Il mobile è fondamentalmente un contenitore parte integrante dell’arredo di un abitazione o di un qualsiasi altro luogo adibito per le attività umane.
Con queste parole, il mobile sembrerebbe un semplice oggetto d’arredamento, freddo e inanimato; nulla di più sbagliato.
I mobili sono i nostri contenitori dove custodiamo il cibo, gli abiti, gli oggetti di valore e anche i nostri ricordi più cari.
Per questo non si può semplicemente definire il mobile come un oggetto fine a se stesso, basti pensare a tutte le decorazioni artistiche già presenti durante il Rinascimento e l’evoluzione subita fino a diventare veri e propri oggetti di design. I più famosi designer sono in costante ricerca di nuove idee, scoperta di materiali anche inutilizzati prima e grande attenzione verso la sostenibilità. Non stupisce così sapere come il legno sia il materiale grande protagonista, ad esempio, dei due grandi eventi di riferimento per il settore dell’arredamento di milano, ovvero la Design Week e l’Esposizione universale.Dai tavolini messi in bella mostra durante i giorni del Salone del Mobile ai materiali utilizzati per rivestire e arredare moltissimi dei padiglioni nel sito espositivo di Rho. Legno caldo, che avvolge e rassicura, rimanda al passato, ma si presta a tutte le possibili interpretazioni e progetti sul futuro.
Wood is solid, sturdy and suitable for many uses. Wood is also a natural, noble and strong material which reconnects us with the earth. Having it in our homes, furniture and design elements is a way to savour its warmth and to enjoy the colours and veins of our origins. That’s why, besides the practical features in terms of functionality and resistance, it keeps being considered a style and distinctive choice.
In the furniture sector, wood triumphs in all its several processing methods and species; it is widely used for any kind of furniture, for floors and sometimes for accessories. Only full metal / plastic furniture does not include any wooden element.
The main uses of wood in furniture
- Kitchens, mainly kitchen doors, kitchen countertops and shelves which can be coupled with different man-made and modern materials.
- Laminated or glass surfaces.
- Furnishing accessories such as TV cabinets, showcases.
Executive and operational desks.
Tables and chairs.
Storage systems and wardrobes.
Beds and bed frames.
Armchairs and sofas.
Storage furniture and storage systems.
Interior doors and front doors.
Dressers and bedside tables.
Reception counters or meeting rooms.
The main advantages of wood
No doubt wood offers a long list of advantages. They can vary of course based on the type of wood used, not only in terms of wood species but considering the processing it undergoes. The general benefits of wooden furniture or flooring are:
- Warm, natural and cosy feeling.
- Resistance; wooden products can easily support the weight and resist to collisions.
There would be much more to say about the design and the endless furnishing possibilities and features, but we would like to focus on the locking mechanisms installed on office, home furniture or any other application where a lock is needed. Precisely to suit these needs, our furniture locks play a leading role as, on the one hand they secure the content and, on the other hand, they meet the criteria of modern furniture design.
Wood species – Lock species
The several wood types for furniture are classified based on the tree they come from. First of all, wood types can be divided into two major categories according to the mechanical resistance. We then have:
- hard wood
such as pear-tree, oak tree, walnut tree, box and cherry tree;
- soft wood
such as fir tree, lime tree, poplar, stone pine.
As said above, the different wood species and wood kinds for furniture can look differently and have various features based on the processing they undergo.
The modern materials and the great care for the slightest detail allow our locks to smoothly combine with the colour of furniture, either by matching with its shade or creating eye-catching contrasts to adapt to the furnishing style.
What’s better? Sliding doors or hinged doors?
It is the most common opening mechanism, allowing to have a full view of the content. It is advisable to add the dust-proof closing and soft closing hinges. When opting for hinged doors, please consider the door opening radius. The door size ranges from 40 to 60 cm. To move easily, consider that you should have at least another 60 cm available. Choose the highest possible piece of furniture to make the most of all the space you have.
If you are looking for a seamless effect, choose full-height doors and groove handles, practically “invisible”.
They are the best choice for narrow spaces. Just check for their lightness and noiselessness, if they are coplanar, and for their perfect alignment in the closing position. For wide and full-height doors, we recommend to prefer the soft-closing models: the mechanism slows the doors down and keeps them always aligned. The downturn is that sliding doors do not allow to have a full view of the content.
Slinding doors cabinets are often chosen for narrow spaces, where opened hinged doors simply would not fit. It is fundamental to know that sliding door cabinets are 5/6 cm deeper than the hinged door ones. Slinding door cabinets are 67/68 cm deep on average. That’s because with the sliding doors, one of the two doors shall forcedly slide over the the other one. This dimension is generally not a problem in a bedroom but it might be critical if the cabinet is to place in a niche or in a narrow corridor.
Round fixing hole
Sometimes for practical reasons, it is necessary to drill a round fixing hole to install the lock. The problem is that the lock might turn in its own seat while turning the key.
To solve this problem and for the perfect installation, we offer our customers a wide range of accessories:
ANTI-ROTATION FIXING PLATE