Kitchen

Start by considering carefully who you are designing for, which features they currently struggle with and what they feel would benefit them.

Then research suitable products, bearing in mind that the way you normally approach a kitchen design and the products you often specify may well not be suitable. Even something as simple as the choice of handle may make a significant difference to a less able person.

Will the area you are designing also be used by other people? If so, what are their needs? It’s so important to ensure the end design works well for everybody.

Although functionality is of prime importance, the design must still be appealing, taking current trends, styles and colours into consideration.

Technology will undoubtedly be important, too. Depending on your customer’s budget, the latest electrical gadgets such as motion technology could be very important, for example, to control lighting and sounds remotely.
 
For further inspiration on designing a disabled access space, view the Kbsa website>>

We’ve a couple of product suggestions for you:

BLUM SERVO DRIVE:
SERVO-DRIVE is an electrical drive opening support system for drawers and pull-outs. By combining this feature with BLUMOTION, for a silent and effortless closing action, new levels of motion quality have been created. Users will be amazed by the ease of use, quality and freedom of motion.

SERVO-DRIVE Flex can be used with any standard integrated refrigerator, combination fridge/freezer, freezer or dishwasher. Simple to assemble, it is installed in four easy steps and, thanks to plug and play, does not require a qualified electrician. There are flexible options to suit the differing requirements of each appliance type as well as built-in features such as automatic self-closing and lean protection. Lean protection enables the system to differentiate between short pressing actions and longer leaning actions, preventing the accidental triggering of the opening system.

WESCO Pullboy Z with SERVO-DRIVE UNO:
SERVO-DRIVE UNO allows you to combine the WESCO soft closing Pullboy Z waste bin with the electrical drive opening support of the BLUM SERVO-DRIVE. You may not have SERVO-DRIVE in the rest of the kitchen as this may be outside your customer’s budget, but you could make life a little bit easier by adding it to their waste bin to enable a hands-free opening system.

  

PEKA Pegasus:
No Shelf Too High - The Pegasus lift system for wall units provides easy access to items that may be stored in high cupboards. It takes minimum effort as all the weight is supported by the mechanism, making it a real joy to use. The pull-down handle makes it easy to pull the contents of the cupboard down to a height that is easy to view. Furthermore, with the ability to hold up to 20KG, Pegasus provides plenty of usable and stable storage space.

PEKA Magic Corner:
Creating a barrier free kitchen or living space. The PEKA Magic Corner Comfort makes use of those awkward corner cupboards by bring the contents out of the corner cabinet allowing easy access. No more peering around that corner cupboard or foraging around at the back hoping you might find the item you are looking for. With a height adjustable handle, it makes light work of pulling and pushing the mechanism in and out of the cupboard. With the addition of soft close it also has the benefit of a silent, free flowing motion.

  

Lighting:
With dimmer controllers, door sensors and colour changing remotes, the options are endless when it comes to lighting. The benefit of our LED lighting range from Leyton Lighting is that it is energy efficient and there are types that can be safely installed into humid environments but still have the same great design features. The range also enables you to create sensory environments and set lighting levels to the individual’s needs.
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LDL Components Ltd, the sole UK agent and distributor for PEKA, now offers the brand new PEKA Basik range from the Swiss manufacturer of high quality wirework storage solutions.
 
Designed to offer the famous PEKA combination of craftsmanship and ingenious design at an extremely competitive price, the first two products in the range are the PEKA Basik Magic Corner and the Tall Larder.

Both feature PEKA ClickFixx system which dramatically cuts assembly time, integrated Soft Close and smart silver baskets with fully co-ordinating frame and runner.
 
The larder unit has a telescope frame to fit cabinet heights from 1665 – 2100mm and is available in 300mm and 400mm widths. The design of the pull-out system allows access to the entire cabinet from both sides and offers a clear view of contents on all levels. Shelves can be pulled out and replaced easily owing to the smooth and sturdy 3/4 extending running motion.
 
The Magic Corner solution, designed to make the very best use of available space in inaccessible corners, opens in one continuous motion and is available in left hand and right hand versions. With four baskets, it has an adjustable frame to suit door widths 450 to 600mm and 900 to 1000mm. 
 
LDL Managing Director Matthew Lord expects the new Basik range to broaden the appeal of the PEKA collection by making it accessible for all budgets.
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LDL is celebrating all things PEKA during March with National PEKA Month, a month long promotion including special offers, display incentives, free gifts and the opportunity to win a luxury weekend for two in Switzerland.
 
LDL, the nationwide distributor of premium fittings and accessories for the fitted furniture industry, is the sole UK agent and distributor for PEKA, the Swiss manufacturer of a comprehensive range of innovative wirework storage solutions and accessories.
 
As well as special promotions, LDL will also be introducing a series of brand new products from this leading international manufacturer during March.
 
For further information on National PEKA month, please visit the http://www.ldlonline.co.uk
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LDL Components Ltd is extending its range of handles with the introduction of a handmade collection of classic knobs and handles by Italian manufacturer Giara Art Design.
 
Aimed at high-end furniture manufacturers, the hand-crafted collection of elegant, classically styled handles is made in the Italian province of Bresica, an area with an impressive heritage in metal craftsmanship.
 
LDL is offering nine styles, all made from Britannium, a silver-coloured alloy with an authentic, antique appearance pleasing to the touch. To present the Giara collection to potential customers, a display board is available to order at the subsidised price of only £29.99 ex VAT.
 
LDL, the nationwide distributor of quality furniture fittings, offers an extensive stock of both contemporary and traditional handles, which is continually updated to reflect current trends and innovations in the sector.

The company is also able to offer customers a very flexible service in that there is no minimum order quantity so boxes may be split without any surcharge.  In addition, LDL is pleased to use its superior knowledge of the market to source specific handles for both large and small furniture manufacturers alike.

 
 
Speed of delivery is another feature of LDL’s service with next day nationwide delivery standard for all orders received by 4pm. The company is also able to offer a ‘just in time’ delivery service for volume manufacturers, improving supply chain management.
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The PEKA Sesam storage system for cleaning cupboards, available exlusively in the UK from LDL Components Ltd, has been awarded the coveted Rod Dot award for Product Design 2012.


According to the statement from the judging panel "the consistently functional syste of this robust cleaning cupboad stroage system offers convincing user benefits".


Sesam, part of the new PEKA Libell storage range, is a side-mounted, clip-on system that utilises and organises the whole cupboard space.

There is even room to store an ironing board or clothes airer beside the system. The hose/broom holder, shelves and hooks are all height-adjustable, depending on the items being stored.

Each shelf has smooth, rounded edges and clips on and off easily for cleaning and repositioning. The closed base prevents bottles from falling over or smaller items falling out.
 

Previewed on the LDL stand at kbb 2012, Libell is a unique storage concept combining the PEKA mechanism with stylish drawer and door interior solutions formed from a single piece of sheet metal, creating an integrated unit.

Available in grey or white, the Libell Sesam includes one shelf system, three shelves, two clip-on hooks and one vacuum hose holder. The dimensions are 230/365mm (depth) x 351mm (width) x 752mm (height).
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As leading innovators in ergonomic storage solutions, PEKA invented the versatile Magic Corner unit in the 1980s.

This ingenious concept, designed to maximise all the available space in corner cabinets, has been through many changes but the basic principle remains the same – a swing-out storage system giving easy and immediate access to all items.

When the Magic Corner was first introduced sales were initially slow as the market was dominated by carousels and it took a while for the tremendous potential of the product to be fully appreciated.

Timeline:

1985: First introduced
1988 and 1992: Technical improvements
2000: Magic Corner Flex introduced
2003: Magic Corner Comfort introduced
2004: Magic Corner Standard enhanced
2008: Clip fix technology introduced to all versions
2009:  Magic Corner Swing introduced, a new, easier to assemble model with enhanced features to significantly reduce the installation time. The new clip-on front effectively halves assembly time and the clever use of technology means the unit can be built and adjusted quickly and easily, entirely without tools. The unit, available in left and right hand options, has excellent sliding properties and also benefits from the Slow Stop Plus soft-closing system.


The PEKA Magic Corner has five international patents on various parts and the name Magic Corner is Trademarked.

If, therefore, you buy an item marketed as a Magic Corner that is not actually made by PEKA in Switzerland or supplied by their partner in Germany Kessebohmer then it is not the genuine article.

Caveat emptor!

http://www.peka-system.ch/
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Leading distributor LDL Components is delighted to announce that the PEKA Expo-Bus will be in the UK during September.
 
The mobile display unit is fitted with all the latest PEKA storage innovations for the kitchen and bathroom, including the new Libell range which is exclusive to LDL in the UK.

Previewed at kbb 2012, this brand new and unique storage concept combines the superior PEKA mechanism with stylish drawer and door interior solutions formed from a single piece of sheet metal, creating an integrated unit and ensuring that storage space is maximised.

Designed to co-ordinate with Tandembox grey or Tandembox Intivo, the new Libell range is available in grey or white.
 
Using the Expo-Bus allows LDL to present the latest PEKA range personally to customers, demonstrating the products and also taking orders. Anyone interested in viewing the range should email david.warne@ldlonline.co.uk now. 
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One of the most awkward spaces to access in your kitchen is the corner cabinet unit, usually supplied with just a shelf. Most people don’t know what’s lurking at the back of their cupboards, out of date tins, probably a fondue or an unused wedding gift.
 
The best solution is to use some magic – PEKA Magic Corner to be precise. PEKA invented this ultimate, ergonomic innovation to make the best use of corner space and it is now renowned the world over. With fully integrated Soft Close, The Magic Corner is still the original and best corner solution on the market today. When the front is pulled open, the frame immediately swivels round to the side. The direct swivel motion prevents the unit from colliding with the handles of the adjacent unit. The entire contents of the cupboard are then visible and easy to reach.
 
The latest addition to corner units is the PEKA – Fluid Corner, a very stylish designer product that is easily fitted into a corner. A smooth combination of turning for easy access to both shelves which are independently hinged.
 
Less expensive options include the easily fitted and useful 1/2 Plastic Carousel with Chrome Rails.
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Having lots of convenient, accessible storage space is the key to keeping your kitchen neat and tidy but how can you make the most of the available space within cabinets?
 
One of the best ways is to incorporate a tall larder unit into your kitchen design. Offering masses of adjustable height storage, these versatile units come with a variety of widths from 275mm to 600mm and a selection of heights.
 
Depending on the style you opt for, the units will pull out smoothly and swiftly allowing you access from either side and also great visibility so that you see at once the item you’re looking for. No searching, rooting or bending, each item is immediately at hand. You can also position the internal baskets at the level to suit you so you can accommodate tall bottles or jars as well as the smallest items.
 
Customise the interior to co-ordinate or contrast with your cabinetry, too.
 
Visit www.ldlonline.co.uk/SubCategory/1266/Larder-Systems to see how you could benefit from the extra storage a tall larder unit provides.
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Encouraging news from Bath & North East Somerset council which reports in the Summer 2012 edition of Connect that over half of household waste in the region is now recycled.
 
With our Head Office based in Bath, we are delighted at the various initiatives the council has introduced to encourage householders to sort their rubbish. Our current product range also reflects the surging interest in recycling as we now stock over 50 waste solutions in a comprehensive selection of formats and capacities, many of which are fully integrated and therefore completely concealed behind a door front.

Read the full article on page 16 of the Summer 2012 Connect Magazine 

https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Council%20and%20Democracy/CONNECT13_lr.pdf

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