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JUL 2019

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The Southside Woodshop is now oering custom engraved cutting boards that are made from o-cut and scrap lumber. The eco-friendly boards are available in two dierent sizes and can be laser engraved. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Five wood finish options of Fineline Drawer Organization products – birch, walnut, white oak, mahogany and cherry – allow for a custom touch for interior drawer storage. Fineline organizational products, available from Häfele, feature tapered lines and a contemporary, high-end appearance. Circle No. 167 on Product Card Elias Woodwork has introduced several Thermofoil wood grain and solid colors with matching back options to its collection of cabinet doors, creating more options for creating a seamless simulated wood painted or stained door. Thermofoil provides consistent color, and is stain-, fade- and scratch-resistant, the firm notes. Circle No. 170 on Product Card The newest line of puck undercabi- net lighting from BLACK+DECKER PureOptics LED provides illumina- tion without tools or batteries. The plug-in system can be linked up to seven lights, with each puck illumi- nating 24" of space. Oered in warm white and color-changing RGB, the line features hands-free use via re- mote and multiple brightness levels. Circle No. 169 on Product Card Legrand has expanded its oering of mobile charging devices with the launch of the radiant Ultra-Fast USB Outlet. With 6.0 amps of power, the radiant outlet allows users to charge devices up to 40 percent faster than average, according to the company. Circle No. 172 on Product Card Etch Panels from Tresco Lighting are made-to-order to any project's specifications at the company's U.S.-based worldwide head- quarters. The etch panel lighting features high light output, uniform intensity, a multitude of color options and a low profile between the illuminated material and the lighted panel. Circle No. 171 on Product Card Elevated by sturdy, swirled iron scrolls, the Epicureanist Fleur De Lis Pedestal Stand by Vinotemp adds height to the display of entrées, drinks or appetizers. The pedestal's wood surface is elegantly designed with a fleur de lis. The stand's dimensions are 14- 1 ⁄8" D x 8" H. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Rubbermaid's Heirloom Collec- tion includes ¾"-thick, commer- cial-grade melamine laminate and durable wire basket accessories that can be mixed and matched to create a customized pantry. Cabinet doors, drawers and adjustable shelving are available in a variety of colors and wood grains. Circle No. 173 on Product Card FUNCTION & STYLE While function is the most important aspect of interior ttings and acces- sories, the visual appeal cannot be overlooked. "A minimalist approach to design is key to minimize the footprint and not to detract from the overall design aesthetic," says Peele. "Bold, striking contrasts can really liven up the space. Those all-white kitchens of previous years can freshen up by adding matte black hardware accents to explore the strong dichotomy of black and white," he states. "Selecting interior storage options that combine reliability and us- ability with stunning aesthetics are now a must," Nauman further notes. "The trends we're seeing are to make the inside of cabinets just as warmly styled as the exterior – so these products absolutely t." Maher sees trends in nish and color leaning toward the industrial look, with a strong trend toward anthracite gray for interior storage. "This gray is everywhere in Europe, as I saw in Italy last year, and will coordinate with the darker cabinet interiors that we're seeing along with the popularity of gray as an overall color in cabinetry, countertops and furnishings," she points out. LIFESTYLE VALUE Specic features and aesthetic demands for accessories and interior ttings are highly personal, but common threads include a demand for access is important and has contributed to the demand for full- extension and full-access drawers. "I think designers are look- ing for hardware that provides the most access to the interior of a drawer or cabinet storage space," she says. "It is important to be able to see the full contents of your drawer and not have any extension loss." "With every style trend, be it contemporary, transitional or farm- house, homeowners are looking for cabinets that oer more drawers and rollouts, which in itself illustrates the desire for eciency and convenience," says Smith. "Full-extension drawers in base cabinets bring even the back corners of the cabinet out into full view, allow- ing easy access to storage items. Not only is this a more ergonomic option, it also streamlines the meal-making process." McPeek adds that accessories can meet the desire for daily tasks to be as easy and enjoyable as possible. Eective use of space creates eciency, but creative product placement to increase access, such as door-mounting products, can also make a big dierence. Convenience is built into accessories, McPeek adds. "Pulling an item out keeps one from kneeling or bending, making it more convenient," she notes. So, too, does using easily adjustable accessories that can adapt to life changes. 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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