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These cabinet door hinges are to me the essence of European design. Julius Blum founded his company in 1952 at the town of Höchst, Vorarlberg in Austria. It has now spread around the world becoming the leader in cabinet hardware products . To my mind these spring loaded hinges drove a whole new way of thinking about building cabinets.
Cabinet design took a huge leap forward when board manufacturers started making cheap pre-finished melamine faced board at 16mm and 19mm thickness's and at the same time Blum developed hinges and other hardware to work effectively with the new boards.
From the point of view of the end users the new cabinets had many advantages over the traditional ones that came before.
The cabinetmakers also found that using flat panels and the new hardware simplified their job. In fact it has created a new breed of cabinetmaker who has little knowledge of traditional joinery work.
All of the above points contribute to the modern European style cabinets being nicer looking with a huge amount of choices for the home owner. They are more convenient and easier to use with more space and storage options than ever before. At the same time they are cheaper and more cost effective that old style framed cabinets.
Regarding the cost. Our options as far as household cabinets go are increasing daily. We can now wander around our hardware stores and even shop on line for flat pack cabinet systems. The new hardware, including Blum cabinet hinges, has made it possible for manufacturers to produce good quality cabinets of all types that can be delivered to a home in flat packs. They can then be assembled and fixed on site by anyone who can handle a few basic tools.
All of this is due in no small part the the efforts of the Blum group of companies keeping cabinet hardware ahead of the developments in the cabinet making industry as a whole. More Blum hinges and details on the next page.
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