Handle

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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LDL Components Ltd is delighted to unveil EDGE, the brand new collection of contemporary, design-led handles from Furnipart, the leading Danish manufacturer. Available exclusively through LDL from 1 December 2012, the new range is designed to give customers the popular streamlined look of handleless kitchens but with all the convenience and security of discreet handles.

As Matthew Lord, LDL’s managing director, explains “Edge is the perfect solution for those people who want the visual impact of uninterrupted door and drawer surfaces but prefer to have a handle. A major benefit of this range for installers is that the handle sits on top of the door or drawer and simply screws in from behind, thus avoiding time-consuming and fiddly ‘grooving in’.”
 
There are three styles in the Edge range – Round, Straight and Urban, all in a brushed nickel finish. Round and Straight are available in 40mm, 200mm and 350mm lengths and Urban comes in 200mm and 350mm options.

 All the handles combine innovative design with ergonomic ease of use and functionality, an important consideration as Furnipart estimates that each product will be handled 100,000 times.
 
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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With the current popularity of handleless kitchen cabinets, LDL offers a range of solutions to meet the particular challenges this trend presents.

For cabinet doors, LDL offers the Blum Tip On system in two strengths with the option of an adaptor plate as well.

For drawers, we offer the Blum Servo Drive system which can be used on both wooden drawers using Blum Tandem/Movento Runners or the Blum Tandembox system.

This is an electrically operated system using a Transformer and drive units, however if cost is an issue we can also offer the Blum Tip On system for both wooden and Tandembox drawers. There is also the option of having a stand-alone Servo Drive unit specifically designed to work with the Wesco Pullboy Z waste bin.

For wall cabinets, LDL offers the Blum Aventos system complete with Servo Drive, if required. This is available in a wide variety of applications and sizes and, also available to order, is the Blum Aventos HK Tip On System.

For details on these and other products please contact the sales office on 0845 1232288.
 
PS. Don’t forget that handleless kitchens, though very popular at the moment, only account for a small percentage of overall kitchen sales. For those who prefer their cabinets with handles, we offer a vast selection of modern and contemporary handles, too.
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It was back in 1977 that Danish manufacturer Furnipart started to produce and sell knobs and handles made from wood or plastic throughout Europe.

Although the company was very successful, the founder of the company Lars Ole Hansen wanted to stimulate growth and so he took the unique step of inviting well-known designers to collaborate on the range.

It was in 1986 that the first Furnipart designer handle was produced. Called Bridge, this design is still selling very well today, over 25 years later.

Working with a set of innovative designers, many of who have won international awards, Furnipart offers a very broad range from timeless classics that will last for years, such as Bridge, through to very sophisticated niche styles that appeal to a particular, carefully targeted minority.

The Furnipart range is primarily aimed at the kitchen industry, where fashion moves very fast. One thing is for sure, a handle is much or than a functional necessity and can indeed be a genuine design statement in its own right.

The fashion in handles

During the 70s and 80s wooden and plastic handles in various colours were very popular.

Recessed handles in plastic were particularly successful – especially in brown and orange! Also bow and D-shaped handles in metal were very fashionable.

In the 90s, metal handles remained popular especially nickel styles, although allergy issues meant this finish was switched to chrome later in the decade.

D-shaped and bow handles made from the alloy zamac also became popular as this material is workable in almost all designs and shapes. Then, just at the turn of the century, a versatile new stainless steel finish emerged which would change the look of the kitchens for the next 10 years.

Alongside the stainless steel finishes, aluminium handles with pure, clean lines and an attractive finish became very popular in the first decade of the new century.

At the same time, a new phenomenon appeared – the handleless kitchen. Although this might appear to be a terrible development for a handle producer, only 10 – 15% were genuinely handleless.

The rest had some sort of grip either inside or out although it was designed to be very unobtrusive.

Today, sales of handleless kitchens (with or without handles) are approximately 20% of total sales, leaving a very healthy 80% still requiring handles.

The current range of contemporary, design-led handles from Furnipart is available in the UK exclusively through LDL.

Called ‘The Star on Your Furniture’, the range features stunning streamlined designs in a variety of materials including brushed nickel,  polished chrome, zinc, aluminium, glass, ceramic and wood. All the handles combine innovative design with ergonomic ease of use and functionality, an important consideration as Furnipart estimates that each product will be handled 100,000 times.
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Congratulations to Turnstyle Designs whose redesigned website gets a 5 Star rating from leading trade magazine Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business, July edition.
 
The magazine’s regular webwatch feature singles out the new Turnstyle site for particular praise amongst handle websites concluding that the company is ‘First past the post.

Apparently the impetus for change was a company-wide rebrand, and the resulting finished product must surely be an an inspiration in-house as well as externally.’


 
See www.turnstyledesigns.com and http://www.ldlonline.co.uk/SubCategory/132/Turnstyle-Designs
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LDL Components Ltd is delighted to unveil the new 2010 collection of contemporary, design-led handles from Furnipart, the leading Danish manufacturer. Available exclusively through LDL, the new range is entitled ‘The Star on Your Furniture’ and features stunning streamlined designs in a variety of materials including brushed nickel,  polished chrome, zinc, aluminium, glass, ceramic and wood. All the handles combine innovative design with ergonomic ease of use and functionality, an important consideration as Furnipart estimates that each product will be handled 100,000 times.

 
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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