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JUL 2019

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The FeelsWarm Electric Countertop Heater from WarmlyYours is an ultra-slim mat that installs under a countertop overhang. It increases the surface temperature by up to 25°F above room temperature. The plug-in 120 VAC electrical con- nection can be discretely installed within the cabinetry the countertop is seated on. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Federal Brace has introduced the Eco-Lucent LED White Light System for hardwire applications, which provides a complete solution for undercounter, undercabinet and other accent lighting uses. The system is comprised of LED light bars installed in extruded aluminum housings with frosted covers and allows for daisy chaining. Circle No. 175 on Product Card Grass America's Tavinea Optima is an interior drawer divider system for Vionaro 185mm and 249mm deep drawers. Dividers can be cut to the width of the drawer, and spring-tensioned clips hold the dividers in place. Tavinea Optima dividers match the color of the Vionaro drawer, in White, Silver Grey and Graphite finishes. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Docking Drawer is now featuring Blade charging outlets with USB-C with Power Delivery. Charging devices up to 70% faster than with standard 12W charging found in USB-A outlets, the outlets charge fully in less time, according to the company. Overcurrent protection helps protect the electronic from receiving too much power. Circle No. 177 on Product Card New Serving Boards from John Boos are handcrafted of one solid piece of renewable and sustain- able hardwood. Selections include hard rock maple, American cherry and American black walnut, and display detailed grain patterns. The 20"x5"x¾"-thick, reversible natural wood serving boards are made in the U.S.A. Circle No. 180 on Product Card With the VS ADD Board from Vauth-Sagel, the company now o˜ers additional storage for areas of the home that are visible. The VS Add Board is available in sizes that match those of the VS Elements Orga Box. The wall-mounted addi- tional storage tray, shown, works well in kitchen, bath and living spaces, the firm notes. Circle No. 179 on Product Card The Omega National Products line of lazy susans includes the Platinum Series with a 3" inside height design, featuring the Platinum Series Powdercoat Wire Rim. Built from 12 mm-thick Maple plywood shell and wrapped with a high-impact 10 ply Maple rim, this product is available in full round and kidney, in 28" and 32" sizes. Circle No. 182 on Product Card ExactMats o˜ers custom, clear protective solutions for lining and protecting cabinets, shelves and other surfaces. The see-through, specially-formulated vinyl showcas- es the beauty of the surface while o˜ering protection. FDA-Compliant and GreenGuard Certified, Exact- Mats are adhesive-free and include sound-dampening technology. Circle No. 181 on Product Card Hostelley. "High-quality materials and nishes are a must," he adds. "Consumers are unwilling to spend more on kitchen storage op- tions that may only yield incremental conveniences," warns Nauman. "Instead, they're looking for design-altering, higher-capacity storage options that change the way these spaces ow, form and function." He adds that homeowners are nding savings through items that can be added later, such as in-drawer storage solutions, spice racks and base cabinet cleaning caddies. While homeowners are often willing to spend more on big-ticket items in the kitchen like countertops, cabinetry and appliances, Smith notes, "Remodeling regret is most often found in the kitchen where homeowners are choosing lesser quality products and deprioritizing storage. Educating consumers on the value of interior cabinet hard- ware can combat this regret, ensuring they understand the longevity of the product as well as the function, like soft-closing cabinets." TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS Technology is an important consideration for any category, and for interior ttings and accessories, trends are signicantly impacted by technological considerations in two ways. practical value to consumers' lifestyles, and products that integrate well into the look and feel of the overall design. "People are willing to spend more on items they see as 'lifestyle prod- ucts,' not just a commodity," says McPeek. "For example, a blind corner like our is a product, of course, but when added to a cabinet, it creates a life benet. It maximizes storage space, makes getting the items from the space easier, adjusts with your needs over time and is a selling point if the home is ever put on the market." When it comes to visual considerations, McPeek believes, "Homeowners want items that look nice and add to the overall design and feel of the space. As people spend more and more time in the kitchen, they are wanting to keep the experience pleasant and inviting for themselves and guests versus kitchens of the past that were seen as a place where chores were carried out." "It seems that today's consumer will spend more on the features that they feel are important to them," Fitzpatrick adds. Younger buyers like nice items, she notes, which means they're spending more time re- searching and understanding more about the items they choose for their cabinetry. "Customers are willing to spend more on solutions that declut- ter countertops and provide exible organization solutions," says Photo: Studio Dearborn July 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 45

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