Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions

Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions

Designing the right lock system is a careful balance between function and style... 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designing the right lock system is a careful balance between function and style. From high-end estates in Hawaii to sledgehammer testing, we spoke to Chant Hardware about the latest in their quest to define bespoke lock solutions.

Magnetic lock 
Magnetic lock 

As building methodology changes and progresses, so too do the solutions for locking systems. One design element in particular that has arisen recently out of Kiwis’ love of the outdoors is how to effectively and seamlessly integrate functional, easy-to-use locks into large sliding doors.

“A common design feature we first came across in upmarket residential estates in Hawaii were large external bi-parting timber sliding doors,” Chant Hardware’s Graham Chant says. 

“These doors required a compressing function which was difficult for the homeowner to do and best managed with two people - something that was not conducive to ease of use in these high-end homes. It was an issue that had been apparent for decades and something we were asked to develop a solution for. 

“In answer to this problem, we designed a lock with a simple mechanism to bring the door edges together firmly yet effortlessly to compress the door seals ensuring weather tightness. This feature is becoming more common in the New Zealand market in response to changing weather conditions and the continuing trend towards unrestricted indoor/outdoor living and large expanses of glazing,” Graham says.

One of the first applications of this new locking mechanism was installed in a Waiheke Island home on the eastern side of the island where corrosion and salt spray meant the environmental conditions were harsh. Since then, the technology has been incorporated into projects around the country, with a continuing trend towards this style of lock for large, bi-parting doors. 

“Our locks are not only hand finished and assembled, but are made from 316 marine grade stainless steel and brass to withstand corrosion inherent in our coastal environment. The use of quality materials translates into long lasting, safe, secure and functional locking systems that achieve the protection of our homes and families in style, particularly when specified with other products and matching finishes from our door hardware range.”

Another innovative solution that was developed in response to a bespoke request has seen widespread uptake. A simple solution for traditional swing doors, the magnetic lock turns the traditional concept of these locks around.

“It has a unique operation when the door closes: two magnets; one located in the strike and the other in the lock repel from each other driving the latch bolt into the strike for secure latching. This allowed us to remove the lip on the strike and means there is nothing protruding from the door jamb, and the latch is always retracted when the door is open,” Graham says.

Compression lock
Compression lock

“It allows for a sleek, minimalist finish in line with contemporary design trends, creating an opportunity to take the sleek concept one step further than was possible until this product was developed.”

 

Every product developed by Chant Hardware is tested for performance. “One such regime featured our custom twin bolt lock fitted to a stainless steel window set with timber facings, 20mm armour glass and a young man vigorously wielding a sledgehammer. As you can see in the video of the test, the timber facings smashed and the glass cracked but on disassembly and inspection, the lock was intact and performed as it was designed to.”

 

Chant Hardware is a family-owned business based in Auckland, specialising in the design and manufacturing of exclusive hardware for residential, commercial and marine applications. Custom designs, variations and finishes are a core part of the business, providing solutions for architects and developers where standard products do not fit on-site requirements.

 

Make sure you visit Chant Hardware on ArchiPro here to find out more about the extensive range of exclusive custom and bespoke locking and hardware solutions for your next project. 

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Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions
Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions

Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions

Designing the right lock system is a careful balance between function and style... 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designing the right lock system is a careful balance between function and style. From high-end estates in Hawaii to sledgehammer testing, we spoke to Chant Hardware about the latest in their quest to define bespoke lock solutions.

Magnetic lock 
Magnetic lock 

As building methodology changes and progresses, so too do the solutions for locking systems. One design element in particular that has arisen recently out of Kiwis’ love of the outdoors is how to effectively and seamlessly integrate functional, easy-to-use locks into large sliding doors.

“A common design feature we first came across in upmarket residential estates in Hawaii were large external bi-parting timber sliding doors,” Chant Hardware’s Graham Chant says. 

“These doors required a compressing function which was difficult for the homeowner to do and best managed with two people - something that was not conducive to ease of use in these high-end homes. It was an issue that had been apparent for decades and something we were asked to develop a solution for. 

“In answer to this problem, we designed a lock with a simple mechanism to bring the door edges together firmly yet effortlessly to compress the door seals ensuring weather tightness. This feature is becoming more common in the New Zealand market in response to changing weather conditions and the continuing trend towards unrestricted indoor/outdoor living and large expanses of glazing,” Graham says.

One of the first applications of this new locking mechanism was installed in a Waiheke Island home on the eastern side of the island where corrosion and salt spray meant the environmental conditions were harsh. Since then, the technology has been incorporated into projects around the country, with a continuing trend towards this style of lock for large, bi-parting doors. 

“Our locks are not only hand finished and assembled, but are made from 316 marine grade stainless steel and brass to withstand corrosion inherent in our coastal environment. The use of quality materials translates into long lasting, safe, secure and functional locking systems that achieve the protection of our homes and families in style, particularly when specified with other products and matching finishes from our door hardware range.”

Another innovative solution that was developed in response to a bespoke request has seen widespread uptake. A simple solution for traditional swing doors, the magnetic lock turns the traditional concept of these locks around.

“It has a unique operation when the door closes: two magnets; one located in the strike and the other in the lock repel from each other driving the latch bolt into the strike for secure latching. This allowed us to remove the lip on the strike and means there is nothing protruding from the door jamb, and the latch is always retracted when the door is open,” Graham says.

Compression lock
Compression lock

“It allows for a sleek, minimalist finish in line with contemporary design trends, creating an opportunity to take the sleek concept one step further than was possible until this product was developed.”

 

Every product developed by Chant Hardware is tested for performance. “One such regime featured our custom twin bolt lock fitted to a stainless steel window set with timber facings, 20mm armour glass and a young man vigorously wielding a sledgehammer. As you can see in the video of the test, the timber facings smashed and the glass cracked but on disassembly and inspection, the lock was intact and performed as it was designed to.”

 

Chant Hardware is a family-owned business based in Auckland, specialising in the design and manufacturing of exclusive hardware for residential, commercial and marine applications. Custom designs, variations and finishes are a core part of the business, providing solutions for architects and developers where standard products do not fit on-site requirements.

 

Make sure you visit Chant Hardware on ArchiPro here to find out more about the extensive range of exclusive custom and bespoke locking and hardware solutions for your next project. 

4 point lock
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Chant Hardware

Chant recently launched their new website. Check out their extensive product catalogue of their New Zealand made architectural door hardware!   Chant is a NZ...

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Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions

Protection in style: bespoke locking solutions

Designing the right lock system is a careful balance between function and style... 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Designing the right lock system is a careful balance between function and style. From high-end estates in Hawaii to sledgehammer testing, we spoke to Chant Hardware about the latest in their quest to define bespoke lock solutions.

Magnetic lock 
Magnetic lock 

As building methodology changes and progresses, so too do the solutions for locking systems. One design element in particular that has arisen recently out of Kiwis’ love of the outdoors is how to effectively and seamlessly integrate functional, easy-to-use locks into large sliding doors.

“A common design feature we first came across in upmarket residential estates in Hawaii were large external bi-parting timber sliding doors,” Chant Hardware’s Graham Chant says. 

“These doors required a compressing function which was difficult for the homeowner to do and best managed with two people - something that was not conducive to ease of use in these high-end homes. It was an issue that had been apparent for decades and something we were asked to develop a solution for. 

“In answer to this problem, we designed a lock with a simple mechanism to bring the door edges together firmly yet effortlessly to compress the door seals ensuring weather tightness. This feature is becoming more common in the New Zealand market in response to changing weather conditions and the continuing trend towards unrestricted indoor/outdoor living and large expanses of glazing,” Graham says.

One of the first applications of this new locking mechanism was installed in a Waiheke Island home on the eastern side of the island where corrosion and salt spray meant the environmental conditions were harsh. Since then, the technology has been incorporated into projects around the country, with a continuing trend towards this style of lock for large, bi-parting doors. 

“Our locks are not only hand finished and assembled, but are made from 316 marine grade stainless steel and brass to withstand corrosion inherent in our coastal environment. The use of quality materials translates into long lasting, safe, secure and functional locking systems that achieve the protection of our homes and families in style, particularly when specified with other products and matching finishes from our door hardware range.”

Another innovative solution that was developed in response to a bespoke request has seen widespread uptake. A simple solution for traditional swing doors, the magnetic lock turns the traditional concept of these locks around.

“It has a unique operation when the door closes: two magnets; one located in the strike and the other in the lock repel from each other driving the latch bolt into the strike for secure latching. This allowed us to remove the lip on the strike and means there is nothing protruding from the door jamb, and the latch is always retracted when the door is open,” Graham says.

Compression lock
Compression lock

“It allows for a sleek, minimalist finish in line with contemporary design trends, creating an opportunity to take the sleek concept one step further than was possible until this product was developed.”

 

Every product developed by Chant Hardware is tested for performance. “One such regime featured our custom twin bolt lock fitted to a stainless steel window set with timber facings, 20mm armour glass and a young man vigorously wielding a sledgehammer. As you can see in the video of the test, the timber facings smashed and the glass cracked but on disassembly and inspection, the lock was intact and performed as it was designed to.”

 

Chant Hardware is a family-owned business based in Auckland, specialising in the design and manufacturing of exclusive hardware for residential, commercial and marine applications. Custom designs, variations and finishes are a core part of the business, providing solutions for architects and developers where standard products do not fit on-site requirements.

 

Make sure you visit Chant Hardware on ArchiPro here to find out more about the extensive range of exclusive custom and bespoke locking and hardware solutions for your next project. 

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