Emtek’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so it’s been said, and we at Emtek want to help you find just the right gift for your loved ones. There are so many different styles of design, from contemporary to classic and everything in-between, and finding the right hardware to fit your design theme can be a challenge. Whether you’re renovating, remodeling, or building a new home, there’s an Emtek product to fit your style. Take a look at our Holiday Gift Guides for Contemporary, Rustic, and American Classic. Get an idea of how to create a complete design suite for your next home project. We’ve picked out entry sets, door knobs and door levers, and accessories for each style to help you get started.


Happy Holidays!


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Contemporary style features a clean, minimalist aesthetic  with simple lines. Emtek’s contemporary products have a strong emphasis on line and form. The Bezier cabinet knob and pull (#3 and #4) offer contemporary with a twist, adding slight curvature to create a more flowing shape. These products are perfect for the more modern home. 


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Rustic style uses rougher materials that embrace natural texture and flaws. Emtek’s rustic collection uses sandcast bronze with unlacquered finishes that naturally age over time to create a beautifully worn look. Perfect for a mountain home or getaway. 


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Emtek’s American Classic hardware hearkens back to our heritage with designs that are true to timeless American Architecture. These designs have an elegant aesthetic and would fit perfectly in a more traditional themed home. 


Behind the Scenes of Curvilinear

Curvilinear is the newest collection of originally designed hardware from Emtek. The contemporary styled cabinet hardware was released just this September with positive reception from Emtek dealers and customers on the innovative new designs. But how did Curvilinear come about? And what was the inspiration? We’d like to take you behind the scenes and reveal the design and creation process for a new hardware collection; get an inside look at Curvilinear from inception to final product.


It all starts with an idea and a sketch. Emtek’s head industrial designer, William Zhang started the creative process with a rough drawing. Zhang used both paper/pen and the higher technology of a tablet to create initial sketches. The medium depended on the feel of a particular piece and utilizing the tool that fit the kinetic connection to it.  Whatever the method of drawing, the shapes created had to come from a grounded place, based on knowledge of style and architecture. “I was really looking to create a collection based on contemporary design”, said Zhang, “in doing so, I wanted the pieces to have flow and organic lines. Contemporary is all about simplicity. I wanted to take that style and explore more form development to create something truly unique.” He looked at modern architecture for inspiration and then began drawing his first designs for the collection.


Initial sketch of Curvilinear pieces



Once the basic ideas were mapped out, Zhang moved to creating 3D models of each design. The process of modeling was done on the computer with a 3D design program. This technology allowed him to see the design from every angle, rotate the view, and get a 360° detailed look. “The design process is one of constant exploration,” he said, “and creating a 3D model lets me get to know the design, so that I can understand the feeling it creates and get a tactile sense of it.” With 3D models created, additional members of the Emtek team joined in evaluating the designs and collaborating on the look of each piece.


3D models of Curvilinear pieces


After the team decided on a collection of designs that were innovative and stylistic, the next step was to create plastic prototypes of every piece using a state of the art 3D printer. Though the designs were agreed upon in digital format, the evaluation is not yet done; each individual piece needed to be physically created and looked at again. “It’s one thing to see it in a drawing or render, and something else entirely to hold it in your hand,” said John Teeter, Vice President of Sales at Emtek. The process is gone through step by step and even repeated until everything is just right.


Plastic prototype next to final hardware


In the end, Curvilinear was born. What was it about this collection that designer Zhang loved after its creation? “I love the diversity of the collection. There’s such a range of designs for people with varying tastes. You can really arrange the different pieces in so many ways to create your own style. But, I think what I loved the most was the asymmetry of every piece. You so rarely see that in design today. The symmetry was replaced with beautiful curves; it’s what makes Curvilinear so unique.”


Head Industrial Designer, William Zhang, with finished Curvilinear collection.


The Locksmith Ledger: EMTouch Electronic Lock Article

Hello Readers!


Instead of offering a new blog of our own, today we’d like to share the words of someone else. The Locksmith Ledger International published an article in their October 2012 issue on the rise of electronic locks being used in residential homes and the EMTouch lock. “Homeowners tired of rummaging in purses and pockets to find keys now have an attractive alternative” according to the Locksmith Ledger. It’s a pleasure to be recognized by a professional publication that reaches out to one of our valued customers – the locksmith community.


To read more from this article, go to http://www.locksmithledger.com/article/10770078/emtek-emtouchtm-electronic-touchscreen-deadbolt-comes-home


Until next time,


Your friends at Emtek


Bronze – Durable Art

White Bronze is a new material for Emtek, we released our first products this September. There was a great deal of excitement here when we were finally able to unveil our first White Bronze products to the world; it was the culmination of many months of hard work. While this material is new for us, we’ve worked with bronze itself for many years. It is only fitting that we have done so, because bronze has been used by humankind since 3,600 B.C. (Wikipedia.com) and played a significant role in our history, continuing into today. There’s an entire era named after the material, simply known as The Bronze Era. Google the term and you’ll discover how bronze was used in Mesopotamia, through ancient Egypt, Asia, Europe, and finally into the Americas. With the release of White Bronze, we’re feeling a little introspective about bronze, its rich history, and why it remains one of our most popular materials for door hardware today.

At its inception, bronze allowed for the creation of tools, weapons, armor and more, that were sturdier than their stone or copper predecessors (Wikipedia.com).  Roman soldiers fought their battles wielding bronze swords.  Egyptian Pharaohs were paid homage with bronze statues and headpieces. Many of ancient Greece’s famous sculptures were cast in bronze.   The history is rich and varied.  But why do we continue to use it today for our door hardware?


Two reasons: durability and beauty. For all the time that has past, bronze still holds up as one of the best materials for casting.  Many techniques used in days of old are still in place today. We’ve found ways to be more energy efficient and create less waste, but the tried and true ways of shaping and polishing bronze hold steady. When we send out an Emtek door hardware set, the expectation is for that product to last our customer for many years to come. That’s why we have a limited lifetime warranty –  things like bronze are built to last, but if something happens, just let us know and we’ll fix the problem.


Bronze has a beauty to it that transcends design trends and endures the test of time. We have found ways to finish bronze that give it a look to fit any style. For example, look at a medium bronze finish and Emtek’s new white bronze material. They both fit into the bronze family; however, medium bronze has a dark, rich color while white bronze has a light and more polished look.  It’s easy to find the right piece of hardware to fit your design style.


Medium Bronze

White Bronze


However you use it, the timeless material of bronze can find a place in your home. Emtek has been using it for over 30 years and will continue to create beautiful door hardware with it. Like the Romans, like the Egyptians, like so many before us and many who will follow us, we’ll create durable art with bronze.


Until next time,


Your Friends at Emtek


Being Green

As Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green,” however, while it is hard, being green is most definitely worth the effort. The word “green” is used everywhere today, from building homes with solar panels to recycling yogurt cups. Preservation of our environment and the ways to contribute to the effort take many forms. For Emtek, being green has meant making every effort to recycle the excess of any materials we use in the process of creating high quality door hardware and accessories.


Over the past year, Emtek has gone beyond compliance with local standards and attempted to do something greater. Thanks to an aggressive recycling effort, Emtek was able to keep the following amount of materials out of landfills:


13.5 tons of brass
16.1 tons of mixed brass
8.5 tons of bronze
10.5 tons of steel
13.3 tons of aluminum
54 tons of corrugated cardboard
15.6 tons of paper
1 tons of plastics


Grand total: 78+ Tons of Materials


Emtek’s dedication to being green will be a long term endeavor. As Vice President of Manufacturing, Birk Sorensen explains it, one of the reasons Emtek has begun this process is for the “pure sustainability of lowering our carbon footprint. All packaging for Emtek products is made from 65% recycled materials, which, in turn, can be recycled by the customer.”


Beyond keeping hard materials out of landfills, Emtek has made changes that people across the world are making within their own homes, such as changing out standard florescent bulbs for more energy efficient lighting. Emtek was also able to reduce natural gas consumption by 30% by finding ways to run our manufacturing curing ovens more efficiently.


Bit by bit, one step at a time, we each can make changes that can help and contribute to preserving the planet in which we live. Emtek is proud to be part of the effort.

Mickey Mishler with a batch of Emtek’s recycled materials


Say Goodbye to Your Keys

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.



Emtek Facebook Giveaway!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – Stay Tuned for future contests with Emtek.




Enter the Emtek August Contest and win a FREE EMtouch™ electronic lock!


What is this Contest?

We want to see how you have used Emtek in your home or in a project you’ve worked on! Send us a picture of an Emtek hardware product that you have placed in a home project, along with a few details about yourself and the project


Tell us your:


General location (e.g. I’m from California!)

About the project (e.g. Remodel of our front entryway)

What Emtek product you used


How Do I enter?

Send your photo and project details to submissions@emtek.com. One entry per person please!


How Do I Win?

Entries will be posted on Emtek’s Facebook page. Fans of Emtek will be asked to “Like” their favorite entry. The entry with the most “Likes” will be declared the winner, so have your friends “Like” Emtek and then “Like” your entry! Spread the word!


What Will I Win?

You will win the ADEX award winning EMtouch electronic lock, voted “favorite lock” by the Whitecourt Press.

Prize is non-transferable and no substitution or exchange will be made. For product details, visit here.

Winner must respond by email no later than five days after notification of winning, or will forfeit the prize.



Are there any other guidelines?

One entry per person

Entry deadline is August 24, 2012

Voting will end on August 31



Send your inquiry to submissions@emtek.com


You Say It’s Customizable, What Does That Mean?

Have you heard that Emtek products are customizable? We hope so; our website has a new product selector, which allows you to mix and match passage and privacy knobs, levers, and rosettes. You can even see what your chosen pairing will look like in a variety of finishes. But is there more you can do with Emtek products? How can you design to your taste, exactly?  In this post, we’d like to take you a little more behind the scenes and show you how Emtek works, the difference our process makes, and why it will matter to you.

How do you buy door hardware? Do you go to store and take home what’s on the shelf? We have a different way of doing things at Emtek. Our products are found at hardware stores and dealer showrooms around the United States and Canada. We provide our dealers with beautiful displays that show the different styles of products we make, but here’s the thing….you don’t have to order anything the way you see it!

Satin Nickel Rosette mixed with a Flat Black Lever

Simply said, we don’t put the hardware together until you order it. Because we make every product to order, we have the freedom to make it just the way you want. Do you want a lever on the outside of the door, but prefer an egg knob for the interior? Not a problem. How about a brass lever with a satin nickel rosette? Sure, we’ll get that ready for you!

A Contemporary Rosette Mixed with an Arts & Crafts knob

You may have some reservations about making a custom order, thinking to yourself, “Am I going to have to wait six weeks for that?” You may have even had such an experience in the past with other companies. There’s usually extra cost and a long wait for a custom order. That’s the difference our process makes! Every order is a custom order, so we’re quick, and proficient (but thorough) at assembling it. We usually ship to your dealer within 48 hours; there’s  no extra charge for customization at Emtek.

Sandcast Bronze Rosette mixed with a Tuscany Lever

So, why does this matter to you? You’ll never again have to settle for what you see on display. Mix and match until it’s just the way you envisioned. That’s how we help you Design To Your Taste.

You design it. We’ll make it. With no extra charge or waiting.

That’s the way we’ve always done it at Emtek, and always will.

Until next time,

Your Friends at Emtek

P.S.  Is there are topic you’d like us to explore here? Tell us what you’d like to talk about by sending an email to blog@emtek.com.