Window Fashions Leader Captures Product of the Year for Silhouette Eco Friendly with LiteRise Lifting System

It is a pleasure to know they just won a ton of awards for being really green living leaders in eco friendly window fashions leader Hunter Douglas have it all, according to the just-announced results of the annual Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Product Awards.

For the 17th consecutive year, the company has won more awards than any other manufacturer – an outstanding 27 out of the 50 conferred this year.  In addition, Hunter Douglas captured the coveted Product of the Year for the 12thyear as well as the prestigious Judges’ Award reserved for a submission selected by the panel that exhibits measurable benefit or standout aesthetic appeal to end-users.

Hunter Douglas Duette Architella energy efficiency shades
Hunter Douglas Duette Architella energy efficiency shades

image“We’re grateful for these prestigious awards from an independent panel of judges,” said Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas President and CEO.  “Our company is committed to providing today’s discerning consumers with innovative window fashions of superb quality and enduring style.”

Product of the Year went to Silhouette® window shadings with the LiteRise® lifting system.  This of course is only on the most eco friendly product they have!!!!!

Silhouette® with LiteRise® features a soft-touch handle allows for simple, convenient operation.

Hunter Douglas Merchandising garnered the discretionary Judges’ Award for “Excellence in enhancement, innovation and social media marketing of overall merchandising to the end-user and to the industry.”  The company won 12 out of 13 awards in this category.

This product was also awarded Most Innovative Overall Concept in the “Health and Environmental Safety” Green Category of the awards and Best New Technical Innovation in the Miscellaneous Products and Specialty Applications Category.

In the Cellular Shades Category, Enhancements to Duette® (MY FAVORITE) honeycomb shades walked away with Best Enhancement.  These include three new fabrics and one additional street-side color option for highly energy-efficient Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades as well as the Next Generation Common Headrail.

Not surprisingly, in the Green Products – Energy Efficiency Category, Enhancements to Duette® Architella® honeycomb shade fabrics earned Best New Style Concept.

Duette® Architella® Batiste Bamboo fabric, made from sustainable and recycled materials with 45 percent of the fabric bamboo, in the new opaque opacity was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Use of Sustainable Materials in the Green Products – Sustainability Category. 

Pirouette® window shadings in the eco-conscious Cotton fabric made from up to 80 percent recycled yarns and highly textured with a soft and inviting feel was named Best of Use of Recycled Materials in the Category.

Best Enhancement in the Shadings and Sheers Category was awarded to the 2012 Pirouette® window shadings Collectio.  New fabrics include Satin Metallic, shimmering metallic fabric exuding modern style; the eco-conscious Cotton; Angelica, luxurious tinted sheers on both the front and back; Shantung, with the look and feel of raw silk in rich, bold hues; and Bamboo Flax, which combines bamboo and flax yarns.

Last but not least in the Product Awards, the 2012 EverWood® Collection of alternative wood blinds won Best New Style Concept in the Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Category.  With distinct new choices and finishes, this collection is generating more excitement than ever.  The innovative natural effects themes – Grass Weave, Leather and Linen – mark the first time in the industry that the proprietary TruGrain® finish has expanded beyond wood looks, bringing other on-trend natural materials to the window.  The new Renditions™ wood-grain effects finishes showcase an industry-first process that elevates alternative wood blinds for the value-driven customer.

Source: Hunter Douglas Inc., Facebook headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products.  The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.

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