Benefits of Motorization Campaign Underway
An initiative by the Allied Manufacturers of Motorized Products (AMMP) is underway to inform architects, builders, designers, electricians and end-users about the benefits and availability of motorization within commercial and home automation solutions.
A key feature of the AMMP campaign is its Web site, www.ammp.info, which states the benefits of motorization: convenience; energy and money savings; protection; safety; comfort; luxury; cutting edge.
AMMP, a consortium of industry leading manufacturers, launched its Web site in September.
B&W Releases Updated Shades of Elegance
B&W Window Fashions, Gurnee, IL, announced in mid-October an extensive update to its Shades of Elegance™ Roller Shade Collection. The update includes a wide assortment of natural weaves along with rich textures such as suede, the company stated.
Reflecting its commitment to eco-friendly materials, more than half of the 60 new fabrics introduced by B&W are GreenGuard and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified, it added.
Shades of Elegance™, B&W’s exclusive line of custom roller shades, contains an assortment of more than 200 fabrics from around the world, custom crafted into spring roller shades, clutch roller shades, roman shades and the company’s Élance™ Sliding Panels, according to a company statement.
New KBlair Catalog
A new KBlair Finials catalog has been published and, according to Sunil Patel, Orion Ornamental Iron CEO, the new Preview Catalog highlights the company’s hand-cut crystal finials, decorative inlay rods, wood resin finials, rings and brackets—all available in 20 hand-painted finishes.
“Because Orion has more buying power,” said Patel, “we have been able to substantially reduce most of the prices for this line.” Patel added that the catalog focuses on a selection of KBlair’s best sellers and that it is being offered while the company is designing a completely new KBlair line.
Orion, North Hollywood, CA, purchased KBlair, a 15-year-old company, in February 2008 (see D&WC, March 2008, page 18.)
Insolroll Completes Expansion, Remodel
Insolroll Window Shading Systems, Louisville, CO, has recently completed the extensive expansion and remodeling of its facility in Louisville. The improved production facility includes new state-of-the-art fabric handling equipment and additional warehouse space for an expanded fabric inventory. In total, the enhancements have allowed the company to become more efficient, reduce lead times and maintain consistent high quality, the company stated.
As part of this project, the company also has created a new training room that hosts its Dealer Training Seminars. The new training room, several new conference rooms, a redesigned lunch area and completely remodeled offices highlight the front-of-the-house improvements, it added.
Graber Debuts Finishing Touches
Graber®, a Springs Window Fashions brand, Middleton, WI, is adding a collection of new accessories to its roller, roman and natural shades called Finishing Touches.
Adding dimension and texture to valances and hems, the collection offers consumers accessories such as custom decorative wood cornices, crystallized bead trim and braided fringe embellishments. In addition, Graber offers the exclusive Deco-Pocket, a decorative pocket hem, which allows for the insertion of an accent rod into the bottom of a shade.
“Consumers are increasingly requesting options that allow them to personalize their home decors, which is why we’re giving our dealers the resources to customize each installation and increase their profitability with this point-of-sale addition,” said Greg Farr, senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Graber’s Finishing Touches include crystal and wood beaded trim in round or teardrop shapes and in a range of colors; braided fringe in classically braided styles or more ornate options; gimps and braid trims in 3/16, 3/8 and 1 1/4-inch sizes in diverse colors; and wood cornices and valances crafted from premium hardwood and finished in the same stains and paints used on its Traditions wood blinds and shutters.
PDE Releases Three How-to Video Lessons
Precision Draperies Education (PDE), Westminster, CO, has added three new how-to mini-lessons to the membership section of its Web site. The new titles are “How to Sew & Make a Jumbo Welt Braided Tieback,” “How to Make an Inside Mount Arch Template,” and “How to Make an Outside Mount Arch Template.”
December releases will include “How to Make a Flange Pillow with Mitered Corners,” “How to Sew French Seams on Sheers” and “How to Tack & Stuff a Goblet Pleat.”
According to Kirk Axelson, president, all lessons are shot on location in the company’s workroom, allowing a quicker turnaround in response to customer requests for new content.
Brimar Introduces Two New Trim Collections
Brimar, Inc., Lake Forest, IL, has launched two new decorative trim collections featuring special details and materials.
Stratford trims feature plush velvet accents and metallic details in multi-tones fabrics. The color palette casts a deep gold, citron green, sky blue, minty blue-green, fleshy pink and chocolate brown, the company stated.
Monaco is a collection of dainty trimmings infused with tried-and-true colors to coordinate with traditional prints and newer transitional textiles, it added. Colorways such as fresh mango with pistachio or robust raspberry and key lime mix with everyday neutrals to round out the palette.
Greenhouse Design Launches Web Site,
Eco-Friendly Fabric Collection
Greenhouse Design, High Point, NC, has launched a new Web site with a customer-focused approach to browsing and shopping for fabrics, the company stated. The new GreenhouseDesign.net features full-color photos of many popular fabrics in use in actual room settings.
The Web site provides a searchable database stocked with more than 10,000 fabrics and trims, according to a company statement. Search categories include specific colors, patterns, price points, item number, keyword and sample book. The results are presented in an easy-to-read grid format. Fabric categories range from solids, stripes and plaids to contract and earth-friendly fabrics.
The company also released four color books earlier this year featuring earth-friendly fabrics produced by North Carolina manufacturer Valdese. This collection of fabrics is made using 100-percent recycled polyester warps.
To meet the earth-friendly criteria, the fabrics must meet several specifications including the use of environmentally safe and healthy materials, design for material reutilization (recycling and composting), the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, efficient use of water and maximum water quality associated with production and instituting strategies for social responsibility.
Wesco Hosts Trip to French Riviera
Wesco Fabrics Inc., Denver, CO, hosted customers on an incentive trip to Cannes on the French Riviera in September.
Marla and Dick Gentry, president and vice president, respectively, accompanied designers from around the United States as they enjoyed themselves with trips to Monaco, Saint Tropez and even partied on an Italian luxury yacht.
The company’s next incentive trip will be to Bangkok and the island of Koh Samui in March 2009.
Lutron Launches New Consumer
Shading Solutions Web Site
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Coopersburg, PA, has unveiled a new Web site designed for homeowners interested in its automated shading systems: www.lutron-shades.com. The site showcases Lutron shades through an intuitive interface, streamlined product information and photography. Consumers can browse through Lutron’s various shade types and applications and see specific environments where shading systems are used throughout the home.
A streaming video, “Lutron Shading Solutions: Experience the Magic,” takes visitors step-by-step through the various functions and styles of automated shades and demonstrates how they are controlled. The video also shows firsthand how consumers can save energy by installing Lutron shades.
Lutron shading systems offer an extensive line of woven wood and soft fabric designs, as well as various aesthetic options for keypads, wall plates and remote controls. Each design can be found on the Lutron Shading Solutions site.