Drawer Runner

We've taken a look at some of the trends within the kitchen industry at the moment, from themes and colours through to storage and components. 

1.       The Industrial Look.

This is a popular look and one which is set to continue. Key characteristics of the trend are exposed brick and pipe work, rustic metals and the use of minimalist furniture. This isn’t for everyone as it is quite a hard, uncompromising look but it is now being combined with warm, natural materials such as oak and walnut, creating a perfect fusion.
Here at LDL we have launched our latest solution; 3D Fully Assembled Drawers. We have taken this trend on board and widened our selection of finishes which combine the metal drawer sides of the C Height Legrabox Free with Oak or Walnut design elements.  Click here to view >

Many would say that the kitchen design has been taken back to the basics – ‘Form, Function, Aesthetics’.

   
(Left hand image: Robert David Kitchens. Right hand image: Inglish Design)

2.       Handleless Furniture.

The simple lines of modern kitchen design have led to the increase of handleless furniture. Although predominantly used in kitchens with sleek and smooth finishes such as gloss doors, we are now starting to see an increase in the use of grained timbers, timber effects and natural tones taking on this functionality. With massive developments in the quality and functionality of push to open drawer runners, such as the Blum Tip-On Blumotion for Movento and Legrabox runners, you can now enjoy the best of both worlds with handleless furniture that also incorporates the much-loved soft closing action.
 
3.       Storage Solutions.
 
Stepping back into the Kitchen Pantry! Designers are now using the popular storage larders, pantries and deep drawers to tidy away appliances such as food processors and kettles, giving them an out of sight home of their own. This leaves worktops clear with more space to prepare culinary wonders and is particularly useful when designing smaller kitchens to create a pleasant, uncluttered cooking environment.

The Blum Space Tower is a great larder solution with easy access and great design options >
 
 
4.       Colours.

Trending > Grey and Earthy Tones.
 
Kitchens in neutral colours will always stand the test of time rather better than ‘fashion’ finishes but we are starting to introduce design features that bring a plain kitchen to life by selecting alternative finishes and colours for handles, taps and appliances. We are moving away from the standard stainless steel and black accessories, appliances and hardware. In particular, Rose Gold, Antique Bronze and Gold are breaking through this Spring. Leading handle designers at Furnipart are pioneering this trend with launch of the Edge Straight Handle in fabulous new finishes.

Take a look at the range online >

Below are examples of using earthy tones also, how you can incoporate bight colours to liven up a white kitchen.

   
(Left hand image: Shaker and May. Right hand Image: Mark Butterfield Furniture).
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Blum’s brand new Tandembox antaro modular drawer system is now available from LDL Components Ltd from stock.
 
The new award-winning drawer profile, available in grey, silk white and stainless steel, has a contemporary rectangular gallery rail can be combined with a number of colour-coordinated design elements to create the required effect.

Offering standard Blum features such as perfect motion and running action, Tandembox antaro is also compatible with Blum space-saving cabinet solutions and Orga-Line interior organisers.

TANDEMBOX antaro can be assembled without tools within a matter of seconds. 3-dimensional front adjustment produces precise gap alignment while height and side adjustments are quick and easy through an opening on the drawer side.

Tilt is adjusted by twisting a section at the front of the rail.

Commenting on the new Tandembox antaro, Matthew Lord, director – LDL Components Ltd, said “The introduction of the sophisticated antaro system allows customers to upgrade from the standard Tandembox by adding design elements, such as frosted glass, for an individual look .

This, combined with our attractive display incentives, makes antaro the perfect choice.”
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Imagine having to wear this strange space suit every day:


http://www.thekitchenthink.co.uk/planning-a-kitchen/planning-realistically-for-the-future

 

It’s actually not as crazy as it looks. This is the BLUM Age Explorer suit which simulates the permanent conditions that many older people face in their everyday lives as their vision, hearing and movement declines.

Of course, not everyone will face all of these difficulties but most of us will find that advancing age brings some restrictions with it.

The good news is that there are lots of clever ways to ensure everything in your kitchen cupboards remains easily accessible without any sort of struggle.  

Here’s a selection of age-defying solutions:

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Discover everything you could possibly need to know about Blum in the online catalogue and technical manual.
 
This packed 853 page catalogue details the core Blum philosophy along with the entire current product range.
 
 Everything is there, including all dimensions and fitting instructions.
 
Blum’s commitment to quality begins with new product development and extends right through to the ordering and installation process, all designed to make your life easier.

Take a look now at:
 
http://www.blum.com/catalogue/index.php?sp=en  
 
Please be aware not all items are UK Stock and could be subject to minimum order quantities and lead times.
 
Please refer to our website for current stock range.
 
http://www.ldlonline.co.uk

http://www.blum-hinges.co.uk/
 
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Planning a practical kitchen is all a question of zones according to Blum and acting out typical daily activities can highlight whether workflows function well.

Blum divides the kitchen into five key zones – here’s how:
 
http://www.thekitchenthink.co.uk/planning/is-your-kitchen-practical
 
Make the most of these zones with the following storage ideas:
 
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LDL Components Ltd, the largest UK distributor for BLUM, is launching 
Movento, the next generation of drawer runner technology. Previewed at kbb 2012 and in stock from 1 May, the Movento runner system for wooden drawers is a new upgrade option from the existing Tandem runners.



 
Movento is specifically designed to withstand the rigours of everyday kitchen use, such as heavy storage items and frequent opening and closing. With even more precise runner movement and new adjustment options, Movento can also be used in conjunction with the BLUM Servo-drive electronic and Tip-on mechanical opening systems for handle-less furniture.

 
The new Movento runner system offers the following important benefits:
 
Side, height, tilt and depth adjustment
Synchronised, smooth-running opening and closing action
High stability and impressive anti-sag values
Plentiful load bearing ability, up to 40 or 60kg
Fully protected closing springs
 
 
A corporate member of the KBSA, LDL specialises in innovative products for the premium end of the market and is the main UK distributor for BLUM, Peka and Wesco.
 
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LDL, the nationwide distributor of quality fittings for the fitted furniture market, has now added the new BLUM F-Line drawer system to its portfolio. This offers significant benefits and is available exclusively from LDL in the UK.
 
Available in smart steel grey, the new drawer box has a smoother, contemporary profile which results in an incredible 11% extra storage capacity. For manufacturers looking for innovation and added value, this means that a 500mm drawer depth can now be purchased for the same price as a 450mm depth. 
 
Managing Director Matthew Lord comments, “F-Line represents the next stage in the Tandembox story and offers the usual combination of quality and innovative design that we expect from BLUM. As an additional service to purchasers of the new 500mm depth F-Line system, we are also able to provide personalised cover caps free of charge.”
 
Special introductory offers are also available as part of the launch programme. For further information, please visit www.ldlonline.co.uk or call 0845 123 2255.


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