HUNTER DOUGLAS WINS MOST AWARDS EVER IN WCMA PRODUCT COMPETITION

~ Window Fashions Leader Also Captures Product of the Year for Platinum™ App for Motorized Window Treatments ~

PEARL RIVER, N.Y., April 9, 2013 –

For the 18th consecutive year Hunter Douglas has won more awards than any other company in the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Product Awards, the benchmark of industry excellence. This year the window fashions leader outdid itself, capturing an unprecedented 34 honors out of the 56 conferred. Hunter Douglas also earned the coveted Product of the Year for the 13th year 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. The company also swept two product categories and won 10 out of 13 Merchandising Awards.

“We’re very pleased that the Window Covering Manufacturers Association independent panel of judges has given such a strong endorsement of our innovative products and programs,” said Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas President and CEO. “We’re grateful for these honors and look forward to providing our many exciting new products and programs to our loyal customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

 

Product of the Year went to the Platinum™ App for Hunter Douglas motorized window treatments. Offering precise control from a mobile device, this free App provides a user-friendly interface with a personal touch. You can move all the window coverings in the home or a room at the same time or one at a time, in real time. Or use the timer feature to schedule it for later. Customized slider bars for each product style make operation slide-to-set simple. Choose to operate by scene (activity), by room, or by time. The Platinum App™ is a taste of home automation, with design style to boot, at a fraction of the cost.  The App also garnered Most Innovative Overall Concept in the Motorization Category.

In the Cellular Shades Category, the 2013 Duette® Honeycomb Shades Collection was named Best Style Concept. The industry’s largest and most comprehensive offering, the collection includes five new highly insulating Architella® fabrics with the cell-within-a-cell construction. New Duette Architella Trielle™ is the most energy-efficient Hunter Douglas window covering with its unique construction that creates five pockets of insulating air in a new 1 ½” pleat size. Renewal™ boasts more than 25 percent recycled content. Batiste Semi-Sheer is the first view-through honeycomb in Architella™.  India Silk is a luxuriously woven fabric with a subtle texture paired with a slight shimmer. Opalessence™ is highlighted with mica in copper, silver and gold hues. The popular Elan fabric also has an expanded offering. In addition, there are exciting new options for covering skylights and specialty shapes as well as enhancements to the Vertiglide™ design option.