Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2018

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Planero is the first shelf developed by Vauth-Sagel to feature a flat steel de- sign, with a powder-coated steel plate formed around an inlaid wooden shelf. The tray shelving system, which is available for almost all the firm's prod- uct groups, is available in champagne, lava grey and silver. Circle No. 155 on Product Card Ditra-Heat-Duo uncoupling membrane from Schluter Systems reduces sound transmission, in addition to warming the floor and supporting the covering. ASTM E2179 testing shows the mem- brane produced an increase in impact insulation class of 20 to a concrete slab floor-ceiling assembly, says the firm. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Bradco Stainless Products now offers a two-tier option for its stainless cutlery drawer inserts. All inserts are custom built to fit an existing drawer and are available for both timber drawers and drawer systems. The upper tier is removable for buffet-style dining. Circle No. 157 on Product Card Designed with an integrated light shield, the Sempria S Series LED fixture by Task Lighting works well for interior cabinet lighting. When mounted under shelves or tucked in the corner behind the face frame, the angled flange conceals the light from direct view and provides even illumination. Circle No. 158 on Product Card ccessories and interior fittings are increasingly important tools for containing clutter to create the sense of calm and relaxation home- owners crave. These days, there's almost as much focus on the in- side of cabinets as on the exterior. Cavernous spaces with doors are no longer enough – the space must be intentionally arranged for the best possible use. "Today, the interiors of cars receive a lot of attention – this is the same for cabinetry as well," says Daryl Nauman at Häfele America Co., based in Archdale, NC. "Everyone wants to lead a less cluttered life, and the kitch- en is the heart of the home," he says. "Keeping items out of sight when they aren't needed and having good, efficient organization systems makes for happy customers." Shari McPeek, marketing manager at Rev-A-Shelf, LLC in Jeffersontown, KY says that design isn't just about the space, but also about creating a feeling. "[Homeowners] want to come home and enjoy a space that is open and relaxing, not cluttered and chaotic," she notes, explaining that well designed interior storage "is a must." Storage solutions that support the overall flow of the kitchen are essen- tial, and they must integrate seamlessly into their surroundings. Fittings that add convenience, flexibility and true value to the space are key, while kitchen accessories that allow consumers to show some personality while making the space more comfortable are also in high demand. That's accord- ing to manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING Accessories and tools that used to live on the countertops are more often being contained within cabinets and drawers. And there's often a space designed just for each item, to keep the insides neat and tidy as well. "To keep kitchens neat, and give them that clean, open feel, home- owners are searching for ways to get clutter off countertops," says Karen Smith, brand communication coordinator for Blum, Inc. in Stanley, NC. "Full-extension drawers in base cabinets give you a quick overview of the entire drawer's contents, and utilizing interior organization keeps every- thing neat and within quick reach." J. Ulrich Hauser, CEO at Schwinn Hardware, Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ, also acknowledges the trend toward less clutter on the countertops and more internal organization within the cabinets. Specific needs require specific solutions – for instance, the added demand for power in more places requires power boxes, grommets and wire management, he says. Functionality and versatility are key, he adds. Angelika Weidling, head of marketing at Vauth-Sagel Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. based in Germany, has noticed a stylistic mix of tradition and new technological design in accessories. And, in addition to having a proper spot for everything, it's expected that every bit of space will be usable – which means solutions for hard-to- reach places are essential. Interior fittings and accessories are key elements for keeping the kitchen space clean, open and highly functional. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Clutter-Free Kitchens A 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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