In the Industry - April 2013

WCMA 2013 Product Award Winners

Winners of the Window Covering Manufacturers Assn. (WCMA) Product Awards were honored during a reception at IWCE - Vision 13 in New Orleans on April 20, 2013. Program judges included: Susan Hirsh, North American manager for decorative programs, Benjamin Moore & Co.; Susan Huckvale Arann, interior designer and president, American & International Designs, Inc.; and Kimberly Scappaticci, design director, Wallauer’s Design Center. Top winners include:

Product of the Year—Platinum™ App for Hunter Douglas motorized window treatments.

Cellular Shades—Best New Technical Innovation: EZ Level System, Comfortex Window Fashions. Best Style Concept: 2013 Duette® Honeycomb Shades Collection, Hunter Douglas. Best Innovative Overall Concept: Solera™Soft Shades, Hunter Douglas.

Drapery Hardware—Best New Technical Innovation: Design Art Finial Adaptors, Orion Ornamental Iron, Inc. Best New Style Concept: Jackie Von Tobel Collection, Helser Brothers, Inc. Most Innovative Overall Concept: Flexible track for round curtain window, The Flex Tracks, LLC.

Green Products—Energy Efficiency—Best New Technical Innovation: PerfectTilt RF Solar, Norman Window Fashions. Best Style Concept: KoolBlack™Technology, Hunter Douglas. Most Innovative Overall Concept: Duette®Architella® Trielle™ Elan®, Hunter Douglas. Health and Environmental Safety—Best New Technical Innovation: Applause® honeycomb shades with SimpleLift™, Hunter Douglas. Most Innovative Overall Concept: Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Tiered™ Top-Down/Bottom-Up with LiteRise®, Hunter Douglas.

Sustainability—Best New Technical Innovation: SheerWeave® 4000/4100/4400 with Dow Ecolibrium™Bio-Based Plasticizers, Phifer Incorporated. Best New Style Concept: Duette® Architella® Renewal™, Hunter Douglas.

Motorization—Best Technical Innovation: PerfectTilt RF, Norman Window Fashions. Best New Style Concept: DecoFlex WireFree™ RTS Custom Engraved Wall Switch, Somfy Systems, Inc. Most Innovative Overall Concept: Platinum™ App for motorized treatments, Hunter Douglas.

Roman, Roller and Pleated Shades—Best New Technical Innovation: Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Tiered™ Top-Down/Bottom-Up with PowerRise® 2.1 Platinum™ Technology, Hunter Douglas. Best New Style Concept: Highlights Fabric Valance, Comfortex Window Fashions. Most Innovative Overall Concept: Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Tiered™ Top-Down/Bottom-Up with PowerRise® 2.1 Platinum™ Technology, Hunter Douglas.

Shadings and Sheers—Best Style Concept: 2013 Nantucket™ Window Shadings Collection, Hunter Douglas.
Shutters—Best New Technical Innovation: Norman Teak Shutters, Norman Window Fashions. Best New Style Concept: Mirage Shutters, Texton, Inc. Most Innovative Overall Concept: Uplifting Shutters, Comfortex Window Fashions.

Verticals and Panel Tracks—Best New Technical Innovation, Vertical Blind with Replaceable Carrier, Leader Blinds.

Wood/Faux Wood Blinds—Best New Style Concept: Designer’s Choice Horizontal Wood Blinds, Water’s Edge Blinds & Window Treatments.

Judges’ Award —Uplifting Shutters, Comfortex Window Fashions.

Specialty Applications winners include Hunter Douglas and Water’s Edge Blinds & Window Treatments.

Merchandising winners include Hunter Douglas, Springs Window Fashions and Norman Window Fashions.
For winners of Honorable Mentions and more details, visit wcmanet.org.


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