The merger of Dorma and Kaba to create dormakaba has also resulted in the development of a new, standardized product design – XEA. “Dorma and Kaba have, in the past, based their product design on similar aesthetic principles,” explains Bernhard Heitz, Head of Product Design at dormakaba. “Both tend to follow the tradition of the Bauhaus philosophy with its interplay of craftsmanship and fine artistry, or to put it another way, the integration of function and form to the benefit of architecture and design. This has made blending together the two aesthetic styles quite simple in many respects. The new, combined dormakaba product design bears a resemblance to the two previous styles, with the unique features of both being respected and extensively retained – not least with a view to the future!”
Important aspects of the new XEA product design include consistent usage of the new branding, the icons on the user interfaces and alignment of the color palette. Thus, for example, framing and layering have become important design principles for future developments. The characteristic Kaba framing, that is to say the surrounding trim adorning readers and access devices, is to be combined in future with layer structures comprising various materials. Different degrees of surface gloss are deployed to add interesting detail to the overall appearance. The XEA design is thus characterized by a unique, stand-alone styling concept ideal for integrating in different architectural environments where the emphasis is on formal discretion and aesthetic longevity.
A number of products in the new XEA design will already be on show at the BAU trade fair in Munich. These include the new generation of dormakaba door closers TS 98 XEA, the hold-open device G-EMR UBIVIS, the backplates and roses of the new mechanical OGRO door furniture and fittings, the electronic fittings MATRIX AIR and C-Lever Pro, the TMS emergency escape terminal and the MUNDUS patch fittings for fully-glazed doorsets.
The advantages of this new product design are apparent to both customers and partners alike: Products from dormakaba can now be combined anywhere in the world. Defined shapes, colors and surface finishes, together with a uniform appearance applied to products and interfaces make planning, installation and maintenance easier and more efficient. In addition to the advantages relating to the design lines themselves, extensive technical unification also facilitates the smooth networking of products for smart building automation. “Our objective is to develop plug-and-play products that are easy to understand and also easy to use,” emphasizes Bernhard Heitz. “In other words: We want to provide customers and partners with security and reliability at every stage along the line. Simplicity is borne out of a carefully conceived design process. The new design implemented by dormakaba constitutes a major step in this direction.”