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Title:
DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE OPENING/CLOSING OF DOOR WINGS OF A PIECE OF FURNITURE AND THE LIKE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/030598
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a device (1) for controlling the opening/closing of a door wing (A) of a piece of furniture (M) having a body comprising at least a sidewall (S) and a back (R) and defining an inner cavity, said device (1) comprising a casing (2) associated with the body of said piece of furniture (M), an inextensible cable (6), associable at a first end (6A) with said door wing (A) and extending with respect to said casing (2) between a retracted position, wherein the door wing (A) is kept in a closed position, and an extracted position wherein the door wing (A) is opened tilted downwards with respect to the body of the piece of furniture, and displacing means (100) connected to said cable (6) and movable with respect to said casing (2), said displacing means (100) further comprising elastic means (9, 10, 10'). In particular, said casing (2) is arranged outside said back (R), first guiding means (200A) being provided for guiding said cable (6) along the sidewall (S) of the piece of furniture, second guiding means (200B) being provided for deviating said cable (6) according to an orthogonal direction with respect to said first guiding means (200A).

Inventors:
CARNELOS, Luca (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
CIOL, Mattia (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
DELLA ROSA, Simone (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
IVAN, Abramo (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
VERZIAGI, Davide (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
ZONTA, Christian (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
Application Number:
IB2018/055601
Publication Date:
February 14, 2019
Filing Date:
July 26, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
FERRAMENTA LIVENZA S.R.L. (Viale Lino Zanussi 21, Maron Di Brugnera, 33070, IT)
International Classes:
E05F1/10; E05F5/10
Domestic Patent References:
WO2015014814A12015-02-05
Foreign References:
EP1691016A12006-08-16
DE202008002232U12008-04-17
DE202017100850U12017-03-03
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GIUGNI, Valter et al. (Via della Colonna 35, Pordenone, 33170, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. Device (1 ) for controlling the opening/closing of a door wing (A) of a piece of furniture (M) having a body comprising at least a sidewall (S) and a back (R), and defining an inner cavity, said device (1 ) comprising:

a casing (2) adapted to be mounted on said piece of furniture body;

an extensible cable (6), associable at a first end (6A) with said door wing

(A) and extending with respect to said casing (2) between a retracted position, wherein said door wing (A) is in a closed position, and an extracted position, wherein said door wing (A) is in an opened position, tilted downwards with respect to the body of said piece of furniture (M); and

displacing means (100) connected to said cable (6) and movable with respect to said casing (2), said displacing means (100) comprising elastic means (9, 10, 10'),

characterized in that said casing (2) is arranged outside said back (R), first guiding means (200A) being provided for guiding said cable (6) along said sidewall (S), second guiding means (200B) being provided for perpendicularly deviating said cable (6) with respect to said first guiding means (200A).

2. Device (1 ) according to claim 1 , wherein said first guiding means (200A) comprising a grooved straight conduit adapted to be associated with the inner surface of said sidewall (S) and extending horizontally along the depth of said inner cavity defined by the piece of furniture (M).

3. Device (1 ) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said second guiding means (200B) are provided at an opening (5) obtained on said casing (2) to allow the insertion of said cable (6), said opening (5) being configured so as to orthogonally deviate the direction of said cable (6).

4. Device (1 ) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said second guiding means (200B) comprise a transmission element arranged outside with respect to said casing (2) and adapted to cooperate with said cable (6) in order to orthogonally deviate the direction of said cable (6).

5. Device (1 ) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said elastic means (9, 10, 10') comprise at least a first spring (9) operatively associated with a second end (6B) of said cable (6).

6. Device (1 ) according to claim 5, wherein said displacing means (100) comprise sliding members (7, 8) comprising at least a first slide associated with said first spring (9) and slidably movable within said casing (2), said second end (6B) of said cable (6) being anchored to said first slide (7).

7. Device (1 ) according to claim 6, wherein said displacing means (100) further comprise damping means (1 1 ) adapted to be actuated by said sliding members (7, 8) when said door wing (A) is reaching the opened position.

8. Device (1 ) according to claim 6 or 7, wherein said sliding members (7, 8) further comprise a second slide (8) slidably movable within said casing (2), said first slide (7) being slidably mounted on said second slide (8).

9. Device (1 ) according to claim 8, wherein said elastic means (9, 10, 10') further comprise at least a second spring (10, 10') associated with said second slide (8), the displacing movement of said second slide (8) being triggered by said cable (6) through said first slide (7).

10. Device (1 ) according to claim 5, wherein said at least a first spring (9) is associated to means for recovering the length of said cable (6) rotatably mounted in said casing (2).

11. Piece of furniture (1 ) provided with a body comprising at least a sidewall (S) and a back (R), and defining an inner cavity closable with a door wing (A), said piece of furniture (M) comprising a device (1 ) for controlling the opening/closing of said door wing (A) arranged outside said back (R).

Description:
"DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE OPENING/CLOSING OF DOOR WINGS OF A

PIECE OF FURNITURE AND THE LIKE"

DESCRIPTION TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[001] The present invention refers to a device for controlling the opening/closing of door wings for pieces of furniture and the like, in particular for a door wing rotatably mounted on a piece of furniture body and that can be opened by rotating it downwards so as to arrange itself basically parallel to the base of the piece of furniture or to the lower shelf of the cavity defined by the piece of furniture.

PRIOR ART TECHNIQUE

[002] Many types of accessories are currently known in the art that allow to control the opening and/or closing of door wings of pieces of furniture by means of systems which slow down and accompany the final phase of the rotation motion when opening and closing in order to avoid the annoying collisions of the door wing on the piece of furniture frame or the breaking of the hinges when the user closes or opens the door wings too violently.

[003] Generally such accessories comprise damping means or gas springs which require rather bulky containment shells and, consequently, bulky and unaesthetic housings on the piece of furniture as well.

[004] Furthermore, the gas contained in such accessories is inevitably subject to leaks as it is difficult to make a perfect hermetic seal; therefore the damping action is prone to reducing its effect with time.

[005] EP 1691016 A1 refers to a braking device for a door wing that can be opened downwards; a cable has one end fixed to the upper edge of the door wing and the other cable end fixed to the containment body of the device. An intermediate portion of the cable can be wound around a mobile pulley associated to a slider that can slide in a linear way along the containment body in contrast with a spring element; the opening of the door wing downwards puts into traction the spring element which slows down the door wing movement. The opposition to the linear sliding of the slider whereon the pulley is mounted is provided by a compression spring; the door wing opening downwards is therefore slowed down by the compression of the spring.

[006] A drawback which can be observed in this braking device lies in the fact that the linear travel of the slider must allow the complete opening of the door wing, that is a 90 ° rotation with respect to the frame of the piece of furniture so that the door wing is able to place itself basically parallel to the lower shelf of a compartment of a piece of furniture; therefore the longitudinal dimension of the device must be such that it can allow the slider to make the complete opening travel. Consequently, the device must have a very extended longitudinal dimension, and it can therefore be applied only to pieces of furniture having a depth at least the same as the longitudinal extension of the device. This means that the device cannot be applied to those pieces of furniture having a reduced depth with respect to their height, such has wall units for bathrooms or living rooms.

[007] Anyway, due to its big dimensions such braking device is aesthetically unsuitable even for those pieces of furniture whereon it can be applied.

[008] As a partial solution to this drawback, patent IT1413916 envisages that the travel of the cable for the opening/closing of the door wing is returned by means of a rotor instead of a slider that slides in a linear way: in this way, the longitudinal extension of the whole device is rather reduced so that it can be applied without any substantial limitations even to those pieces of furniture that have a reduced depth with respect to their height.

[009] Notwithstanding this device works satisfactorily, anyway it diminishes the inner usable room of the compartment of the piece of furniture; moreover, when the door wing is open, the device is completely visible.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] Main object of the present invention is to provide a device for controlling the opening/closing of door wings for pieces of furniture and the like capable of overcoming the drawbacks of the prior art, that is, capable of taking up the minimal amount of space inside the cavity of the piece of furniture, thus being extremely functional to use.

[0011] In the field of the foregoing object, one of the scopes is that of producing a device for controlling the opening/closing of door wings for pieces of furniture and the like easy to assemble and which, with time, ensures a high level of robustness and reliability.

[0012] Not the least object of the present invention is that of providing a device for controlling the opening/closing of door wings for pieces of furniture and the like capable of achieving the foregoing object and purposes which is not expensive and can be produced using the common and known plants, machinery and equipment. [0013] The foregoing object and purposes, and others that will be more apparent later, are achieved by a device for controlling the opening/closing of door wings for pieces of furniture and the like as defined in claim 1 .

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0014] Further characteristics and advantages that can be achieved by a device for controlling the opening/closing of door wings for pieces of furniture and the like according to the present invention will be more apparent by means of the following description of a particular but not excluding form of embodiment described for exemplification only but not limited to with reference to the following figures:

- figure 1 shows a back perspective view of a piece of furniture whereon there is mounted a control device according to the present invention;

- figure 2 shows a front perspective view of a piece of furniture whereon there is mounted a control device according to the present invention;

- figure 3A is a front view of a component of the control device according to the present invention;

- figure 3B is a view of the component of figure 3A, sectioned along the A-A;

- figure 4A shows an exploded view of a preferred embodiment of the device for controlling the opening/closing of a door wing according to the present invention;

- figure 4B shows a front view of the device of figure 4 when assembled;

- figure 5 shows a side section view of the device of figure 4A when assembled having the door wing closed;

- figure 6 shows a side section view of the device of figure 4A when assembled in a first phase of the opening movement of the door wing;

- figure 7 shows a side section view of the device of the figure 4A when assembled in a second phase of the opening movement of the door wing;

- figure 8 shows a side section view of the device of figure 4A when assembled when the door wing is completely opened;

- figure 9A shows a perspective view of the control device according to the present invention during an operating phase of the closing movement of the door wing;

- figure 9B shows an enlarged view of the circled constructive detail of figure 9A;

- figure 10 shows an exploded view of an advantageous component of the control device according to the present invention;

- figures from 1 1 A to 1 1 G show perspective views of the operating phases in order to carry out the assembly of the component of figure 10, and - figure 12 shows an exploded view of a further advantageous component of a control device according to the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0015] With particular reference to figures 1 and 2, there is shown a device for controlling the opening/closing 1 of a door wing according to the present invention, adapted to be associated to a piece of furniture M having a parallelepiped body comprising at least a sidewall S, and preferably a pair of parallel sidewalls S, a back wall or back R, and a base B and possibly a top T.

[0016] Said piece of furniture M defines an inner cavity, wherein objects of different kinds can be stored, having a front opening which can be selectively closable by means of at least a door wing A rotatably constrained to the front edge of said base B about a basically horizontal articulation axis defined by suitable hinges C.

[0017] Said door wing A is adapted to be moved by the user, acting by means of suitable gripping means integral to it, such as one or more handles, between a closed position, where it lies on a basically vertical plane and stops against the front edges of said sidewalls S, and an opened position, where it lies on a basically horizontal plane, and is advantageously flush with the panel forming the base B of said piece of furniture M.

[0018] A control device 1 according to the present invention is suitable to be associated to said door wing A so as to guide and support its "tilted" movement both in the opening phase and in the closing phase.

[0019] Said device 1 advantageously comprises a hollow casing 2, that can be fixed to the body of said piece of furniture M, preferably formed by a first and a second half-shell 3, 4 advantageously internally configured so as to house suitable displacing means 100 adapted to control the movement of the door wing A.

[0020] Said device 1 further comprises a traction element 6, such as a cable basically inextensible, associable at a first end 6A, with the inner surface of said door wing A, and associated, at a second end 6B, with said displacing means 100 housed in a movable way in said casing 2, wherefrom said cable exits through an opening 5 obtained on the same casing, for example in one of said half-shells 3, 4.

[0021] In particular, said cable 6 extends, with respect to said casing 2, between a retracted position, wherein said door wing A is kept in a closed position, and an extracted position, wherein said door wing A is in an opened position with a rotation motion downwards with respect to the body of said piece of furniture M. [0022] According to an advantageous characteristic of the present invention, said casing 2 is arranged outside the cavity of the piece of furniture M, so as not to take up the usable space for containing objects.

[0023] In particular, said casing 2 is arranged outside the panel forming the back R of the piece of furniture M, and preferably placed on the outer surface of the same, and it is advantageously arranged in a cavity formed between said back R and the wall against which the piece of furniture is leaning, defined laterally by the rear edges of said sidewalls S and in the lower part by the rear edge of the panel forming the base B of the piece of furniture.

[0024] Said casing 2 can be fixed by suitable and known fixing means, such as screws, directly on the back R of the piece of furniture M or, alternatively, it can be fixed on the rear edge of the sidewall S and/or on the rear edge of the base B, so as not to spoil the appearance of the inner compartment of the piece of furniture.

[0025] Advantageously, said device 1 comprises first guiding means 200 to support and guide said cable 6 between the opening 5 wherefrom it exits from said casing 2 and said anchoring means 60 arranged on said door wing A.

[0026] In particular, said device 1 comprises first guiding means 200A, adapted to guide said cable 6 along the sidewall S of the piece of furniture M in order to extend up to said door wing A, and are preferably formed by an internally grooved straight conduit adapted to be associated with the inner surface of said sidewall S and advantageously extending horizontally along most of the depth of said cavity defined by the piece of furniture M.

[0027] According to an advantageous characteristic of the present invention, said first guiding means 200A can possibly be arranged on the sidewall S at a height so as to be a support for a shelf housed in the inner cavity of the piece of furniture M.

[0028] Said second guiding means 200B are on the contrary provided for deviating said cable 6 with an orthogonal direction with respect to said first guiding means 200A, to allow the insertion of the second end 6B of said cable 6 inside said casing 2 and cooperate with the displacing means 100 housed therein.

[0029] Preferably, as shown in figures 3A and 3B, said second guiding means 200B can be obtained in correspondence of said opening 5, suitably configured on said casing 2 to allow the exit of the cable 6 with an orthogonal direction with respect to the development of the same and of the displacing means 100 housed therein.

[0030] Alternatively, said opening 5 can be obtained on a portion of the said edge of said casing 2, so that said cable 6 can exit with a direction parallel to the plane defined by the back R, said second guiding means 200B being formed by a return element, such as a pulley fixed to the piece of furniture M arranged outside with respect to said casing 2, to deviate the cable 6 basically by 90 " towards said first guiding means 200A.

[0031] Preferably, said displacing means 100 of the door wing comprise elastic means 9, such as at least a first spring operatively associated with said second end 6B of the cable 6 in order to control the opening of the door wing A and return the same to the closed position.

[0032] Advantageously, said at least first spring 9 is of the helical type and it is associated with sliding elements such as at least a first slide 7, slidably movable within said casing 2, preferably along a suitable grooved track and whereon said second end 6B of the cable 6 is anchored.

[0033] On said slide 7 there can possibly be provided recovering means of the length of said cable 6 (not shown in the figures), for example formed by one or more return pulleys, so as to limit the length of the same and therefore the length of the casing 2.

[0034] Furthermore, advantageously, said device 1 can comprise damping means 1 1 , it too integral within the casing 2, that can be actuated by said sliding elements and adapted to start working when the door wing A is reaching the opened position.

[0035] In an alternative embodiment not shown, said at least first spring 9 is of the torsion type and it is associated with recovering means of the length of said cable, rotatably associated with the casing 2, such as a first rotor, preferably having a friction and comprising a pulley, whereon said cable 6 can be wound between a retracted position, wherein the door wing is kept in a closed position, and an extracted position wherein the door wing is opened tilted downwards with respect to the body of the piece of furniture.

[0036] According to a preferred embodiment of the invention shown in figures 4A and 4B, said displacing means 100 of said control device 1 comprise a first sliding element 7, such as a first slide arranged in said casing 2 and slidably mounted on a second slidable element 8, such as a second slide, it, too, movable within said casing 2.

[0037] Advantageously, said second slide 8 is configured on its surface so as to define a first guiding track 80, along which said first slide 7 is freely slidable; advantageously, said first guiding track 80 is delimited by two end edges 80A, 80B and defines two stop positions for said first slide 7, and in particular a first stop position, wherein said first slide 7 is distal with respect to the opening 5 obtained on the casing 2, and a second stop position, wherein said first slide 7 is proximal to said opening 5. [0038] Similarly, said casing 2, and in particular at least one of said two half-shells 3, 4, is internally configured so as to define a second guiding track 20 along which said second slide 8 is freely slidable. Advantageously, said second guiding track 20 is delimited by two end edges 20A, 20B, and defines respective stop positions for said second slide 8, and in particular a first stop position wherein said second slide 8 is distal with respect to the opening 5 obtained on the casing 2, and a second stop position, wherein said second slide 8 is proximal to said opening 5.

[0039] Preferably, as shown in the appended figures, said second guiding track 20 extends according to an inclined axis with respect to the horizontal one, so as to contain the dimensions of the casing 2 so that said opening 5 for exiting the cable 6 is arranged at a suitable height.

[0040] First elastic means 9, such as a first helical spring, are associated at a first end 9A with said first sliding element 7 and at the opposed end 9B with said second slide 8, and are adapted to elastically return said first slide 7 towards the respective first stop position, in correspondence of which said first spring 9 has basically a starting or a preloading condition.

[0041] Second elastic means 10, such as at least a helical spring, are associated with said second slide 8 to return the latter towards the respective first stop position. In particular, advantageously, said second spring 10 is associated at a first end 10A with said second slide 8, and at the opposed end 10B is associated with said casing 2, and preferably with a bottom wall of the same which is distal with respect to said opening 5.

[0042] Advantageously, said first end 10A of said second spring 10 is connected to said second slide 8 in correspondence of a front portion of the same, that is, arranged proximal to said opening 5, so as to allow a greater lengthening of the same spring; for this purpose, on said second slide 8 there is obtained a first groove 81 , preferably arranged alongside and parallel to said first guiding track 80, within which said second spring 10 extends.

[0043] Possibly, according to an advantageous characteristic of the present invention said first elastic means 9 and said second elastic means 10 are configured so as to have a respective elastic return force of different intensity: in particular, preferably, said second elastic means 10 have an elastic return force of a greater intensity with respect to that exerted by said first elastic means 9.

[0044] For example, as it is apparent in the appended figures, said first elastic means 9 are formed by a helical spring having a smaller diameter with respect to that of the helical spring that form said second elastic means 10. [0045] Furthermore, advantageously, said second elastic means can comprise one or more additional helical springs 10', they, too associable at a first end 10A' with said second slide 8, and at the opposed end 10B' with said casing 2, so as to allow to counterbalance the weight of door wings having greater dimensions and consequently greater weight. Said additional springs 10' can advantageously be activated or deactivated also when assembling the device 1 to the body of the piece of furniture M based on the weight of the door wing A to be controlled.

[0046] Similarly to said second spring 10, said additional helical springs 10' can extend within suitable additional grooves 81 ' obtained on said second slide 8, preferably arranged alongside and parallel with respect to said first guiding track 80 and to said first groove 81 .

[0047] In accordance with a further advantageous characteristic of the present invention, said device 1 further comprises damping means 1 1 , it, too, integral within said casing 2, adapted to be actuated when the door wing A is reaching the opened position; in particular, said damping means 1 1 is operatively associated with said second slide 8 through actuating means 12, as later described in greater detail.

[0048] Said damping means 1 1 basically comprises a shank 1 1 A slidably inserted within a corresponding cylindrical casing 1 1 B so that the telescopic movement between them is contrasted by braking means, such as a viscous fluid contained in said cylindrical casing 1 1 B.

[0049] Preferably, said shank 1 1 A is associated at its free end with the casing 2, about a first rotation pin 13A advantageously arranged in a distal area with respect to the opening 5 for exiting the cable 6, while the free end of said cylindrical casing 1 1 B is integral with said actuating means 12, in particular formed by a lever arm.

[0050] Said arm 12 is preferably articulated at the free end of said cylindrical casing 1 1 B about a second pin 13B basically arranged at an intermediate position with respect to the extension of the same arm 12, and it is firmly fixed with a first end 12A to said casing 2, about a third rotation pin 13C.

[0051] Advantageously, said arm 12 is preferably arranged so that, when said damping means 1 1 is in a resting condition, that is when said shank 1 1 A is basically completely retracted within the cylindrical casing 1 1 B, its second end 12B overlaps said second guiding track 20, and advantageously in correspondence of an intermediate portion with respect to the extension of the same, therefore interfering with the sliding movement of said second slide 8. [0052] Hereinafter there is shown the operation of a control device according to the embodiment of the present invention previously described with reference to figures from 5 to 8.

[0053] In figure 5 there is shown the device 1 in a configuration that basically corresponds to a condition wherein the door wing A is in a closed position. In this configuration, said first slide 7 is arranged in the first stop position within the respective first guiding track 80, that is in the vicinity of a first edge end 80A of the same, with said first spring 9 interposed and in a starting preloading condition; said second slide 8 is, in turn, arranged in the first stop position, stopped or in the vicinity of a first end edge 20A of the respective second guiding track 20, with said second spring 10 in a starting preloading condition. In particular, the starting preloading condition of said springs 9, 10 is set so as to firmly keep said door wing A in the closed position. Said damping means 1 1 is on the contrary in a resting position, with the shank 1 1 A basically inserted in the respective cylindrical casing 1 1 B.

[0054] When the door wing A is being opened, the cable 6 is put into traction, transmitting to the first slide 7 to which it is fixed, a tractive force that provokes its sliding movement along said first guiding track 80 in the direction shown by the arrow F; this movement is contrasted by the elastic action of said first spring 9 which, in this first opening phase, prevents the door wing A from acquiring a high speed.

[0055] In this condition, the friction developed by the sliding of the first slide 7, dragged by the weight of the door wing A, within the first guiding track 80 can give a progressive sliding movement also to said second slide 8, in contrast with said second spring 10, in particular if said first and said second spring 9, 10 have basically the same return force, or the difference of intensity between the two is not high.

[0056] On the contrary, if said second spring 10 has a return force much greater than that of the first spring 9, so as to overcome the friction force developed by the sliding of the first slide 7, in the first opening phases of the opening of the door wing A said second slide 8 basically remains in the first stop position, that is stopped or in the vicinity of said first end edge 20A of the second guiding track 20.

[0057] As shown in figure 6, when the door wing A has been displaced by a rotation having a width of a first angle a such as of about 20 ° with respect to the closed position, said first slide 7 reaches the second stop position, defined by a second end edge 80B of said first guiding track 80 obtained on said second slide 8, which possibly may have undergone a certain translation motion within the respective guiding track 20. [0058] At this stage, further rotations of the door wing A in the opening direction cause the first slide 7 to transfer the stress on the cable 6 to the second slide 8, becoming integral to it, and slidably dragging the latter along the respective second guiding track 20 towards the relative second stop position, in the direction shown by the arrow F of figure 6.

[0059] Anyway, the sliding of said second slide 8 is elastically contrasted by said second spring 10, which exerts an elastic return action of the same towards the first stop position.

[0060] As the door wing A continues the rotation motion towards the opened position, the cable 6 progressively pulled by the weight of the door wing A drags said second slide 8, by means of the engagement with said first slide 7, along said second guiding track 20: advantageously, when the door wing A makes a rotation of a width of a second angle β with respect to the closed position, for example of about 45 °, said second slide 8 comes into contact with the free end 12B of said lever arm 12, as shown in figure 7.

[0061] From now on, the rotation of said door wing A towards the opened position is therefore elastically contrasted by the action of said first spring 9, that tends to elastically return said first slide 7 towards the relative first stop position, by the action of said second spring 10, that tends to return said second slide 8 towards the relative first stop position, and finally by the damping action of said damping means 1 1 , which is stimulated by the interference between the free end 12B of said arm 12 and the travel of said second slide 8.

[0062] Advantageously, the viscous fluid within said damping means 1 1 contrasts the extraction telescopic movement of said shank 1 1 A with respect to said cylindrical casing 1 1 B, therefore further limiting the descent speed of the door wing A and thus avoiding the final opening impact.

[0063] Thanks to the reciprocal arrangement of said actuating arm 12 and said damping means 1 1 , the actuation of the latter is obtained by means of a lever mechanism which allows to produce a progressive braking force on said slide 8.

[0064] As shown in figure 8, upon reaching the opened position of the door wing A, said cable 6 is in the position of maximum extraction with respect to said casing 2, since its second end 6B is situated in the vicinity of said exit opening 5. Both said first slide 7 and said second slide 8 are in the respective second stop position in the relative first and second guiding track 80, 20, respectively in contrast with the action of said first spring 9 and said second spring 10 which are extended to the maximum. Finally, said shank 1 1 A is extracted up to its maximum with respect to the relative casing 1 1 B. [0065] Upon the closing of the door wing A, the tension on the cable 6 is progressively reduced; said first and second springs 9, 10 therefore return said first and said second slide 7, 8 towards the relative first stop position.

[0066] According to an advantageous characteristic of the present invention, described with reference to figures 9A and 9B, on the free end 12B of said arm 12 there is obtained a longitudinal groove 18 preferably arcuate, adapted to receive a relative engagement tooth 88 projecting from a front edge of said second slide 8.

[0067] During the opening movement of the door wing A, when said second slide 8 reaches said second end 12B of the actuating arm 12, said engagement tooth 88 arranges itself on the relative groove 18, anyway without producing any effect on the travel of the second slide 8. Advantageously, on the contrary, during the closing movement of the door wing A, said engagement tooth 88 remains inserted in the relative groove 18, allowing said second slide 8 to displace at the same time also said arm 12, to reactivate said damping means 1 1 .

[0068] Said groove 18 is advantageously configured so that when said damping means 1 1 again reaches the resting condition, that is the condition wherein said shank 1 1 A is inserted inside the relative casing 1 1 B, said tooth 88 exits the same groove, allowing said second slide 8 to continue its travel towards the respective first stop position.

[0069] Advantageously, if said second spring 10 has an elastic return force of a higher intensity with respect to that of the first spring 9, when said door wing A reaches a position basically near the closed position, said second slide 8 has reached the first stop position; further rotations of the door wing A in the closing direction further decrease the tension of the cable 6, and therefore allow said first spring 9 to elastically return said first slide 7 towards the respective first stop position, with a progressively decreasing force, thus controlling the closing speed of the wing A and avoiding the impact of the same against the body of the piece of furniture M.

[0070] According to a further advantageous characteristic of the present invention, said control device 1 further comprises anchoring means 60, adapted to constrain said first end 6A of said cable 6 to the inner surface of the door wing A of the piece of furniture M, advantageously configured so that, at the moment of the assembly, it is possible to easily adjust the length of the cable 6. In fact, the length of the cable 6 that can be used in a device 1 according to the present invention basically depends on the assembly position of said casing 2 with respect to the piece of furniture M and on the depth of the cavity defined by the same piece of furniture. [0071] As shown in figure 10, said anchoring means 60 basically comprise a first and second blocking body 61 , 62, adapted to be connected one to the other through blocking means 63 in order to firmly block a portion of said cable 6 between them, moreover, said anchoring means 60 comprise an anchoring element 65 adapted to be fixed to the door wing A and defining a housing seat 65A, and a covering element 66.

[0072] As shown in figures 1 1 A - 1 1 G, there are shown the steps to carry out in order to adjust the length and anchor the cable 6 to the door wing A. At first the length of the cable 6 is roughly set, for example using a suitable template, it is then tailored and one of its free end is introduced within said first blocking body 61 , in case engaging it provisionally on inner return means.

[0073] Said first blocking body 61 is then associated to said second blocking body 62, anyway without carrying out the final blocking, and the holding block 64 thus obtained is removably housed in said housing seat 65A provided in the anchoring element 65 previously fixed to the door wing A. Proceeding iteratively in this way, it is possible to determine more precisely the best length of the cable 6, which is permanently set removing the possible exceeding portion and firmly joining one to the other said blocking bodies 61 ,62 by means of clamping means 63.

[0074] Advantageously, the blocking block 64 thus obtained, now firmly joined to the first end 6A of the cable 6, is permanently housed within said housing seat 65A; said covering element 66, provided with a through slotted opening 66A through which it is possible to allow the passage of

the cable 6, is then slidably placed on said seat 65 A and pushed fit to the anchoring element 65 by means of a pair of elastic tabs 66B.

[0075] Advantageously, the tension of the cable 6 can be set when mounting the device 1 on the piece of furniture M also in correspondence of the opposed end 6B of the cable 6, acting on the adjustment means 70 preferably provided on said first slide 7 and shown in figure 12.

[0076] Said first slide 7 is advantageously obtained from two overlapped portions 71 , 72, defining a cavity adapted to house an adjustment element 74, such as a screw provided with a threaded shank integral to an operation head 74A, for example formed by a toothed head. Advantageously, said cavity is provided with a stop wall 72A adapted to firmly hold into position said head 74A, in order to avoid axial translations of said adjustment element 74. [0077] The second end 6B of the cable 6 is constrained to a blocking body 73 provided with a through hole 73A internally threaded and adapted to engage the thread of the shank of said adjustment element 74.

[0078] An operation opening 75 is advantageously obtained on the upper portion 71 of said first slide 7, and realized so as to be able to reach the operation head 74A with a suitable tool in order to drag into rotation said adjustment element 74, thus adjusting the position of the blocking body 73 with respect to the threaded shank, and therefore giving the desired tension to the cable 6.

[0079] In conclusion, from the foregoing it is apparent how a device 1 for controlling the opening/closing of door wings of pieces of furniture according to the present invention allows to achieve the previously expected objects and advantages.

[0080] In fact, thanks to advantageous arrangement on the rear of the back R of the piece of furniture, said device 1 is basically completely hidden from view, and does not take up the usable space inside the cavity of the piece of furniture. Concurrently, this arrangement does not affect in any way the functionality of the same device, as there are provided suitable guiding means 200 which allow its normal use.

[0081] Furthermore, it is apparent that a control device 1 according to the present invention is very easy to assemble and, with time, it ensures a high level of robustness and reliability, besides allowing a quick replacement of possibly damaged elements or means, anyway promptly available on the market.

[0082] Advantageously, said control device 1 is provided with a plurality of means and elements which make it possible to carry out an easy and quick adjustment based on the weight (and on the dimensions) of the door wing A to be controlled, also when installing the same, allowing a great flexibility of use.

[0083] Furthermore, thanks to the presence of a first and second elastic means 9, 10, 10' adapted to be actuated at different times of the travel of the door wing A, it is offered a differentiated elastic return force, so as to ensure a smooth displacement of the same door wing, both when opening and when closing.

[0084] Of course, the present invention can have a great number of applications, modifications or variants without exiting its scope as defined in the appended claim 1 . Furthermore, the materials and equipment used to realize the present invention, as well as the forms and dimensions of the individual components, can be the most suitable according to specific requirements.