Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2018

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MODERN CONVENIENCES One of the key tasks of accessories and fittings is to simplify kitch- en tasks. Hauser says consumers are looking for convenience, and products that make their lives easier by saving time and requiring less effort. "Efficiency and convenience are really the name of the game," says McPeek. "No one wants to get on their knees and dig through a cabinet or riffle through a drawer. They want what they want, and they want it right then, and that's why more people are adding cabinet accessories to their kitchens, bathrooms and closets. " Peele agrees: "We are constantly looking to improve efficiency and convenience in design. Those are the driving factors in the way we work and the way we live. Ergonomic solutions that promote comfort and func- tion without losing sight of basic aesthetic values are the crux of contem- porary design solutions." Drawers that incorporate a wide range of accessories are on the rise in order to meet the demand for increased convenience, and for better ergonomics, manufacturers say. "Full-extension drawers in base cabinets are an ideal solution because they bring the contents out into full view, eliminating the need to get on your hands and knees to search for an item that's been pushed to the back corner of the cabinet," says Smith. "Deep drawers can hold more than their traditional counterparts. Having storage items that are easy to access means less time spent prepar- ing meals." Fitzpatrick also sees this shift toward drawers due to added conve- nience. In the future, she believes it's likely that cabinet doors will be replaced by lifter units. "Lifters offer quick and easy access to cabinet interiors. In one smooth motion, doors lift up, providing full exposure to the cabinet contents. And most lifters will hold firm in any position. Depending on the type of lifter used, one can accommodate a variety of door sizes and weights," she says. One additional option to fulfill the desire for efficiency and conve- nience is digitalization, notes Weidling. "The market is working on solutions that serve the trend for smart homes. Motion sensors (e.g. to open doors) and other electrical supports of interior fittings are used to increase convenience. Time efficiency and energy efficiency are import- ant," she says. Efficiency and convenience are relevant to the radiant heating and cooling market as companies try to find ways to differentiate themselves by providing products that can bring value to the installer – such as labor savings or ease of installation, says Botten. "Of course there needs to be value to the end user in the form of energy savings, less maintenance and reliability," he adds. For undercabinet lighting, the Kichler 6U Series LED provides a choice between color temperature – a warm white (2700K) or pure white light (3000K) – with the flip of a switch. Its diffused light output eliminates hotspots and is dimma- ble. The 6U series is available in Textured Bronze, Textured Nickel and Textured White finishes. Circle No. 176 on Product Card These discreet heating mats are designed to be used under coun- tertops, and take the chill off of granite, marble and stone surfaces. Available from WarmlyYours, the ultra-thin mats also come with a subtle hardwired electrical connection. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Hettich's new designer profiles for ArciTech and InnoTech Atira drawers are decorative, self-adhe- sive pieces that provide a high-end, differentiating look for kitchen cabinet and pot-and-pan drawers. The profiles are available in a range of finishes, including stainless steel, chrome or aluminum metal finishes and oak and walnut wood finishes. Circle No. 178 on Product Card The new Tavinea Sorto frame sys- tem from Grass America enables drawer interiors of any width to be fitted according to need, with firm attachment to the bottom panel and scratch-free positioning at the side walls. Together with elements such as the knife block, stepped spice rack and foil holder, Tavinea Sorto provides drawer organization. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Counter space can be added with Richelieu's Opla-Top mechanism. Installed in the same space usually occupied by a drawer and hidden behind a hinged panel, the surface adjusts to the same height as the counter once the mechanism is pulled out, providing an additional 20" of work area. Circle No. 180 on Product Card Titus has enlarged the Tekform drawer family of double wall drawers with the introduction of the Tekform slimline drawer. The slimline version features a sleek look, with 14mm side panels for an efficient utilization of the drawer space. The new addition is available in a variety of finishes. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Docking Drawer's newest Blade and Blade Duo series in-drawer charging outlets are smaller and come in just one size that fits into most standard cabinets. The series' design allows it to be installed in the center of the drawer, instead of to one side, and the smaller Blade Duo series allows for the charging of more devices in less space. Circle No. 182 on Product Card The Prestige Chefs Box, a solid wood custom cutting and serving board storage system from Grot- house, contains boards that can be customized in limitless configura- tions. The number of boards in the box can vary, and the Chefs Box can be fabricated from over 60 species of wood. Circle No. 181 on Product Card July 2018 • 57

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