PER­FECT FIT

An­dreas Het­tich, the fourth gen­er­a­tion in the fam­ily-owned kitchen fur­ni­ture fit­tings com­pany, Het­tich, traces the lat­est trends

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Ger­man hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, Het­tich has a 129-year-his­tory. It started with a mech­a­nised pro­duc­tion of an­chor es­cape­ments for cuckoo clocks in 1888 by Karl Het­tich. To­day, the chair­man of the man­age­ment board and global CEO of the Het­tich group, An­dreas Het­tich, is bridg­ing the gap be­tween fur­ni­ture, fix­tures and tech­nol­ogy. We caught up with him on his re­cent visit to In­dia.

KEY TRENDS

In this in­dus­try par­al­lel trends can be found, partly be­cause of dif­fer­ent tastes and partly be­cause of dif­fer­ent in­come brack­ets. “The first trend is to hide tech­nol­ogy with­out com­pro­mis­ing on func­tion­al­ity or beauty. For in­stance cre­at­ing a han­dle-free drawer or a door where you need to simply tap on the front sur­face to open it,” says Het­tich. At the same time there is a par­al­lel trend to show the tech­nol­ogy. Ex­am­ples can be seen in open kitchens. “Like a slid­ing door on a shelf, one side has all the goods that need to be stored and the other side one has dec­o­ra­tive things one would you like to show,” he says. It is not just the out­side that has to look nice, he be­lieves that the in­te­ri­ors (say of a drawer) should also look good.

PLAY­ING FAVOURITES

Het­tich like a par­ent, loves all his prod­ucts. “I would like to point out a few iconic ones though, which are fa­mous across the globe. These in­clude the Quadro Run­ners, which de­vel­oped as cat­e­gory in it­self, in the un­der-mount hid­den slides niche. Then there is Sen­sys Hinge, a silent hinge, fol­lowed closely by our slid­ing doors, Car­goTech and InoTech.” The plan is to keep in­no­vat­ing and pro­vid­ing great qual­ity and mod­ern aes­thet­ics. The com­pany at the mo­ment is work­ing on fu­ture tech, such as a ro­botic but­ler for the lazy kitchen user. The best part? The com­pany is plan­ning to launch new prod­ucts ev­ery month.

Car­goTech wire bas­ket

An­dreas Het­tich at Het­tich’s Mum­bai ap­pli­ca­tion cen­ter

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