Cool New Products for Your Kitchen

By Dan Gregory

The island counter extends on Hafele glides to become a casual eating bar (photo courtesy Hafele).

Several home trends — from versatility to Universal Design — remain strong or are gathering steam, as evidenced at last week’s Home Builder/Kitchen & Bath Show in Las Vegas (also known as Design & Construction Week). Hafele, a company known for innovative connectors, hinges, and other cabinet hardware systems, used its booth to showcase several cool ideas with the help of noted kitchen designer Mary Jo Peterson, CKD. She gave me a tour.

Sliding and pivot-up doors (instead of the conventional swing-out kind) were much in evidence.

They’re especially convenient for tighter kitchens with higher cabinet clearances.

Most striking to me was the large kitchen island with the Silestone top. 
In this photo it’s in the original compact position — forming a slightly raised counter  1- inch above the sink surface in the background — perfect for setting out an informal buffet.

The Silestone top that extends on sturdy Hafele drawer glides to become an eating bar, as shown in the lead photo at the top of this post. Mary Jo made me realize that every trade show booth should be more like the miniature idea lab that she designed — showing not just new products but innovative ways to use them.

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Mon Feb 10 00:00:00 PST 2014