Kitchen Design

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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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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Make the most of limited storage space and let the PEKA Kitchen Tower can be your own ‘personal toolbox’.

Peka are a dynamic, independent manufacturing and trading company with an in-depth and hard-won knowledge of the kitchen trade. They have certainly thought of everything with the new Kitchen tower.

In the two most popular colours, white and anthracite, the PEKA Kitchen Tower is available to fit both 450mm and 600mm base cabinets and comprises a flexible storage system for the interior offering a better use of space than conventional drawers. With easy access from three sides and above, and a clear view of all contents, Kitchen Tower is designed to accommodate all shapes and sizes whilst making excellent use of awkward spaces. The tiered storage comprises an upper level of plastic trays with adjustable dividers for smaller items and a four-section spice dispenser with transparent lid. The lower level has a non-slip mat and is ideal for large items such as tall bottles and pans which can be separated using the magnetic dividers. There is also clip-on side storage for large and small chopping boards.



Offering famous Swiss quality and innovation the Peka Kitchen Tower makes use of those awkward spaces and is practical down to the last detail.

Every kitchen is full of utensils, cookware, dishes, cutlery and spices that are only used occasionally. We tend to use the same utensils and ingredients day to day. Wouldn't it be practical if we could store them all in the same cupboard? The Kitchen Tower is the perfect solution!



Work efficiently, cook efficiently, have your most used kitchen tools right at your fingertips.

To find out more about the Peka Kitchen tower, you can view them on our website >>
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Interesting findings from a three year study into the way UK consumers use their kitchens. The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) collaborated with BLUM UK on the project and presented the findings at last week’s Kitchen Conference.
 
The most used drawer and most used cabinet with hinge were both waste bins, highlighting the fact that it is now more common to have an integrated waste solution than a separate, freestanding bin.
 
Another emerging trend was the introduction of powered and counterbalanced lift systems to open cupboard doors, now a key feature of the well designed kitchen.
 
The study also estimated the number of times drawers and cabinets are opened and closed over a 20 year period and, as a result, recommends kitchen manufacturers check with their components suppliers that products are designed to withstand this level of usage.
 
http://www.fira.co.uk/news/article/uk-real-life-kitchen-study-findings-announced
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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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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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Or at least, in my humble opinion, more money than taste!

 I suppose if you have got a spare £1 million lying around and are into serious status symbols, not to mention bling, this is the kitchen for you.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237322/Worlds-expensive-luxury-kitchen-costing-1m-featuring-Swarovski-chandelier-launched-chef-Aldo-Zilli-London.html

 For all its impressive price tag, it doesn’t really look like somewhere you would be comfortable preparing food or even sitting around the less-than-cosy crystal island to eat it, but presumably people with that sort of disposable income don’t make their own meals and have a magnificent dining room elsewhere.

 One serious point – like all very dramatic kitchens, it relies on clutter-free surfaces for much of its effect so let’s hope there are some clever storage solutions behind all those sleek and shiny doors and drawers!

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Delve into the world of BLUM  through their consumer magazine – Kitchen Inspirations – where you will find the BLUM principles of workflow, space and motion translated into practical advice for kitchen planning.

The magazine contains a whole series of international lifestyle features that demonstrate how BLUM products can transform each and every kitchen ranging from the most luxurious through to a compact 5 sq metre kitchen in China and a busy restaurant in Switzerland.

Practical tips from experts abound with advice right from the very early planning stages.

The restaurant chef neatly sums it up when he says ‘It’s all so incredibly practical’.

http://www.blum.com/magazine/

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