01 March 2013
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Invisible hinges for prestige and office doors

A range of invisible hinges from FDB Panel Fittings have been designed for use in prestige interiors and offices, where hinges are often concealed. And hinges may also allow the door to be opened a full 180° whilst remaining very strong and unseen when closed.

This is achieved in the new range by morticing the mechanism of a hinge into the door and frame and having precision engineered involuted arms or members.

The HES3D-190 suits substantial entrance doors to places like hotels, institutions and aspirational homes. The smooth movement and solid engineering reflect well on the prestige of the building and they are fully adjustable on three axes so that a perfect fit for the door can be maintained from installation on through many years of service.

For many designers the 190 variant would be massive overkill for interior doors – so there is a smaller version, the HES3D-120, which is about half the size. The scaled-down version has Allen keyed screws allowing the hinge to be adjusted up, down, left, right, in or out. It is designed for doors up to 30kgs when two hinges are used and predictably the solidity of the mechanism is remarkable. The load of the door is distributed between seven links which allow the arms to move sweet and free and completely without play.

Like its bigger brothers, installation is a one man job. The two halves of the hinge are installed on door and frame and then simply brought together on a locating pin to drop into a slot with gravity.

Paul Gray

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