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DEC 2018

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The Choice line from Cliffside Industries replicates the firm's most popular and timeless solid brass handles, knobs, bin pulls and cabinet latches in zinc in up to eight finishes. New collections such as the Oceano Suite, shown, come in up to five patinas in both traditional and contemporary styles. Circle No. 183 on Product Card The Waterworks' Stockton Collection of pulls combines hand-finished solid brass and solid walnut for a mid-centu- ry modern feel and transitional appeal. The hardware is available in two-tone with walnut and solid metal finishes, including Unlacquered Brass, Nickel and Architectural Bronze. Circle No. 184 on Product Card 24K Gold and Brite Brass finishes con- tinue to trend in decorative hardware, and Notting Hill Decorative Hardware offers the King's Road Collection in 24K Gold, and the Jewel Collection in both Brite Brass and 24K Gold. Shown is the Portobello Road knob and pull in 24K Gold from the King's Road Collection. Circle No. 185 on Product Card Hickory Hardware has added two styles to its collection – Forge and Willow. Inspired by natural aesthetics, Willow showcases a design that incor- porates organic, contemporary curves. The hardware takes its inspiration from the leaf motif found in modern fashion and interior design. Circle No. 186 on Product Card The TEC soft-close is a face-frame hinge from Grass America with the soft-close damper pre-mounted in the hinge cup. The hinge's adjustable switch regulates the closing action, while a three-tiered adjustment pro- vides different levels of resistance on the soft-close mechanism. Circle No. 187 on Product Card The restrained profile of Emtek's Cabinet Edge Pulls works within a modern, minimalist design. The tab- style pull comes in seven different sizes – 1", 3", 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12" – and the soft square design provides a comfortable grip. Circle No. 188 on Product Card Omnia's Prodigy 9955 line is from ARC, a collection that pays tribute to late founder and chairman, Alberto Romolo Comini. The three knob and three lever designs in ARC coordinate with lower profile roses, offered in two diameters available on either size. All designs are offered in a selection of finishes. Circle No. 189 on Product Card Edge profiles, popular in Europe, are making headway in America, with more interest in the beveled aluminum cabinet top-edge profiles, says Häfele. New options from the firm provide easy access and clean lines. Finishes include stainless steel, anodized aluminum, matt gold, bronze and black. Circle No. 190 on Product Card drawers with full access to their drawer contents and to not lose items in the back space that cannot be reached. They are tired of their cabinet doors slamming; they want a gentle close." Touch-to-open solutions are gaining in popularity, and not just for waste bins, she adds. "The newer streamlined look lends itself to touch-to-open door hinges and drawer systems." Lifter systems, which offer quick, easy access to interiors, are worth a mention as well, Fitzpatrick says. "In one smooth motion, doors lift up, providing full exposure to the cabinet contents. Depending on the type of lifter used, one can accommodate a variety of door sizes and weights." "I believe that the real innovation is in a company's ability to incorpo- rate Universal Design into the function of hardware so that it provides enhanced ergonomics and easier access for people," states Nakamura. Lateral door opening systems and hinges that incorporate "lift assist" are good examples, he notes. "Companies are starting to introduce electron- ics into hardware; sensors to automatically open drawers or cabinets, for example, are some of the latest developments." "Innovation is in constant motion to bring about new ways for hard- ware to facilitate the lives of the people who use them," states Savignac. The trend toward home automation may have a significant impact on dec- orative and functional hardware. "These innovations and more are on the rise. Hands-free opening systems will facilitate how homeowners open their cabinet doors. Stay tuned for more to come!" Savignac says. ▪ Sliding door systems are becoming more popular as a way to hide accessories, outlets and more, says Savignac. "Organization is taking over in functional hardware. Any space that is wasted is considered an unnecessary evil. Kitchen manufacturers are paying more attention to creating the right size cabinetry, manufacturers are paying attention to storage accessories and homeowners are paying attention to storage solutions that will utilize their space," says Fitzpatrick. "Roll-out drawers are still a very popular item, with accessories that meet most every need." "Design shouldn't stop with layout and finish choices," believes Smith. "Customized storage is a trend that's seemingly here to stay. You can make drawers work harder with organizational systems." EASY TO OPERATE Functional hardware such as hinges and door slides might go unseen, but their presence is central to efficiency and ease of use. User experience is even more important than how the room looks. "Choosing the right hardware can be the difference between a kitchen you love to look at and a kitchen you love to use," says Smith. "A kitchen can be beautiful on the outside, but the inside is what makes a homeowner's lifer easier," adds Fitzpatrick. "Homeowners want drawers that are easy to open and close in a soft, gliding motion. They want full-extension 60 Kitchen & Bath Design News • December 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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