Quality

Rational products are manufactured in Europe,

where the standards are more stringent than

those used in North America and China.

Materials

Melamine / Wood Reproduction

 

These materials are used for decorative surfaces, such as fronts, carcases, and worktops—surfaces which are exposed to extreme wear and tear.

 

Melamine is a proven way of finishing derived timber products. Several layers of natural resin impregnated paper (decorative layer and backing) are directly bonded to a high-quality substrate. The result is a hard-wearing, highly resistant surface.

Lacquer

 

Rational exclusively produces eco-friendly water-based soft lacquers, free from artificial solvents. A special process gives these paints an even, soft-textured surface.

 

Through a UV protection technology, the soft lacquer is lightfast and easy to clean. Its excellent chemical resistance is confirmed by the product testing institute, LGA QualiTest GmbH.

Super Matte Lacquer

 

Super matte lacquer features saturated colour with minimal sheen. No reflections are produced, allowing the eye to focus on the furniture’s form. There is a subtle softness to both its look and feel. Created by a lacquer finished in a patented process, this surface offers exceptional durability.

Veneer

 

A veneer is a thin layer of real wood that is glued and pressed to the surface of a high-quality substrate. Veneers look identical to solid wood and allow for a more efficient use of resources with less environmental impact.

Book-Matched Veneer

 

Book-matched veneer is selected from a single tree trunk, allowing the grain pattern to flow uninterrupted across all of the fronts in a particular kitchen.

Carcases / Shelves / Fronts

 

Carcases and removable shelves are 19 mm thick three-layer high-quality particle board (E1) with a direct coating of high-quality velvet-white laminate on both sides. This guarantees a long service life and a high degree of stability—particularly in the case of pull-outs.

 

In addition, the carcase fronts have a protective thick edge. Almost all of the fronts are 22mm thick.

Hinges

 

Rational exclusively uses Blum brand hinges and fittings, which undergo many simulated stress tests. The service life of a hinge, for instance, is tested by subjecting it to as many as 200,000 door movements.

Hanging

 

All wall-mounted units and shelving are supplied with high-quality sturdy steel hanging systems.

Safety Glass

 

Most of the glass used by Rational is safety glass. This glass is subjected to special breakage tests according to DIN/EN 1153 (safety requirements and test methods for built-in and free-standing kitchen units).

Environment

 

 

 

Materials and Suppliers

 

Use of water-based paints and lacquers free from solvents

Use of sustainable forestry wood (solid wood, laminated wood,

veneers and plywood), certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Use of primarily FSC-certified particle board made from recycled wood

Use of natural resins to prevent harmful emissions and off-gassing

 

 

 

 

Manufacturing

 

Development based on the principles of recycling-optimized design

(for example, disposal involves separation by pure material type)

Recycling of the residues accrued during the manufacturing process

Strict observance of the permissible emission values throughout the

entire production phase

 

 

 

Products

 

High-quality standard to ensure long-term use

The possibility for repairs in cases of damage and wear

Recyclability and LEED certification for all products

Cooperating with a recycling organization to guarantee

recyclable packaging

Rational was one of the first kitchen manufacturers to be awarded the “Golden M” award for quality by the Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel e.V. (German Quality Assurance Association).

The “Golden M” is only awarded after extensive and stringent testing. This means that Rational’s cabinetry conforms to a high-quality standard and is non-hazardous to health as well as non-harmful to the environment.

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Materials / Suppliers

 

Use of water-based paints and lacquers free from solvents

Use of sustainable forestry wood (solid wood, laminated wood, veneers and plywood), certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Use of primarily FSC-certified particle board made from recycled wood

Use of natural resins to prevent harmful emissions and off-gassing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturing

 

Development based on the principles of recycling-optimized design (for example, disposal involves separation by pure material type)

Recycling of the residues accrued during the manufacturing process

Strict observance of the permissible emission values throughout the entire production phase

 

 

 

Products

 

High-quality standard to ensure long-term use

The possibility for repairs if damaged or worn

Recyclability and LEED certification for all products

Cooperating with a recycling organization to guarantee recyclable packaging

The “Golden M” is only awarded after extensive and stringent testing.

 

This means that Rational’s cabinetry is of a high-quality standard, making it non-hazardous to health as well as non-harmful to the environment.

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Made in Europe to

Stricter Standards Than

in North America / China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Golden M” is only awarded after strict and rigorous testing.

 

This means that Rational’s cabinetry is of a high-quality standard, making it non-hazardous to health as well as non-harmful to the environment.