We all know how much the pandemic and COVID-19 lockdowns impacted on how we lived and worked, and even though ‘normal’ routines resumed some time ago, we now have a greater appreciation for well-designed homes than ever before.

Our homes were our sanctuary in those unprecedented times, and they also served as temporary workplaces, schools, gyms, bars and more. We continue to see the impact of these changes reflected in furniture manufacture, as homeowners continue to invest in, improve and future-proof their homes.

Swiss Krono’s One World decorative panel board, available from IDS, is ideal for creating home office hubs. Pictured here is the Toffee décor

The rise in home and hybrid working has naturally led to more people wanting to create home office hubs. Pictured here are Swiss Krono boards in Toffee which have been used to create a large desk area and an adjoining storage unit built into the recess featuring open shelving and ample cupboard space for office items. In commercial offices too we’ve seen an upturn in companies investing in new furniture to welcome staff back, and there has been a move towards solo furniture instead of collaborative zones taking into account social distancing.

In kitchens, flat panel doors have been a growth area with kitchen furniture makers moving away from bought in doors and instead recognising the cost engineering benefits of sheet material. We’ve seen growing demand within the Swiss Krono One World collection with plain colours and the more stylish prints being strong sellers.

IDS supplies decorative panel products from the Swiss Krono One World Collection, ideal for a wide variety of applications including kitchen furniture manufacture. Pictured is the Vetro Green décor

Reflecting the ongoing trend for bold, dark shades in kitchen design, there’s been greater interest in indigo, navy blue, dark greens, red and terracotta panels in addition to the ever-popular whites, greys and neutrals. Pictured here are Swiss Krono panels in Vetro Green which have been used to create a variety of sizes in flat-panel cabinets and to clad the large island unit.

Complementing this, the premium Durasein solid surface range has recently been extended with 20 new designs which are ideal for creating worktops, island units and cabinet fronts. Durasein offers a hygienic and high-performance material that combines on-point design and accessible pricing, with ex-stock availability. Durasein added in a number of veined and concrete décors specifically with the kitchen sector in mind.

If the past two years has taught us anything it’s that forward planning is key. Recognising current economic uncertainty, our portfolio will help kitchen companies should they need to branch out into other joinery projects such as bedroom and box room renovations and media units. The solid colours in Swiss Krono’s 25mm thick panels are ideal for creating dressing tables, desks, open shelves as well as wardrobe and storage units that maximise space. Swiss Krono One World panels in Ballet Slipper Pink have been used here to create floor to ceiling wardrobes which make full use of the available space in this bedroom alcove.

Swiss Krono’s One World Collection of decorative panel board, available from IDS, can be used to create space-saving storage in bedrooms. Pictured here is the Ballet Slipper Pink décor.

Responsible sourcing has long been an important consideration for furniture manufacturers and consumer demand is growing too, with more people wanting to take responsibility for their own personal impact on the planet.  One World is an ideal product range for furniture manufacturers to get on board with. Swiss Krono is completely unique in producing the core board for the collection from 100% virgin wood material which meets and exceeds standard requirements from both FSC® and PEFC™. This ethos is mirrored by IDS and our entire product portfolio is compliant with European Timber Regulations, ensuring that customers have access to FSC® or PEFC™ certified options in each of our wood-based product categories.

The Swiss Krono One World collection is available exclusively from IDS and offers a choice of 133 décors available as a melamine or a laminate with matching ABS edging as standard. They can all be combined with a variety of different substrates, including chipboard, MDF of all types and compact density fibreboard (CDF) to offer design flexibility for a wide range of domestic and commercial projects.

The ex-stock collection can be delivered to a customer’s door in 24-48 hours from IDS’s network of 18 nationwide branches.

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