Wheeler agrees: “Push-to-open is becoming more popular, whether it is the electrical version or the mechanical version. With the electrical version of push-to-open, you can still achieve the dampening effect on the drawers and this is the direction most high-end manufactures tend to take.”
While custom hardware appeals to the very high end of the market, “it rarely affects overall market trends,” says Mockett. “The custom nature of the design often curbs the demand due to long lead times and higher production costs. By offering a vast selection of parts and styles as stock, a good eye for mixing and matching complementing hardware pieces can often turn any job into a custom design.”
Subran agrees that, while custom hardware may appeal to those who want something totally unique, the market is too small to influence overall trends.
Notting Hill offers custom-designed hardware, which Dustman says helps to influence which new designs and/or finishes are added to the firm’s general offering. “There is no better way to survey market trends than by responding to repeated client requests for a specific item,” she concludes.