For example, standard concealed hinges tend to only be suitable for relatively lightweight doors, restricting their use mainly to small to medium sized cabinets of the type typically found in kitchens and bathrooms. So our thinking was, how can we extend the advantages of concealed hinges to larger units, such as full-length cupboards, walk-in wardrobes, enclosed pantries, or to heavier doors made of higher density materials or holding a mirror?
The result was the J95, a heavy duty concealed hinge which, when deployed in threes, is capable of holding doors up to 40kg in weight. We then followed this up with the J160 range, equally capable of holding the heaviest of cabinet doors, but opening to a much wider angle so the door can be tucked away practically flat against the adjacent wall space. We have found this is particularly popular for use on ‘hidden’ doors, whether to kitchen pantries or walk-in closets, or anywhere where a cabinet is integrated into a larger surface instead of being fitted as a standalone unit.
The J160 also comes with an integrated soft close mechanism, a premium feature which delivers a smooth, controlled shutting motion, mitigating the risk of heavy doors being slammed or fingers being trapped. The idea of incorporating a damper mechanism in with a hinge was something we pioneered with another range developed with a view to redefining the limits of concealed hinge technology - the Olympia.