Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2019

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The Emerson Warm Tiles Detecto DT1 electric fault indicator monitors floor warming cable or mat systems during installation. The Detecto DT1 sounds an alarm immediately in the event of an open or shorted connection in the cable, preventing tiles from being in- stalled on top of a non-working system. Circle No. 183 on Product Card SMALLY is an LED spotlight with a wide light beam designed for recessed installation. The spotlight, from Richelieu, has a quick-connect system at the base of the light for easy installation and is devoid of the typical dotted e…ect. SMALLY is o…ered in four finishes. Circle No. 184 on Product Card ComfortSpin from Hettich is a rotating shelf for refrigerators that turns 360˚, providing the user full access to items stored. The shelf may be used either as a whole substitution for refrigerator glass shelves or as an attachment to existing shelves. Circle No. 185 on Product Card The PCS77A/USB pop-up kitchen power grommet from Doug Mockett & Co. features two GFI and tamper-re- sistant outlets and two USB chargers. Water tight, the unit is tamper resistant and UL listed for kitchen use. Users simply press to pop it up from the coun- tertop, and press down to hide it away. Circle No. 186 on Product Card The Salice fly moon is a space-saving corner unit featuring shelves that can be pulled out independently, with trays designed to greatly increase storage surface. With a height-adjustable shaft, the fly moon can easily be fixed in on one side of the cabinet. It features a non-slip surface and soft close. Circle No. 187 on Product Card Made-to-measure produce drawer inserts from Bradco Stainless Products allow for storage of produce in cabinet drawers. The inserts feature 100 per- cent stainless steel construction and o…er a drop-in unit to any size or style drawer. Lid engraving or removable elevated floor panels are optional. Circle No. 188 on Product Card The 15" square end-grain chopping block from Michigan Maple Block Co. is big enough to chop, slice and dice, yet small enough to stow, notes the company. A modern and more com- pact take on butcher block, this block will endure years of use, yet is gentle on knife blades, the firm adds. Circle No. 189 on Product Card Custom Dovetail Drawer Boxes/Pull- Outs from WalzCraft create usable storage in existing cabinets. Options such as scoops, ears or side patterns can be added to create a custom storage solution. All of the boxes and pull-outs are made to order. Circle No. 190 on Product Card future," says Fitzpatrick. "Touch-to-open drawer systems have a place in every home. They are smart, convenient and functional. And, if you watch the design trends with the more modern cabine- try look, these can play a big role as handle-free drawers are becom- ing more popular." Soft-closing doors and drawers are now an expectation of consumers, she adds. "Soft-close hinges were the focus for a long time, but soft-close drawers have taken over, rather quietly, I have to say." McPeek adds, "Technology is always a part of an accessories design and can be seen in the various slides like soft-close, tip-on and electric open to how products mount within a cabinet." Smith agrees that technology plays a large role in trends for interior cabinet ttings. "With % of Americans wanting to age in place, it's important to think about how cabinets will function as you age. Blum tests products with an AGE EXPLORER suit that simulates pregnancy, disabilities and the eects of aging to ensure our hardware is usable in all of life's stages. With this in mind, motorized opening of cabinets is important for those who have arthritic hands and can no longer grab knobs and pulls with their hands. A simple press on the front of the cabinet can bring the drawer out, allowing access to storage items." ▪ First there's the demand for a place to keep various devices charged and ready to use, without the chaotic clutter of having them all over the counter. Hostelley says that, as people purchase the latest technology, demand grows for charging solutions with USB-C with power delivery. Nauman agrees: "Consumers these days have several electronic devices that need to be charged throughout the day. Products such as the Docking Drawer Blade, available from Häfele, keep these thirsty devices charged while reducing visible clutter." "Technology plays an important role in making our homes smart- er, but a big part of the challenge is taking basic, existing technology and making it more seamless with our furniture. Even simple power solutions can be limiting," Peele points out. Mockett has addressed this challenge with a unique brand of pop-up power grommets, PCS, for kitchen countertops and islands that are water-tight and UL listed for wet areas, he says. "Don't limit your cook space to designated power access points from wall plates – put power where you need it and access it when you want it," Peele adds. The other aspect of technology that factors into design trends is in making products more functional and easier to use. "Technology does play a role now and most likely will play a greater role in the 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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