Here i-build talks trends and styles with some of the UK’s leading product suppliers. Hafele Product Manager, Tracy Bird-Hempstock comments: “We are continuing to see popularity around handle finishes in chrome and brushed stainless steel – however alongside these staples we are beginning to see trends for copper and oil rubbed bronze emerge – no doubt influenced by the popularity of industrial-look furniture. This is also reflected in an increased demand for cup handles, often as part of a matching family, although keyhole, bar and boss styles are ever popular.
“Our experience in this market has taught us time and time again that paying attention to, and investing in the smaller final details, can really help to add a premium finish to a completed project. Our Lamont range is a perfect example of handles that can be co-ordinated across the complete home with window, door and cabinet hardware, in solid pewter.”
Meanwhile, to meet demands for the rustic modern interior design trend, P C Henderson, a leading manufacturer of sliding and folding door hardware, has released the new Rustic 80 sliding hardware. Ideal for barn conversions, period properties, or just for a unique feature, the sliding hardware is suitable for doors weighing up to 80kg. Rustic 80 has been designed and tested for interior applications and features exposed steel straps that fasten down the front of the door to support the rustic finish whilst the beautifully crafted hangers run smoothly along a flat bar track.
P C Henderson’s Product Development Director, Fergus Pickard comments: “P C Henderson has over 90 years’ experience as a leading door hardware manufacturer providing the highest quality and innovative designs to meet growing trends with improving technology. This system is ideal for barn conversions and a country feel, with varying kit sizes available. For maximum reliability, P C Henderson’s hardware is tested to withstand over 100,000 cycles so will last 137 years if closed and opened twice a day.”
The P C Henderson Rustic 80 kit is available with nylon bearinged wheels to provide smooth and silent running and allows for ease of installation making it ideal for refurbishment and new build projects. This sliding gear system allows installation with two different track lengths of 2 and 3m.
With aesthetic demands being met for a traditional look, the sliding hardware also provides space saving capabilities as it removes the need for a swing door. A house with 10 internal swing doors can save 70ft2 of useable space by switching to sliding or pocket doors. Rustic 80’s main components are made of carbon steel with a black powder coating finish for a sleek and elegant style.