Automation is in
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.