Kitchen & Bath Design News

DEC 2018

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Kara, part of the Muse Collection from Richelieu, includes limited-edition pulls and knobs in six styles created with designer Jean-Claude Poitras. Inspired by shell-like elements, Kara features a concave and convex shape, hollow center and smooth curves. This model comes in two finishes. Circle No. 155 on Product Card Standard with soft-close Blumotion, Movento runners by Blum offer multiple solutions in a single runner. With heavier load capacities, Movento concealed runners work with deep, wide drawers, and can be combined with Top-On Blumotion or Servo-Drive so drawers will open with a light press. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Ashley Norton's Urban Suite collection of architectural hardware features a minimalist, modern design. Cabinet pull handles, cabinet knobs and door and appliance pulls are available in five slightly distressed patinas: Dark Bronze, White Bronze, Light Bronze, White Medium Bronze and Matt Black. Circle No. 157 on Product Card Amerock has reimagined marble with the launch of its Carrara marble-in- spired Carrione collection. Available in a knob and three pull sizes, Carrione is offered in five finishes paired with Mar- ble White: Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Golden Champagne, Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Black Bronze. Circle No. 158 on Product Card ardware may not be the first thought in kitchen or bath design, but it shouldn't be an afterthought. As a key element in both the look of a space and the way things work, the role of hardware is vitally important. Decorative hardware can pull a design together, adding a cohesive feel to the overall space, and functional hardware is essential in making sure cabinets, drawers and organizational tools work exactly the way the homeowner desires. J. Ulrich Hauser, CEO of Scottsdale, AZ-based Schwinn Hardware, Inc. says the common reference to hardware as the 'jewelry of the kitchen' is off base. "Jewelry has no function other than beauty. Hardware must function in many ways. We prefer to compare it more to the function of fabric in upholstery. It determines a great deal of the overall look and feel of the furniture/cabinetry and it has to function silently, reliably and [be] unimposing." That's a tall order to fill with elements that are often concealed or designed to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding décor. "Hardware is the single most important element of any functional space," says Billy Peele, marketing representative for Doug Mockett & Co., Inc. in Manhattan Beach, CA. "The devil is in the details, as they say. [Hardware] not only adds critical functionality to furniture, but it provides the finishing touches that make the design look stunning. Conversely, poor hardware selection can mar the furniture's harmonious relationship with the rest of the room. Functional hardware is essential for modern amenities like convenient power access on countertops." William Zhang, creative director and industrial designer for Emtek/ Schaub & Co. in City of Industry, CA agrees: "Hardware selection can be a critical element to execute a cohesive kitchen by choosing the right finishes, style and shapes that match or add contrast. There are so many creative applications for hardware, but selecting proper hardware will greatly improve the user experience in a space." Current trends see both decorative and functional hardware blending in to create coordinated design and a clean appearance. Darker finishes are on the rise, especially matte black finishes. Functional hardware must help optimize storage space, and technologies that allow for smooth oper- ation of drawers and doors are in demand. That's according to manufac- turers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News. SIMPLE AND DISCREET Current kitchen trends lean toward clean lines and simplicity in décor, and trends in hardware are following suit. "More people are starting to look for ways to conceal hardware, hence the growth of hidden or flush doors that require hinges that are con- cealed into the door frame and door, minimizing the visibility of these The dual role hardware plays drives trends in both aesthetic and functional design. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Hardware's Double Duty H 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • December 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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