2007 Winners
Honorable Mention
Additional Submissions
Thanks to Our Judges

2007 Winners

Hunter Douglas
Modern Precious Metals® Reveal™ with MagnaView™
FuA WindoW coverings Ltd.
ARTISAN Leather Woven Wood Shades
Lutron Electronics
Sivoia Manual Shades
Rollease, inc.
Sliding Shuttle Operating System
Norman
PerfectTilt™ Motorized Shutter Control System
Norman
Natural Expressions™
HeritAge LAce inc.
Provinaire Roller Shades
KirscH
Cellular Day / Night
Somfy Systems, Inc.
Telis LCD Remote Control Range
FinecrAFt WindoW FAsHions
Tableaux™ Shutters
Hunter Douglas
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Hunter Douglas
Retail Modular Display System
Hunter Douglas
Silhouette® Window Shadings with Tilt-Only Low-Profile System
Hunter Douglas
Premieres 2006: Out Prepare, Out Perform, Out Produce
Hunter Douglas
3-in-1 Promotion
Hunter Douglas
Skyline™ Gliding Window Panels
Hunter Douglas
The Duette® Architella™ Collection of Honeycomb Shades
Hunter Douglas
Skyline™ Gliding Window Panels Sample Book
PAris teXAs Hardware
Regal Reflections
Comfortex Window Fashions
Woodwinds® SuperNatural™ Woodtone Shutters

WINNER - Product of the Year

most innovative overall design

best new style concept

best new technical innovation

Hunter Douglas

Modern Precious Metals® Reveal™ with MagnaView™

Product Category: Horizontal Blinds

The new Reveal with MagnaView patent-pending, aluminum blind combines exclusive tilt operation with traditional Hunter Douglas quality. Tilted closed, it looks like a traditional blind; tilted open, it reveals twice the view of an ordinary horizontal blind. The 1" slat model opens to reveal the view of a 2" blind, and the 2" model, opens to reveal the view of a 4" blind. Features include cord stop and crystal-clear designer tassels for a cleaner, upscale look.

 

WINNER

best new style concept

FuA WindoW coverings Ltd.

ARTISAN Leather Woven Wood Shades

Product Category: Wood Blinds/Shadings (Wood, Faux Wood)

There’s something wonderfully sensual about the allure of genuine leather. Rich in appearance. Pleasurable to the touch. And that unmistakable scent!

It was only natural that FUA Window Coverings would combine the distinctive patterns of our woven woods with the timeless appeal of leather. The result: ARTISAN Leather. Six extraordinary woven patterns that represent classic style and textural beauty,

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WINNER

best new technical innovation

most innovative design

Lutron Electronics

Sivoia Manual Shades

Product Category: Pleated and Roller Shades

Lutron Electronics designed the industry’s first truly convertible manual shade. The new Sivoia Manual Shades create a visually seamless solution for mixed-use spaces requiring manual and electronic shades or spaces that later upgrade to electronic shades, while maintaining the system’s smooth, quiet operation. Ideal for commercial and residential applications, converting the shades is as easy as pulling off the manual clutch and inserting a Sivoia QED™ roller 64 drive at any point during the project.

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WINNER

best new technical innovation

Rollease, inc.

Sliding Shuttle Operating System

Product Category: Cellular Shades

Rollease has developed a new, patent pending lift-cord take up for 1 and 1.5 inch head rail for pleated, cellular, fabric Roman and woven wood shades. The unique design of the sliding shuttle virtually eliminates permanent lift-line tangling. This is accomplished through the unique parabolic nose design. Each Sliding Shuttle cartridge wraps lift-line evenly onto individual traversing shafts. Each cartridge works in unison with the others to keep a shade level at all times.

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WINNER

most innovative overall design

Norman

PerfectTilt™ Motorized Shutter Control System

Product Category: Motorization

Norman is pleased to present a remote-control shutter for its entire line of wood products — Sussex® and Normandy®. Norman’s new remote shutters feature three unique features. The remote control operates the shutter in three pre-set angles: 45°, 90° and 135°. The control range switch allows the user to control one, several or multiple shutters at a time. And, unlike other shutters, we allow for the shutters to be positioned manually.

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WINNER

best new style concept

Norman

Natural Expressions™

Product Category: Specialty Applications

Natural Expressions™ is a woven insert and panel collection for shutter louvers. Available as an option on Sussex® Shutters, Natural Expressions inserts come in six designer styles. The woven inserts and panels are made from a selection of organic reeds and grasses.

Norman has patented an innovative sandwiching technique that permanently inserts woven bamboo into the center sections of specialty louvers and panels. The result is an attractive, lightfiltering shutter accent.

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WINNER

best new style concept

HeritAge LAce inc.

Provinaire Roller Shades

Product Category: Pleated and Roller Shades

Provinaire Roller Shades offer the ultimate in privacy and light control. Finely-knit fabrics with unique textures and patterns create stylish designs with depth and dimension. Every fabric is available in sheer, light-filtering or room-darkening versions to accommodate the designer’s specifications for privacy and light control. Provinaire Roller Shades incorporate a very durable, industry-proven hardware system with optional cassette head rail and fabric-wrapped bottom rail. This unique and versatile system offers unparalleled design solutions.

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WINNER

best new style concept

KirscH

Cellular Day / Night

Product Category: Cellular Shades

Kirsch’s patented pending Day / Night feature offers consumers two fabrics in one operating shade! Control light and privacy levels in your room by pairing our new sheer fabric with our blockout fabric in the Day / Night shade. The patent pending feature removes the middle rail and offers a seamless transition from one fabric to another when opening and closing the shade. Kirsch’s new Day / Night design provides a smaller stack when raised.

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WINNER

best new technical innovation

Somfy Systems, Inc.

Telis LCD Remote Control Range

Product Category: Motorization

Somfy’s Telis LCD Remote Control Range includes the Telis Composio, a 20 channel RTS handheld remote and the Impresario Chronis, a handheld programmable RTS timer that allows for the creation of 16 different scheduled scenarios. Each offers unsurpassed control of motorized window coverings and has an on-screen display that provides for easy navigation of channels and scenarios. Each is also available in either a black or a silver finish to match any décor.

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WINNER

most innovative overall design

FinecrAFt WindoW FAsHions

Tableaux™ Shutters

Product Category: Shutters

Tableaux™ Shutters are a unique, innovative & versatile decorative solution that provides the look and feel of wrought iron along with the beauty and functionality of a custom shutter. The main features and benefits of the Tableaux™ Shutters are the fact that you can have a custom shutter married with ornamental design and most importantly the constant ability to maximize both privacy and light.

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WINNER

best new style concept

Hunter Douglas

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Product Category: Alternative Shading Products

The Vignette line from Hunter Douglas has been repositioned as Vignette Modern Roman Shades. The entire product line has been refreshed and refined with 11 fabric styles and 95 fabric / color combinations, 44 of which are new. Also new, Vignette Tailored shades consist of crisp, contemporary six-inch flat folds that resonate with consumers who prefer a more casual or modern look. They come in a selection of seven top-selling fabrics and 63 colors. The UltraGlide® popular single retractable cord system is now available on all Vignette Modern Roman Shades.

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WINNER

most innovative point of sale display program

Hunter Douglas

Retail Modular Display System

Product Category: Merchandising

The newly redesigned Retail Modular Display system from Hunter Douglas is in a rich, dark maple finish and includes many features such as a large Hunter Douglas logo, wide product units to display larger product samples, background scenery to help achieve a sense of depth for the shopper, large product identification cards for easy legibility, and a new back to back product unit that is freestanding and includes backlighting to highlight specific fabrics, opacities and patterns.

To promote this new and improved system, a very effective fourmonth promotion ran during the 2nd trimester which resulted in the sale of 7,500 displays.

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WINNER

best new technical innovation

Hunter Douglas

Silhouette® Window Shadings with Tilt-Only Low-Profile System

Product Category: Specialty Applications

Silhouette window shadings from Hunter Douglas now offer a Tilt-Only Low-Profile hardware system that when tilted closed is 60 percent smaller than the standard tilt-only system. Since the shading and its headrail can be tilted closed to almost flat, the new hardware makes it easy to place Silhouette shadings on glass doors that open against other doors and walls. It also refines the look of Silhouette shadings on narrow sidelights. It is offered in all two- and three-inch fabrics with a fabric-covered headrail. Customers can use a tab on the end cap or a colorcoordinated tilt wand to control the light.

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WINNER

best educational program

Hunter Douglas

Premieres 2006: Out Prepare, Out Perform, Out Produce

Product Category: Merchandising

Premieres delivers knowledge about new Hunter Douglas products and how to sell them. It is put on by 20 fabricators across North America, and in 2006, over 13,000 dealers were trained. The training is broken into modules and teamed with a portable professional display system contained in rolling cases. With the 2006 “Survivor” theme,” participants (who received an invitation shaped like backpack) watched a video where four shipwrecked Hunter Douglas dealers learn the importance of Premieres. They were then divided into teams and given puzzles, games, trivia and even a relay race where they operated each new product. Other learning platforms included PowerPoint, videos, displays and workbooks.

Customizable by fabricators, Premieres workshops ran four hours, with class sizes from 15 to 100 people. Those attending Premieres have increased sales up to 30 percent over dealers that don’t participate in any training.

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WINNER

best advertising and promotion

Hunter Douglas

3-in-1 Promotion

Product Category: Merchandising

The 2006 Hunter Douglas 3-in-1 Promotion offered aligned Hunter Douglas dealers an opportunity to drive consumer traffic and increase sales and profits during the important fall and winter selling season. The fully integrated program featured three components: the annual Hunter Douglas Holiday Sales Event, a Child Safety Promotion timed to coordinate with Child Safety Month in October and an Energy Efficiency Program. The promotion featured limited-time consumer rebates and instant savings on select Hunter Douglas products. The kit included ads for TV, radio and print, as well as direct marketing and point-ofsale materials. The program was also supported by a series of national Internet banner ads.

 

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WINNER

best new technical innovation

Hunter Douglas

Skyline™ Gliding Window Panels

Product Category: Alternative Shading Products

Skyline Gliding Window Panels from Hunter Douglas feature panels in 187 SKUs that overlap for a clean, crisp look with continuous coverage. A new patented headrail system allows for a long run of the product without increasing the depth of the headrail. Custom-colored hardware adds a more finished look that coordinates with the fabrics in the collection. Panels are available in two widths to provide uniformity on multiple windows within a room. Initially available exclusively to Hunter Douglas Gallery™ and Showcase Priority Dealers.

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WINNER

most innovative overall design

Hunter Douglas

The Duette® Architella™ Collection of Honeycomb Shades

Product Category: Cellular Shades

The Duette Architella Collection from Hunter Douglas features a patented construction consisting of a honeycomb nestled within a honeycomb. This provides two more air pockets than any other cellular shade and dramatically increases R-values by up to 38%. Duette Architella fabrics deliver deep, luminous color saturation in both semi-opaque and opaque opacities. The outer fabric has a distinct softness with striking symmetrical pleats due to the internal honeycomb supporting the shade’s overall structure. Duette Architella is available in 12 rich colors and two pleat sizes: 3/4 " and 1 1/4 ".

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WINNER

best new sampling program

Hunter Douglas

Skyline™ Gliding Window Panels Sample Book

Product Category: Merchandising

Designed with the customer in mind, this fabric-covered book opens to become a free-standing display. To help complete the selection process more effectively, the product is organized into five style categories, each with its own fabric deck with large swatches of each SKU complete with key information.

A sample of the patented hardware system with a color reference brochure is included in its own display case within the book. A removable Style Guide provides a quick reference to the five categories and features actual samples. A full-color brochure shows room setting and detail photography.

The book comes with a removable shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.

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WINNER

best new style concept

PAris teXAs hardware

Regal Reflections

Product Category: Drapery Hardware

This new resin and wood collection is a compilation of the “best of the best” of our classic Paris Texas Hardware styles and finishes. Several new finials and accessories round out this rich drapery hardware palette.

What makes the collection different?

10-day business production – custom-painted poles, rings and brackets in 12 exclusive finishes ship within 10 business days

12 finishes include three new wood patinas – Tudor, Branchwood and Java – and nine original timeless favorites

Scaled to fit 1 3/8" and 2 1/4 " diameter fluted wood poles

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WINNER

best new style concept

Comfortex Window Fashions

Woodwinds® SuperNatural™ Woodtone Shutters

Product Category: Shutters

Thanks to advanced thermal polymer technology, Comfortex Window Fashions has reinvented composite shutters by making them stronger and more resilient than ever before. The durable shutter finish of Woodwinds SuperNatural Woodtone Shutters withstands scratching, scuffing, cracking and warping for maintenance-free, moisture resistant luxury that is better than 100% wood.

Not only does the astonishing durability set an industry standard; the revolutionary SuperNatural process is so amazing, so lifelike, that you won’t be able to tell a SuperNatural Shutter apart from its wood complement. Four exceptional wood tone stains blend with today’s furniture and woodwork.

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