Blum's user-friendly wall cabinet
Blum strives to bring greater practicality to furniture, especially in kitchens, and has recently been discussing its latest study on ergonomic wall cabinets with experts from around the world. Their kitchen surveys have shown that wall cabinet lift systems bring enhanced user convenience to kitchens. However they have also shown that access to the top shelf can be improved. This has prompted Blum to investigate fittings that can improve access to items on top shelves. The company presented its ideas as a concept study to visitors from all over the world at interzum 2011. The objective was to find out what customers and partners think of the solution. Blum’s next developments will greatly depend on the results of this discussion.
Cabinet within a cabinet
The study is based on an Aventos bi-fold lift wall cabinet combined with electric Servo-Drive. Within this cabinet, there is a second cabinet that can be lowered so that kitchen users have ergonomic access to items on shelves. After opening the bi-fold lift, the kitchen user can decide whether or not to lower the inner cabinet for easy access. And when closing the cabinet, the user can again decide whether the inner cabinet should simply return its initial position or whether the entire bi-fold lift should close. Blum’s concept study deals with various issues such as user-friendliness, user safety and ergonomic access to contents.
Internal tests have confirmed the positive impact on kitchen workflows and have shown that there is potential for improving the user convenience of wall cabinets. Hence, this is a development that all kitchen designers are looking forward to.