New 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.
 
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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 leading distributor of furniture fittings and accessories, is celebrating its twelfth year in business with a major brand relaunch focusing on the key strengths of the company as it moves forward.
 
Managing Director Matthew Lord explains, “Working closely with specialist brand strategists, The House, we conducted an in-depth review of every aspect of our business, identifying our major strengths and clear future objectives. Our new logo ‘Designed for Life’ encapsulates the ‘built to last’ promise that underlies not only our product range but also our business relationships with both our suppliers and customers.”


 
The relaunch coincides with the relocation of the company’s Bath headquarters to substantially larger premises. The move, within the same Bath Business Park in Peasedown St John, gives the rapidly growing company double the space of the current premises and also allows the addition of a 2,000 sq ft, purpose built showroom scheduled to open in Spring 2016. 
 
 
A performance driven company, LDL prides itself on being ‘obsessed’ with customer service. This dedicated commitment to service, coupled with trusted brand partners such as Blum, Wesco, Peka & Furnipart, has led to twelve years of impressive year on year growth for LDL and an industry-leading fulfilment rate of 98.5%. Indeed the company won the Most Impressive Growth category at the National Entrepreneur Awards 2014.
 
Crucial to the relaunch is ensuring and consolidating the engagement and commitment of all staff and therefore a key part of the programme has been the development of an internal code of conduct clearly setting out company standards to which employees will ‘sign up’. As Matthew explains, “The company’s most powerful asset is its personnel and their friendly, approachable relationships with business partners and customers alike. We are always seeking to improve how we work.”
 
A brochure presenting the aims and strategy of the newly-focused LDL for existing business partners and new contacts has also been prepared. In addition, a new website is under construction for launch later in the year to enhance the customer experience.
 
 
LDL Components supplies kitchen and bedroom manufacturers and retailers throughout the UK, specialising in quality products for the premium end of the market. 99% of the extensive range is held in stock with next day delivery as standard.
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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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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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Fold & Lock Legs, the latest product innovation from LDL Components Ltd, will ensure that your cabinet legs will never let you down again.
 
Although they may seem to be a fairly insignificant component, cabinet legs cause much frustration among furniture manufacturers and fitters by their ability to create problems.

The new Fold & Lock leg has been designed specifically to address all the installation headaches and stability problems that these minor parts can cause.
 
Quick and easy to install with a locking device that ensures the leg stays firmly in place during manoeuvring, the legs are exceptionally strong and can be adjusted from 100mm through to 170mm when in position. Once in place, the leg is firmly supported by side panels.

Screw or dowel options are available . Finally to complete the job, there is a choice of
pressure fit or self adhesive plinth clips.
 
To demonstrate the robust construction and clever design of the Fold & Lock leg, LDL is offering free samples on request.
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Easyfix self-adhesive LED lighting tape is the latest addition to the Linea range of lighting solutions from LDL.

This versatile lighting tape can be installed in four simple steps and is available in two different formats to suit both task and ambient lighting situations.
 
10mm ultra high output tape offers a powerful 864 – 952 lumen per metre and is perfect for task lighting, whereas the 8mm standard tape with 288 – 317 lumen per metre is ideal for ambient lighting.
 
Sold in 100cm lengths, the tape can then be cut in 100mm increments and re-joined with connectors. Both types have 60 diodes per metre and are available in a choice of cool white or warm white.
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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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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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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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