Kitchen cabinets with grip profiles are increasingly popular in contemporary design, which emphasises clean-cut, essential lines that combine good looks with functionality. Grip profiles provide design with smoother linear looks without neglecting practicality and comfort in the kitchen.
Grip profiles are used to open a cabinet door, deep drawer or drawer by gripping a groove created by an L or C shaped profile of approximately 6cm. Besides aesthetic continuity, grip profiles have other advantages, such as, for example, facilitated cleaning of the entire surface and greater safety, particularly where there are children, as there is no risk of banging into a protruding object.
Handles provide a practical opening system that enhances any composition. They come in a huge range of shapes and models that can be used to distinguish and customise the entire kitchen composition. Gentili Cucine provides a wide range of integrated or standard handles, also with variable pitches. We will look more deeply into this subject in our next article.
There are two main types of grip profiles, i.e:
Flat grip profiles come in flat aluminium and are integrated into the cabinet carcase. Because this type of flat profile offers a shallow grip, it should be used next to doors with a diagonal profile or an inset handle.
Recessed grip profiles comprise a profile used to open the door by gripping the upper edge. The most popular material for this type of profile is extruded aluminium in several metallic shades, giving the kitchen a more modern, technical look. However, painted or lacquered solutions are becoming popular, as they provide a wider choice of colours and compositions.
For the first type, the range by Gentili Cucine includes the Flat grip profile, applied to a door with a 30° profile or recessed handle, and for the second type, the Trendy versions with 30° or square profile.
Both profiles are available in five standard finishes, which can be customised to requirements in a metal, matt or glossy lacquered finish.
Grip profiles will adapt to whatever kind of finish is featured in the kitchen. They come lacquered, in laminate, veneered or melamine faced.
Grip profiles create a dynamic effect that contrasts the overall kitchen design, for example, by placing a black painted metal profile on a white door.
As with all other considerations when designing a kitchen, care must be taken in choosing handles or grip profiles and selecting recessed or integrated profiles, assessing not just good looks, but also practical and functional aspects.
Grip profiles are an interesting option for built-in appliances. For dishwashers, for example, Gentili Cucine provides a door with an intermediate profile that gives the look of two deep drawers.