When well executed, a concealed hinge can largely contribute to the architectural aesthetics of an interior. Sugatsune‘s range has long been popular, but until recently the company has concentrated on larger prestige entrance doors with hinges such as the HES3D190E, a large piece capable of supporting doors up to 100kg. Having been convinced of the virtues of the hinge for their flagship openings, specifiers then sought a hinge that had the same values but could be deployed on smaller internal doors throughout developments.
With the introduction of the diminutive HES3D-120 it’s now possible to source all of the hinges for a project from the same supplier – all of which share the same features and aesthetic to give a coherence to the project.
The quality of the engineering is immediately obvious when handling the hinges. All hinges have a highly-toleranced seven-link mechanism, which places the centre of arc outside the body of the hinge enabling a smooth, 180º opening.
The hinge separates into two parts to make installation and maintenance easier. To install the door the respective halves of the body are installed in routs in door and frame from the supplied templates. The door is then placed in position and a guide pin makes it easy to snap the two parts together. According to Sugatsune, this can be a one-man job, but in the case of a door weighing 100kg or over, some assistance may be needed.
Adjustment can then be made with a hex key on three axes to get an ideal fit. Subsequently, adjustments can be made when needed – to allow for settling or shrinkage, for example. This is particularly important where doors are flush fitting and any variance in fit can be visually interruptive.
Sugatsune aims to be a complete solution for its customers, and this range of adjustable concealed hinges brings the company one step further towards achieving its goal.