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DEC 2018

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The Sintesi was designed to ensure complete interchangeability with the current Anyway Clip hinge program now offered by Ferrari America. The Sintesi features a newly patented on/off mechanism that allows for activation or deacti- vation of the damper with a switch located on the damper arm for easy access and use. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Haute Déco has added a jewelry- grade color to its celebrated Colour Library – mandarine. Inspired by the notes of fire opal, mandarine will be part of the Gems color palette and available in every shape and form of the Cristalle collection. There are over 100 hues in the color library, ranging from soft neutrals to vivid hues. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Clear Acrylic cabinet hardware from Alno, Inc. 'floats' a pair of solid brass design elements, evoking the silhouette of the hardware and the cabinetry. The line includes seven trending finishes: Matte Black, Unlacquered Brass, Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Brass and Satin Nickel. Circle No. 178 on Product Card The Manor collection from Water Street Brass features bold geomet- ric design elements and clean lines that complement modern interiors. Walnut wood is standard, but custom wood options are available upon request. The collection is also offered in all of the company's 32 standard finishes. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Hardware Resources has added Matte Black, Satin Bronze and Brushed Gold to select collections within its Jeffrey Alexander and Ele- ments lines. Satin Bronze, shown, is available on Alvar, Belcastel 1, Bre- men 1, Leyton, Lyon, Merrick, Sutton and Tiffany in the Jeffrey Alexander line, and Florence, Glendale and Madison in the Elements collection. Circle No. 180 on Product Card The Art Deco Series is a new col- lection of custom created hardware from Inox that celebrates the Art Deco era with a contemporary edge. Cabinet pulls are part of the collec- tion, which also includes entry sets, levers, door pulls and other hard- ware, all available in Aged Brass, Flat Black and Polished Nickel. Circle No. 179 on Product Card North River Mint's perennial Milk & Cookies cabinet knobs have been updated with details that further re- fine its Farmhouse Colonial kitchen collection of over 60 designs. All of the hardware is hand made in the U.S. from fine pewter and finished in antique pewter or ancient bronze patinas. Circle No. 182 on Product Card The Federal Brace Hammam Float- ing Vanity Support mounts on the side of wall studs with the support arm extending out/under the vanity. The support measures 20"x48", offers a carry capacity of 200 lbs. and is available in stainless steel and black finishes. Circle No. 181 on Product Card The preference for black is often driven by that desire to conceal hardware and offer a blended look. "Matte black finishes, specifically, are becoming popular as they provide a more modern appearance that blends into cabinets, furniture and the like," says Nakumara. Darker tones aren't just showing up on the decorative side. "In func- tional hardware, we are seeing products offered in a darker finish," says Jan Fitzpatrick, customer & market relations manager at Kernersville, NC-based Grass America Inc. "We call it Night. This is to better blend with the cabinetry. This has become more popular in the furniture-style cabinetry that serves in areas other than the kitchen." ACCOMMODATING STORAGE NEEDS Homeowners want to use every inch of available space for their storage needs. Organization is key, and hardware that allows for easy access to stored items is important. "As housing designs become more compact and consumers continue to purchase more and more things that need to be stored, the use of space is becoming even more important," Nakamura says. "Therefore, we are seeing a lot of growth in demand for drawer orga- nizers, pull-out shelving, undermounted drawer slides and especially unique door opening functions to allow access and provide maximum usage for space." DARKER, WARMER TONES Tried and true finishes like satin nickel and stainless steel are still popular, but manufacturers are currently seeing a trend toward warmer finishes and darker colors as well. "Black gives an industrial feel to the design with a serious tone and is typically pretty forgiving when it comes to fingerprints and blemishes," Peele states. But that doesn't mean the standards have fallen out of favor. "Stainless steel and satin nickel are always a home run on any surface, too. What's so unique about these highly versatile finishes is they encom- pass both a classic, traditional look and a modern, contemporary style all at once for a truly timeless blend." "Satin nickel is still like the little black dress…it goes with everything," agrees Lowe. "We're seeing a drop in the traditional brushed oil-rubbed bronze finish with customers opting for the darker, more sleek finish of matte black, or the slightly rustic, mimicking vintage gun metal," she says. "The gold tones are also a draw for consumers," she adds. Sheets concurs that matte blacks are coming on strong. Grey cabi- netry also means that graphites and dark greys are rising in populari- ty, he notes. And white cabinetry, which is still in high demand, is being paired with soft gold or brass knobs, handles or pulls, he says. "Brown finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze tend to be darker in tone," he adds. December 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 59

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