Ex­pert se­ries with HÄFELE

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Feature - Ben Bong, Kitchen & Wardrobe Spe­cial­ist at HÄFELE Malaysia walks us through the brand’s life

ABOUT

Head­quar­tered in Nagold, Ger­many, the fam­i­ly­owned and op­er­ated HÄFELE brand has long stood as a paragon of qual­ity in fur­ni­ture fit­tings. Since its found­ing in the year 1923, HÄFELE has grown to serve the greats of the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try: ar­chi­tects, plan­ners, and cab­i­net mak­ers. With 37 sub­sidiaries spread out over 150 coun­tries in 6 con­ti­nents, HÄFELE has more than made a name for them­selves, and to­day, have ex­panded be­yond fit­tings into the realm of ar­chi­tec­tural hard­ware, as well as elec­tronic ac­cess con­trol sys­tems. In an end­less quest for as­sured qual­ity and ac­count­abil­ity, HÄFELE has sought out var­i­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tions over the years. As of 1995, the brand has been cer­ti­fied un­der DIN EN ISO 9001, a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­lated to the con­tin­ual im­prove­ment, re­duc­tion of waste and in­creased con­cen­tra­tion on im­por­tant is­sues, prod­uct li­a­bil­ity and safety, and mon­i­tor­ing of qual­ity-re­lated costs among other things. The brand has also con­tin­ued to doc­u­ment its re­source-con­serv­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly­con­scious ap­proach, and as such is cer­ti­fied as per ISO 14001.

ASK THE EX­PERT

QHow does HÄFELE work with the prospec­tive client to pick the per­fect sys­tem? A: HÄFELE of­fers a 360˚ so­lu­tion to home and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. The best so­lu­tion can­not be made with­out know­ing the life­style be­hav­iour of the user, so it’s im­por­tant to sit down and dis­cuss this

“Our homes are smaller now, due to ur­ban­i­sa­tion. Ten years ago, 3- room apart­ments were 1,000 sqf large. Now, they’re only about 800 sqf. We have to make full use of our space, be­cause space is ex­pen­sive now.”

with the home­owner first. Does the home­owner cook a lot? How big is the fam­ily space? Does the home­owner like throw­ing house par­ties? All these fac­tors play an im­por­tant role in the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

QWhat ad­vice would you give to home­own­ers look­ing for the per­fect kitchen sys­tem? A: Have a thought for your us­age be­hav­iour. What kind of per­son­al­ity are you in the kitchen? What do you use the kitchen for: cook­ing, or so­cial­is­ing? The an­swer to these ques­tions will iden­tify the best kitchen for your per­son­al­ity. We’ve iden­ti­fied five kitchen per­son­al­i­ties to help you de­cide: • The No Fuss Cook – You like your kitchen to be ef­fi­cient, where meals are pre­pared quickly and tidy­ing up is sim­ple. • The Multi-Tasker – You’re al­ways on the go and jug­gling dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties.

• The Chef – You have a deep love of food and en­thu­si­asm for try­ing new recipes.

• The Fam­ily Baker – You bake, cook, and cre­ate lots of fresh treats for the whole fam­ily.

• The En­ter­tainer – You en­joy shar­ing food with friends and your kitchen of­ten dou­bles as a din­ing room.

QWhat con­sti­tutes good kitchen cab­i­netry? A: A func­tional kitchen that is well thought-of in terms of user per­son­al­ity and be­hav­iour. Key plan­ning that in­cludes stor­age zones, clean­ing zones, prepa­ra­tion zones, and cook­ing zones. Q Which kitchen lay­out would you sug­gest for a small, one-bed­room home? A: As­sum­ing it is for a bach­e­lor, a com­pact, but func­tional kitchen would be good enough. Con­sid­er­ing the bach­e­lor does not cook too much, a mi­crowave would be more suit­able than an oven, and a 2-burner hob in­stead of 4. A small fridge, be­cause cook­ing ac­tiv­i­ties would be min­i­mal. Af­ter all, with ap­pli­ances fit to the user per­son­al­ity, the size of the kitchen im­me­di­ately gets smaller, and the ex­tra space saved could be turned into a mini bar with a wine chiller. Q What are the so­lu­tions for a home­owner who has no space in the kitchen, but wants to cook a lot? A: Kitchens nowa­days are built on a mod­u­lar ba­sis. A sim­ple ‘I’ kitchen can de­liver great func­tion­al­ity. It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­move a kitchen in the house, be­cause it re­ally is the cen­tre of the home. It’s where your friends talk to you when you’re pre­par­ing the food for a home party. A good stor­age sys­tem that op­ti­mises the height of the kitchen cab­i­nets will help to save on plenty of space. I’d rec­om­mend HÄFELE s i Move sys­tem (http://tinyurl.com/ ydeopmch), an er­gonomic pull­down so­lu­tion, and our Se­cret Com­part­ment fit­tings (http:// tinyurl.com/y88eaqm7).

RIGHT The ‘bach­e­lor’ sys­tem in­cludes a built-in wine chiller for en­ter­tain­ing guests. OP­PO­SITE PAGE When not in use, sim­ply close the kitchen off!

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