There are so many different ways to design cabinets today that there is really no longer any such thing as “standard”. Cabinets are now integrating unique contemporary design elements like LED lighting, dark finishes, exotic veneers and specialty shelving into their construction. It’s only natural that homeowners would want to show off these high-end interiors and the materials they contain. One way to accomplish this is through the use of transparent aluminum frame glass doors. Glass-front cabinet doors create visual interest and give the eye a break from wall-to-wall cabinetry. They can also make a small space appear larger. Best of all, these cabinets create additional display space for collectibles, china, and glassware that requires less dusting, because items aren’t exposed.

There are so many different ways to design cabinets today that there is really no longer any such thing as “standard”. Cabinets are now integrating unique contemporary design elements like LED lighting, dark finishes, exotic veneers and specialty shelving into their construction. It’s only natural that homeowners would want to show off these high-end interiors and the materials they contain. One way to accomplish this is through the use of transparent aluminum frame glass doors. Glass-front cabinet doors create visual interest and give the eye a break from wall-to-wall cabinetry. They can also make a small space appear larger. Best of all, these cabinets create additional display space for collectibles, china, and glassware that requires less dusting, because items aren’t exposed.

However, traditional functional hardware used in these cabinets can potentially detract from the clean aesthetic, especially when using narrow aluminum frames. That’s why the Salice Air hinge was created. It’s helping to change the function and appearance of cabinets by providing a hidden hinge option which especially benefits cabinetry with glass doors.

Element Designs’ new Integrated Hinge Doors featuring Salice Air hinges offer the perfect fusion of technology and aesthetics. Despite their small size, the AIR hinges deliver full functionality to cabinet manufacturers and when installed, are completely concealed within the top and bottom of a cabinet door. Compared with traditional European hinges and hinge plates, the difference is striking. Integrated Hinge Doors allow designers to combine sleek sophisticated cabinetry and finishes with smart, concealed hardware, providing functionality that stays in the background.

Features of Integrated Hinge Doors include the following:

  • Salice AIR hinges – Winner of 2017 Interzum Award for Intelligent Material & Design
  • Narrow aluminum profile with glass overlay
  • Five metal finish options
  • Over 50 standard insert options
  • No hardware is visible behind transparent glass doors
  • Built-in hinges are mortised into the cabinet box
  • For doors up to 84 inches high

This new design is on trend, as the industry is moving toward a modern version of open shelving. The fully concealed Air hinge helps create a contemporary look that follows the principle of “form follows function”. You can have the function that you need with a cabinet that opens easily and closes softly while the client enjoys the aesthetics. Designers will love this new option, as they can now create a glass cabinet look without the concern of visible hardware. Cabinet installers will appreciate the ease of installation, especially for glass cabinet doors, as there is only a need for two hinges for doors up to 84 inches.

Element Designs is excited to add integrated hinge doors to our standard product offering. As a leading aluminum door manufacturer, adding a new integrated hinge door program makes perfect sense. We believe our customers will enjoy this new feature and the design possibilities it creates.

Check out our new product guide online.