown with Native Trails’ undermount sink Avila.)

    Monaco-is distinguished by the thick, curvaceous, uninterrupted swirl of Bamboo that wraps around the storage section and forms the vanity’s feet, sides and top. Handcrafted from Caramel Bamboo with heat compressed, solid wood, molded legs to create the unique shape, Monaco features three large inset drawers with soft-close glides, a look that is ideal for the master suite. The unit measures 43”wide, 22” deep and 34” tall. The integral top accepts any Native Trails’ surface-mounted sink. Monaco is shown with the bamboo-accented Solace mirror, which together project a look of updated retro glamour. (Monaco is paired with Native Trails’ Lotus drop-in-sink in Antique finish.)

    Halcyon-is named after the mythical bird that breeds in a floating nest at sea during the winter solstice. Halcyon’s semicircular under-hang complements the curved, convex shape of the hand-hammered basin that nests within the countertop. The simple lines of the Caramel Bamboo vanity allow the horizontal accent of the darker Woven Strand Bamboo to stand out. The clever curved design below allows for the incorporation of plumbing and the French cleat allows for easy installation and hanging. The contemporary design measures 23”wide, 18” deep and 19.5” tall. (Halcyon is paired here with Native Trails’ Maestro Sonata vessel in Antique finish.)

    Amelie-was inspired by the French town of Amelie les Bains Palada, which is known for its rejuvenating hot springs and baths from Roman times. Made from Caramel Bamboo with heat compressed, solid wood molded legs to create the unique shape, the vanity’s soothing soft, curvy lines project a romantic feel. The thick handcrafted “wraparound” that forms its one-piece sides and top feels light and airy due to the inclusion of the transparent tempered glass shelf. The spacious inset drawer features three compartments and soft-close glides. The 37” wide, 22” deep and 34” tall Amelie coordinates with any Native Trails surface-mounted sink and is shown paired with the bamboo-accented Solace circular mirror.

    Harmony-provides a versatile source of practicality for the bath. Handcrafted from solid Caramel and Woven Strand Bamboo, this cohesive unit comes with an integrated top. Two spacious drawers provide ample storage and are buffered with “push to open” glides. The Caramel finish seams can coordinate with a Zen-like spa bath or minimalist modern design. Harmony will complement any one of Native Trails’ surface mounted sinks. The built-in French cleat enables easy installation and secure hanging. A complementary Harmony Mirror works in tandem with this vanity or can function as a solo piece.

    Native-Trails-Renewal-Series-Vanities copyTrinidad with Avila Undermount Sink; Monaco with Maestro Lotus Sink;
    Halcyon with Maestro Sonata Sink

    Mirrors
    Harmony-adds texture and warmth to a master bath or powder room. Its clean lines not only complement the two-toned, multi-planed Harmony vanity with which it is shown, but make it an ideal choice for pairing with other contemporary style vanities. Other stunning characteristics include beveled glass, flanked with wide strips of Caramel Bamboo. The mirror measures 27” wide, 1 ¾” deep and 34” tall. (Harmony Vanity with Kohani Sink in Brushed Nickel and Harmony Mirror.)

    Solace-this piece projects a sense of continuity and strength in its circular shape. Handcrafted in two finishes—Caramel Bamboo and Woven Strand Bamboo—the wood accents create the illusion of a shining, eclipsing sun that allows only the darker edges of the moon to peek through. Solace is offered in 22” and 28” diameter sizes. A detachable bamboo shelf, sold separately, adds design flare and storage space.
    “Native Trails is excited to launch our new direction for 2012 that incorporates sustainable Moso Bamboo into the welcoming, tranquility-inspiring designs that make up the Renewal Series,” says Neilson Howard. “It is a seamless evolution that is a logical next step in providing expertly artisan-crafted product options that answer the high quality lifestyle needs as well as the environmental concerns of today’s consumers.”

    In addition to presenting the Renewal Series, Native Trails is unveiling several new products for the bath.

    Most notably, these include:
    Kohani Lavatory Basin-striking for its curvature, Kohani is destined to appeal to those seeking an artistic yet fully functional vessel for the bath. Available in Antique or Brushed Nickel finish, Kohani, taken from the Polish word for beloved, once again shows Native Trails’ ability to re-imagine what a sink can be, transcending the boundaries of traditional design. Made from 16-gauge recycled copper and rectangular in shape, it seems perfectly suited to a variety of furnishings, transcending as seamlessly to the more traditional Trinidad Vanity as it does to the contemporary Harmony Vanity.

    Maestro Lotus Lavatory Basin-this delicate and sumptuous oval shaped, drop-in basin bears proof to the talents of Native Trails’ artisans. Its undulating shape inimitably highlights the estimated 30,000 hammer strikes that made the 15-gauge, recycled copper basin. Lotus is available in Tempered, Antique and Brushed Nickel finishes. This marks for an expansion of the Maestro Series not only in design, but also in finishes as all Maestro basins are now available in the additional finish of Antique, which previously were offered only in Tempered or Brushed Nickel.

    Divinity Mirror-its clean-lined simplicity make Divinity a versatile choice for pairing with any Native Trails hand hammered lavatory sink or vanity. Made of hand-hammered aluminum with inset beveled glass, its texture offers just the right touch of glimmer and interest. Divinity is offered in several shapes and sizes, including the small 22” by 28”, the large 28” by 34” and the 25” diameter round. (Shown here with Amelie Vanity.)

    Native-Trails-Bamboo-VanitiesHarmony Vanity and Mirror with Kohani Sink; Amelie Vanity with Divinity Mirror and Hibiscus Sink

    About Native Trails
    Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been offering high quality, artisan crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for 15 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails, started the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms in the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for consumers, but also for designers and architects based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials and excellent customer service with 98% of orders shipping within 24-48 hours.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net

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  • Hand Hammered Copper for the Kitchen

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    April 24, 2012

    Native Trails Exudes Enduring, Sustainable Beauty to the Kitchen, Appealing to Both Modernist and Old World Aficionados

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, leader in artisan-crafted, eco-conscious furnishings and fixtures for high-end kitchen and bath design, has created an array of hand-hammered kitchen sink styles that coordinate with the company’s signature range hood. All are authentically one-of-a-kind, fashioned from recycled copper by skilled artisans who hand hammer and finish each piece.

    Throughout its 15 years in existence, Native Trails has used recycled, reclaimed or sustainably certified materials to bring eclectic sophistication to luxury living. “We use recycled copper in our kitchen sinks and range hoods because practicing social and environmental responsibility –while also maintaining our distinct design aesthetic – are core values of Native Trails,” says Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails.

    Process + Material: The process of creating a Native Trails sink or range hood begins with recycled copper – electrical wire, pipes and construction copper otherwise headed to the landfill – which is collected and melted to form sheets. Then, tried-and-true coppersmithing techniques, dating back to the age of the Aztecs, are applied. The warm-toned metal, heated and softened in an open forge, is hammered by hand with thousands of strokes over an anvil to form it into the desired shape.

    Copper is malleable not only in its nature, but also in its aesthetic adaptability to a variety of décor styles. Native Trails sinks and range hoods are designed to blend well with traditional, country and old world looks, transitional and eclectic styles and clean-lined contemporary environments. They have the strength and durability to withstand daily use and offer the added benefit, which studies have proved, of the natural bacteria-fighting characteristic of copper.

    Design + Innovation:
    The company continues to push the boundaries of innovation, creating original designs and also drawing inspiration from sources that put a unique spin on tradition. Further, all Native Trails copper sinks and tubs are IAPMO listed, making them wholly functional pieces suitable for residential use. Native Trails sinks can serve as primary pieces, durable enough to multi-task, or can easily function as a supplementary workstation or bar sink. The sinks can also be used outdoors; in addition to its bacteria-fighting properties, copper can endure weather conditions and fluctuations in temperature.

    Collections:
    Among the newest additions to Native Trails’ products is Paragon, a contemporary treatment
    of the farmhouse sink. Paragon fits easily into standard cabinetry with no need for special
    dimensions or retrofitting. The piece provides a visual draw from a distance for its striking
    shape as much as it does for its intricate texture upon closer viewing. Made from 16-gauge
    recycled copper, the modern style is highlighted by the straight-edged 6.5” high front apron and enriched by its hand-hammered texture. Available as an undermount, Paragon is offered in Antique and Brushed Nickel finishes.

    With the addition of Paragon, Native Trails now boasts a wide variety of kitchen and bar & prep sinks in its cadre of offerings. The Native Trails collection features single- and double-welloptions, universal and undermount formats in varying shapes, including square, rectangular, oval, round and even crescent. A full series of grids and rinsing baskets are available to coordinate with Native Trails’ Antique, Natural and Brushed Nickel basins.
    Additional highlights of Native Trails’ kitchen collections, which are destined to suit myriad
    tastes, include:

    Cocina 24 -the single-well, undermount rectangular design amply shows the sink’s hand hammered rich patina and 16-gauge, recycled copper. Available in Antique and hand-dipped Brushed Nickel finishes, the refined rounded corners, subtle texturing and lustrous shine leave no doubt about the high-end nature of the piece.

    Bungalow-hand-tooled for both beauty and functionality, this single-well, undermount, apron front sink is made from 16-gauge, hand-hammered recycled copper. The apron extends a generous 3.5” on the sides and is crafted with smooth, rounded edges. Available in Antique and hand-dipped Brushed Nickel finishes.

    Cocina-this series of undermount sinks made from 16-gauge, hand-hammered recycled
    copper sinks is one of Native Trails’ most versatile. Two single-well models are available: the
    Chica, measuring 21.5” across, and the Grande, measuring 33” across. Double-well units
    include: the Duet, measuring 33” and the Duet Pro, measuring 40” across. All models have a
    3.5” drain and available in Antique and hand-dipped Brushed Nickel finishes.

    Farmhouse-this handsome apron front is updated with texturing from thousands of hammer hits. The undermount install allows for maximized counter and workspace and is available in Antique and hand-dipped Brushed Nickel finishes. Available in three versions—the single-basin version measures 33” across; while two double-basin models are also offered: with the Farmhouse Duet measuring 33” across, and the largest, the Farmhouse Duet Pro, measuring 40” in length. Available accessories include a 3.5” basket strainer, a basket strainer with disposer trim, a bottom grid and a rinsing basket.

    Zuma-embodies updated, contemporary styling in its striking angled apron front.
    Characterized by its dynamic slanted edge, the undermount sink, made of 16-gauge, handhammered, recycled copper, is offered in Antique and hand-dipped Brushed Nickel finishes.

    Range Hoods-artisan-crafted range hoods create a warm, compelling focal point for the kitchen and are ideal complements to the company’s kitchen sinks. The wall-mounted unit is made with hand-hammered copper textured with thousands of strokes that richly highlight the Antique and hand-dipped Brushed Nickel finishes offered. The UL-approved range hood is available in four sizes: the 36” and 42” models include professional-grade 600 CFM range hood ventilation systems; the 48” and 54” units include professional-grade 1200 CFM range hood ventilation systems. Each hood also features variable speed motor controls and dimmer-controlled halogen lighting. Custom sizes are also available. “In this hectic, high-tech age in which we live, consumers and designers alike are drawn to the calming beauty and hand-crafted appeal of Native Trails products,” said Neilson Howard. “The high quality of our kitchen sinks and hoods make them great investments as well as striking design statements.”

    Native-Trails-copper-kitchen copyTop Left: Paragon in Brushed Nickel Finish; Top Center: Chalet Range Hood in Antique Finish;
    Top Right: Cocina 24 in Brushed Nickel; Bottom Left: Cocina Duet Pro in Antique Finish; Bottom Right: Zuma in Brushed Nickel

    About Native Trails Native Trails, a privately owned business based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been offering high quality, artisan crafted kitchen and bath fixtures and home décor for 15 years. Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails, started the company to pair the stunning copper craftsmanship she discovered in her travels through Mexico with contemporary design and sustainable business practices. The company’s creations are showcased in more than 1,300 showrooms in the U.S. and Canada. Native Trails is a favorite destination for consumers, but also for designers and architects based on several points of differentiation: category-defining designs, high product quality, use of recycled and sustainable materials and excellent customer service with 98% of orders shipping within 24-48 hours.

    For more information, contact Native Trails at 800-786-0862 or visit www.nativetrails.net

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