The design world is forever looking for the next new trend. What will be “it” next year and how can we keep up with the times? Some trends end up a flash-in-the-pan while others come to define an era of design. Shag carpet anyone? You can’t think of a 1970’s style home without it. As a hardware brand for designers, Emtek walks the tightrope of providing classic designs that will endure and appeal to the majority, while still remaining relevant with current product designs. The year 2015 brought whispers of a comeback for warm brass finishes. Emtek listened and met the next trend for design head-on.
The whispers came from design oriented magazines and blogs. Editor after editor came to Emtek asking for product in warm brass for a project or editorial placement. The finish was used in the Academy Awards Greenroom by Architectural Digest and will be featured in the upcoming fall 2015 issue of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year (all with Emtek products). But the question remained of what the design community at large thought about the finish. To garner feedback, Emtek created a new Satin Brass finish on its Lausanne entry set and displayed the stunning combination at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.
The response was overwhelming. Satin Brass finish was met with uniform praise by the design community and inquiries as to when it would be available. Emtek sprung to action and released Satin Brass finish for select modern styles a mere four months later – a quick turnaround for a new product.
Satin Brass’s lifespan and mass appeal remain yet to be seen, but if the design community is any indication, we have the next “it.”
The rise of technology is everywhere today, even in the lock business. Electronic locks have been widely used in commercial properties for decades; however, more recent years have seen a surge in the demand for the residential version. Emtek has met this demand head on and is pushing the boundaries of design with its creation of a next generation technology, capacitive touchscreen. The EMtouch is an electronic lock that allows homeowners to unlock their door through the use of a programmed code, rather than the traditional key. The touchscreen has an interface familiar to anyone with a smartphone and is easy to use and program. Electronic locks are taking hold and are, more than likely, here to stay.
Electronic locks have become popular to consumers tired of rummaging in purses and pockets to find keys and even battling the occasional lockout. The EMtouch can hold up to 20 codes, allowing the homeowner to assign codes to different people such as a guest or child. Picking a code that your child can easily remember, like a birthday, alleviates the worry of the child getting locked out and running to a neighbor for the spare key.
The EMtouch interface offers a sleek touchscreen that is back-lit, making it highly visible at night. This high-tech screen also holds up to the wear and tear of everyday use. The screen is easy to clean, making it easy to wipe off any fingerprints and keep security at a maximum by removing evidence of which numbers are being pushed; a quick wipe and it’s done. The EMtouch is seamless with no openings in the lock for dirt to gather. Further, the EMTouch and all Emtek electronic locks have an aesthetic appropriate for residential homes. Unlike their more bulky commercial cousins, the Emtek electronic locks are smaller and look at home on the wooden door typical of a residential property.
As a backup to technology, the EMtouch still has a traditional keyed cylinder which any locksmith can replace or rekey if needed. It can also be customized with nearly any lever from the Emtek collection, allowing you to create the look you desire. The Emtek Stuttgart lever offers a minimalist style for those preferring a contemporary look or a Triton lever could be used for a style with more curvature and flow.
The EMtouch comes with printed installation instructions and two preprogrammed codes; further, Emtek has created a video demonstration, found on the company’s Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/user/emtekproducts.