Susan Istwan, national sales manager for Alno Inc., notes that contemporary, clean lines - as well as green design influences - are leading today's current decorative hardware trends. "The era of the gimmicky hardware is over," she adds. "Consumers are looking for more enduring, classic styles, whether they are contemporary or traditional."
1 | The contemporary Modern Times collection from Topex Hardware Product Trend Report features knobs and pulls in a stainless- steel-look or bright chrome. The 10 knobs are available in geometric shapes of round, square, rectangle, cylinder and triangle, while the seven pulls range from a wide, ﬂat bench and bow shape to a proﬁle and ruler inﬂuence. Circle No. 155 on Product Card 2 | Colonial Bronze, in partnership with Edelman Leather, offers the Tanner’s Craft collection of hand-made leather hardware and accessories. The collection combines hand-ﬁnished brass in 39 different metal ﬁnishes with 16 different colors of leather for a range of decorative products. Circle No. 156 on Product Card 3 | Metaltec Innovations provides a variety of 3-D hardware for drawers and cabinets. Shown is the Turtle Drawer Pull, which features three baby turtles swimming. Finishes and patinas include Black Night, Damascus Steel, Medieval Pewter, Old World Bronze, Raw Matte and Raw Polished Penny – in addition to gold and nickel plating. Circle No. 157 on Product Card 4 | Schaub & Co.’s high-end Symphony Design group is created using solid brass and a lost wax process. Shown are Tiger Penshell Inlays in a series of Custom looks, warmer finishes and ease of use are among crabs, as well as Sea Shell designs from the Neptune group. Circle No. 158 on Product Card the hottest trends in decorative and functional hardware. remain a key focus for homeowners. And when budgets By Steven Shaw are tight, replacing hardware can be a great and economical way to upgrade the look and function of the W hile a tighter economy often results in big kitchen or bath. projects being put on hold, smaller changes “Consumers are spending more time at home,” states that provide a fresh look are regularly Jack Fase, president of Alno Inc. in Sylmar, CA. “As a embraced. In the kitchen and bath market, result, cosmetic changes – such as the replacement of changing out hardware or upgrading cabinet decorative hardware – are a common practice today.” interiors to maximize space can reap big rewards. Claire Parrish, product manager, new product
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