ers used metal boxes, typically as part of European drawer
hardware systems from companies such as Blum or Grass.
One completely dominating trend is the soft-close drawer
slide. More than 92 percent of all the drawers in kitchen
displays at the shows had soft-close drawer slides, making
conventional hardware not conventional at all. Soft close has
clearly become an industry standard.
Besides whatever style of door might be featured in a kitchen,
today’s designers are more willing to mix and match. In the
past, that might mean only adding glass in a wood door frame
for an accent, and that is still the most popular alternate door
style, representing nearly 30 percent of the alternate door
styles shown. But today’s kitchens have more to offer.
Again, following European trends, overhead doors were a
very popular option, many with electronic opening systems
and even remote controls. There were also sliding doors, coplanar doors, push latches, metal-glass combinations, and lots
of high-gloss acrylic or glass fronts.
While soft close doors are not as popular as soft-close
drawers, they are definitely trending up. About 44 percent of
all the doors on display had a soft-close feature.
While heavy ornaments and elaborate mouldings are definitely out, there is still room for lots of accessorizing. Crown
moulding remains the most popular moulding choice. Built-in racks for glasses, wine bottles, and plates were common.
And there are lots more interior utility hardware options,
such as mixer lifts, pantry systems, corner cabinet access systems, recycling and waste centers, and pet feeding drawers.
Although, not categorized in our survey, the trend to minimalist knobs and pulls was mentioned by a number of people
at the show. “Handleless kitchens are a trend,” said Jonathan
Rowland, a rep for Cabico, adding that mechanized or mechanical actuating is popular. Jessica McCoy, office manager
at Noble Craft, echoed those sentiments. “Everybody is going
to automated everything,” she said.
Wellborn’s O’Neill agreed, saying they see the no-hardware trend, too. Their solution is lots of push-to-open
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