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Architectural hardware

The nuts & bolts of design

ANALYSIS, Design, Architecture

Good design is judged in the detail. Often, it is the smallest, least-conspicuous components of a space that speak of its true calibre. The difference between a remarkable project and something mundane, banal, or even pastiche, one can sometimes lie in the least obvious of places – in door controls, locks, lever handles and hinges, to name a few.

This month, Middle East Architect is looking at the architectural hardware industry, inviting key players to introduce themselves and highlight recent developments at their company. Architectural hardware is the ‘nuts and bolts’ of a space, the bits that hold it together and that you can’t do without. But the industry is becoming increasingly design-orientated too. More and more companies are coming up with solutions that are functional, durable and technically-advanced, but aesthetically appealing as well.

Häfele, for example, is on the verge of launching a new range of luxury handles called The Platinum Series, which was designed by Paolo Pedrizzetti and enhanced with Swarovski crystals. The designs are highly contemporary and are available in a range of finishes, as well as different coloured crystals.

The technology behind the products is also evolving rapidly. Dorma recently launched the latest version of its automatic sliding door operator, the CS80 Magneo, which features ‘SoftMotion’ safety features.

Meanwhile, Häfele has created a new ‘economy’ version of its Dialock Hotel Locking Range, which features touchless card reading and has been used in many of the region’s five-star hotels. The new line offers features created specifically to suit three- or four-star hotels.

Find out more about new launches, latest technologies and enhanced aesthetics over the next few pages.

ASSA ABLOY

Company background: ASSA ABLOY is a global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Yale is the brand name behind locks of every design and function in over 125 countries, and is a part of the ASSA ABLOY Group. At ASSA ABLOY, we believe that freedom enriches people and that fear makes us poorer. To realise freedom, we must first feel safe and secure. That’s why the ASSA ABLOY Group is committed to creating high-quality door opening solutions. Abdul Aziz & Saad Mohammed Al-Moajil is a KSA-based company with 70 years of trading history in this region. It is the sole distributer of Yale products in the GCC.

Locations: Yale Security Point, Alkarama, Dubai, Tel: +971 (0)4 3355587.

Who to talk to: Younis Ali, business development manager.

USPs: All over the world, people are actively securing all that they care about – their home, their family, their personal belongings or their businesses – with the name they trust the most, Yale.

Best sellers: Among the wide range of Yale products, door solution items like handles, door cylinders and closers are a favourite with our dealers and solution providers. The quality, service and professionalism that we offer are the main reasons behind our continued success.

News: We are proud to announce the launch of our digital door lock, Yale Gateman. Yale Gateman is a unique hybrid of digital technology, cost-efficiency and luxurious finishings. Being integratable, smart and flexible, Yale Gateman has no limitations. You can integrate it with any automation system and then control, communicate and automate it easily. To keep our business integrity and meet client needs, we are providing a free-of-charge installation, a toll-free based service and an expandable one-year guarantee for our new product. Please visit our security centre in Dubai or visit www.yalegateman.ae.

DORMA

Company background: A fascinating journey of 100 years of history, starting from a humble factory in Germany in 1908, to a current 71 wholly-owned companies in 47 different countries, 6,600 employees and a turnover of EUR882 million (fiscal 2008/2009, June 30). Dorma products are grouped under five divisions: Door Controls, Automatic, Glass Fittings & Accessories, STA (Security, Time and Access) and Moveable Walls, backed by a service and maintenance team.

Location: The Middle East operations are controlled from DORMA Gulf FZE, the regional headquarters in Dubai’s JAFZA, with a purpose-built showroom displaying the latest products. In addition, there are branch offices in Abu Dhabi and Al Quoz. Offices in KSA, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan ensure efficient service at a local level.

Who to talk to: Ahmed Sameer in the marketing department.

USPs: DORMA provides solutions for literally every opening in a building, with the right balance of aesthetics, functionality, convenience, safety and security.

Best sellers: The slide channel cam-action door closers in the Contur design; the KTV Atrium Glass revolving doors; the Moveo sliding and folding acoustic partitions; and the Beyond swing and sliding door fittings for frameles doors.

News: Dorma provided the new Dual Drive FST automatic sliding doors for all the Metro stations in Dubai, the security and access control products for Dubai’s Terminal 3, the Tornado Glass atrium feature and transparent facades for Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, and the huge Variflex acoustic sliding folding partitions for the exhibition halls in ADNEC Abu Dhabi. Our latest product is the CS80 Magneo, the automatic sliding door operator, with ‘SoftMotion’ safety.

HAFELE

Company background: Häfele is a privately-owned company that has been in existence since 1923. It has subsidiaries in over 30 countries, as well as 40 sales offices linked to its headquarters
in Germany.

Locations: Häfele Middle East has been operational in the UAE for 25 years and, more recently, has opened direct sales offices in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Who you should talk to: Adam Taylor, general manager.

USPs: One of Häfele’s greatest assets is its staff. The company employs a number of highly-qualified and experienced employees who are experts in the joinery field and are able to support the designers of large construction projects. Häfele is a member of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) of the USA, as well as the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery in the UK.

Best seller: The Dialock Hotel Locking Range, which features touchless card reading and has been used in many of the region’s five-star hotels. A new economical line was recently introduced with fewer features, to suit three- or four-star hotels. The Startec brand of hardware for doors is also popular among specifiers.

News: Häfele will be returning to Big 5 in November, where it will be launching a new luxury range of lever handle designs called The Platinum Series.

Häfele GCC is also pleased to introduce, as part of its Luxury Collection, a range of products enhanced by Swarovski crystals. Designed by Paolo Pedrizzetti for the Italian manufacturer Manital, the designs are practical and contemporary, and are available in different finishes as well as different coloured crystals.

In a separate development, Häfele Bahrain is to supply the architectural hardware for the new Sofitel Zallaq Resort and Spa in Bahrain. The handle design selected for the project is called Barocco, which is also manufactured by Manital.

EUROSPEC

Company background: Eurospec was established in the UK in 1997 to meet the demands of the specification and commercial ironmongery sectors, where proven performance and certification are essential. Eurospec Middle East was launched to support the growing number of direct sales in the GCC, with a region-specific product range available from stock, and technically-experienced staff on hand to offer expert advice. As a designer, manufacturer and distributor, we ensure that behind the aesthetics lies a functional and durable product that will keep performing for the next 25 years or more.

Locations: We have representatives all over the GCC, as well as head offices and warehouses in Dubai and the UK.

Who to talk to: Angus Grant, general manager (agrant@eurospec.ae)

USPs: With our ‘contract’ and ‘architectural’ ranges we have products to meet differing specifications without compromising on quality or performance. We are proud members of the UK’s Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and Master Locksmiths Association and we invest heavily in BS EN and Warrington Certifire product testing so that you know you are specifying a product you can trust. We also understand the urgency of sample and project mock-up requirements and are fully equipped to satisfy these specifications with next-day delivery.

Best sellers: The ‘Easi-T’ lock range, with its patented latch reversal system, and the ‘Enduro’ hinge range are the best sellers in the region. We’re also very proud of our ‘Steelworx’ range of high performance levers which have been specified on some of the region’s most prestigious projects.

News: The new Middle East range brochure is now available. Request your copy by visiting www.eurospec.co.uk.

HAWA

Company background: Sliding hardware systems from Hawa have been at home all over the globe for more than 40 years. The company from Mettmenstetten, which is near Zurich, is renowned internationally as a specialist in sliding systems and a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art sliding hardware.

The Swiss company offers a high-quality solution for virtually any requirement, any material and any door weight. From sliding doors for furniture and buildings to sliding shutters and highly complex sliding wall systems, Hawa has an answer.

Locations: Hawa AG has had a subsidiary in Dubai since 2005: Hawa Middle East FZE, Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Who to talk to: Adeeb Ghazal, regional sales director.

USPs: Designers and installers alike appreciate our simple design ability, convenient installation, high functionality and quality. Over 60 international patents show just how resourceful Hawa technicians are when it comes to developing new sliding hardware solutions.

Best seller: The HAWA-Junior sliding hardware with plastic rollers and sliding bearings today belongs amongst the best-selling sliding hardware systems, thanks to continuous development and additions to the programme.

News: Hawa has launched the HAWA-Purolino 80, a puristic designer hardware system for all-glass sliding doors, with concealed suspension for surface-mounting onto walls or ceilings, or integrated ceiling installation.

Hawa will shortly introduce another two innovations as part of its furniture programme: HAWA-Concepta 25/30/50, the sophisticated hardware for effortlessly pivoting and sliding in doors made of wood and glass; and HAWA-Antea 50-80/VF, hardware for glass and wood sliding doors running in front of the cabinet body.

GEZE Middle East

Company background: has been active in the Middle East since 1996 as a regional office in Amman, Jordan. For more than seven years, GEZE Middle East has established a solid network of business partners, distributors and dealers.

In January 2003, GEZE Middle East moved to Jebel Ali Free Zone Area in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The move has helped it to improve its customer service ability of providing shorter delivery time & better technical support.

Its offices are well equipped and well staffed to meet market demands. GEZE’s warehouse maintains adequate stock of all its products to meet the immediate requirements of our client. GEZE exports to every country throughout the Middle East. Its staff are trained to offer technical support and have conducted several in-house seminars and training sessions to the great satisfaction of its clients.

Who to talk to: Mally Clarke, sales manager (m.clarke@geze.ae)

USPs: GEZE’s quality management system constantly optimises the satisfaction of our customers and product quality. The fulfilment of ISO 9001 is a matter of course for us. The TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH confirmed our extremely efficient management system and awarded us an internationally recognised certificate.

News: GEZE launches the new Perlan 140 design sliding door system with the SoftStop entry damping system.

The new automatic sliding door system Slimdrive SL NT from GEZE is, with a construction height of just seven centimetres, ideally suited for glass facades in which large and heavy door leaves are moved with force and all of the construction elements need to appear slim and subtle. GEZE GmbH was voted one of the 100 most innovative small/medium enterprises in Germany.

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