Functional fittings specialist Hettich draws an altogether positive balance from its presentation this year at Interzum in Cologne: industry stakeholders from around 100 countries showed an enthusiastic response to the trends and solutions focusing on "customisation", with the event also seeing a gratifying increase in the number of visitors. Attracting widespread attention, the innovative "AvanTech YOU" drawer system made its debut in Cologne: with this new product generation based on the tried and proven platform concept, Hettich is now taking individually tailored customer furniture design to the next higher level.
Hettich sees itself as a catalyst for the entire furniture industry. At Interzum, innovative product solutions and overall concepts were on display that make the mega trend of customisation an easy to implement model for success: the manufacturer's presentation gave trade visitors a wealth of creative ideas for everything from designing their own furniture to producing entire spatial concepts.
"AvanTech YOU": pioneering platform for tailor made drawers
The new "AvanTech YOU" drawer system proved to be a visitor magnet throughout the show. With this product highlight, Hettich is making customisation in colour, shape and material the standard in furniture design – and is once again taking its long proven "thinking in platforms" to a higher level. As a pioneer, the company presented InnoTech, the world's first "platform" solution for drawer systems, back in 1996. From now on, it was possible for customers to give the market a diverse range of furniture on the basis of just one drawer. For the first time, all components within the platform concept could be combined with each other, permitting a wide product lineup from lean, flexible production at low costs in manufacturing and stock keeping. "ArciTech", the second platform generation from Hettich, followed in 2011 with even more differentiation: thanks to new drawer and rear panel heights and further colour options, it was again possible to extend the range in line with customer requirements.
With its latest "AvanTech YOU" platform, Hettich is now forging ahead once again: a drawer that can be used on the two different "Quadro YOU" und "Actro YOU" runners with the same cabinet body drilling pattern creates the flexible and cost effective basis for addressing different market segments and fields of application. At the assembly stage, there is neither any need to rout drawer bases and install catches, nor is it necessary to use rear panel corner connectors for wooden rear panels. All this saves time and money.
The high quality look of "AvanTech YOU" also impresses: the particularly slimline, purist design with its slender drawer side profile of only 13 mm manages without any visible screw heads or cover caps. The drawers can be configured in three colours and five heights with steel, aluminium or wooden rear panels. Even within the product range, designer profiles in stainless steel, chrome and aluminium look or walnut and oak look as well as "DesignCapes" in anodised aluminium and stainless steel look or also the AvanTech YOU Inlay drawer side profile all create a huge variety of eye catchers. Any chosen materials, such as glass, wood or stone, can be used as side profile inlay. Regardless of application – "AvanTech YOU" gives the customer contemporary drawer design to suit absolutely any preference. The positive feedback from numerous Interzum trade visitors at the premiere is confirmation for Hettich that it was right to consistently advance its platform system.
"TopLine XL": the last word in sliding perfection
"Enjoy comfort" is the motto of Hettich's "TopLine XL" sliding door system for large and heavy door panels. Installation has never been easier, and its extremely shallow design with integrated Silent System makes the fitting almost invisible on furniture. Added to generously proportioned wardrobe design is unimagined sliding pleasure: with "TopLine XL", doors weighing up to 100 kg gently open and close with effortless ease.
"Tiny Space": great way to live in minute spaces
For some a life concept, for others a necessary decision because housing in towns and cities is scarce and expensive. Using the example of a fully furnished single person apartment on a floor space of just 18 m², Hettich also showed in Cologne how lovely a "tiny space" can be as a home and demonstrates all of the surprises it holds in every corner. – on display at the Hettich Forum in Kirchlengern from summer 2019.
With these and other solutions for practical convenience, great design and storage space, Hettich wants to whet the industry's appetite for the next generations of furniture. The presentations will then be on display at the Hettich Forum in Kirchlengern from mid July for visitors to experience first hand. All of the furniture ideas for living room, kitchen, bathroom and office furniture, including all construction plans, are available for downloading free of charge from the Design Gallery on Hettich's homepage.