Storage

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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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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This shocking statistic comes from an article by BLUM on the new K&B Network website.

It’s a terrible thought that over half of new kitchen owners are disappointed with the lack of storage.

Chances are they focused too much on the look of the kitchen rather than the actual day-to-day functioning.

Although this is probably quite understandable on the part of the consumer, it is where the knowledgeable retailer can not only help but also ultimately increase the order value of the kitchen sale by highlightingng and demonstrating the many storage solutions available.



Under expert advice is this piece from BLUM:

http://79.170.44.97/kb-network.co.uk/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&layout=listings&id=27&Itemid=20

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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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Just love these two short films that Grahame Morrison has added to his blog.

http://www.gjmblog.net/the-kitchen-of-the-future-video/

Amusing though they are – and particularly the completely unchallenged assumption that a woman’s place was most definitely in the kitchen – it is amazing to see just how perceptive their ideas were for the time.

Even then the ‘combination of design and science’ was making itself felt.

Look out for pull down cabinets, cold zones and mood lighting to mention but a few very contemporary trends.

Notice also that the second kitchen is handleless although, thankfully, their prediction of plastic crockery for everyday use hasn’t taken off!

Here are a few or our current products that possibly had their origins in these ground-breaking films.

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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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This recent survey confirms that many more people are making improvements to their existing homes rather than going to the expense and effort of moving home.

http://your.nationwide.co.uk/your-news/articles/Pages/Is-now-the-time-to-kick-start-your-home-improvements.aspx?emv_mid=11239716&emv_rid=101804397697

 

The article explains how certain improvements add value to the average home. We would definitely add the kitchen to this list as estate agents are always telling us this is one of the most influential rooms in clinching a sale.

Home improvements are key to the LDL range from clever storage solutions for kitchens and bedrooms through to lighting options for the whole house and even appliances and accessories to provide those all important finishing touches.

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http://kitchendesigntank.blogspot.co.uk/

What an undeniably fab kitchen but one line of the write-up particularly caught my eye:

‘the removal of low level cabinetry also allows items to be stored within an ergonomically efficient hot zone.’

Whilst this is certainly true it also means you have to have the best ever internal storage solutions to store everything you need in the kitchen but can’t possibly have on display. This kitchen demands a complete lack of clutter so behind those sleek surfaces there must be hidden storage gems offering efficient and user-friendly solutions that also maximise the available space.

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