ADEX AWARDS TO TWO INDUSTRY MANUFACTURERS
Two window coverings industry manufacturers have been recognized for product design and presented an Award for Design Excellence (ADEX).
Comfortex Corp., Maplewood, NY, received a gold level ADEX in the window treatment category for its Harmony™ Cellular Verticals.
Draper, Inc., Spiceland, IN, received a Platinum Award, the highest level of recognition, for its IntelliFlex control system.
The ADEX awards are sponsored by Design Journal. Award winners are selected by an anonymous panel of design industry professionals and are selected for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes marketed to the design trade.
HUNTER DOUGLAS PRODUCTS RECEIVE GOOD DESIGN AWARDS
Four recently introduced products from Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Upper Saddle River, NJ, have received Good Design Awards. Heritance® hardwood shutters, improvements to Remembrance® Window Shades, PowerTilt™ Remote Control Motorization and Cadence™ Soft Vertical Blinds were selected.
The Good Design awards are hosted by the Chicago (IL) Athenaeum, a distinguished cultural institution and one of the few museums of architecture and design in the United States. Good Design bestows international recognition upon design and manufacturers for advanced, new and innovative product concepts and originality.
HOULES NAMED DESIGNERS' TOP ACCESSORY SOURCE
Houlès, Paris, France, was named best source for design accessories by top interior designers polled in a survey for House & Garden magazine. The results of the survey were published in the magazine’s April 2004 issue.
The poll asked interior designers specifically which companies they prefer to buy from for themselves and their clientele. “We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Sylvestre Bono, CEO of Houlès-U.S.A., the manufacturer’s American subsidiary.
LUTRON ADDS THREE UPDATES TO PRODUCT LINE
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Coopersburg, PA, has introduced three new line extensions to its Sivoia QED™ (Quiet Electronic Drive) product line: the Roller 225 System, which more than doubles the capacity of its Sivoia QED window shading system to offer smooth, precise, quiet control of large shades (up to 15 feet by 15 feet, or 225 square feet); an in-line coupled system that provides up to three adjacent shade panels to be tied together and driven by a single electronic drive unit; and a dual-mount shade system allowing two different styles of fabrics to be used on the same window (one in front of the other).
The Sivoia QED was designed with its electronic drive and internal components located inside the roller tube, allowing it to fit within a five- by five-inch pocket. It utilizes low-voltage wiring, allowing for easy retrofits, and its proprietary brackets allow roller tubes to be readily adjusted and easily aligned without removing fabric from the tube.
ITA SIGNS NEW FABRICATORS FOR TWO PRODUCT LINES
ITA, Inc., St. Augustine, FL, has announced three new fabricators
for its LaPlaya™ Shutters line. The shutter is based on MikronWood®
XT®, a composite that offers strength, stiffness, weight and
The new fabricators are: Davidson Bishop, Winston-Salem, NC; International Wood Shutters, Tampa, FL; and Finecraft Industries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
ITA also announces two new fabricators for its Caslan™ Designer Shadings. These soft-folding shades offer premium quality woven fabrics and a patented fabric panel system.
The new fabricators are: The Blind Maker, Austin, TX; and BlindWorld USA, Inc., Miami, FL.
WINDOW SHADING TECHNOLOGIES MOVES
Window Shading Technologies, Sylmar, CA, has opened its new manufacturing facility and showroom, a move that almost doubles its manufacturing space. The new address is 12843 Foothill Blvd. Suite A, Sylmar, CA 91342; (818) 838-6400; fax (818) 838-6409.
“In addition to streamlining manufacturing, the new facility has allowed us to inventory more components, additional fabric options and the opportunity to distribute Mermet fabrics,” says Bruce Tarpey.
The company is a longtime manufacturer of shading components for fabricators, a fabricator of custom manual and motorized shades as well as a distributor of hardware, fabrics, motors, electronic controls and roller shade and lift system components.
TECHNIKU INTRODUCES NEW CONTROLS, ACCESSORIES
Techniku, Broomfield, CO, introduces new receiver controls and
power accessories to support its IR and RF configurations. With
its Intelligence Interface and Power Distribution Box, Techniku
systems can be easily installed, upgraded and expanded to integrate
into full-home automation systems.
The Intelligence Interface (I2) brings communication to the individual window covering that can be concealed in the headrail or a variety of other placements. The I2 provides plug-in features for the motor, power (six- or 24-volt), RF or IR receiver port, RS485 networking and dry contact closure with switch operation.
The Power Distribution Box can be used with all Techniku automation systems, powering up to four window coverings. The Power Distribution Box relays incoming power (six-, 12 or 24-volt) from a power supply and transfers it to up to four window coverings. The small Box can be discretely concealed in a variety of locations.
SERVICE OFFERED TO CORRECT ERRORS
The Midwest-based Precision CutDown Service is offering its services
to blind retailers as an answer to mis-measured window treatments.
Retailers and homeowners can resize or relocate new or used privacy sheer products from several manufacturers with the original factory warranty honored after the serv
BLANKS FABRICS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS IN BALTIMORE
Blanks Fabrics, Woodlawn, MD, is celebrating 100 years in business
in the Baltimore area.
In the aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire in 1904, Isaac and Minnie Blank opened the doors to their home to welcome customers into their first-floor home goods shop. Here the business developed its customer-first attitude in providing towels, pillowcases, draperies, clothing and other much-needed home goods.
In 1996 the company moved to its present location in Woodlawn. Today, still a family owned and operated business, automated widow coverings and motorized blinds are just some of the many new and innovative products and services Blanks provides.
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WINDOW FASHIONS, INC. GOES ONLINE
Window Fashions, Inc., Cheswick, PA, has launched its new Web
The site gives visitors the ability to obtain information about
the products the company offers, as well as view product photographs.
The Window Fashions, Inc. Web site also offers dealers access to its Dealer Resource Center giving them the ability to place quotes and orders, check order status, view account balances and pay invoices online. The online site also contains user-friendly features that allow dealers to compare product pricing, view their product discount structure and track orders, as well as keep an informational database of customers for their convenience.
To obtain a login and password for the Dealer Resource Center please visit the site and submit the “Request for Login” application or contact the company’s sales department .