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JUL 2019

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The Kichler 8T Series LED Tape is available in Standard, High and Ultra High output and features strips and rolls ranging from 4" to 100'. Its flexible, two-layer circuit board allows for extended run lengths. Along with 2700K, 3000K and 5000K, the range is expanded to 2200K and 4000K. Circle No. 159 on Product Card Elevation is an updated wine storage and display system from Kessick Wine Storage Systems. Clear acrylic wine cradles are supported by brushed aluminum hardware to store and showcase wine. The base substrate is Nature+, a textured wood grain melamine panel with six finish options. Circle No. 160 on Product Card The Uponor Climate Control Zoning System II features autobalancing technology, which calculates the actual energy needs of single rooms and adapts the heat output of each loop by controlling the actuator's on and o• cycle. A single base unit can support up to six thermostats and eight actuators. Circle No. 161 on Product Card Blum's AVENTOS HK top allows for incorporation of cabinet lift systems through its ease of installation; a template has been integrated directly into the lift mechanism itself. The top can be mounted to either side of the cabinet, and the stay lift delivers front-adjustment. Circle No. 162 on Product Card The 4iE Portrait is an expansion of Warmup's 4iE product line. Using the MyHeating app and a WiFi-enabled device, the thermostat settings can be changed from any location, or the SmartGeo activates based on the user's proximity to home. The system is com- patible with Amazon's Alexa. Circle No. 163 on Product Card The Pullout Basket and Pilaster System from Hardware Resources showcases wire pull-out baskets in 20" and 26" widths. With an optional pilaster sys- tem, users can stack multiple 6"-high baskets to create a customized storage configuration. Removable gray liners are provided for easy cleaning. Circle No. 164 on Product Card Castlewood by AMS produces wood Floating Shelves in incremental widths from 24" to 72", with depths of 10" and 12". The shelves are available with Inte- grated LED Light Fixtures that change color temperature. Available species include Alder, Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Red Oak and Paint Grade. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Designed for 9" and 12" full-height base cabinets, Rev-A-Shelf's 449UT Series Utensil Bin Base Organizer features two shelf units with three removable stain- less-steel bins. Made of natural maple, the system features BLUMOTION bot- tom- and side-mount soft-close slides and patented door mount brackets. Circle No. 166 on Product Card Charging stations are expanding beyond the kitchen, says Hostelley, into drop zones, entry tables, entertainment centers and even the bathroom. This year, Docking Drawer will introduce a vertical powered organizer for use in bathroom vanities, he notes. "Walls of storage" – tall cabinets, or a mix of tall cabinets and draw- ers, that t seamlessly into design – are showing up in kitchens more often, according to McPeek. Open shelving has increased in the past year, and has people looking for design forward ways to store items that don't look beautiful on a shelf, she says. Karen Smith, brand communication coordinator for Blum, Inc. in Stanley, NC, believes kitchens are shifting toward integrated storage and straight lines. "Homeowners are wanting to personalize their spaces to t their specic needs and adding more drawers and rollouts to their base cabinets," she maintains. Maher points out that, as people remodel their kitchens, they are prioritizing better, more functional storage. "A recent RICKI study showed that % of homeowners who remodeled their kitch- en last year wished that they had spent more money on the project," Maher says. This tendency toward making storage a priority also means that products that make customization easy are important, she adds. EASY ACCESS Not only are targeted storage solutions in high demand, but trends also lean toward creating easy access to everything inside the cabinets and drawers. Daryl Nauman, account manager – kitchen and bath for the Archdale, NC-based Häfele America Co., says there's been more focus on accessing upper cabinet storage. "Most kitchens still have fewer upper cabinets than in years past due to open shelving, open oor plans and more windows. This means the upper cabinets that remain need to oer more function and storage than ever before," he states. "This trend seems to have accelerated in the last year, making products like our iMOVE Pull Down Unit – which makes upper cabinet storage easily reachable – even more vital for projects." "Today's kitchen designers are going for a cleaner and simple look, yet homeowners have more kitchen devices than ever before that need to be easily accessible," Nauman adds. "Because of this, we're seeing cre- ative use of larger appliance garages like our Milano line, deep drawers for storage as well as more sliding doors that sleekly conceal entire, long runs of cabinets" Jan Fitzpatrick, customer & market relations manager at Kernersville, NC-based Grass America Inc., agrees that ease of July 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 43

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