January 15, 2015 | Projects, The Pull Newsletter

Michael Kienzl, President, Bradco Kitchen+Baths, takes a moment to talk about industry trends, thoughts on remodeling and building projects and of course, shares a few thoughts on Contemporary Pull.  Our favorite topic!


Q)  What new trends do you see developing and how are these changes in “status quo” impacting the design of kitchens and bathrooms? A)  The trends these days seems to gravitate towards ‘’less is more’’. We encounter more requests for simple and minimalist slab doors and thin countertops. Lighting is also big and LED is used to enhance our kitchen and bath designs.


Q)  When people consider adding luxury details to their remodel or building projects, do you think they are sacrificing high end quality in order to be cost effective in today’s building? A)  We encounter two kinds of clients. There are those who do not worry about budgets, these clients want every possible luxury such as motorized drawers and doors, remote controlled cabinet lighting, top of the line appliances, Nano technologies cabinet and counter surfaces and laser applied edge banding.  The other kind of client is focused on “the cheaper the better”. In those cases we do see that quality is compromised to give a superficial “wow” effect.  This also applies to many of the current development projects we work on.


Q)  You discovered Contemporary Pull at Dwell on Design 2014. What excited you most about this hardware and what do you think it brings to the design industry? A)  The simplicity of Contemporary Pull impressed us. It is basic yet sophisticated. We like that it is a flush mount which enhances the contemporary look of cabinetry. Contemporary Pull brings a design twist that hasn’t yet been explored in our industry. 


Q)  Do you think Europeans are still inspiring design trends ahead of the US or given all the social media outlets at our fingertips, do you feel that discrepancy/gap is closing? A)  Yes, I certainly feel that the gap is closing but European design trends are still an inspiration to our industry here in the US.  Social Media only gives us more access to what is happening across the pond, design wise.


Bradco has recently released a new product they have designed/invented, a motorized spice/oil/tool shelf rack that rises out from the cabinetry, countertop. See image above.


Photos: L to R   (Left Image) Bradco’s new invention: Motorized Spice/Tool Rack  (Middle Image) Sample Door of Contemporary Pull product installed  (Right Image) Kitchen designed by Bradco Kitchen + Baths