Kitchen & Bath Design News

DEC 2018

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EuroButt II is a patented simulated butt hinge that allows cabinetmakers who want to use a concealed hinge a way to achieve the decorative traditional butt hinge look while retaining high-tech adjustments. The piece reduces hinging and fitting labor over traditional butt hinge methods, notes the company. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Buster + Punch's Furniture handle is made from solid metal and features a solid base with diamond-cut knurled handle detailing, including a rectan- gular backplate finished with penny buttons. The knob can be used with or without the backplate. Circle No. 160 on Product Card Extra sink front storage can be achieved with Rev-A-Shelf's LD-0220 Tip-Out Hinge. The hinge features a soft-close piston and a 50-degree opening that allows for total accessibility. Designed for sink-front false panels, the hinge's spring allows it to close firmly while the stiffening ribs provide stability. Circle No. 161 on Product Card The Kinney series of decorative hard- ware, part of the Lynwood collection from Top Knobs, showcases round bar pulls with a mitered mounting post and coordinating disc-shaped knobs. The collection includes three knobs, seven pulls and one appliance pull in six finishes. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Putting a twist on cabinet pull design, the Spiral Collection from Berenson Hardware is a pull that displays a contemporary feel for today's more modern design. The pull is available in polished chrome and brushed nickel finishes. Circle No. 163 on Product Card The originality of Modern Objects' hardware designs is reflected in the new Geranium collection, which con- tinues the company's focus on organic form and inspiration from nature. Made in the U.S., the hardware is cast in solid pewter and available in three finishes. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Stone Harbor Hardware has added a matte black finish to three of its collec- tions: Contemporary Round, Con- temporary Square and Bar Pulls. The Round and Square collections include two knobs and seven different lengths of pulls, while the Bar Pulls collection includes seven pulls. Circle No. 165 on Product Card The TECTUS three-way adjustable concealed hinge series offers designers a range of hinge systems for different architectural openings. Available from Simonswerk North America, the hinges offer maintenance-free slide bearings and are designed for high- frequency use. Circle No. 166 on Product Card components," says Curtis Nakamura, v.p./sales and marketing at Sugatsune America, based in Carson, CA. "Influenced by European trends and the evolution of push latches and closing mechanisms, many high-end designs are moving toward concealing or even eliminating handles and pulls for cabinetry as well." This move away from handles or pulls brings more requests for edge pulls that minimize the visibility of hardware, he adds. Hauser also sees demand for full-length edge-mounted pulls and says that handle-free options with recessed channels are growing. Greg Sheets, decorative hardware category manager at Häfele America Co., based in Archdale, NC, agrees that edge profiles are making their way into U.S. kitchens, stating, "Although very popular in Europe, more Americans are requesting the beveled, aluminum profiles applied to the top edge of their cab- inets for easy grasping. This allows for less wear and tear on the cabinet door and drawer edges themselves, access from any angle and cleaner, sleek lines." Functional hardware technologies that help declutter the space and keep things clean are seeing increased demand as well. "We're seeing a shift toward the 'invisible kitchen.' This kitchen is one that blends perfectly into a living space," says Karen Smith, brand com- munication coordinator for Stanley, NC-based Blum, Inc. "Consumers also love products that are completely concealed within a cabinet or door," says Karen Armour, functional hardware category man- ager at Häfele America Co. Peele adds, "Pop-up power outlets are a very popular alternative to wall duplexes that tend to interrupt the flow of a beautiful backsplash. They are great because they hide away into the countertop when not in use and can be installed anywhere, wherever power is needed." Sheets notes that consumers want a clean look in the kitchen and bath. Slim, long decorative hardware without ornate detail is what they gravitate toward, he says. "Consumers want [hardware] to blend in with their cabinetry rather than contrasting with the cabinets. It's become more of a subtle accent in today's kitchen and bath spaces." Yves Savignac, marketing director at Richelieu in Montreal, Canada agrees that some consumers are looking for contemporary hardware with crisply defined lines that will easily blend in with a design rather than stand out. "Deco hardware in the contemporary kitchen area is integrat- ed into the door and tends to disappear as if there isn't any, but it is still there," he explains. DECORATIVE DETAILS Decorative hardware trends vary more widely than those in functional hardware due to the personal taste and style of homeowners. "Some people are looking for pieces to stand out with more attention to details, such as having very textured pulls and knobs," Savignac says. "Decorative hardware is the finishing touch to all designs," he adds. "Each piece December 2018 • 57

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