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