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NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Somfy wins an award in the USA

NEW PRODUCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-70

Wider windows mean new blinds collections

Features and articles

PROFILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21

S:Craft has celebrated its 20th year in business

CASE STUDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

A house has been modernised in Highgate, London

SOLAR SHADING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Mermet updates a school in France

FABRIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Decora has more fabric choices available now

PLEATED BLINDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

A new honeycomb collection is now available

SHUTTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-36

Louvolite has a new range of shutters

AWNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-48

There are many choices of awnings style available as Blinds &

Shutters found out

From the editor

Issue THREE 2022

As the cost of living crisis bites

and inflation and interest rates

rise it will be interesting to see

how the economy and consumer

spending will be affected.

Reports are already showing

that shoppers are buying fewer

items in supermarkets so will

this begin to affect the big

spends like holidays and home


Price rises are inevitably being

passed on to customers and

the word ‘recession’ is being

mentioned by many commentators.

The UK has had a tough

few years so let’s hope something

can be done to avoid an

economic meltdown

John Hatcher



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NEWS NEWSDESK: tel: 01923 437 618 mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com

Somfy wins US

industry award

Somfy has been recognized as advancing the industry’s

ongoing commitment to child safety in addition to their

product, TaHoma Gateway, awarded Best New Style

Concept in the Motorization and Automation category by

the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).

The 30th Annual WCMA Product Awards

recognized the best new products,

educational, and merchandising programs,

across ten categories, launched over the past

year in the window covering industry.

Somfy’s TaHoma was awarded in the

Automation and Motorization category for

its ability to control a wide range of interior

and exterior motorized products and

integrate with other modern smart devices

through its open technology platform.

Earlier this year, TaHoma was awarded

gold in the Connected Home category of

the 2021 Most Valuable Product Awards for

Residential Construction by Products

Magazine for its use of open, forwardthinking

technology and the convenience it

delivers to homeowners.

In addition to this year’s product awards,

the WCMA also recognized ten companies

committed to child safety. Somfy North

America, among those ten, was recognized

for the inclusion of cordless or inaccessible

cord operating systems in product designs.

“Over the last 50 years, Somfy has been

making life easier for millions of people

across the globe and ensuring that our

products are safe and long-lasting is a

priority in our product development,” said

David Parrett, Product Marketing Director,

Somfy North America.

“As we imagine the homes of tomorrow,

we continue to deliver sustainable smart

home solutions that improve life and wellbeing

and TaHoma is an innovative solution

that helps to create smarter and more

comfortable homes. We are excited to see

TaHoma awarded as an innovative solution

that helps create safer and more convenient

homes, improving life and well-being,” added

David Parrett, Product Marketing Director,

Somfy North America.

TaHoma seamlessly integrates with a

variety of leading smart home devices to

brighten homes every day with natural and

artificial light. Somfy North America's

TaHoma gateway uses technology that's

open and forward-looking, providing a

single platform for Radio Technology Somfy

(RTS), Somfy's exclusive control platform,

which enables users to adjust motorized

interior window coverings and exterior

products from virtually anywhere. This also

allows users to adjust automated

applications and create scenes and

schedules for motorized window coverings

and other connected smart home devices

to deliver a truly customized experience. A

“Leaving Home” scenario created in the

TaHoma App can lower the shades and

switch off the lights, activated by voice

command or with a click of a button on a

connected smartphone.


Blindshapers often wonder if when

designing properties do the architects

give any thought to how shaped

windows will affect the occupants. On

paper the plans can look absolutely

fabulous but if light coming in affects

those who live there it can become a

huge problem, heat from the sun

pouring in damaging carpets and

furniture, reflecting sunlight from mirrors,

pictures and screens as well as waking

homeowners early in their bedrooms.

Blindshapers hear of these problems

on a regular basis and via its trade

partners seek to assist them in solving

these problems with either vertical or

venetian blinds. The company does no

measuring or fitting ourselves so rely on

companies to send us details of these

shapes so we can advise them on what

will work best for their clients. The

company also refers any enquiries from

the public on to whoever trades with us

locally to them. It is more than happy to

hold the hand so to speak of anyone

who has never done any blinds like

these before and advise them on how

these should be done and paying

attention to making them confident in

what they are doing and ordering from

us. Blindshapers check through each and

every order thoroughly before it is put

into our systems and flag up any

potential problems that may occur.

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NEWS NEWSDESK: tel: 01923 437 618 mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com

BlindsbyPost launches

refugee job scheme

Shipley-based BlindsbyPost has launched a campaign to

support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the Bradford area

to give them a new start in the UK.

The scheme will see the online blinds

retailer fast-track Ukrainians who have come

to the UK and are seeking work in the local

area. The opportunities will cover a variety of

roles including factory-based jobs and

administrative roles and staff will receive the

national living wage at minimum.

Iryna is the first person to have been

appointed through the scheme. Commenting

on her appointment, she said: “Having the

opportunity to secure a fulltime job and

income has meant a lot to me when I’ve had

to move away from my home country and my

husband who has stayed in Ukraine. I wasn’t

sure what to expect when I arrived in the UK,

but the job with BlindsbyPost has given me the

stability I need to start building a new life with

my daughter. I hope to see my husband again


Rob Higgie is a first responder who enables

refugees to come into the UK and secure

employment with local companies.

BlindsbyPost has worked closely with Rob to

raise awareness of the job scheme. Rob said:

“It’s impossible to comprehend what

Ukrainian’s and other people arriving in the

UK as refugees have experienced. Businesses

like BlindsbyPost play a crucial role in

supporting these people and offering them

some stability at a time of unprecedented

conflict and upheaval. I’m grateful to Oliver and

the other business owners I work with who

have set up job schemes to provide much

needed support.”

BlindsbyPost also supports young people in

the UK struggling to secure full time

employment. The company is part of the

Government’s Kickstarter campaign which was

established to fund employers and enable

them to create jobs for 16 to 24 years olds on

Universal Credit. The scheme has proved

successful for BlindsbyPost, with a total of four

people having successfully completed training

and entered into full time employment.

Oliver Hudson, director at BlindsbyPost,

added: “As a Bradford-based business it’s really

important to us to offer employment

opportunities to people in the local area.

Having the opportunity to support people

who’ve been impacted by the ongoing war in

Ukraine and young people who are struggling

to hold down jobs is an honour. People are the

lifeblood of any successful business and growing

our skilled and dedicated team is beneficial for

everyone. It means a lot to be able to have a

positive impact on people’s lives.”

For any Ukrainian refugees in the local area,

BlindsbyPost has established a dedicated

landing page on the website for job

applications. To find out more, please visit



R+T Asia, which was originally due to

take place at the National Exhibition and

Convention Center in Shanghai from 25

to 27 May 2022, has had to be

postponed due to the epidemiological

situation in Shanghai and the local

restrictions imposed by the Chinese

government. After taking account of the

most important interest groups and

partners, R+T Asia 2022 will now be

held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition

& Convention Center in Shenzhen

(China) from 31 August to 2 September

2022. R+T Asia will also continue its

online matchmaking programme in

order to reduce the waiting time until

the trade fair in summer. More

information can be found at:


Registration for R+T 2024 is now

possible. Over 500 exhibitors have

already registered for R+T 2024 in

Stuttgart from 19 to 23 February 2024

while around 46,000 square metres of

exhibition space have been booked. "We

are delighted that the preparations and

plans for R+T 2024 are now starting

again. We can hardly wait to welcome

the industry again in person to Stuttgart

after six long years! At present, we are

also working simultaneously on other

concepts to enable visitors and

exhibitors to experience R+T digitally

before the event," said Sebastian Schmid,

Vice President of Messe Stuttgart.

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Award winning Apollo

Apollo Blinds wins



franchise award


For the second year in a row, Apollo Blinds has

been named the winner of the Continuous

Improvement category of the Best Franchise

Awards for setting a new record for the

satisfaction levels of its franchisees.

The company – which is Britain’s biggest window

blinds franchise – picked up the accolade after

conducting its fourth annual Franchise Satisfaction

Benchmark for 2022. It saw the overall satisfaction

score from its 50-strong network of franchisees

increase by 8% on the previous year, taking its

score to 84%.

Apollo Blinds commissioned WorkBuzz to carry

out the annual survey for the fourth year in a row

and built on its increase of 17% for 2020 – as it

sees clear, continued progression for the business.

Matt Thomas, Apollo Blinds’ Business

Development Director, is delighted with the award

and the score of the benchmark report. He says

the management team continue to set the very

highest standards for the business, which ultimately

benefit the prosperity of all its franchisees.

“The WorkBuzz Franchise Satisfaction

Benchmark is vital to the performance and growth

of our network because it is the barometer of how

our business supports our network of franchisees,”

said Matt.

“It’s vitally important that we keep listening to

our network, and the survey helps us to do that

because it lets us look at how the franchise is

performing through the eyes of our franchisees.

“To win this award two years in a row is amazing

because it recognises our ability to keep improving

our overall Continuous Improvement score – and

it also highlights how far we have come in a fouryear


“There are two standout figures: 100% of our

franchisees said that we ‘go the extra mile’ to

support the network, and there was also 100%

agreement about us all sharing the same goals for

the business.”

Apollo Blinds believes that two key factors have

underpinned the increase in general satisfaction

levels. The first is the company’s continued

investment in bringing new products to market,

enabling Apollo Blinds franchisees to have the

widest collection of blinds, shutters, awnings and

curtains in the UK.

The second is the way its marketing is focused

around supporting its franchisees to generate

enquiries, which lead to sales, ultimately promoting

the portability and prosperity of the franchisees’


Both of these points have been exemplified with

the news that the company has been shortlisted

for two window blinds industry awards. It is in the

running to win Best Marketing Programme and

Best In-House Training Programme at the

upcoming British Blind and Shutter Association’s

(BBSA) Awards.

Mr Thomas concluded: “Winning the Continuous

Improvement category of the Best Franchise

Awards is a big deal for us – and the fact that

we’re now in the running for two BBSA awards

highlights what an attractive franchise proposition

Apollo Blinds is for anyone who wants to run their

own profitable and prosperous business as part of

our network.”

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Lining up in Leeds

Lienesch bv expand

their UK product

range through

Leeds based

Lienesch Ltd

Lienesch bv is expanding its UK product offering

through Lienesch Ltd based in Leeds.

Lienesch Ltd began trading in the UK in

October 2019 with a range of their most popular

technical Sunscreen mesh fabrics for the commercial


Although for many years before this time Lienesch

bv had supplied product directly from Haaksbergen

in Holland to several UK companies, the expected

high-speed demands of the UK market were often

limiting. Hence, the need for a UK base which is now

an 11k square foot warehouse in Leeds.

Lienesch Ltd’s small but highly experienced team

can offer their customers a next day service whether

it be for full rolls, boxes or cut lengths of their everexpanding

product portfolio.

Across their Focus, Contrast, Connect and Alu

sunscreen mesh fabrics from the Lienesch-Style

brand, Lienesch give possibilities for 1,3,5, and 10%

openness factors. The range includes blackout fabrics

as well as white and aluminium back shading options

that are all FR and even includes a Cradle-to Cradle

Certified Bronze “True Clear Alu” option for

architects and specifiers who demand eco-friendly

materials though out their projects. All these options

are stocked in Leeds. Many, many more technical

fabric specifications to suit unique functionality

requirements are held in Holland and can be

ordered and delivered through their Leeds


Lienesch to take over

Honeycell distribution for the


In May this year Lienesch Ltd added Honeycell to

their UK stock, taking over from Lienesch bv’s

partner R.A. Irwin, who ceased their Window Blind

Business Division.

Richard Greaves, general manager of Lienesch Ltd

added: “We took over to give our customers a next

day service for full boxes or cut lengths of this

extremely popular, high quality, cellular pleated fabric

for the residential market.

The current UK Honeycell 25mm collection

comprises 16 ranges which totals a massive 146

SKU’s to enhance and complement any interior

décor and achieve the desired level of shading,

privacy and light transmission.

The company will be showing all of its current

products, and some exciting new launches for the

residential market on stand 27 at the BBSA show in


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UK Blinds and Shutters:

Going Up or Down?

Results of UK Window Coverings Industry Survey March 2022

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I wish to expand my business

I am optimistic about my


Profits are expect to rise

Costs are expected to rise


Business volume grew

Profits grew

Costs increased


Business volume grew

Profits grew

Costs increased


Business volume has been

positively affected

Profitability has been

positively affected


0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%


Sentiment remains generally positive, however

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be interesting to measure changes in the

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R+T 2024 ready for take-off

Start of

registration for

R+T 2024 begins

After a break of six years, the next R+T will

finally be held again as an attended event

from 19 to 23 February 2024. The

prospects are very good: around 500 exhibitors

have re-registered so far for R+T 2024 while

around 46,000 square metres of exhibition have

already been booked. "We are more than satisfied

with the status quo of the re-registrations at

present, especially since we have not yet officially

sent out our registration documents. This is an

excellent starting point to further advance the

additional plans that go beyond R+T 2024," said

Sebastian Schmid, a member of the Board of

Management of Messe Stuttgart. "The industry will

finally be able to present its products and services

live on-site again in colour. Visitors can not only

look forward to touching and experiencing a large

number of new products and innovations, but also

to personal discussions with one another. R+T

2024 will again be an event that can be savoured

with all senses. The concept for R+T 2024 will be

rounded off by digital extensions." The official start

of registration for R+T 2024 for all other

interested parties is scheduled for April 2022.

Extension thanks to digital


Since markets and industries are changing

constantly, the "trade fair" instrument has also been

developed further in recent years. "We will also

react to these changes with R+T and adapt to the

new general conditions. We want to meaningfully

combine our current strengths with the lessons

learned as well as new ideas and approaches,"

explained Sebastian Schmid. "Our main focus here

is the further development of our digital offering. It

will also be possible to digitally experience R+T as

the world's leading trade fair. In addition to an

online platform supplementing the event, we will

also focus here on new digital formats in order to

provide every participant with clear value-added.

Among other things, we have developed

approaches for this purpose in order to bring

restaurateurs or end consumers, for example, into

contact with the wide range of topics at R+T."

New moving image formats

being planned

The presentation of the second R+T project – a

wine estate in Oberderdingen (Baden-

Württemberg) and the renowned manufacturer

markilux – will be completed in April. Sebastian

Schmid summarised: "The feedback from the

industry regarding R+T projects is extremely

positive and there is also very great interest in

participation. After the two pilot projects in

autumn 2021 and spring 2022, we now want to

draw some clear conclusions. However, we can

now already reveal that we will definitely be

continuing R+T projects. Other moving image

formats are also already being planned. The

industry can look forward to many new R+T

concepts to ensure that the time until the next

personal reunion in Stuttgart is not too long."

About R+T

For over 50 years, companies have been

presenting their innovations and demonstrating

their solutions for the central themes in the

industry at R+T, the world's leading trade fair for

roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading

systems. During the trade fair or at one of the

numerous evening events, R+T provides an

opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with

colleagues, and is the ideal platform for intensive

technical discussions. A large number of technical

forums and networking events enable contacts to

be forged and give fresh impetus for people to

take home with them and use in their daily work.

As the world's leading trade fair, R+T is also a

meeting point for the industry, a trend barometer

and an innovation platform. The next R+T will be

held from 19 to 23 February 2024.

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Simple solution

Semper Blinds has

created its own app

for its customers to


As everyone knows, if you go anywhere

there is a good chance you have your

phone with you, especially if you run your

own business. So, it only made sense to take

advantage of this by creating our own app for

Semper Blinds, the main aim was to provide a

clean, quick, and easy to use app that our traders

could get pricing in seconds.

Everyone’s time a premium so we wanted to

create a bespoke app that would be the

foundation for Semper to build on regarding the

digital age and looking over the past few years

there were two main areas of communication from

traders that could be streamlined, which were

project quotations and job updates.

Our target was to have an app where a trader

could access it at anytime and get live updates on

their order, this was especially important due to

our suppliers being affected by the current climate.

As well as providing project updates and deadline

dates, we also made sure that the project price

was shown so that the trader had all the

information they needed about the project on one

clear screen.

Once the job tracker was completed, we then

moved on to the bigger task at hand which was to

create a quick and simple quotation app. The idea

behind the quotation tool was to provide a quote

for a blind in as fewer clicks as possible as well as

being clear enough that anyone could use it, and

we managed to get this down to four clicks for a

basic blind as well as having people test it ranging

from eight-year-old up to 71-year-old to make sure

it’s easy to use. Our popular Survey & Fit service as

well as our motorised blinds are all in there as well,

giving clear costings for the motorised components

selected so you can be confident in what you are

quoting for. To start off with the app will be

Android based but will be crossing over to Apple

soon enough and this app will be free to all our

traders with no monthly fees as we didn’t want to

add to the ever-increasing outgoings they face.

With the job tracker and quotation tool app

groundwork completed we then went about

revamping our website which was basic at best and

due to the new upgrades in the background it

meant we could integrate the quotation tool

within the website for our traders. The intention

for the online version was to help when making

more complex quotations and larger project

quotations as the vision for the app is purely to

provide quick quotes for now.

Moving forward we are going to be creating a

factory app, which will have multiple advantages as

we aim to have an almost paper free environment

as well as giving our team the ability to update

projects quicker and in time this is going to be

linked to the job tracker, so the trader will be able

to see whereabouts the project is in our system,

for example if the fabrics cut or if it’s in quality

control or awaiting courier collection.

A successful future needs to be built on a strong

foundation, and we feel with the Semper

Quotation app, new website and factory app

integrated with the job tracker it will be a positive

and more important streamlined one for all


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Drawing them in

Waverley curtains

help Orangebox

draw in the crowds

at Clerkenwell

Design Week

If the office of the future is to be a place for

collaboration, creativity and nurturing

relationships, then companies must offer spaces

which intrigue people and draw them in.

That’s what Smartworking company Orangebox

and architects Perkins&Will achieved for guests at

Clerkenwell Design Week with the help of 100m

of wave curtains from Waverley.

The design used curtains to transform the

Upper Ground floor of Orangebox’s

Smartworking space into a series of flexible areas.

The effect was to create different zones for coworking,

meetings and quiet concentration, which

could be opened up instantly into a large

collaboration space when required.

Clerkenwell Design Week visitors were

impressed. Orangebox Marketing Manager, Liz

Walker said, “We’ve had lovely feedback on the

way the curtains have been specified and how well

they work within the space.”

Waverley installed suspended track from which

it hung Kvadrat Ginger 2, Kvadrat Daybreak and

Kvadrat Zulu 2 curtains to create the zones. The

use of transparent fabrics added to the mystery,

encouraging guests to peek inside to discover and

use the various spaces.

The installation was Waverley’s first participation

in Clerkenwell Design Week. Specification Manager,

Ben Vowles was on hand throughout to explain the

concept to the Orangebox visitors. He said, “The

response was great. People loved the flexibility of

what we can do in the space and how simple it is

to change the nature of the work environment.”

Acoustics and Perception

Ben found many of the attendees were intrigued

by the acoustic properties of the various zones.

“Although the designers did not specify acoustic

fabrics for this project, we offer many sound

absorbing options. However, even the relatively

lightweight fabrics in this space have an effect on

how people perceive sound.”

Many visitors referred to psychoacoustics when

discussing this aspect of the curtains. The scientific

study of sound perception includes how a person’s

experiences, prejudices and situation influence the

perceived quality of the sound they hear.

A curtained area, where we have some degree

of physical screening from others, can be enough

to make our brains think those outside are

excluded. This makes it easier for us to concentrate

on what people inside our space are saying even

though the noise level from outside is not

significantly reduced.

Flow and Flexibility

The curved tracks make each separate zone

interesting in its own right and create a dynamic

flow for people moving between them from one

area to another. The user is never moving in a

straight line, and the consequent obscuring of

what’s round the next curve further emphasises

the privacy of the spaces.

While Clerkenwell Design Week is over for

another year, it’s not the end for Waverley as the

curtained zones are to be a permanent feature of

Orangebox’s Smartworking space. For more

information on curtains and room dividers contact

Waverley and to book a visit to the Smartworking

showroom contact Orangebox.

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new collection

abachi . bamboo . basswood




Roller and

Vertical Collection


available as made to measure or wholesale

Quite Possibly the Largest Battery

Powered Roller Blind ever produced!

QMotion now available with a width of up to 3.8m and a drop of up to 4.5m!!!

QMotion UK Advanced Shading Systems specialise in providing wire free

window covering solutions for the home. Whereas traditional motorised window

coverings require a qualified electrician to install 240V power wiring for the blind

motor, the QMotion UK solution requires no wiring at all. Now for the first time

the user has the ability to install a fully functional quiet motorised roller system

that provides a wire free system operated via remote control or by their smart

phone or tablet using the QMotion app. The user can remotely operate their

shades individually, by room, by elevation, by floor and all at the same time.

Contact us today for the best automated blinds on the market.



+44(0)1908 047 980





20 year celebration


celebrating 20

years in business

On the 26th of July, S:CRAFT is celebrating

20 years of supplying the best in

products, services and business support!

We’re still on the same site near Winchester, but

we’ve come a long way since we could fit in one

small office attached to the warehouse. Though

we’re always looking forward and striving to be

better, now seems like a good time to reflect on

how the journey has gone so far; all the more so

as we ready ourselves for a new stage of growth

and development.

We never forget that it is our network of

partners which makes all of this possible. Thank

you to those of you who have joined us along the

way, and here’s to the next 20 years of mutual


2002, Saw our launch into the UK Market,

trading under the name of Shuttercraft, partnering

with the world’s largest manufacturer of shutters,

and establishing our point of difference with

excellent customer service. Starting out with just

two product ranges, Basswood, and Western Red

Cedar, we swiftly gained trade partners, allowing us

to bring further products on board. The next

product range was called Craftwood, a high-quality

wood composite made from the primary material

of a specially formulated, high moisture-resistant

MDF. Today, this is the best-selling shutter in the

world, and we know it as Antigua.

Shutters began to sharply rise in popularity. In

2008, Shuttercraft rebranded to S:CRAFT,

recognising the potential for expansion and

diversification to a larger portfolio of products,

going beyond shutters and introducing blinds to

our portfolio. As a company we began to invest

significantly and to welcome more staff into the

S:CRAFT family. Justin Allen joined S:CRAFT to

head up the company as an experienced wholesale

professional, and oversee the company’s efficiency

and overall operations.

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2009, S:CRAFT teamed up with John

Lewis, significantly raising the profile of

S:CRAFT. This began a decade of mutually

beneficial partnership, and raising the profile

of shutters with the general public.

2015, S:CRAFT was awarded “Best Small

Stand” at the BBSA show in Coventry.

2016, The management team is enhanced

and ready for the next stage of growth, with

the addition of two senior appointments,

Mark Stradling CEO and Anna Vallis CFO.

2017, Introducing our Core Values and

Vision Statement. S:CRAFT employees

attend a workshop to develop a dynamic

company, working towards the shared values

of People, Partnership and Pride. We also

added Portchester aluminium shutters to our

range, bringing style to the security market.

2019, S:CRAFT is awarded “Best In-

House Training Programme” by the BBSA,

which is a true testament of the immense

pride and passion our Training Manager,

Mark Duwell has for what he does. In this

year, we launched a distinctive and beautiful

hardwood range of shutters called Samoa.

We also launched two new automisation

upgrade options: AutoClose and


2021, After nearly twenty years of

specialising predominately in shutters,

S:CRAFT expands its reach and product

portfolio further with an all-encompassing

range of innovative blinds!

There’s a lot to be proud of over the

years here at S:CRAFT, and as we expand

and grow, we look forward to reaching new

milestones. Contact us to find out how

S:CRAFT can help you.





For 30 years, we have made sure

that you feel comfortable at home,

have the best lighting conditions

and can take care of the

things you really like.






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Blindtex introduces Vertex blinds to the UK

trade market. Suitable for larger windows and

patio doors.

Vertex is now the fastest growing window

treatment within our product range.


With Vertex blinds, you can achieve several

different privacy options;

• Clear view - Slide the soft fabric vanes to

one side to enjoy a clear outside view.

• Sheer view - Place the vanes into the open

position and enjoy a partial view with privacy,

ideal for daytime.

• Closed view - Rotate the vanes to the closed

position to enjoy total privacy, ideal for


Vertex blinds filter the daylight during the day yet still offer a view to the outside. Made up of a combination of

sheer and opaque textured fabric. Vertex blinds look particularly stunning in larger windows, bi-folding and patio

doors and could be described as a cross between curtains and vertical blinds.

0161 818 9915 0161 818 9915

sales@blindtex.co.uk www.blindtex.co.uk



Over three designs, you can

ensure your customers find

what they are looking for.


Available as full rolls, louvres only, louvres

with header and hanger, or entirely made to

measure blinds. Manufactured using hotwire

cutting technology, we ensure a fray free cut

every time.

•Oval: Filter the light in style

•Classic: Create effortless elegance every day

Oval Ice Oval Pearl Oval Baby Blue Oval Teal Oval Cinder

Classic Snow Classic Ivory Classic Latte Classic Shiny Grey

Classic Dark Grey

•Stripe: A timeless design, the perfect addition to any home

Stripe White Stripe Cream Stripe Mid Cream Stripe Dark Cream Stripe Beige Stripe Light Brown Stripe Brown Stripe Light Grey

Stripe Silver

Stripe Graphite

Stripe Gold Stripe Pink Stripe Purple Stripe Mint Stripe Forest Stripe Lilac Stripe Royal Blue Stripe Navy Stripe Red Stripe Black



White - Brushed Steel - Piano Black - Brown

Champagne Gold - Graphite


White - Graphite


Our sales and service teams are here for you,

with direct access in a more personal way via

video or voice call directly from our website or

even WhatsApp for convenience.


Blindtex is a premium UK-UAE based window coverings’

firm. For over 25 years, our team has provided quality

products, exceptional brand experience and bespoke

window treatments to various business sectors throughout

Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Trade accounts will have access to our photo library for

your website and promotional material.



0161 818 9915 0161 818 9915

sales@blindtex.co.uk www.blindtex.co.uk


On high

LLI Design has


refurbished a house

in Highgate, as

Blinds & Shutters

found out

LLI Design have recently completed a total

refurbishment of a 3 storey Edwardian

townhouse on a leafy residential road in

Highgate, a desirable residential area of North


Our clients wanted to create a warm,

comfortable home with modern touches.

Although the house was in reasonable condition,

the joinery and fittings throughout the house were

dated, had been well used and looked tired. Many

of the period features had been stripped out and

those that remained had not been maximised. The

house lacked character and personality although it

benefited from ‘good bones’, nicely proportioned

rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome


LLI Design felt that more could be made of the

period features, enhancing some and reinstating

others to bring out more of the Edwardian feel of

the property. The brief was to create a warm,

comfortable and welcoming home referencing

and emphasising the house’s Edwardian past as

well as adding more contemporary elements to

the scheme.


The house comprised of c. 2500 sqft / 230 sqm

spread out over 3 floors including a cellar and a

lovely rear garden.

The ground floor comprised of a generous hall

leading to 2 connecting reception rooms and at

the end of the hall an extended kitchen. There was

a small WC and stairs down to the cellar. It was

decided to leave the cellar as it was and use it for

additional storage. The first floor is divided into 2

bedroom suites. The Master Suite; comprising a

good size principle bedroom with steps down to

an ensuite and off the master bedroom, a small

dressing room.

We created a Nursery Suite at the front of the

house comprising of a sizeable bedroom and an

ensuite bathroom.

On the half landing up to the second floor is a

kid’s bedroom and on the top floor a Family

Bathroom, Guest bedroom and a generous Study


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Our Quality Builds Your Reputation.

To find out more 01908 642 888 | www.homecreationsuk.com


Ground Floor - Entrance


Although the entrance hallway was a

good size it lacked character. We reinstated

the stained glass in the fan light window

above the front door and side window, in a

bespoke design, bringing light, colour and

texture into the hallway.

The original tiled floor had long been

removed so we re-tiled the whole of the

entrance hall in crisp black and white period

tiles with a border pattern. This immediately

visually increased the size and lightness of

the hall area.

Considering the overall size of the house

almost no provision had been given to coats

storage, so as not to compromise the size

of the hall we nibbled a small amount out of

the generous dining room adjacent to the

hall in order to create a generous cloaks

cupboard. This created a small return in the

dining room; so that this wasn’t visually

intrusive in the dining room we ensured

that the coving, skirting and dado detail

wrapped seamlessly around the new return.

The new return had the added advantage

of creating an alcove for a sideboard, thus

making the whole alteration seem natural.

We commissioned Nigel Tyas to produce

a dramatic copper and glass pendant light in

the stairwell that hung from the top floor

ceiling down to the ground floor, giving a

visual connection and really creating a wow


Ground Floor - Living &

Dining Room

In the living and dining rooms we

specified new light greyed oak parquet

floors and traditional white marble

fireplaces, in one of which we installed a

wood burning stove.

Bespoke pale grey lacquer joinery was

designed and installed either side of the

fireplaces in both rooms, incorporating

plenty of storage, with asymmetrical shelving

which we lit with individual accent in joinery

spotlights. At the side of one of the

fireplaces we incorporated a black steel log


Both the dining and living rooms had the

original ornate plaster ceilings, however they

had been painted white throughout and

were visually lost. We really brought this

feature out by painting the plaster relief in

close, but contrasting, tones of grey to

emphasis the detail.

Ground Floor - Kitchen

The kitchen extension, although a good

size, was rather dark, with a wall of folding

sliding doors on one side at the back

overlooking the garden. The architectural

style was traditional and in keeping with the

architecture of the house.

We enhanced the rear extension by

adopting a contemporary aesthetic, installing

folding sliding doors in dark grey aluminium

on 2 sides, which allowed in copious

amounts of light and gave a real sense of

connection with the garden.

We redesigned the existing kitchen to

suit the family. Creating a bespoke joinery

kitchen in lacquer with walnut drawers and

interiors. The styling is contemporary classic

in soft colours with plenty of storage,

including a generous larder and breakfast

cupboard to house a kettle and toaster as

well as a small wine fridge. Thus eliminating

all clutter with everything being behind

doors when not required.

We specified a boston sink along with a

composite worktop and added colour with

ceramic deep blue tiles as a back splash.

We designed and fabricated bespoke

metal brackets from which to suspend 3

glass pendant lights which hover over the

island below the glass skylight.

First Floor - Master Suite

- Dressing Room

The dressing room was re-designed with

bespoke oak full height units to make the

most of the space.

First Floor - Master Suite

- Master Bedroom

We stripped back and reinstated deep

alcoves either side of the bed, giving them

lacquer interiors and a shadow gap around.

Delicate downlights in the shelves add

interest to the room.

An accent ceiling light was added for

dramatic effect.

Master Suite

The master ensuite, which overlooked

the garden, was re-designed and fitted with

a large double wall hung vanity unit, with

elegant composite basins on a thick natural

stone shelf with a lacquer vanity unit

underneath, wall mounted taps and double

mirrors above. A sculptural composite free

standing bath sits near the window. We

specified a large matt tile for the floor, steps

and walls, with a contrast ceramic polished

narrow rectangular tile for the shower

enclosure. Dramatic lighting under the

vanity unit and in the shower alcove add to

the sense of well being.

First Floor - Nursery

Suite (Bedroom 2)

The Nursery suite was redesigned, with

playful illustrated cloud roman blinds and a

colourful watercolour dot wallpaper. The

ensuite bathroom was redesigned featuring

a wall hung vanity unit with deck mounted

basin and a bath with a shower over.

Second Floor - Bedroom 3

We created a fun playful childs bedroom

on the half landing featuring a playful

illustrated fox roman blind.

Lighting Design

To enhance the interior design a new

lighting scheme was designed and specified

including new fittings and garden lighting

which adds the feeling of the garden and

terrace being an additional “Outdoor

room”. An Intelligent Lighting system was

installed in order to create moods,

ambience and timed events internally and

externally, controlled from wall mounted

keypads and also by iPads / iPhones.


By subtle changes to the spaces and by

adding texture, colour and interesting

material choices we were able to create a

warm, comfortable and welcoming family

home. We have achieved a harmonious and

calm aesthetic throughout with modern

touches within a timeless design.

As with the majority of LLI Design’s

projects, the construction, joinery, home

automation and landscaping were carried

out by our in-house vertically integrated

teams - Pegasus Property & Pegasus


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Did you know we also do blinds? We offer a range of made-to-measure

blinds that have been hand-picked and designed to complement our

beautiful shutters.

Get in touch today to arrange a meeting with your S:CRAFT Business

Development Manager, who can take you through our portfolio of

products and services available to our customers.

T: 0333 202 5054

E: connect@s-craft.co.uk


School shading success

Mermet has

installed a shading

solution at a school

in France

The town of Poissy near Paris cares about its

school pupils’ well-being. Its 2020 heat wave

plan included the installation of ZIP exterior

blinds at 15 schools to protect them from heat

while saving energy for the town by preventing the

need for air conditioning.

Thermodynamic studies were conducted by

Alterea to compare various solutions that would

avoid having to install air conditioning in the

schools. The most effective solution was to install

motorised exterior blinds made of highperformance


In all, this energy renovation project provides for

the installation of 616 Schenker ZIP blinds

equipped with Mermet’s Satiné 5500 fabric, in

colour 0102 Grey White, because it:

• rejects 96% of solar energy, providing excellent

protection against heat

• filters 93% of light rays for very good glare

control thanks to the diagonal weave of the satin


• allows maximum natural light to enter

• maintains clear vision outdoors thanks to the

fabric’s unparalleled transparency

• a perfect choice for ZIP blinds thanks to its

excellent dimensional stability, the Satiné 5500

fabric offers an attractive,effective, long-term


By significantly reducing the temperature in the

classrooms, the blinds save energy not only on air

conditioning, but also on lighting, as they allow

natural light to enter. Easy to handle and clean, they

also blend perfectly into the façade.

Sun protection is now a key element in the design

of sustainable buildings. It helps to reduce energy

consumption by decreasing the use of heating, air

conditioning and artificial lighting. It plays an equally

important role in the comfort and well-being of the

building’s occupants, offering thermal protection,

control of natural light and transparency at the same

time. In response to these priorities, Mermet offers a

range of sun protection fabrics recognised for their

thermal and optical performance in both indoor and

outdoor applications.

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Eve MotionBlinds motors, developed by

Coulisse in collaboration with smart home

specialist Eve Systems, work with Apple

HomeKit technology directly from an

iPhone, without the need for a bridge or

any cloud dependency.





57 Choices

Decora has a

variety of fabrics

for its customers to

choose from

In line with the continued demand for our

Fabric Box Softcell cellular collection, Decora

are now offering all 57 fabrics as wholesale. The

Collection encompasses 10, 25mm cellular fabric

ranges, each with its own unique selling point.

The development of additional fabric properties

was important to enable the stunning aesthetics of

cellular fabric construction to be suitable in

multiple interiors. The addition of a waterproof

coating allows Tribeca to be the optimum fabric

for areas where there are higher levels of moisture

such as kitchens and bathrooms. The

contemporary yet subtle horizontal design

delicately enhances the simple cellular form of the

blind whilst still adding a refined print element to a

design scheme.

Soho not only boasts blockout benefits but is

coupled with fire retardant properties, meeting BS

5867- 2: 2008 Type B standards, providing a

perfect choice for domestic and commercial


Developed specifically for the Softcell collection,

Bowery, a stunning double sided crushed cellular

fabric has been created using a precision

manufacturing process that facilitates the beautiful

tactile finish which is amplified when in a window


Artizan, a gentle white voile cell which provides

optimum light and privacy when used with a

blockout fabric in a day and night blind. The sun’s

rays can be filtered softly by day through the voile

whilst offer the benefits of blockout properties

when utilised along with one of the blockout


The delicately constructed 25mm cell structure

creates a pocket of air which acts as an additional

insulation layer. This natural insulation pocket offers

excellent energy efficiency properties in the cooler

months whilst reducing heat gain in the Summer.

Consumer demand has never been as focused for

energy efficient blind solutions with the constant

and escalated cost of home heating bills.

Available to order through our wholesale portal

Softcell fabrics can be ordered by box quantity or

as cut lengths. Contact your Area Sales Manager

for further information or www.decora.co.uk

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Honeycomb collection

Junkers & Mullers

has dropped a new

pleated blinds


For 10 years now, Junkers & Müllers has been

offering honeycomb pleated blinds from its

own production - made in Germany. Rondo

Upcycling Doppio is the latest addition to the JM-

DOPPIO collection. The cotton-like fabric is made

from recycled polyester, more precisely from

recycled PET bottles. There are about 12 such

bottles in a quardratmeter of this new

honeycomb pleated fabric.

The subtle lively yarn structure provides a

pleasant light effect in the room. With its

sensitively coordinated colour scheme and very

textile surface, Rondo Upcycling Doppio creates a

homely atmosphere while offering the functional

advantages of a honeycomb pleated blind.

Due to the hidden running guide cords, there

are no visible drill holes in the pleated surface.

This provides complete privacy without spot light

or glare in the room. In addition, the honeycomb

construction places an air cushion on the

window, which has a heat-insulating and thus

energy-saving effect. The room acoustics are also

positively influenced by the reduction of

reverberation effects. The D-shape of the

honeycombs and the solid fabric construction

guarantee a particularly stable and uniform pleat

pattern. The proportion of recycled material in all

JM-UPcycling products has been certified by the

independent international institute SCS Global


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Take your customer service to the next level with our

marketing materials, designed to support your business.

We offer: bespoke POS packages, that include table talkers, strutcards, posters

and pull up banners; our Visualisation app; product displays for your showroom;

informative brochures; and eye catching product presenters.

Get in touch with your Sales Manager for more information.

sales@arena-blinds.com 0800 389 7281

by arena


No stopping Louvolite

Creating a process

to allow the

introduction of a

new product at

Louvolite can be a

bit of a challenge –

that said it hasn’t

stopped Louvolite

so far

Some 3 years or so ago, Louvolite recognised

that it had little choice but to look into the

supply of Shutters to its customer base.

Other professional companies were doing this

successfully and yet for some of Louvolite’s

customers, the supply line options they were

offered – for their own reasons - were not quite

what they wanted.

From Louvolite’s perspective,

decorative/plantation/adjustable louvred shutters

– whatever term you wish to use - were here to

stay. For some people they offered the type of

window furnishing that they wanted, classical and

modern at the same time with lots of flexibility to

allow them to satisfy many window types.

Window Furnishing is an interesting term when

used with shutters because, when measured and

installed correctly, they do look like a piece of

window “furniture” as they have a gravitas, a

presence, a grandeur all of their own. And as some

wag stated – once a shutter is fitted to the

window you have lost the opportunity to furnish

that window for decades.

So as you have to be “in it to win it”, Louvolite

considered the options available to it. Sure there

was the tried and tested route that the majority

of the respected suppliers had chosen with far

east manufacturing supply lines and a selection of

raw material offerings from MDF, hardwood,

basswood and a variety of other woods and

combinations. The supply lines were already

established and order/supply procedures were

already in place and by all accounts doing a great

job, so where was Louvolite’s USP?

As you likely know Louvolite typically

manufactures its product from the raw materials

up. With its fabrics, it works with weaving partners

around the world and then creates and applies its

own unique coatings to add colour, performance,

USP’s. It pad tints fabric and both screen prints

and digital prints its designs which, of course, its inhouse

designers create. Its component parts

come from nylon, acetyl, acrylic and glass filled

materials which it brings in in pellet form and

moulds into its unique products which, of course,

it designs in-house with its team of design

engineers. It stamps out and enamel paints all its

own brackets and even extrudes all its own PVC

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Energy Saving


heat loss

by up to

43% *

(* Independently tested)


High quality


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bottom bar. Wait a minute extruding PVC???

So the idea was born. Why not use our

knowledge, resources and equipment to

design and produce shutters using PVC –

after all PVC is a preferred material for

fenestration and according to BPF

(British Plastics federation), 85% of new

windows are now manufactured using PVC.

So what are the other benefits attached

to shutters that could be manufactured this

way. Well the material is light – especially

when compared to traditional wooden or

MDF shutters. A singular benefit of this is

the ability to handle the shutters easily, both

during the manufacturing process and

indeed the installation process. Historically

you may need multiple installers to fit your

shutters as they can be heavy - with

Louvolite Urban Shutters, their light weight

requires much less labour resource – and

partly due to this they can be installed much

more quickly too.

PVC is recognised as having excellent

thermal performance and with certain

elements of Louvolite’s Urban Shutter

featuring air pockets, this enhances thermal

performance – in a similar way that a

cellular shade with air pockets does.

Urban Shutters are also very robust and

whilst requiring little or no maintenance

they can also withstand the knocks and

bumps that happen in everyday life, and

should an accident happen and a dent or

mark be made in an Urban Shutter, it is

simplicity itself to remove it – just like magic.

So that was it - we were going to use our

manufacturing skill set and resources to

produce a shutter programme to help

satisfy that part of the market that needs an

alternative to the existing programmes


Silly us – it was (is) so much more

challenging than originally thought. That said,

after a significant learning curve (actually

more like a right angle), we not only have a

product but also we have a product that

people want to buy - and in good numbers

too. In addition we have good supply

partners for the raw materials we need and

additional extrusion lines to extrude the

parts we need … and of course, new

mould tools to injection mould the

component items required.

So now we have an assembly line – right

here in Cheshire – that’s geared up to

manufacture Louvolite Urban Shutters from

the ground up, to your very exact

requirements, and available for despatch

within only two weeks on receiving your

order. That’s right, just two weeks.

Of course you may be a manufacturing

company that has premises to suit and has

assembly staff. You don’t buy finished

product but prefer to purchase the

component parts/fabric and then assemble

products in house.

Of course Louvolite has an answer for

you too. If you wish to become an Urban

Shutter manufacturer we will provide you

with a full BOM and component list for

shutter types and assembly. We will establish

what additional tooling and assembly jigs

you may need to assemble Urban Shutters

effectively and efficiently and we will train

your team to assemble Urban Shutters.

This training can be done in your own

premises or, if you prefer, your staff can be

trained at Louvolite’s premises in Hyde,

Cheshire. There is of course no charge for

this training, which will include the key

elements of site survey, measuring and


Every so often there is a product that is

right for the time, that is aspirational, that

appears in every home furnishing magazine

and on every TV programme, that makes

the reader or viewer want to improve their

home – both from a home environment

perspective and the perceived home value.

This is such a product, and its available to

you now, what are you waiting for? In the

parlance of a golfer – the hole never comes

to the ball!!!!

So whether you would wish to buy

finished Urban Shutters made right here in

Cheshire or be the master of your own

destination by using your own resources to

manufacture your own, give us a call.

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Shading solutions for every occasion!

Soltis Horizon 86 allows natural light transmission of up to 28%

Images courtesy of Serge Ferrari

Kayospruce Ltd is the UK's leading supplier of high performance

materials and accessories for the structures and leisure industries.

Soltis Horizon 86 provides excellent outward visual contact to enjoy the

view even when the awning is lowered. It proves its efficiency by blocking

up to 93% of the heat in outdoor use and promotes natural light intake.

This is beneficial in terms of energy saving, by reducing the use of

artificial lighting, and the well-being, health, and productivity of people

in both professional and private environments.

Applications include Facade blinds, veranda and glass roof blinds, droparm

awning, pergolas and canopies, roll-up valances and shade sails.

Contact us today to discuss the best shading solutions





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On the Bloc

Bloc Wooden

Blinds are giving

the customer what

they want

Bloc Blinds has considered you and your

customers at every step, prioritising

simplicity, quick installation, and peace of

mind and our Bloc Wooden Blinds can give your

customers all of that!

With Bloc Wooden Blinds, help your customer

discover a clean and seamless light control

solution for the whole home. With a unique

feature set, home-safe design, and quick

installation, our faux venetian blinds are gaining UK

trader confidence after just nine short months on

the market and are brightening up homes across

the UK.

Our move into slatted blinds builds on 10+

years of manufacturing experience with a line of

innovative and award-winning window coverings.

Easy Installation

We considered you and your customers at

every step, prioritising simplicity, quick installation,

and peace of mind. Installation is quick. Our

venetian blinds require only four screws to

securely fit in place, whether a recessed fit or

surface fit. There is no need to install a wallmounted

child safety device to secure cords when

not in use. The wand operation removes this step

entirely, saving you time and clean up when

installing by simply hooking into place.

PVC & Waterproof

Once installed, the PVC blind has ‘anti-warping’

technology as standard, meaning it is 100%

waterproof. Moisture in high-humidity rooms, such

as kitchens and bathrooms, will not alter the shape

of the blind. We doubled down on unit longevity,

preventing future corrosion of internal

components. Just as they are waterproof, our

venetian blinds are inherently FR meaning they will

not discolour or change when exposed to sunlight

or heat.

Privacy & Function

The 50mm slats can be ordered with two

beautiful finishes: smooth surface or wood-grain

effect. These two surface options combined with

the 50mm slats will bring a stylish statement to

any room with incredible privacy, modern

elegance, and unrivalled light control. This is

perfect for bedrooms, living rooms or dining

rooms. This, combined with our focus on childsafety

and waterproofness, is why we believe our

venetian blinds offer a whole-home solution.

Bloc Wooden Blind Safety

Our Bloc Wooden Blind is a simpler, safer

alternative to traditional venetian chain and cord

blind-height adjusters. Simpler and lighter, because of

the spring assist which allows you to raise and lower

the blind by hand; safer because it replaces the

dangling loop choke hazard of a normal venetian

blind's mechanism.

By removing adjustable cords completely, our faux

wooden blind is one of the safest of its kind on the

market. This is part of our portfolio-wide initiative to

build safe-by-design blinds for the whole home.

From easy, simple installation to a safe-by-design

feature set, Bloc Blinds offer you and your

customers a safe, whole-home light control solution

no matter the context.

To make the process even easier for you, you can

now quickly quote for faux wood products using

our quick and simple quotation system on our trade


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Alternative method

Caribbean Blinds

has some

alternative outdoor

shading methods to

help save you

money this summer

On 1st April 2022, the energy price cap

rose again by 54% (following an

increase last October) as the cost for

wholesale gas and electricity continues to soar.

Energy bills are skyrocketing for many families

across the country, with the typical household

forecast to pay roughly £37.50 per week – as

opposed to £25 per week before – resulting in an

overall increase of nearly £700 per year*.

Although this upsurge in energy costs will hit

the UK especially hard during the winter months,

temperatures are continuing to rise and the issue

of overheating in the summer will only become

more apparent as time goes on. No matter the

type of property you live in, every measure needs

to be taken to ensure your home’s energy

efficiency is at its highest.

Here are a few cost-effective alternatives to air

conditioning which will help keep your home cool

this summer:

Overhangs & architectural


Overhangs are a key design aspect within any

property as they play an instrumental role in

keeping homes more energy efficient – not only

during the summer months, but throughout the

winter too. Designed to provide sufficient shade

and shelter all year round, the right sized

overhangs will effectively block sunlight and solar

heat gains in south-facing windows and walls in

warmer weather, whilst also shielding exterior

walls, windows and doors from rainwater.

Ensure any overhangs aren’t too large as this

will cause unwanted shade in the winter months,

making your home cold, gloomy and

uncomfortable. Louvered overhangs are ideal in

hot climates, however, in the UK, retractable

overhangs may be more beneficial.

Other architectural elements that can assume

the function of roof overhangs and control solar

heat gains are balconies and recessed walls,

protruding ledgers, head casings and flashings, as

well as arched stonework around windows.

Trees & shrubbery

In cold and moderate climates such as in the

UK, roof overhangs are not as effective on east

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and west-facing walls, where the sun is too

low in the sky to be blocked. On these sides

of your property, you should consider other

shading devices or hedges and small trees


As the most natural form of shading,

trees, plants and shrubbery can effectively

act as air conditioning within any property.

When strategically planted, they can limit

the influx of sunlight coming through your

windows, passively cooling your home and

reducing its overall surface temperature as a


In addition to reducing energy use, trees

and plants that directly shade buildings

improve air quality, lower greenhouse gas

emissions, provide a habitat for many

species, look aesthetically pleasing and can

even lower noise!

Awnings & external blinds

Not only do awnings provide instant

shade and shelter from direct sunlight; both

heat and glare (bright light) and offer

outstanding UV protection (typically 95%

minimum UV block), but they also deliver a

much-needed cooling effect to the indoor

room adjacent to where they are


They ensure a comfortable indoor living

space, eliminating any bright light to prevent

glare, whilst filtering damaging UV rays to

stop fixtures and furnishings from fading.

Retractable awnings (both manual and

motorised) also offer extra privacy –

particularly in built-up areas – and add a

striking new dynamic to any façade.

Automatic outdoor blinds ensure a

thermally and visually comfortable indoor

environment with minimum energy demand

on any installed heating and cooling systems,

reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions

as a result.

Bioclimatic pergolas

Suited to both classic and contemporary

properties, a bioclimatic pergola extends

the use of any outdoor space by providing

instant shelter, whilst permitting you to play

with light and shade – if using a rotating

louvered roof. The addition of side screens,

LED lighting and infra-red heating will allow

you to make the most of your

indoor/outdoor living space at all times of

the day (or night) and in any weather.

To summarise, we should be doing all we

can to ensure our homes are fully equipped

to prevent unwanted solar heat gain during

the summer months and allow free solar

gain in the winter. Although architectural

features and greenery are sufficient

solutions, external shading products such as

blinds, awnings and pergolas are a quick,

easy and affordable way to help to create a

comfortable, sustainable home with lower

running and maintenance costs.

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Design should be fun

markilux products

speak a clear,

modern design


It used to be that awnings were primarily a

technical product that had a specific purpose to

fulfil: they had to protect users from the sun.

But over time, attraction, value and identification

with form and colours also became increasingly

important to those in search of an awning. This is

why markilux awnings therefore have to

correspond to the aesthetics of contemporary

architecture and, in the best scenario, become the

highlight on a building.

50 years ago, awning specialist markilux

embarked on a voyage of discovery to get to

where it is today. From the very beginning, the

company set great store by striving for both

quality and appearance in its products. “Quality is

a way of differentiating yourself in the market. This

must be reflected not only in the functionality but

also in the appearance,” explains Michael Gerling,

Director of R&D and Production.

Specialist for designer


Over the course of time, the company has

increasingly honed the interplay between technical

sophistication and beautiful appearance. The aim

was to give the brand an aesthetic expression. This

is an essential part of the creative process from

the very first idea to the finished product. For this,

markilux is guided by modern architecture,

contemporary product design and current colour

trends. “After so many years of product

development, we now see ourselves as a specialist

for designer awnings,” says Mr Gerling.

Appearance reflects quality

Particularly the markilux 970, but also all

models of the MX series, such as the MX-1

compact, the MX-3 and the new MX-2, represent

today’s typical markilux look. This includes the

interplay between curves and simple straight or

cubic shapes, accentuating features of the awning

by using attractive colours and special material

surfaces, reflecting the high quality and

emphasising the exclusive, individual nature of the

products. Mr Gerling believes that this is

instrumental in the brand’s success: “When it

comes to the end consumer, you score points

above all with the appearance of a product and

also with the option of being able to adapt it to

meet your own requirements to a certain extent.

And that’s exactly what we offer,” he explains.

Rethinking form and


Developing a design with a company’s special

signature as part of the brand message is a long

process, which entails constant observation of the

market, a creative development team and

experimentation with exciting materials and

surfaces, as well as a comparison with what is

technically possible and the motivation to

constantly reinterpret the shape of an awning.

Special touch thanks to good


This design style also includes modern awning

covers, which as conspicuous and effective textile

colour surfaces help shape the overall appearance

of an awning. Here, the company places great

emphasis on patterns that are both timeless and

trendy. “Our awnings have a consistent look. They

are matched to furniture, garden features and

various styles of building. Because that is what end

consumers are looking for,” says Michael Gerling.

Design should be fun, give every house that

certain something special and do so for many

years with intelligent, safe technology.

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Here comes the sun

markilux awning

systems offer

filigree sun and

weather protection

for public spaces

Alongside its selection of awnings for

domestic applications, markilux has been

offering a special product range including

a planning service for the project business for a

number of years already. With this range of

products, the awning specialist is now also helping

hospitality businesses and shops to equip public

spaces and shopping centres with attractive sun

protection systems. Qualified markilux specialist

dealers from the respective region provide

support here as they are responsible for

installation and the local after-sales service.

“Over the last few years, we have planned

customised shading concepts based on our

product range for numerous restaurants, cafés and

hotels, and implemented them together with our

specialist partners. But public spaces are governed

by their own rules and regulations as most local

authorities have defined very clearly how public

space is to be utilised,” explains Jan Kattenbeck,

sales manager of the markilux back office team

and also of the “team : project” department.

Aiming for a standard look

The aim is to create a harmonious overall look

for public spaces and shopping arcades, with sun

protection systems as an integral part. Mr

Kattenbeck explains that markilux products have

now made a big impression in this business

segment, too. One example is the town of

Ochtrup. Between 2019 and 2021, the company

developed a uniform concept for shading outdoor

seating areas for three catering establishments in

the pedestrian zone in this town. The specification

was that the businesses which are located close to

one another – an ice cream parlour, a pub and an

inn – were each to be fitted with the same awning

system with a uniform frame and fabric colour.

“The customer chose our ‘pergola model’ as a less

obtrusive alternative to parasols. As such, it fits in

perfectly with the surroundings. In some cases, we

installed multiple units to shade larger outdoor

areas,” says Jan Kattenbeck. The restaurateurs were

particularly impressed by the high product quality

and the comprehensive service offered by


Awnings as a stylistic


The company’s quality and service were also

decisive factors in this year’s fitting out of a newly

designed shopping arcade in Mohnheim with

awnings. In addition to a uniform appearance of

the shop premises, the decision-makers and

planners were looking for products with a long

service life from a specialist company offering

reliable after-sales service. “The arcade is looking

to draw in shoppers not only with a good retail

offer, but also with an appealing environment in

which shopping becomes an inviting experience,”

explains Mr Kattenbeck. All three were equipped

with the awning model markilux 5010, although in

varying dimensions. To fit in with the other building

materials, the planners chose awning fabrics in

matching warm colours. For a harmonious overall

look, the shading concept was integrated into the

architectural design of the passage at an early

stage. Jan Kattenbeck is convinced that modern

awning systems in public spaces will become

increasingly important in the years to come. He

explains: “Awnings offer great visual variety and,

depending on the chosen accessories, they can be

both solar and wet weather protection in one.

And that is something that is ever more in


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A different angle

The new “pergola

cubic” from

markilux is perfect

for cubic


On the one hand, curved, organic shapes

are increasingly popular in the world of

living and furnishing. On the other hand,

cubes and angles have also had their place in the

world of design and architecture for years.

According to markilux, there is also a great

demand for awnings with an angular cover

cassette, which emphasise cubic architectural style.

In response to this, the awning specialist is now

entering the market with its new “pergola cubic”.

Over the years, markilux has built up a diverse

“pergola” product range. The awning supported

by two front posts is already available in three

different versions: from classic through compact to

XXL format. Now the manufacturer is adding the

“pergola cubic” to its range. It is based on the

technology of the classic model, but sports an

angular cover cassette. The new awning thus

focuses on an even more successful interplay with

minimalist architecture in Bauhaus style.

Model based on proven technology

“With our latest pergola development, the

focus is very much on the shape. We are so

convinced of the underlying technology, that we

adopted it almost exactly,” explains Michael

Gerling, Director of R&D and Production. The

“pergola cubic” thus has the same attributes as

the classic model. It shades a good 30 square

metres with a single field unit. The tracfix system

guides the cover flush in the side rails. According

to Mr Gerling, optimum cover tension is provided

in any extended position thanks to a tensioning

system with integrated gas pistons. This makes the

awning very stable in wind. Thus, the matrix allows

for a width and a projection of up to six metres.

Up to five awning field units can be combined to

cover even larger areas.

A further light option on


The awning is delivered ex works with a

standard motor. However, it can also be

configured with a radio motor. “As is the case with

our ‘classic model’, a number of options make it

possible to equip the awning to suit the

customer’s needs,” says Michael Gerling. These

include various LED systems in the guide tracks or

on the cover support tube, some of which can be

combined. There is now a further LED-Line under

the cassette, which offers even more variety in

lighting effects. Further options include adjustable

posts which ensure good water drainage, even

with only a slight tilt of the cover surface.

Furthermore, a manually or solar-powered

shadeplus awning. In addition, you can choose

between a variant that is firmly fixed in the ground

or opt for stabilisation boxes that secure the


Cover transport with the

new markilux7800

In order to match the new sun and weather

protection to the cubic design language, the glass

canopy awning markilux 8800, which takes care of

transporting the cover, had to be adapted because

it has a round cassette. From now on, the

markilux 7800 with an angular cover cassette

complements this awning type. As with all other

pergola variants, the “cubic” model is also suitable

for combining with other awning systems for

protection against wind or rain and to shade

different configurations. These include the markilux

models construct and syncra, the vertical blinds

876 and 776 tracfix as well as the 790 side screen.

“With this additional product, we are rounding off

the ‘pergola’ programme even further,” Michael

Gerling points out.

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Sattler launches a

new Design




Finding the perfect fabric for an awning is

sometimes the most difficult part of the

sales process. The Design Selector from

Sattler is designed to help

Even though an awning fabric is a technical product, the

selection process is usually purely about appearance.

Which colour? Which stripe? Does the design match my


The Design Selector from Sattler is a tool that has successfully

supported this selection pro-cess for years. In April 2022, a new

version will go online. The colour of the façade can be adapted to

one's own situation, a fabric comparison has been integrated and a

shadow simulator supports the idea of what shade the awning will

cast on one's own terrace.

In the course of the year, various system types and regional

landscape scenes will be added.

But not only the Design Selector has been completely renewed, a

new sun protection collec-tion will be launched at the beginning of

January 2023. New design lines, new colours and, above all, the

analogue collection book will be combined with the digital Design

Selector in a way never seen before.

Integrate the Design Selector right now and be one of the first to

benefit from the new version!






The search for the right fabric is not always easy - it is

good that with the DESIGN SELECTOR from SATTLER

you have the perfect tool at hand to make the decision

process easier for your customers.

From April 2022 the SATTLER DESIGN SELECTOR will

be will be equipped with even more possibilities that will

inspire you!






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Bi-fold blinds

Larger blinds are

needed as windows

and doors get

bigger says


With the global bifold doors market

increasing in value from over £6.6m in

2016 to over £9.5m by 2023,

blindsbypost has launched 58 new extra large

motorised roller blinds to enable consumers to

install blinds which fit larger windows and bifold


The new products come in a wide range of

fabrics including blackout, light filtering and three

percent screen. Fire retardant qualities are also

available. The blinds are suitable for any home

thanks to the huge range of bold colours on offer

including yellows, greens, blues and neutrals.

blindsbypost’s motorised blinds are perfect for

tech-savvy homes and are a real talking point. They

can be raised and closed at the touch of a button

on a remote, or voice activated through a home

assistant, including Amazon Alexa and Google

Home. The latest Somfy technology ensures

motorised blinds offer convenience, and unlike

traditional blinds, no wires or cords are on show

making them child safe.

Oliver Hudson, director at blindsbypost

commented: “Bifold doors have experienced

significant growth over the past couple of years,

thanks to the requirements for better insulation and

heat retention. They also require minimum changes

in the architecture of a building to maximise the

available space. We wanted to create a product

which would not only integrate with people’s smart

hubs, but also cover a wide area such as bifold


“The battery powered, electric WireFree motors

mean there are no unsightly wires, and customers

can choose from a wide range of extra wide fabric

choices to perfectly match their style. From those

looking to keep out the sun's heat across bi-fold

doors to people who simply want to add some

privacy to a large bedroom window, motorised XL

roller blinds are the perfect solution.”

Each motorised blind from blindsbypost is

handcrafted using the latest technology in its UKbased

factory, using heavy-duty aluminium tubes and

steel powder coated brackets. The blinds are

available in widths up to 2.5m and prices start from


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Semper Blinds

At Semper Blinds we are a

trademarked family run company

with over 30 years combined

experience, where we offer a range

of pleated and cellular blinds, in a

manual and motorised format. All

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Online Ordering


As businesses of all sizes embrace a more

digital world, the customer order journey

has evolved to a level where online

ordering has become a prerequisite. Decora’s

strategy to develop our customer experience is a key

focus through 2022.

The launch of the new Santa Fe online portal sees

a major advancement in the ordering journey across

the entire shutter portfolio. The easy, three step

order process simplifies the user experience, ending

with a 3D shutter visualisation tool enabling a view of

the final shutter configuration.

The new portal enables customers to manage and

review all orders with full visibility of manufacturing

progress, shipping and delivery dates. Whilst a quick

calculate table on the home page allows customers

to gain a price guide for each shutter range in one

click by simply entering details of the width and

height of the window.

The enhanced portal enables online payment

making every element of the shutter ordering

process accessible at a time that suits you. The news

section will detail up to date information regarding

product, specification or news.

Each user login is unique which enables customers

to offer staff varying levels of functionality. Access can

be limited to ordering and viewing order status,

whilst other users can manage payments and view

the reporting facilities available. In addition, customers

will be able to order marketing POS material along

with a facility for customers to customise and

generate their own branded quotations making the

portal the “one stop shutter shop”.

New to the portal’s functionality is the ability to

arrange Survey and Fit appointments, enhancing

further this unique service available to Santa Fe

Shutters that removes the time and expertise

required for measuring and installing shutters.

Training videos and documentation have been

created to enable customers to reference online or

scheduled online training sessions can be reserved

for those who feel they require a more one to one

training approach.

The development undertaken to improve the new

portal, has both streamlined the order process and

enhanced the visual layout.

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D o n

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Utilise our Industry Leading Expertise

Let us survey, manufacture and fit

through our SMF service for all our

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Supplying your customers under your

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We also have a huge range of quality

made-to-measure blinds available for

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Supplying Retail and Trade


Wide eyed

Eclipse has

introduced a range

of wider fabrics for

its customers

The window blind industry is continuously

changing and here at Eclipse we are making

sure Eclipse is staying ahead of these

changes. One major change is that in general

windows are getting bigger. Therefore, there is an

increasing demand for wider fabrics.

On top of this, consumers are now more aware

of how the textile industry impacts our planet. Did

you know that the textile industry is responsible for

approximately 20% of the world's water waste and

10% of all carbon emissions? We all have a part to

play in reducing waste and helping to lower


Eclipse has taken all these factors into

consideration when developing new products.

The company is excited to introduce Palette eco

to our current product offering. Our Palette FR eco

fabric has been developed using 100% recycled

yarn that has been derived from post-consumer

PET drinking bottles. Palette eco is available as a 3m

wide roller fabric in 7 of our bestselling colours.

Eclipse has developed a brand-new Palette FR

eco 3.0 swatch card that you can use to upsell this

fantastic product offering.

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Keeping on their toes

Luxaflex has

launched a new



Luxaflex is thrilled to announce the launch of

their stunning new Pirouette Collection. The

new collection boasts many new features,

including ClearView, SoftTouch Control and an

exciting array of beautiful new fabrics.

For the more discerning consumers Pirouette will

make a stunning addition to a home's interior. Their

unique sculptural design encompasses soft

horizontal vanes that give the appearance that

they’re floating in mid-air. The sheer fabric diffuses

incoming sunlight, transforming it into a warm glow

while reducing glare, softening shadows, and helping

to protect furnishings from UV rays.

The vanes can be closed for complete privacy or

open to invite incoming light and a view to the

outside. With its innovative design, Pirouette

provides variable light control while protecting

consumers interiors from the effects of harsh

sunlight. Vibrant fabrics, textures and colours

accentuate the product’s dramatic appearance.

Pirouette ClearView is an exciting new option

that provides superior view-through and UV

protection. Offering consumers an even greater

view-through to the outdoors, Pirouette is crafted

with a specialised sheer that provides a near

unobstructed view of the outside while still diffusing

sunlight and filtering out UV rays.

The shadings are available in light-filtering and

room-darkening opacities, in ClearView Satin and

ClearView Satin Metallic fabrics.

For the ultimate in smart home convenience, pair

Pirouette with PowerView Automation, our

advanced wireless operating system. With

PowerView, homeowners can program their shades

to automatically re-position throughout the day

based on a schedule that they set. PowerView

Automation also seamlessly integrates with other

whole-home automation systems and smart

speakers such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

and Apple HomeKit for voice-activated shade


And as you would expect from an industryleading

brand like Luxaflex, the new Pirouette

collection includes a delightful selection of new and

on-trend fabrics. Featuring popular grey and natural

hues as well as pops of colours for the more

flamboyant consumer. New fabric styles such as

Serene®, offer a horizontal weave style pattern,

followed by Grant, this is a vertically textured


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Yewdale’s new antiligature

curtain gliders

The new reducedligature


track that’s ideal

for schools, mental

health settings and

care homes

In addition to being a leading manufacturer of

shading and screening solutions, Yewdale also has

over ten years of experience manufacturing load

release systems including blinds and curtain tracks.

Designed to prevent suicide, these products fall

away from the wall or ceiling when excess weight is


A recent edition to the YewdaleKestrel® antiligature

range is the K2500 fixed curtain track. This

curtain track differs from Yewdale’s other antiligature

blinds and curtain tracks because it doesn’t

utilise load release magnetic fixings. Instead, it fits

flush to a wall via pin hex anti-tamper security


If an excess load is placed upon the curtain, only

the curtain will separate, leaving the track and antiligature

gliders securely in place. This reduces the

risk of ligature and the risk of violence because the

curtain track can’t be removed and used

inappropriately. The anti-ligature gliders also reduce

the risk of damage and injury because the curtain

track won’t fall on a service user who has placed

excess load on the curtain.

The innovative curtain track features unique

gliders which allow the curtain to move along the

track gently and effortlessly, reducing the chance of

the curtain being pulled down due to heavy manual


The anti-ligature gliders cannot be removed from

the track, meaning there is less plastic in the curtain

when it is removed. The curtain track requires little

maintenance and features a wipe-clean design.

Reattaching the curtain to the track is a quick and

easy process.

Due to its focus on safety and reducing ligature

risk, the K2500 curtain track is highly suited to

mental health settings, schools, care homes and

detention centres. You can find out more about

Yewdale’s life-saving anti-ligature systems by visiting

their website, www.yewdale.co.uk.

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Bloc Blinds are a leading designer and manufacturer of simple, clever roller blinds. The Bloc Out offers

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Since 1992 Coulisse has been developing window coverings for the residential and the

commercial market. The extensive range of Coulisse window covering solutions stands out

for its innovative design, appeal and great functionality, and includes systems, fabrics and

motorization. Visit our website to discover our products and services. Be inspired by our

world of window coverings.


Dickson Constant

Innovative textiles for your world. Five words that attest to our powers of innovation and global

reach. Innovative in textiles is what drives Dickson to conquer the markets of the future and meet the

challenge of improving people’s living space.

kwild@dickson-constant.com www.dickson-constant.com

Don Smith Blinds

We offer a Survey, Manufacture and Fit service for Perfect Fit International Roof and Gable blinds (including

motorised) - you get the sale, we do the rest, under your company name with full after sales support.

Or, supply only Perfect Fit Blinds (Pleated, Roller, Vision & Venetian), standard Pleated, Roller, Vision, Vertical, Allusion,

Panel blinds and Retractable Insect Screens.

info@donsmithblinds.co.uk www.donsmithblinds.co.uk

East Anglia Blinds Limited

E. A. Blinds can supply you with a fantastic range of pinoleum blinds, pleated blinds, roller blinds, roof roller blinds,

venetian blinds, vertical blinds and Vision blinds.

Offering a national and international service to the blind and conservatory industry.

enquiries@eablinds.co.uk www.eablinds.co.uk


Ellard is the UK’s largest supplier of drives and controls used to automate industrial doors, shutters,

garage doors, blinds and gates. Over the course of the last 67 years and through our acquisition of

NRG Automation, we have developed some of the very best market-leading products supported by the

largest technical and customer service teams in the UK.




BLINDS AND ROLLER SHUTTERS. ISOTRA is the Czech producer of interior and exterior blinds, fabric roller

blinds, plisse blinds, Japanese panel blinds, pre-window exterior roller shutters, insect screen, awnings, screen blinds

and pergolas. ISOTRA has its own development workplace, design center, modern tool shop, pressure unit for

thermo-plastics and wide manufacturing operating units.

dvorsky@isotra.cz www.isotra.com


Lienesch is specialized in decorative, functional and technical fabrics for interior window coverings. Tailored for use

in the home market, project market and all objects on the move. In our UK warehouse we have selected products

available, allowing a next day service for full rolls or cut lengths.

Ask for the possibilities and let us inspire you!

info@lienesch.co.uk www.lienesch.com

Morley Glass & Glazing Ltd

Superior Uni-Blinds® double glazed units complete with ScreenLine integral blinds.

Venetian and pleated options with 5 operating systems to choose from, including a magnetic slider and

smart-home compatible motorised blinds from the UK’s market-leader. Wide range of colours available

– reliable, maintenance-free and perfect for bi-fold and sliding doors.

sales@morleyglass.co.uk morleyglass.co.uk

Sattler SUN-TEX

Sattler SUN-TEX - technical textiles at the highest level

Sattler SUN-TEX has developed to become a leading supplier for technical textiles, manufacturing fabrics for sun,

antiglare and privacy protection for residential and commercial buildings, as well as boat cover fabrics and

weatherproof outdoor upholstery fabrics at our state-of-the-art facilities.

mail@sattler.com suntex.sattler.com

Semper Blinds

Semper Blinds is a family run business with over 30 years’ experience. Specialising in a UK survey & fit service for

PFI conservatory roof blinds, we aim to give you a service that is hassle free for you and your customer.

We make all things cellular and pleated in manual and motorised formats in our Manchester based unit.




Innovation, expertise and heritage are at the heart of SHY’s shading solutions. Embracing challenge,

we design and manufacture commercial roller blinds for windows of all ages, shapes and sizes that

incorporate a wide range of manual, electric and ZIP® options.

info@shy.co.uk www.shy.co.uk

Supa-Shade Blinds & Awnings Ltd

Supa-Shade offers Dutch Blinds in Kit form or complete, covered ready to fit. Also an extensive range of Extrusions

with Nylon Components to match.

Our computerised Bending Machine enables us to bend most shapes in the design and style to suit your needs.

Telephone us on: 01803 522887

tony@supa-shade.co.uk www.awningsdevon.co.uk

Totally trendy. Since 1972.

Colours that set the tone.

Design Novelty: markilux MX-2 – Fascinating in shape. Functionally superb.

| Brand

| e.g. markilux MX-2

50 years of designer awnings “Made in Germany”.

HIGH 5 MX – Find the exact colour that best suits your personal style

and building, and benefit from our anniversary campaign.

For the most alluring shade in the world. markilux.co.uk


New sensation

Eclipse has

developed a new

range of end caps

for the market

Eclipse has been busy developing our new

Senses Roller Fascia endcap! The new

endcap provides you with a quieter and

smoother operating blind for the end consumer.

This development is focused on the chain guide

element of the endcap.

While making these changes, we have also

improved the aesthetic of the endcap by removing

the hole which was present for slow-rise blinds. The

hole has been filled with a snap-off feature for slowrise


The new Senses Roller Endcap is available in 4 of

our bestselling colours and our new Anthracite


The current Senses Roller Fascia Endcap colours

and the new Anthracite Endcap are available to

order through the Eclipse online ordering portal


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Our clic bead-fit system’s ultra slim design has been developed to fit perfectly onto any double-glazed

window but is particularly suitable for bi-fold doors and tilt-and-turn windows.

With clic, there is no need to measure the window’s bead depth as this system has been carefully

engineered to fit all window frame depths with a single bracket type.

Its clever, fold away handle makes it ideal to use on bi-fold doors where it is important that the blind

does not protrude further than the window frame.

Please contact your Area Sales Manager to see a sample of clic along with the beautiful collection of

venetian slat finishes and pleated and honeycomb fabrics, that are available with this blind.



Secure solution

Somfy Motorized

Shading products

now supported by

alarm.com to

deliver an added

layer of security

Somfy has announced its integration with

Alarm.com. This enables North American

Alarm.com customers to add the TaHoma

Gateway for added security in their home or

business through integrated remote control

automation of awnings, pergolas and interior

window shades and natural light management.

As an industry leader in security and automation,

Alarm.com has been protecting millions of homes

and businesses for more than 20 years. With

Somfy’s technology, Alarm.com can offer another

layer of protection to its customers and elevate the

smart home experience with automatic scenes and

schedules. Tahoma Gateway communicates with

devices using Radio Technology Somfy (RTS),

Somfy’s exclusive control platform which enables

users to adjust motorized blinds, shades, awnings

and exterior screens. The device fits seamlessly into

the Alarm.com ecosystem for homes, apartments

and commercial spaces.

The addition of automatic scenes and schedules

to Alarm.com’s ecosystem with TaHoma Gateway

provides greater control over privacy in the home

and commercial spaces. For example, a “leaving

home” scene can lower the shades, switch off the

lights, and enable the alarm system, all with one

button touch. TaHoma Gateway connects to

Alarm.com products over Wi-Fi using a cloud-tocloud

integration, and from the Alarm.com

smartphone app, users can adjust shades to let in

the right amount of natural light and deliver the

right level of privacy.

Brittany Mier y Teran, Partnership and CI Channel

Manager, Somfy North America, said, “By integrating

Somfy with Alarm.com’s ecosystem, homeowners can

add a new layer of customization to their home that

is convenient to use with a seamless connection.

Somfy’s full line of remote-controlled products

provides added privacy and security to any home or

commercial space when integrated with Alarm.com,

with the added feature of natural light management

and increasing the energy efficiency of any space.”

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/hav-ren/ Welsh


A legendary Welsh Princess who was

drowned in the River Severn by her stepmother.

Hafren is the Welsh name for the River Severn.




A modular electrically-operated retractable canopy.

Utilises highest quality Makefast sliding roof


Canopy retracts to the rear at the press of a button.

Marine-grade 316 stainless steel roof frames.


Module width up to 4m

Module projection up to 6m

All modules can be linked

Marine-quality waterproof fabrics

Proudly designed and manufactured in Wales


01686 629010



New Hive collection

There are new

colours, textiles

and patterns in the

latest Style Studio


The Style Studio Hive & Pleated Collection

has been developed by our interior experts

to include a wide array of on trend colours,

textures and patterns. Our contemporary art work

on our cover insert pages has been a huge hit with

our customers! We have also ensured the pages

within the book have been manufactured using

responsibly sourced materials.

Let’s talk book layout, the right-hand side of the

book is laid out in colourway format, and the lefthand

side of the book is laid out by range. Grey

fabrics are more popular than ever, so they are

towards the front of the book for easy browsing!

Our design gallery page allows your customers to

view our Hive & Pleated patterns in a full repeat

and give them an idea of how the fabric will appear

in a window.

Here at Style Studio we believe that everyone

needs to do more to help the environment. That is

why we made a huge effort to include a variety of

recycled eco fabrics in our Pleated fabric offering.

These fabrics have been developed using yarn that

has been derived from post-consumer plastic drinks

bottles. These fabrics are versatile and offer a highquality

finish. There are 5 ranges available in an array

of textures, weaves and colour options. Visit our

website to learn more about our eco story.

We have brought you an exciting range of

modern, contemporary and WOW patterns.

Traditionally patterns were only available in Pleated,

but for this Collection we have developed fabulous

Hive patterns.

Hive fabrics always bring that element of luxury

to a home. Hive Deluxe and Hive Deluxe Blackout

continue to be the most popular options for adding

a soft luxury look to the home. Coloured on both

sides and available in an impressive 10 colour

options, there is sure to be a colour to suit every

interior taste. With enhanced light control Hive

Deluxe Blackout makes the perfect addition to any

bedroom or office space

On trend colours are a popular option in

window blinds and that is why we have updated

our plain fabric offering. Shadow Blackout is

available in 6 on trend colours. The colours range

from cool neutral tones to bright warm orange

hues. One of our most talked about ranges for this

Collection is our stunning metallic fabric Radiance

asc. This smooth all over metallic fabric takes

window coverings to the next level. Radiance asc is

also available as a Micro fabric option, perfect for bifold

doors and compact spaces.

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Conservatory and

Window Blinds


Motorisation options


■ Panel blinds ■ Pinoleum blinds

■ Pleated blinds ■ Roller blinds

■ Roof blinds ■ Roof roller blinds

■ Vertical blinds ■ Conservatory blinds

■ Motorised blinds

01603 404040



Honeycell ® sales

to Lienesch Ltd

Louvolite VogueTrack

for Trade Customers


now available with Allusion

Available in white, brown,

champagne, black &


• Does not twist

• Trouble free


It is with regret that Honeycell ® has parted in the UK from

its partner R.A. Irwin. But we respect R.A. Irwin’s decision to

cease their complete Window Blind Business Division.

From May onwards, Lienesch Ltd with warehouse and office

in Leeds handles orders from the UK directly. Lienesch Ltd

has also taken over the Honeycell ® stock from R.A. Irwin to

make sure that the requested honeycomb fabrics can be

supplied within days. New Collection Books are available.

delivered from the UK

Lienesch Ltd

Unit 2 - Hunslet Trading Estate,

Severn Road, LEEDS, LS10 1BL United Kingdom

Tel. 0113 8681066



fax: 01492 539581

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Wood for good


new collection now

available to order

The organic nature of wood and the tactile

quality and tones that come with it, bring a

warm and inviting feel to a home. The new

Timberlux Collection now available to order,

presents the perfect blend of contemporary living

and traditional craftsmanship.

Wood has a texture like no other material,

bringing an element of nature into your home and

making a connection with the outdoors. The

carefully selected woods within the new Timberlux

Collection have been chosen to best show the

unique aesthetic appeal and exotic appearance

quality wood has to offer. Three species have been

included: Basswood, Bamboo and Abachi, each with

their own distinctive allure and grain.


At the heart of the Timberlux brand is the ethos

to craft beautiful wood venetian blinds that are

immediately recognisable, synonymous with this

trusted brand. To attain this core philosophy,

sourcing the finest raw materials was paramount,

ensuring sustainably sourced wood that presented

woods true character was fundamental.

Every Timberlux blind combines tradition and

originality, balances craftsmanship and creative

imagination that allows homeowners to adore the

finest details of our product.

Palette Perfect

Basswood has a reputation of quality and

richness; the natural and unobtrusive grain presents

a beautiful air of warmth when meticulously stained

in natural wood tones. This same refined finish

facilitates a perfectly smooth painted finish. 13

Basswood options remain at the core of the new

offering, bestselling painted colours and wood tones

retain the luxurious familiarity of the Collection.

Transcending Texture

Bamboo’s natural elegance coupled with its

durability and versatility, presents a stunning wood

venetian with subtle textured grains. The textured

appearance of the Bamboo slat creates a fresh and

natural look in any home, presented in 6 modern

painted colours or 5 earthy natural wood tones.

Native to tropical West Africa, Abachi wood

consists of interlocked grains, presenting a subtle to

medium texture which showcases the true beauty

of this exotic wood and its stunning lustre. Abachi’s

lightweight properties along with its impregnability

makes it perfect for wood venetians.

The collection is presented in 5 understated

tones that subtly enhance the aesthetics of the

delicate grain and texture. The contemporary

palette of neutral colours and wood tones allows

each Abachi colour choice to effortlessly

complement any home décor.


Central to the Timberlux brand is a strong

commitment to the environment in which we

operate and craft our blinds. It is important that the

wood used comes from sustainably managed

forests, ensuring minimal impact on the ecosystems

in which they grow. Bamboo completely

regenerates itself after 5 years and boasts that it

absorbs 4 times the amount of Carbon Dioxide and

produces 35% more oxygen into our atmosphere

than standard forests.

At Timberlux we make a point of sourcing our

Basswood and Abachi from sustainable regions,

ensuring peace of mind that the environment from

which it is cut, is being cared for at the same time.

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Our Quality Builds Your Reputation.

To find out more 01908 642 888 | www.homecreationsuk.com


Powering on

Eclipse has

upgraded its


Eclipse has given its Powershade motor for Roller

& Mirage blinds an upgrade!

The company is pleased to offer you a higher

quality product at a competitive price point. With

improved operation and additional benefits, we

believe this is the best motorised system for your

customers in the window blind market.

Main features:

• 25mm & 28mm rechargeable lithium motor

• Improved operation including a reduction in

noise level

• Slimmer lithium motor head

• No hanging cables from battery pack

• Type- C charger and 5m cable

• Consistent rise and close speed

• Soft start/stop feature

• Single, 6, and 16 channel remotes available

• Wall switch available with 6 channels

The new Powershade system is available to order

online now.

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Micro Pneumatic’s

Ultrasonic Welder

Compact and lightweight, to sit on top of any bench

Gives a super flat weld in record time, approximately

2 seconds per weld

Can also be supplied as a double headed unit

Please contact Micro Pneumatics Ltd for more information

Tel: 0116 2611055 / 0116 2611066 Email: sales@micropneumatics.co.uk

Micro Pneumatics Ltd

1 Palmer Street

Leicester LE4 5PT




Home comforts

Duette window

shades are one of

the most popular

choices for

homeowners when

it comes to

choosing window

blinds for their


Luxaflex is thrilled to announce that their latest

and long-awaited new Duette Shades

collection is now available in-store for

customers to browse and purchase.

With exciting new fabric colours and designs for

every window, lifestyle and season, customers will

be pleased to know that these exquisite and

exclusive fabrics not only look good, but have

extraordinary energy efficient properties.

Duette has also got an exciting new feature that

promises to provide the ultimate in room


So, without further ado you’ll find all there is to

know about the new Luxaflex Duette Shades and

more in this article.

Luxurious Fabrics and


Customers can choose from pastels to natural

tones and new inspiring patterns, there's a look for

every style from period to modern homes.

Inspired by the latest colour and design trends

Luxaflex designers are proud to introduce new

metallic designs that add a touch of glamour to any

room. These delightful fabrics gently sparkle as the

light moves across the window, making an elaborate

unique light show.

A Design for Every Window

There are options for each and every window

type, from sliding doors to Tilt & Turn, or shaped

windows. Duette Shades work perfectly with

virtually all window types, shapes and sizes.


The new LightLock system is a revolutionary new

feature that is ideal for locking out light. Customers

can browse and select from a variety of room

darkening fabrics which also absorb or deflect

nearly all the incoming light sweeping into your


Only the new collection of Duette Shades offers

this level of room darkening. Suitable for the whole

family, for a better night's sleep, to darken media

rooms or to deflect light in a home office. Helping

to create a feeling of pure comfort.

Energy Efficient Design

If customers are looking to achieve better control

of the temperature in their home. The latest fabric

range from Duette has an even better level of heat

reduction and insulation, with some fabrics achieving

an outstanding A++ rating.

Duette Shades can also help to reduce annoying

echoing from hard materials like flooring, walls, and

glass by up to 60%.

Eco Friendly Fabrics

Now with over 300 Cradle to Cradle Certified

fabrics and materials to choose from, you can be

confident that you’re doing your bit to support our


Duette Shades are also built to last the test of

time and are carefully measured to your windows.

All shades also come with a 5-year guarantee.

Automated Smart-Home


For those of you who love your home to be

connected, fear not, with PowerView Automation

you can control your Duette Shades using a smart

device, remote control, or the sound of your voice.

From a single window blind to your entire home,

it’s easy to connect your blinds so that you can

control privacy and light whatever time of the day,

even when you’re not at home.

What’s more, by using a rechargeable battery

PowerView Automation is now also available for

Tilt & Turn window options too!

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To advertise here contact Julie at j.saridakis@turretgroup.com






Pleated Blinds

Everything you need to

manufacture Pleated

blinds using Louvolite

fabrics & components


Contact Luxaflex

Distributor for Dickson awning fabrics

0161 442 9500










When you want a

roof specialist,

speak to Stuart

at Semper.

Conservatory and

Window Blinds Specialists

Motorisation options available

01603 404040



We’re here to provide

you with a full survey

& fit service across

the UK for PFI

Conservatory roof

blinds in both pleated

and cellular fabrics,

manual or motorised.




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07766 600131 SEMPER BLINDS


semperblinds@gmail.com www.semperblinds.com

0113 277 8722


Customer Services

0161 882 5050



Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical

• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support

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Award winning blinds

0800 107 5535


Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical

• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support



Perfect Fit Blinds

Everything you need to

manufacture Perfect Fit

blinds using Louvolite

fabrics & components



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Customer Services

0161 882 5050


Window Blind Motorisation

Battery and hardwired solutions

Home Hubs • Solar Panels

Remotes and wall switches

Control your home from any device,

anytime, anywhere


For more information call a member of

our team on 0161 945 4561




To advertise in Blinds & Shutters

please contact JULIE SARIDAKIS

via e-mail at:



Roller / Verticals / Pleated blinds / Honeycomb

For more information contact:



Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical

• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support

To advertise in this space

please contact







Roller Blinds

Everything you need to

manufacture Roller

blinds using Louvolite

fabrics & components

Customer Services

0161 882 5050


Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical

• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support


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Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical


• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support

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Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical


• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support


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Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical


• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support

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Vertical Blinds

Everything you need to

manufacture Vertical

blinds using Louvolite

fabrics & components

Customer Services

0161 882 5050




To advertise in this

space please contact


via e-mail at:



Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

• Vertical

• Roller

• Faux Wood

• Pleated

• Roman

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

We set the standard for Customer Support

View our magazine online



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Join our experienced installation team

At Thomas Sanderson we pride ourselves on

precision and detail. If you have an eye for detail,

practical DIY knowledge and exceptional customer

service skills our hands-on installer opportunities

could be the next step in your career.

• Part-time & full-time opportunities available

• Comprehensive training provided

• High earning potential

Visit careers.thomas-sanderson.co.uk

or call 0115 852 2896



Work for yourself, at your own pace and with the hours

that suit your lifestyle as one of our dedicated

self-employed advisors. Help the nation choose the

perfect blinds, curtains and shutters for their homes.

Great earning





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As the UK’s number one provider of window

furnishing solutions we’re always looking for

practical thinking, confident new people to

join our dedicated network of self-employed

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own local business.


Join our dedicated network of sales designers

Thomas Sanderson is always seeking talented new sales professionals to join

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Award winning


In the October 2022 edition,

features include:

n Pleated blinds

n Printed fabrics

n Acoustic blinds

n Honeycomb blinds

n Integral blinds

n Blinds components & accessories

This edition will also include the

Blinds & Shutters

2022-23 Wallplanner

To submit your editorial article,

please contact:

John Hatcher, Editor

E: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com

Advertising Opportunities:

n Display Advertising

n Classified Advertising

n Company Profiles

n Outserts (banding, cover-mounts)

n Blinds & Shutters Year planner

n Blinds & Shutters Web Guide

n Inserts (either loose inserts or bound-in)

For all advertising enquiries,

please contact:

Julie Saridakis, Sales Manager

E: j.saridakis@turretgroup.com

View Blinds & Shutters online at www.blindsmagazine.co.uk



Combining Tropical Blinds’ extensive experience producing wood blinds and our continued success with

the Impressions Faux Wood blind, we are excited to launch the Impressions WOOD Collection.

Six carefully selected Basswood colours will complement and enhance any interior décor, harmonising

perfectly within the current interiors trend of white, cream, grey and black. Available with ladder braid,

25mm and 38mm tape, these stunning wood blinds will add warmth and elegance to any setting.

Please contact your Area Sales Manager, or the customer services team, to request a swatch containing

the complete collection including tapes or a sample blind.

You can see all our product ranges and first class customer support systems at


Inspire your customers with the

Style Studio Hive & Pleated Collection!

The collection boasts an array of patterns,

textures and colours that will bring style to any home.



Order your Hive & Pleated Collection Book now!

Hive & Pleated Collection Book


eco recycled fabrics

Fire retardant fabrics

Blackout fabrics

Trend setting patterns

For more information contact your Area Sales Manager

or call our Customer Service Department on

0141 814 3500


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