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JUN 2018

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Alusso Cucina from Adornus cre- ates a Shaker door using high-level European materials and craftsman- ship. The door, part of the Artisan Collection, features clean edges and inset panel. Two boxes – The Avanti and The Bellagio – feature ¾" sides, shelves, top and bottoms and 5 ⁄8" backs. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Ratio is a modular kitchen collection by Vincent Van Dysen for Dada. Metal grids define the basic archi- tecture, wall units, columns, hoods and accessories. Full volumes, empty volumes and tops of different thicknesses are hooked to the slen- der and minimal techno/structural elements. Circle No. 167 on Product Card Developed by Harmoni from Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, the handle-free Aperta Door style features an integrated pull that complements a sleek minimalist design. This door is available in a broad range of materials and textures, such as Ash Veneer and Flat Cut Walnut, shown. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Rustic charm meets modern conve- nience in this kitchen design from R.D. Henry & Co. The perimeter of the kitchen features Heartland cab- inets with Craftsman doors in Alder with London Fog finish, while the island is Heartland cabinets with Craftsman doors in Paint Grade with Winter White finish. Circle No. 169 on Product Card This kitchen mixes high-gloss pure white lacquer perimeter cabi- nets with an island consisting of Warendorf's Horizontal Matt Tineo veneer, available from EuroAmerica Distributors. The countertops are 12mm-thick ceramic white, and the backsplash includes the Midway System light panel with LED lighting behind white glass. Circle No. 172 on Product Card All Wood Cabinetry from Ideal Cabinetry is a semi-custom selec- tion for the kitchen and bath. The cabinetry features CARB2-com- pliant plywood construction, soft- close door hinges and soft-close full-extension dovetail hardwood drawers. Available in 17 door styles and finishes, the cabinetry is shown in the Shaker door style in White. Circle No. 171 on Product Card Homes that embrace Universal Design concepts create a welcoming space. In the kitchen shown here, presented by Canyon Creek Cabinet Co., the use of standard cabinets, generous lighting and thoughtful touches like a flat cooktop and wheelchair accessibility create a beautiful space that's also us- er-friendly. Circle No. 174 on Product Card Dura Supreme Cabinetry has added new acrylic and foil color options to its Bria frameless (full-access) product line. Gray tones include Fog, the new addition to Solid Gloss Foils, and Wired Onyx, the new ad- dition to Wired Gloss Foils. Shown is the Talia door style in Wired Onyx Wired Gloss Foil in a Horizontal Grain with White Acrylic cabinetry. Circle No. 173 on Product Card FOCUS ON FUNCTION Although appearance is certainly important, cabinets must also offer top-quality interior functionality. Having the perfect place to put things away with maximum access and convenience is important to homeowners, and customers have high expectations, regardless of price point. "Furnishings for the home are a great value today and consumers can get pretty much what they want, when they want it, at the price they can afford," says Wilcox. "Some features that were options before are really requirements these days. Think of soft-close doors and drawers. More functional hardware options have allowed that desired feature to have much wider applications at more price points. Likewise, better drawer slides and glides have raised the consumer's expectations for the drawer function," he says. Hiltner notes, "We live in an Instagram world; desiring perfection on the outside." This has had an impact on design, as the firm sees requests for greater functionality while maintaining outer perfection, she says. "New hardware is making it easier to accomplish the requests. Sliding doors, panels, lift-up and drop-down accessories make storage more accessible and functional while maintaining the perfect exterior when closed. Concealing work spaces behind doors, integrating or hiding appliances and secret doors are all common requests." transitional moment. Our most popular door styles are simple, with clean lines with recessed panels," she notes. "We see color, color and more color every day in our facility," she adds. Korsten states, "Painted cabinets continue to dominate, especially in styles with flat center panels and minimal ornamentation. Shoppers like to have a variety of options to consider, but the general styling of what they pick has been fairly static." Fine grain woods, such as maple and cherry, in stained finishes are declining in popularity, while shades of white paint, though not "pure white," are holding steady, he notes. "The movement toward darker stains is also slowing, while stains that allow the unique grain character of wood to show are quickly gaining popular- ity," he adds. O'Neill believes, "Homeowners are no longer satisfied with cookie-cut- ter kitchen designs." As a result, she sees color customization on the rise. "Color is one of the most effective ways to make a statement in the home. Homeowners are seeking out unique colors that not only stand out but work specifically for their kitchen." Marlin agrees. He says the biggest change being seen in kitchen cabinetry right now is the ability to match virtually any solid paint color a customer can produce – or even dream. "In fact, 10% of the cabinets we sell today are finished in a custom paint match as directed by the custom- er," he points out. 64 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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