Au­to­ma­tion is in

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Ever fum­bled with a cabi­net door or ac­ci­den­tally slammed it too hard? You will be pleased to hear that hy­draulic sys­tems and soft close doors are grow­ing ever more com­mon in kitchen cab­i­netry. There is a cer­tain sense of so­phis­ti­ca­tion when it comes to cab­i­netry with hy­draulic hinges. The way the doors glide open in a smooth and al­most nat­u­ral mo­tion re­ally el­e­vates the over­all kitchen ex­pe­ri­ence.

This year, that tech­nol­ogy has evolved, and au­to­ma­tion is be­ing pushed to the fore­front. En­ter cabi­net doors that lift up and away with a soft push or the touch of a but­ton. Some are even mo­torised to al­low for au­to­matic clos­ing. The han­dle is, of course, hid­den to cre­ate a front fas­cia that is clean, dis­creet and stream­lined. Cab­i­netry with hy­draulic sys­tems is not hard to find on the mar­ket and there are even op­tions to retro­fit such a sys­tem into ex­ist­ing cab­i­netry, if com­pat­i­ble.

If you re­ally want to push the au­to­ma­tion game and add more con­ve­nience to your life, look to Hafele and its humbly named Climber wall units. At first glance, it might seem like a con­ven­tional top cabi­net with a glass front, but a gen­tle tap un­der­neath the car­cass starts the real show; watch as the front glass splits into slats, grace­fully glid­ing up­wards in se­quence to re­veal the com­part­ments un­der­neath.

There is also the brand’s iMove pull-down unit, which is an in­te­rior fit­ting for cab­i­nets that is meant to seg­ment the space. The high­light of the iMove is def­i­nitely its au­to­mated hinge which gen­tly low­ers the stor­age rack with the pull of a han­dle, thus mak­ing the cabi­net eas­ier to reach.

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