Darren Palmer Handle Selection from Häfele

Darren Palmer Handle Selection from Häfele

A message from our Corporate Partner, Häfele

You do not seek inspiration – you open the door to it.

Your project deserves the highest quality of hardware from hinge to handle. Hafele’s, newly released Darren Palmer Handle Selection range will support your work and help you to make your project stand out!

Handles are an important focal point of any project as they add a visual centre to any cabinet. Just think about the different styles of handles you would use for a farm-style kitchen versus an urban kitchen.

The Darren Palmer Selection covers a range of Hafele handles which can be complied into four different periods: Retro Glamour – H1925 & H1930, Simple Contemporary – H1950 & H1335, Edgy Modern – H1960, H1910 & H1935 and Farm style – H1715, H1565, H1530 & H1710.

What inspires you? Shapes and colours. Materials and finishes. Your favourite furniture. The entrance portals of old townhouses. Chopin’s Nocturne Es-Dur Opus 9 No.2 or the old punk record with beautiful scratches. We find contrasts especially inspiring. It is so rewarding when they suddenly meet.

Thick and thin, big and small. Black, white and colourful. Minimalisms and exuberant life. Sweet, sour, salty. Contrasts attract. In surfaces, haptics, transitions.

How do you deal with that? Hafele’s, Darren Palmer handle selection is the perfect launch pad to start that journey and find a handle that helps you to open the door to inspiration! Download the full catalogue of Darren Palmer handles here.



As individual as you: AvanTech YOU Hettich makes customisation the standard

As individual as you: AvanTech YOU Hettich makes customisation the standard

A message from our Corporate Partner, Hettich

Increasingly, the customisation Megatrend is placing an even greater focus on the individual user with their very own personal preferences. Hettich, the world’s leading cabinet hardware and fittings producer introduces the new AvanTech YOU drawer system coming soon to the Australian market in 2020. Hettich not only takes drawer customisation to the next level but also furniture design. With its latest AvanTech YOU platform system, Hettich is now forging ahead once again. As a pioneer, Hettich presented the world’s first “platform” solution for drawer systems with InnoTech, back in 1996. The latest AvanTech YOU platform now offers even more options for customising in terms of colour, shape and material.

AvanTech YOU is designed to impress with a sleek linear design, slender drawer side profile at an impressive 13 mm thickness, the style is uncompromisingly sleek. The purist design keeps all working components hidden into the slender drawer side. There are no cover caps or holes to spoil the look of flawless beauty. The fitting deliberately recedes into the background and blends in with furniture as a design element. This permits handle less design in uncompromising perfection both inside and out. Given the ease with which a drawer can be customised in terms of colour, shape and material, manufacturers can both stand out from the crowd. AvanTech YOU comes in three colours and five heights with aluminium or wooden rear panels. The product range offers, designer profiles in stainless steel, chrome, aluminium look or walnut and oak look, “DesignCapes” in anodised aluminium and stainless-steel look as well as the AvanTech YOU Inlay drawer side profile all create a wide variety of eye catchers. The clever part is being able to use any chosen materials as well. This opens the potential for kitchen and furniture manufacturers to set themselves apart from the competition: with their own furniture design in different price segments, targeted response to customer wishes and the system’s tremendous cost effectiveness.

AvanTech YOU provide the optimum solution for anyone wanting to design generously proportioned, handleless furniture with exclusive materials. The previous limits to creating handleless design as a result of extremely large front panel weights or formats are eliminated by Push to open Silent with multi synchronisation. Two drawers behind one front panel reliably open parallel with each other and close gently. Three-dimensional drawer adjustment – in height, from side to side and in tilt – guarantees perfect reveal alignment.

What is remarkable is the ease in which the platform concept can be adapted to suit manufacturing or buyers requirements: the drawer can be used on two different runner systems with the same cabinet body hole pattern, creating a flexible and cost-effective basis for addressing different market segments and fields of application. The components within the platform can be easily combined with each other. At the assembly stage, there is no requirements to rout drawer bases and install catches, nor is it necessary to use rear panel corner connectors for wooden rear panels. As the rear panels come in the same width as the drawer base, this additionally saves time and money. Wooden drawers can also be used on identical runners, e.g. without any facing panel as a statement in a kitchen’s otherwise closed front panel look.

AvanTech YOU is a product concept with a broad ranging lineup that makes it possible to reduce the otherwise usual variety of stock items and permit individuality on all levels in a cost effective and easy manner – from customer wish to finished item of furniture.

Photo: Hettich – Quickly transformed: AvanTech YOU designer profiles in wood, stainless steel, aluminium or chrome look add an individualised look to the top of the drawer side profile and are simply clipped into place.

Register to be one of the first to be notified when the AvanTech YOU drawer system launches this year.

Ergonomics + functionality + pleasing aesthetics = Hettich

Ergonomics + functionality + pleasing aesthetics = Hettich

A message from KBDi Silver Sponsor, Hettich

Make sure your next project hits the mark with all the latest design philosophies and features that’ll make for a practical and stylish space for client in years to come. From sophisticated shades and textures to the latest and most functional cabinetry and shelving concepts, Hettich is here to help with these essential design concepts. 

Ergonomics for smooth, easy operations

Increasingly, ageing Australians are choosing to remain at home or move in with their children in a bid to remain independent and within a familiar, comfortable environment. In June 2017, the ABC reported that 80% of Australians will eventually require aged care; of this, 75% will choose to receive such care at home. Against this backdrop, it is important that today’s homes take into consideration the changing abilities and ergonomic requirements of their occupants.

The Australian architecture and design industry is responding to this challenge accordingly, with AS 4299-1995 – Adaptable Housing reflecting an attitudinal change to designing for accessibility and aged care. The Standard recommends designing housing that is equally suitable for the able-bodied, disabled, and aged, and encourages designers to anticipate occupants of varying abilities over the life of a home. There is evidence to suggest that such a proactive approach is financially sensible: according to Livable Housing Australia, preemptively incorporating accessible design features into a home is 22 times more cost efficient than retrofitting when the need arises suddenly (e.g. in the case of an accident).

One key ability that declines with age is grip strength, which is required to operate handles that need to be gripped or turned. Conventional cupboard doors found in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living areas often employ such handles and thus may become difficult to operate with age. Sliding doors alleviate this difficulty by way of a simple push/pull operating motion that does not require much force. Requiring very little strength to operate and little to no grip force, sliding doors are easy to use regardless of where they are installed in the house and can be fitted with a myriad of handle options.

To facilitate accessibility for wheelchair-bound users or those who cannot reach for significant distances, sliding doors can be fitted with a long, easy-to-reach bar handle. Bar handles do not need to be grasped and pulled with force, and instead simply provide a point for the user to easily push or pull to move the door. Similarly, handleless folding door systems and drawers fitted with magnetic push-to-open mechanisms can facilitate operation by users with accessibility issues. Smooth and easy to operate with little force, such fittings also eliminate the risk of injury posed by accidentally walking into protruding handles.

Small spaces need big functionality

As Australia’s ageing population grows, homes around the nation are shrinking. In 2017, average new home size decreased by 2.7% over twelve months, placing homes at a 20-year low of 189.8m2. As space efficient and functional as they are ergonomic, sliding doors are ideal for today’s compact living environments. They do not require a clearance area to accommodate door swing, nor do they consume valuable floor space when opened or in operation. This feature also means that even when in the ‘open’ position, doors do not pose a safety risk to elderly users or children in terms of being walked or bumped into.

For areas where space is less constrained, folding doors pose another contemporary, highly functional alternative to hinged doors. Ideal for wardrobes or other environments where a panoramic view of contents is desired, folding doors provide complete, quick, and easy access. Like sliding doors, they are quiet to operate and do not bang or slam. Fully integrated and concealed components lend folding doors a clean, streamlined aesthetic and protect key mechanisms from damage and wear over time, ensuring a longer product lifespan.

Aesthetically pleasing

“Offering designers unmatched design flexibility, sliding and folding doors can be specified in a virtually unlimited range of materials and finishes.”

As always, aesthetics are a key driver of residential design. Many of today’s homes favour a clean, contemporary look with minimal fittings and adornments. Interior design is moving toward an increasingly minimal aesthetic that values subtlety, elegance, and the removal of clutter. Sliding doors – alongside handle-free drawer or cupboard door options – facilitate all of these characteristics, employing large surface fronts that act as a blank canvas for design creativity.

Offering designers unmatched design flexibility, sliding and folding doors can be specified in a virtually unlimited range of materials and finishes. From matte finish laminate to smooth, subtly reflective surfaces and even mirrored doors, sliding doors can be customised to suit any space. The sheer versatility of sliding door products on the market means that there is something to suit every budget and aesthetic.
Newer models of sliding door systems can also be specified so that the panels sit flush with another when they are closed and no gaps between panels are visible when they are in operation.

In a similar manner, the pared back design of many contemporary drawers and cupboard doors can be customised to meet the demands of a modern residential brief. Thanks to concealed components, smooth handleless fronts, and availability in a breadth of colours, textures, and finishes, cupboards and drawers can harmonise effortlessly with other interior elements, creating a unified, pleasing aesthetic.

Hettich are here to help

Given the importance of design in the home environment, specifying products that can be relied upon to deliver performance and functionality is crucial. Since 1888 in the Black Forest Germany, Hettich has supplied high quality sliding doors and cabinet hardware to over 100 countries. The company is committed to design excellence and achieving comfort through design, whether this is in the residential or commercial space. Around the world, Hettich’s forward-thinking, practical design has earned numerous international accolades including reddot design awards, iF Design Awards, German Design Awards, and Interzum Awards.

The WingLine L folding door system avails of a revolutionary push/pull to move opening mechanism to give users access to everything inside a cabinet with a single movement. Compatible with wooden doors up to 2400mm for maximum storage space and a natural, contemporary aesthetic, Wingline L is designed with user comfort and ease of operation in mind. A tool-less installation process is bolstered by optimised, smooth running performance, soft closure and opening, and near-silent operation, while the lack of a bottom track allows for safer and easier access, particularly by aged or disabled users.

For kitchens and other areas featuring drawer storage, ArciTech Internal Drawers provide the ultimate in ease and accessibility. Easy operation by users of all strengths and ability levels is enabled by a smooth, balanced running action and simple handleless operation that will not slam shut. The highly stable runners are available in three loading categories of 40kg, 60kg, and 80kg, and the drawers are supplied in numerous profile heights to accommodate contents of various sizes and weights. ArciTech drawers are compatible with the ArciTech P20 Silent System, a push to open system that allows easy, virtually silent operation. The resulting drawers are quick and convenient to open and close simply by pressing the drawer front, which can be easily manoeuvred even when the user’s hands are full. The system can accommodate different drawer sizes and weights, and fits neatly under the drawer base, making it ideal for installation in environments where there is no space behind the drawer.

SlideLine M is a 1-track or 2-track close flitting sliding door system compatible with a range of storage options. From living room wall units and shelf systems to bathroom furniture and kitchen storage, SlideLine M allows designers to combine open and closed sections in furniture with ease. A single profile can accommodate two doors fitted one above the other, and an optional soft-close Silent System can be fully integrated and concealed from view.

Drawing from expertise and knowledge gained through years of experience, Hettich is renowned for their stylish cabinetry solutions that combine fast, easy installation with adjustment functions, soft stopping systems, and discreet components. With Hettich, designers and homeowners can achieve an elevated quality of life with the peace of mind that they are installing long lasting, ergonomic, safe, and high quality products in their home.

New Sensys hinge in obsidian black

New Sensys hinge in obsidian black

Creatures mimic their surroundings and fade into them to create a harmonious camouflage, making them almost invisible. Hettich applies this principle of nature into cabinetry with high-performance hardware that blends into the design. Every visible component is coated prior to assembly, and by completing the look with additional arm and cup decorative cover caps, gives a true obsidian colour. Visit www.hettich.com.au to view or download the catalogue.

Ultimate wardrobe organisation and style

Ultimate wardrobe organisation and style

New to Lincoln Sentry, the Finista wardrobe organisation system is a stylish and practical addition to any wardrobe. Available in black and grey velvet finishes, this system can be fully customised to fit in any space. The modular design is easy to install and comes in two different heights – 60mm and 90mm.

The Finista wardrobe solution also has a wide range of different layouts to suit all applications.

Find out more about the Finista wardrobe organisation system, telephone 1300 551 919 (6.30am – 6.30pm AEST) or e-mail online@lincolnsentry.com.au.

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