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Blinds & Shutters - Issue 4/2022

On every home owner and businesses mind over the last few months has been the inevitable rise in energy prices. In an energy hungry manufacturing industry such as the blinds industry, this is felt even more keenly and it will be interesting to see how the industry reacts to our new PM’s proposals. I imagine that the next year will be an incredibly hard year for the blinds industry, with energy price rises plus inflation making operations more and more difficult. I am sure the industry will adapt and find ways of staying in business but I know it will be very difficult. Good luck in the coming years and lets hope there is some good news in the coming month. Industry most definitely needs it.

On every home owner and businesses mind over the last few months has been the inevitable rise in energy prices. In an energy hungry manufacturing industry such as the blinds industry, this is felt even more keenly and it will be interesting to see how the industry reacts to our new PM’s proposals.
I imagine that the next year will be an incredibly hard year for the blinds industry, with energy price rises plus inflation making operations more and more difficult.
I am sure the industry will adapt and find ways of staying in business but I know it will be very difficult. Good luck in the coming years and lets hope there is some good news in the coming month. Industry most definitely needs it.

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Regulars<br />

NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Eclipse has put together a new sales team<br />

NEW PRODUCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-79<br />

The BBSA show means there are lots of new products being<br />

launched<br />

Features and articles<br />

ENERGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> can contribute to energy savings around the home<br />

EXHIBITIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12<br />

The BBSA Show is taking place at the end of October<br />

PROFILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-20<br />

Good things are happening up in Scotland<br />

MARKETING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-36<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> are set for a period of growth<br />

AUTOMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-43<br />

Consumers want a smart home and blinds can deliver<br />

FABRIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-54<br />

What sort of material suits you personality?<br />

AWNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-58<br />

Pergolas are a great way to maximise the use of patios in the<br />

summer<br />

From the editor<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> FOUR <strong>2022</strong><br />

On every home owner and<br />

businesses mind over the last few<br />

months has been the inevitable rise<br />

in energy prices. In an energy<br />

hungry manufacturing industry such<br />

as the blinds industry, this is felt<br />

even more keenly and it will be<br />

interesting to see how the industry<br />

reacts to our new PM’s proposals.<br />

I imagine that the next year will<br />

be an incredibly hard year for the<br />

blinds industry, with energy price<br />

rises plus inflation making<br />

operations more and more difficult.<br />

I am sure the industry will adapt<br />

and find ways of staying in business<br />

but I know it will be very difficult.<br />

Good luck in the coming years<br />

and lets hope there is some good<br />

news in the coming month. Industry<br />

most definitely needs it.<br />

John Hatcher<br />

editor<br />

www.blindsmagazine.co.uk<br />

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Luxaflex<br />

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<strong>2022</strong> ISSUE FOUR • AUTUMN<br />

Editor:<br />

John Hatcher<br />

+44 (0)1923 432 705<br />

j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

Advertising sales manager:<br />

Julie Saridakis<br />

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j.saridakis@turretgroup.com<br />

Production manager:<br />

Carol Baird<br />

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NEWS NEWSDESK: mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

New to the team<br />

Over the past few months Eclipse has recruited 3 new area<br />

sales managers to fill key positions within its UK Sales<br />

Team and the company now has a full lineup.<br />

In making these appointments, it was<br />

important for the company to find the best<br />

candidates, who have the drive and<br />

determination to succeed in our fast-paced<br />

market environment and Eclipse is excited to<br />

introduce the new faces alongside some<br />

familiar ones:<br />

Richard McIntyre – Area 1, Scotland<br />

Richard James – Area 2, North East<br />

England – North Wales<br />

Iain White – Area 3, Midlands<br />

Phil Morgan – Area 4, South East England<br />

Colin Moore – Area 5, South West and<br />

Ireland<br />

With this full team in place, Eclipse<br />

believes that it is well positioned to support<br />

its loyal customers and work with its clients<br />

RICHARD M C INTYRE<br />

AREA 1<br />

t: 07919 488509<br />

e: McintyreR@eclipseblinds.co .uk<br />

RICHARD JAMES<br />

AREA 2<br />

t: 07803 236507<br />

e: JamesR@eclipseblinds.co.uk<br />

Area Sales Managers<br />

to identify mutual growth opportunities for<br />

our businesses. The team are now fully<br />

contactable and if you haven’t met your new<br />

ASM already, you will get a chance to do so<br />

soon.<br />

In addition to this, the company has<br />

appointed Lee Benedetti as its new Internal<br />

Sales Representative. Lee is office based and<br />

his role will be focused on increasing our<br />

contact with our wider customer base, whilst<br />

developing accounts and working with our<br />

ASM Team to give further support to our<br />

customers.<br />

Eclipse would like to thank its clients for<br />

their patience in recent months as the<br />

company has worked through this<br />

transition.<br />

NEWS IN BRIEF<br />

Legrand's Building Control Systems<br />

(BCS) division's Legrand Shading<br />

Systems and Vantage brands will be<br />

rolling out the latest in luxury and smart<br />

home shading and lighting at CEDIA<br />

Expo <strong>2022</strong>, taking place Sept. 29-Oct.1<br />

at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention<br />

Center in Dallas. In the Legrand | AV<br />

booth 19035, installers will experience<br />

Legrand Shading Systems' newly<br />

launched shading accessories and fabric<br />

collections from top shading fabric<br />

designers such as Coulisse. Vantage will<br />

showcase its LHUMAN human-centric<br />

lighting (HCL) system, featuring the<br />

company's customizable lighting control<br />

options integrated with lighting fixtures<br />

from Legrand Lighting Alliance Partners.<br />

"Smart home shading and lighting is<br />

the hottest trend and opportunity in<br />

residential technology," said Charlie<br />

Derk, general manager, shading and<br />

residential controls, Legrand North<br />

America. "At CEDIA, we'll show<br />

integrators how simple it is to get<br />

started with our shading and lighting<br />

brands that come together effortlessly<br />

to achieve a modern, beautiful look for<br />

any room. Come check out our new<br />

demo cases and fabric books — tools<br />

that will make it incredibly easy to<br />

support and entice your customers."<br />

IAIN WHITE<br />

AREA 3<br />

t: 07876 406157<br />

e: WhiteI@eclipseblinds.co.uk<br />

PHIL MORGAN<br />

AREA 4<br />

t: 07803 236 506<br />

e: MorganP@eclipseblinds.co.uk<br />

COLIN MOORE<br />

AREA 5 & IRELAND<br />

t: 07917 034868<br />

e: MooreC@eclipseblinds.co.u k<br />

LEE BENEDETTI<br />

INTERNAL SALES<br />

t: 07469 296077<br />

e: BenedettiL@eclipseblinds.co.uk<br />

In the next issue:<br />

Energy efficiency<br />

Motorisation<br />

Marketing<br />

4 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong><br />

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NEWS<br />

NEWSDESK: mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

Increase in UK temperatures<br />

means shading industry<br />

set to grow<br />

Over the last couple of years, the external shading market<br />

has experienced a significant demand for product, and this<br />

doesn’t look as if it will slow down any time soon.<br />

There are a number of reasons for the<br />

increased demand: the ‘holiday at home<br />

‘culture that the UK has experienced as a<br />

result of the pandemic, the much hotter<br />

weather due to a warming climate that UK<br />

homes just can’t cope with without external<br />

shading, and now the introduction of Part O<br />

of the Building Regulations (15th June) to<br />

prevent overheating in new homes caused<br />

by modern ‘glass box’ building design, with<br />

high levels of wall insulation.<br />

20% of existing homes (almost 5.5 million<br />

properties!) overheat. The popularity of<br />

incorporating large expanses of glass<br />

including sliding / bi-folding doors and<br />

skylights has been made fashionable by TV<br />

programmes such as Grand Designs. With<br />

high levels of wall insulation to protect our<br />

homes against the cold, and being driven by<br />

recent regulations, this figure will increase.<br />

Part O of the building regulations,<br />

introduced on 15th June <strong>2022</strong>, will change<br />

the way new homes are designed and built.<br />

Large expanses of glass will need to include<br />

exterior shading of some description to<br />

prevent overheating, and air conditioning is<br />

not a solution!<br />

Did you know, 16,836 skylights are<br />

fabricated each year? 100,380<br />

conservatories/glass rooms are installed per<br />

year and 16,754,400 windows/doors<br />

fabricated per year. That is a lot of glass and<br />

wherever there is glazing, there is an<br />

opportunity for external shading.<br />

Installing External <strong>Blinds</strong> keeps buildings<br />

cool by providing a dynamic protective layer<br />

to the outside of the glass, absorbing and<br />

deflecting up to 97% of solar radiation, in<br />

turn reducing interior room temperatures by<br />

up to 18oc and cutting the energy<br />

consumption otherwise needed to cool<br />

down a hot room by over 80%. They offer a<br />

whole host of additional benefits too, from<br />

diffusing incoming light to prevent glare,<br />

providing privacy (particular important urban<br />

locations), blocking damaging UV rays to<br />

prevent fixtures and fittings from bleaching<br />

by the sun and enhancing the façade.<br />

It’s time to get involved as the potential is<br />

phenomenal in this sector and there really is<br />

enough for everyone to have a share of it.<br />

There are 27,066,000 homes across the UK<br />

- 81% are houses or bungalows and 7/8<br />

British Households have a garden<br />

NEWS IN BRIEF<br />

Consisting of a bespoke collection of<br />

artisan furniture, sumptuous signature<br />

cushions and lamp bases with gathered<br />

silk ikat lamp shades that bring style,<br />

energy and life to any home, as well as a<br />

carefully selected collection of everchanging<br />

continental antique furniture,<br />

contemporary art and homewares,<br />

Alexander Thomas harbours all things<br />

individual and eclectic for the home.<br />

Whether it be a country house in the<br />

Cotswolds, a modern apartment in<br />

London, a converted barn in Wiltshire or<br />

a cosy cottage in Cornwall, every home<br />

deserves diverse one off pieces that<br />

help to create special spaces and a<br />

serene oasis of calm, which is where<br />

Alexander Thomas has the answer.<br />

With an extensive background in<br />

interior design and mutual passion for<br />

property, architecture, antiques, art and<br />

design, Iain Pritchard and Glenn Robb<br />

founded Alexander Thomas, having both<br />

lovingly restored a number of properties<br />

over the last two decades combined<br />

with their delight in seeing tired buildings<br />

brought back to life with expertly<br />

curated interiors, including the current<br />

home in Shropshire.<br />

Over time, the duo have built up a<br />

diverse “little black book” of Artisan<br />

makers from across Great Britain and<br />

around the world, as well as an array of<br />

talented artists whose work they are<br />

proud to showcase and represent as<br />

part of Alexander Thomas, and therefore<br />

offering something truly original and unmatched<br />

to its clients.<br />

6 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong><br />

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY<br />

Energy positive<br />

S:Craft says that<br />

climate change<br />

means home<br />

owners are looking<br />

for more solutions<br />

to keep their<br />

houses cool<br />

The hot topic is the rising cost of energy, so<br />

it makes sense to reduce the amount we<br />

use! Did you know that heat gain and heat<br />

loss through windows are responsible for 25 –<br />

30% of residential heating and cooling energy use?<br />

So, there has never been a better time to start<br />

advising your customers about the practical steps<br />

they can take to improve energy efficiency in their<br />

homes.<br />

Not only are shutters and blinds stylish, but<br />

they’re practical too, and they add another<br />

insulating barrier to windows, helping to improve<br />

temperature and comfort in homes. It is worth<br />

considering how you use shutters and blinds...<br />

Autumn is a season renowned for its Indian<br />

Summers which is a period of unseasonably warm,<br />

and dry weather. Several references describe a<br />

true Indian summer as not occurring until after<br />

the first frost. So how can we use this weather to<br />

our advantage when we think about keeping our<br />

homes warm, and energy usage down? Something<br />

as simple as remembering to open your shutters<br />

and blinds during the day to allow solar gain to<br />

enter the room, and harvest solar energy. Here<br />

comes the science part…The glass windows in<br />

our homes allow most of the shortwave radiation<br />

(light) to pass through them but will not transmit<br />

most of the longwave (heat). So, the sun's rays<br />

pass through the glazing as a shortwave and hit<br />

objects in the room such as walls and furniture<br />

which absorb the radiation and re-radiate it back<br />

as longwave heat. The heat cannot pass back<br />

through the glass, so as the sun starts to go down,<br />

be sure to shut those shutters and blinds to help<br />

retain that generated heat. Automating shutters<br />

and blinds will save you time and effort because<br />

you can programme them to close at sunset.<br />

In the autumn months, the sun is lower in the<br />

sky than in the summer months and positioned<br />

more in the Southwest direction; this means that<br />

sometimes there is more sunlight beaming<br />

through your windows during the latter part of<br />

the day. Light and glare are effectively controlled<br />

by shutters and blinds as they are adjustable, they<br />

regulate luminance according to varying visual<br />

comfort. In a typical family room in the home,<br />

customers will want to make the best use of<br />

daylight, improved indoor conditions and visual<br />

comfort. Installing a 5% openness screen blind in<br />

a darker colour, will not only allow varying levels<br />

of light but will also reduce glare without<br />

darkening the room. Darker colours will absorb<br />

more light and reduce light glare but still diffuse<br />

the heat. <strong>Shutters</strong> or our Genoa Collection of<br />

venetians are other practical solutions as the<br />

louvres or slats can be tilted to reflect the sun,<br />

depending on its position. Our range of screen<br />

fabrics is available in our Designer Signature<br />

Collection. We offer made-to-measure Avignon<br />

rollers, and Rochelle romex; both of which can be<br />

automated to improve visual comfort. We also<br />

have a range of Lyon panels, and Versailles<br />

verticals in screen fabrics, as well as translucent or<br />

room darkening.<br />

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY<br />

Making the switch<br />

Cool your house<br />

down and save 40%<br />

on bills by making<br />

this simple switch<br />

With UK temperatures soaring into the<br />

high thirties this week, many Brits are<br />

doing anything they can to keep their<br />

homes cool. As climate change is predicted to<br />

make these temperatures more common in the<br />

UK, it may be time to start preparing the home<br />

for slightly warmer summers. Did you know that<br />

there is a solution that can not only cool the<br />

house during the summer but can also save you<br />

money in the winter months?<br />

Blind experts at Unbeatable <strong>Blinds</strong> reveal that<br />

switching your regular blinds or curtains to<br />

thermal blinds can reduce the amount of heat<br />

entering your house by 75% and will save you up<br />

to 40% on heating bills once winter arrives.<br />

How can thermal blinds keep my house cool?<br />

When you think of the best thermal blinds, you<br />

usually associate them with warm, cosy spaces.<br />

However, thermal blinds can also be effective in<br />

the warmer, summer months too. Thermal <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

are designed to offer incredible temperature<br />

control all year round. In the winter months when<br />

the temperature drops, thermal blinds create a<br />

layer of insulation and prevent cold air from<br />

entering your home. In the summer, they will also<br />

reflect heat and sunlight, preventing your space<br />

from becoming uncomfortably warm.<br />

Aluminium coated blinds with honeycomb<br />

pockets are particularly good at regulating<br />

temperature as they trap air inside. This creates a<br />

thermal barrier between the window and your<br />

home, reducing heat loss by up to 40%! In the<br />

Summer months, this aluminium coating helps to<br />

reflect sunlight, stopping your space from getting<br />

uncomfortably warm and reducing 75% of heat<br />

entering your home.<br />

How effective are thermal<br />

blinds?<br />

Thermal blinds can be extremely effective when<br />

used correctly. The best thermal blinds are those<br />

fitted close to the window and are fitted within<br />

the recess as they prevent draughts. Thermal<br />

blinds will still make a difference if they are hung<br />

outside of the window, especially if there is a<br />

generous overlap of fabric to cover the<br />

surrounding of the wall. For your blinds to be<br />

most effective, they should be fully closed as any<br />

gaps will compromise their efficiency.<br />

Can thermal blinds help me<br />

sleep better in the heat?<br />

Yes! Not only will the blinds cool down the<br />

temperatures in your home by blocking out<br />

intense sun rays and warm air, but they will also<br />

block out light and sound. Although not fully noise<br />

cancelling, thermal blinds considerably lower the<br />

impact of outdoor noise, whether that be weather,<br />

traffic or your neighbours! These noise reducing<br />

blinds are the perfect choice even if you live in a<br />

busy environment.<br />

A spokesperson from Unbeatable <strong>Blinds</strong> had<br />

this to say: ‘As the cost of living has grown in<br />

recent months, finding the right thermal blind for<br />

you and using it correctly can not only keep you<br />

cool during a heatwave, but they will significantly<br />

lower the cost of those ever-increasing energy bills<br />

this winter.’<br />

10 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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PROFILE<br />

BBSA Show <strong>2022</strong><br />

‘One day away<br />

from your business<br />

could make all the<br />

difference’: Don’t<br />

miss out; book your<br />

free BBSA Show<br />

<strong>2022</strong> ticket today<br />

TV’s Kevin McCloud will take part in a Q&A<br />

session at the UK’s only blind, shutter and<br />

awning show which is FREE to attend and<br />

returns this month!<br />

After four years, the UK’s only trade exhibition<br />

for the blind, shutter and awning industry is back -<br />

and you’re invited.<br />

More than 60 brilliant exhibitors, 20 expert<br />

speakers and thousands of visitors will all be at the<br />

BBSA Show <strong>2022</strong> in Coventry, and you should be<br />

too.<br />

Exhibitors specialising in the designing,<br />

manufacturing, and selling of blinds, shutters,<br />

awnings, and textiles will be there, alongside<br />

businesses focusing on machinery, software, and<br />

other innovative tools and products for the shading<br />

industry.<br />

With so many exhibitors showcasing their<br />

newest products and an estimated £10 million<br />

being invested, you do not want to miss the BBSA<br />

Show.<br />

And when you fancy a break from the busy<br />

exhibition floor, you’ll be able to head to the<br />

seminar theatre where expert speakers will be<br />

sharing their knowledge on the benefits of solar<br />

shading, handling consumer complaints, and<br />

growing a small business in the industry, among<br />

other key industry topics.<br />

As if all that wasn’t enough to entice you book<br />

your free tickets, popular TV host and building<br />

design expert Kevin McCloud will be attending the<br />

exhibition on Monday, October 24.<br />

Kevin will be sharing his knowledge and insights<br />

on design, architecture, shading and much more<br />

during a Q&A session, before presenting the<br />

winners of the BBSA Show awards with their<br />

prizes.<br />

Ben Kirsch, chairman of the BBSA’s exhibition<br />

working group, is urging everyone in the industry<br />

to make the journey to the Coventry Building<br />

Society Arena.<br />

Ben said: “It’s quite simple - if you’re not at the<br />

BBSA Show in October, you’re missing out.<br />

“It’s so important people understand that just<br />

one day away from their business could make all<br />

the difference, be it a new product they see or<br />

something they learn from one of our speakers.<br />

“The show takes place over three days and only<br />

comes around once every few years, so there’s no<br />

excuse not to be there! We can’t wait to see<br />

everyone in Coventry.”<br />

The UK’s only trade exhibition for the blind,<br />

shutter and awning industry will take place from<br />

October 23-25 at the Coventry Building Society<br />

Arena.<br />

Kevin McCloud will attend on October 24 and<br />

our prize draw means one lucky visitor will win<br />

£1,000 on each day of the show!<br />

Remember, your competitors will be there. Make<br />

sure you are too by booking your free ticket at<br />

www.bbsashow.co.uk today!<br />

12 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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PROFILE<br />

Scottish pride<br />

Scottish Shutter<br />

company’s blinding<br />

growth gains major<br />

recognition<br />

ANewington-based family business that<br />

specialises in high-end internal window<br />

shutters and blinds is celebrating after<br />

triumphing at their industry’s showcase awards<br />

night.<br />

The Scottish Shutter Company took home the<br />

award for “Best Shutter Installation” at the BBSA<br />

(British Blind & Shutter Association) annual<br />

awards*.<br />

It caps an excellent first half of the year for the<br />

business for the family team which was set up by<br />

husband-and-wife David and June Browne in 1987<br />

and joined by daughter Judith and son-in-law David<br />

D’Ambrosio in 2001.<br />

With business booming, the company is now on<br />

the lookout for talented team members to join<br />

their growing business, with fitters especially<br />

sought.<br />

David D’Ambrosio comments;<br />

‘This is a fantastic accolade to have picked up as<br />

it comes from a body that champions excellence.<br />

The installation that captured the judges’ eyes was<br />

one of our most challenging to date, a bungalow<br />

with overlooked windows.<br />

‘There were no mounting surfaces as the project<br />

was in progress and because our shutters are<br />

custom made there was a potential issue with lead<br />

times which could have held everything up. No<br />

other shutters company wanted to touch the<br />

project - we are not so easily daunted!<br />

‘By working very closely with our client, her<br />

architect, and the builders, we were able to design<br />

and engineer the shutters around the site works<br />

then deliver and install them in time for her to<br />

move in. It goes to show what can be achieved on<br />

even the most tricky sites if all of the teams are<br />

pulling together and we’re delighted to be<br />

recognised for such a challenging project.’<br />

Business is brisk at The Scottish Shutter<br />

Company, which also has a showroom in Dundee,<br />

with the switch to working from home, along with<br />

increasing work from architects and developers a<br />

major factor in that growth according to David.<br />

‘We’ve seen a massive increase in enquiries as<br />

people look to re-purpose rooms in their houses<br />

for home and hybrid working. Glare from windows<br />

when working is not helpful and also the backdrop<br />

for virtual meetings needs to look as stylish and<br />

professional as possible.<br />

‘Architects are coming to us to help create<br />

hidden cavity blinds and shading systems, especially<br />

in the modern apartment developments that tend<br />

to feature a lot of glazing and with that, a lot of<br />

potential trapped heat and even bleaching from<br />

the sun’s rays. We’re creating solutions that are not<br />

one-size-fits all here and that means we are always<br />

on the lookout for talented team members,<br />

especially installers. In the meantime, we will<br />

continue to grow sustainably at our Edinburgh and<br />

Dundee sites, never losing sight of the fact that we<br />

are a proud, independent, family business.’<br />

16 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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PROFILE<br />

Caribbean investment<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

expands factory by<br />

10,000sq/ft to<br />

increase<br />

manufacturing<br />

capability<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong>, has increased its factory<br />

space to a combined floor space of<br />

30,000sq/ft - dedicated to the manufacture<br />

of luxury external shading systems<br />

The state of the art 10,000sq/ft extension will be<br />

used for storage and the cutting of all product<br />

profiles; aluminium extrusions and steel tubes, leaving<br />

the existing section of the factory purely for<br />

producing the end product and will mean they have<br />

a capacity to produce in excess of 10,000 external<br />

shading systems every year!<br />

The combination of higher stock levels along with<br />

additional production stations will result in<br />

significantly shorter manufacture times, ideal for the<br />

summer months when lead time is key. Great news<br />

for dealers who will inevitably sign off increased<br />

numbers of orders!<br />

Stuart Dantzic, managing director of Caribbean<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> explained: “We have experienced a significant<br />

demand for external shading for a number of<br />

reasons; the ‘holiday at home ‘culture that the UK has<br />

experienced as a result of the pandemic, the much<br />

hotter weather due to a warming climate that UK<br />

homes just can’t cope with without external shading,<br />

and now the introduction of Part O of the Building<br />

Regulations (15th June) to prevent overheating in<br />

new homes caused by modern ‘glass box’ building<br />

design, with high levels of wall insulation.<br />

The new extension will enable us to hold higher<br />

levels of stock (£1.5m+ at any one time) and help to<br />

avoid potential delays in ‘top up’ stock due to<br />

continued supply chain issues caused by the<br />

increased demand across the whole home<br />

improvement sector. We will be able to manufacture<br />

orders as soon as they are placed, no waiting for<br />

parts!.<br />

Furthermore bigger shipments from our<br />

extruders will help to avoid rising costs thanks to<br />

greater economies of scale i.e. larger single<br />

shipments and of course, this is more<br />

environmentally friendly.”<br />

The extension is in its final stages of being<br />

completed in time for the official opening on<br />

Monday 3rd October. Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong> is currently<br />

recruiting for an additional six members to join the<br />

team.<br />

18 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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PROFILE<br />

Blinding success<br />

<strong>Shutters</strong>Up has had<br />

a successful <strong>2022</strong><br />

as B&S found out<br />

The team at <strong>Shutters</strong>Up are enjoying a very<br />

successful few months. Achieving ‘Highly<br />

Commended’ in the Best Internal Shutter<br />

Installation category at the BBSA Excellence<br />

Awards came the day after being announced Kent<br />

Business Champions <strong>2022</strong> at the Town & County<br />

Awards – both of which made for a very successful<br />

(and celebratory) weekend.<br />

We have also been recognised as the ‘Most<br />

Trusted Home Improvements Business - South<br />

East’ in the SME News Southern Enterprise<br />

Awards <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

And the celebrations don’t stop there, as we are<br />

heading to Wembley in December as Finalists in<br />

the Service Excellence category at the prestigious<br />

SME National Business Awards <strong>2022</strong>!<br />

Co-founders and Directors Ross and Ashley are<br />

thrilled that the company, and most importantly<br />

their team are receiving this well-deserved<br />

recognition:<br />

‘Since starting the company in 2006 it has always<br />

been our ethos to ensure that the customer is at<br />

the very heart of everything we do, and to work<br />

towards our Vision ‘To become the UK’s Most<br />

Loved Service’.<br />

“We are rated Excellent on Trustpilot with a 4.9<br />

star rating from over 1,100 reviews, and<br />

increasingly our customers are taking the time to<br />

compliment our service and our team as well as<br />

praising the products, which is testament to<br />

everyone’s focus on delivering customer service<br />

excellence.<br />

“Not every business can say that 80% of their<br />

Sales Team are former customers who enjoyed our<br />

service so much they joined the company!<br />

“We want to take this opportunity to thank<br />

every single member of our team – keep up the<br />

good work everyone!’<br />

20 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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BUSINESS<br />

Three ways to improve<br />

how we do business<br />

Vivek Rao, CEO,<br />

BlindMatrix<br />

(below) asks how do<br />

we create a smarter<br />

and more<br />

profitable industry<br />

for all?<br />

How can the blind, shutter and curtain<br />

industry make the changes that we need<br />

– to our business operations, processes<br />

and IT – so we can work in more efficient, more<br />

customer-focused and more profitable ways? At a<br />

time of soaring business costs, this question is<br />

more relevant than ever.<br />

No person or business is an island. We live in a<br />

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communications and technologies, manufacturers<br />

connected to wholesalers connected to retailers<br />

who interact with consumers, and so on.<br />

In the last year I’ve become increasingly<br />

interested in looking at our industry as a whole,<br />

and thinking about the industry-wide changes<br />

required to overhaul and update how we work.<br />

I believe there are opportunities we cannot<br />

afford to miss - to modernise processes, better<br />

manage and reduce costs, make the best use of<br />

people, and make sure we can protect margins<br />

while always delivering excellent service. I don’t<br />

claim to have all the answers. But as an industry<br />

insider for many years, forming strong relationships<br />

with many different companies, I can see areas for<br />

improvement. We need to start those important<br />

conversations now and develop new thinking.<br />

So, from my perspective, here are three areas<br />

that I believe can revolutionise our industry, and<br />

your business.<br />

1. Collaborate to succeed<br />

‘Together we’re stronger’ may be an overused<br />

phrase but there’s a great deal of truth in it.<br />

Collaboration makes us all stronger, so we all<br />

benefit. We have to make it easier for companies<br />

to work together, sharing experiences, ideas and<br />

best practice to make life easier. Easier to take,<br />

place, fulfil and deliver orders. This is already<br />

happening in some parts of the industry. I know<br />

from personal experience that some BlindMatrix<br />

customers use our technology as their primary<br />

means of communicating. In one case, it’s a<br />

wholesaler and a retailer, one a customer of the<br />

other. They said this approach was a ‘game<br />

changer’ in terms of their relationship and what<br />

they could achieve.<br />

In my experience, the most successful<br />

companies are generally not afraid to share their<br />

ideas. They confidently help other companies,<br />

partners and suppliers on the basis that if they<br />

succeed as well, more often than not this feeds<br />

into their own success. Think of the BNI® business<br />

networking and referral group. The more you put<br />

in, the more you get out: Givers Gain®. The<br />

companies that are less willing to share, by<br />

contrast, tend to be less successful. Think about<br />

this as co-opetition – we can cooperate and<br />

compete so we all benefit. And this topic is a far<br />

broader issue than IT alone, taking in company<br />

culture, underlying structures and business<br />

processes.<br />

Do you think more collaboration is a good<br />

thing? How can we embed it in business practices?<br />

I’m interested to hear your own experiences and<br />

how you think we could move forward.<br />

24 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


BUSINESS<br />

2. Technology with a<br />

purpose<br />

My second point, linked to the above, is<br />

about the IT we use to support our<br />

businesses; the systems and infrastructure<br />

that should be actively contributing to<br />

smarter and more profitable working.<br />

Technology is a great enabler but it has to<br />

be the right technology used in the right<br />

ways at the right time, and with the right<br />

inputs. That can mean taking a long hard<br />

look at our data, to clean up our act, and<br />

harness that data to its full potential. How<br />

much is out of date or simply unnecessary?<br />

How much do we actually need, and what’s<br />

the most valuable data, to perform the<br />

specific tasks that we need to do?<br />

3. Standardisation: clarity<br />

and consistency<br />

My third point is around the language we<br />

use in our industry. More specifically, the lack<br />

of clarity, consistency and standardisation in<br />

terminology. What we call the materials that<br />

we use and the products that we sell, and<br />

how that impacts on how we communicate.<br />

You can see this in the diversity of catalogues,<br />

the sheer lack of consistency and therefore<br />

compatibility in how business partners and<br />

suppliers are able to interact smoothly.<br />

A more standardised approach across the<br />

board can mean fewer errors and significant<br />

time and cost savings in sales, order taking,<br />

product configuration, process control, stock<br />

management, fulfilment, etc. etc. The prize for<br />

such an approach therefore includes greater<br />

operational efficiencies, better margins, and<br />

improved customer satisfaction.<br />

Again, I’ll be very interested to hear your<br />

thoughts on standardisation - it’s another<br />

piece of the jigsaw as we work towards<br />

creating a more modern, efficient and<br />

profitable industry. www.blindmatrix.com<br />

vivek@blindmatrix.com<br />

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MARKETING<br />

Back to the future...again<br />

Louvolite can help<br />

customers see what<br />

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For those of you who are able cast your mind<br />

back to the late Autumn of 2000 and the<br />

BBSA exhibition of that year, many<br />

companies had new products or programmes to<br />

launch and Louvolite was no exception.<br />

In addition to its fabulous new fabric<br />

programmes, Louvolite amazed the audience with<br />

a totally new concept of presenting window<br />

shading products to the consumer. Louvolite called<br />

it <strong>Blinds</strong>@Home and, not unlike other products<br />

Louvolite had launched previously, it was quite<br />

radical.<br />

It was a digital programme operating via a CD<br />

(remember them) that allowed the consumers<br />

who owned video recorders/players to look at<br />

the menu options, select a room type, wall and<br />

flooring colour, choose a window type and then a<br />

window shading product to fit in the window.<br />

Once done, the consumer could select a fabric<br />

from the Louvolite programme and this would<br />

magically appear at the digital window in the<br />

digital room. The idea was to allow the consumer<br />

to engage more in the selection process and have<br />

a better understanding of how a window shade<br />

could impact on their room/home so the<br />

purchase would be given a greater level of<br />

importance rather than the “just a blind”<br />

approach.<br />

In all honesty the project was not as successful<br />

as Louvolite had hoped, but that was likely due to<br />

the concept being ahead of its time and the<br />

consumer’s acceptance of pattern books as their<br />

only source of reference.<br />

So scroll forward now to <strong>2022</strong> and, according<br />

to the Office for National Statistics:<br />

• 92% plus of adults in the UK are recent<br />

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• Almost all adults aged 16 to 44 years in the<br />

UK were recent internet users (99%)<br />

• 54% of adults aged 75 years and over were<br />

recent internet users.<br />

As you can see, the internet is absolutely THE<br />

reference tool for the consumer. Not only that,<br />

96% of all UK adults owns a smart phone and<br />

uses it daily. The population now carries what is,<br />

not only a communication tool, but also a<br />

sophisticated mini computer around with them<br />

wherever they go.<br />

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continues on page 28


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MARKETING<br />

So how can our industry<br />

take advantage of this<br />

massive societal change?<br />

Well let’s just imagine a situation where a<br />

consumer contacts their local blind<br />

company to measure and quote for some<br />

blinds for the lounge in their home. The<br />

supplier schedules the appointment for, say,<br />

two days ahead and asks the consumer to<br />

download the Louvolite AR app – which of<br />

course is free of charge.<br />

The Louvolite AR App allows the<br />

consumer to access the complete<br />

programme of Louvolite fabrics – they can<br />

just open up the app and follow the simple<br />

instructions:<br />

• Select the product they wish to furnish<br />

the window with and click on their fabric<br />

choice.<br />

• Take their mobile device to the window<br />

to be furnished.<br />

• Point the camera to the bottom two<br />

corners of the window and click when<br />

reaching each one.<br />

• Step back from the window and drag<br />

the selected blind in the chosen fabric<br />

magically into place in real time!<br />

Should the consumer wish to change the<br />

blind type and/or the colour, they simply<br />

select and view the options and alternatives<br />

available from Louvolite.<br />

The consumer can move around the<br />

room and see the blind from different<br />

angles, they can zoom in close to see all the<br />

detail of a selected print – they can see the<br />

absolute difference the blind makes to their<br />

home. They can even share screenshots<br />

their choices with family, friends and<br />

relatives.<br />

At the scheduled and appointed time the<br />

blind supplier arrives at the consumers<br />

home. The consumer has been able to view<br />

the options in their lounge and has selected<br />

Louvolite roller blinds in Magnolia Rosa. The<br />

surveyor measures the two windows and<br />

advises the price whilst the consumer<br />

verifies their selection by viewing and no<br />

doubt handling the selected fabric from the<br />

Louvolite roller blind book.<br />

All good - the consumer states they have<br />

also used the Louvolite App to look at their<br />

young children’s bedrooms and the children<br />

have selected Unicorn Magical and Dinosaur<br />

Prehistoric as the blockout blinds of their<br />

choice.<br />

The surveyor measures and gives a price<br />

for these additional windows to be<br />

furnished and the consumer approves the<br />

purchase and advises that there will be<br />

other orders when their budget allows.<br />

With the Louvolite App the consumer<br />

can view all the different options for the<br />

additional windows to be covered in their<br />

own home and at a time convenient to<br />

them and can advise the supplier as and<br />

when they will be required.<br />

The supplier now has a new customer<br />

who, having already ordered from them, will<br />

likely return to that supplier for future<br />

orders.<br />

The Louvolite App can of course be used<br />

by the surveyor to help their customer<br />

overcome any uncertainty over a particular<br />

product or fabric type.<br />

It can be used by online suppliers who<br />

carry the Louvolite programme since their<br />

“virtual” customers can download the<br />

Louvolite App to select and view a product<br />

before ordering.<br />

There will be many more opportunities<br />

for Louvolite customers and the trade in<br />

general to benefit from using the Louvolite<br />

App and as our trade inevitably looks for<br />

ways to help improve their chance of<br />

successful sales and increasing the number<br />

of satisfied customers, there is little doubt<br />

the Louvolite App will be widely used.<br />

28 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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MARKETING<br />

Global update<br />

R+T Asia, R+T<br />

Turkey and Sun<br />

Shading Expo<br />

North America<br />

ready for take-off<br />

The trade fairs in the R+T-Alliance, the trade<br />

fair combination for the sun shading system<br />

industry and the door/gate industry, are still<br />

continuing their positive development. Another<br />

three trade fairs in the R+T Alliance are<br />

scheduled to take place this autumn: R+T Asia in<br />

Shenzhen, China, from 31 August to 2 September;<br />

Sun Shading Expo North America in Charlotte<br />

(NC), USA, from 12 to 14 October; and R+T<br />

Turkey in Istanbul, Türkiye, from 20 to 22 October.<br />

However, the preparations for other trade fairs in<br />

the R+T Alliance are also progressing.<br />

R+T Asia ready for take-off<br />

R+T Asia will open its doors for the 17th time<br />

from 31 August to 2 September <strong>2022</strong>. The trade<br />

fair will be held this year for the first time and out<br />

of turn in the famous World Exhibition<br />

Convention Center in Shenzhen. The latest<br />

developments and trends of leading<br />

manufacturers from China will be presented on<br />

site and discussions will be held with the sun<br />

shading system industry and the door/gate<br />

industry. R+T Asia will offer a special participation<br />

opportunity for interested foreign trade visitors<br />

who are unable to travel to this event: using the<br />

Twitter account of R+T Asia (@RTAsiaFair),<br />

visitors will be able to obtain an interactive<br />

overview of selected stands in a "virtual booth<br />

tour" and contact the on-site exhibitors directly<br />

via WeChat / WhatsApp.<br />

R+T Turkey expecting a<br />

record event<br />

The next edition of R+T Turkey will be held at<br />

the Istanbul Exhibition Centre from 20 to 22<br />

November <strong>2022</strong>. Over 90 national and<br />

international exhibitors will present their product<br />

innovations at the trade fair this year on a gross<br />

exhibition area of around 11,000 square metres.<br />

The main focal points will be products relating to<br />

the trend topics of energy efficiency, convenience<br />

and safety. The omens for the imminent edition of<br />

R+T Turkey are therefore positive: "The amount of<br />

exhibition space at this year's R+T Turkey has<br />

more than doubled and the exhibitors'<br />

innovations will now be found in Halls 9 and 10.<br />

This shows that Türkiye is also still very important<br />

30 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong><br />

continues on page 32


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MARKETING<br />

for the sun shading system industry and the<br />

door/gate industry," enthused Manuela<br />

Keller, Trade Fair and Event Manager at<br />

Messe Stuttgart, over the positive<br />

development. "R+T Turkey is the only<br />

international trade fair in its sector for<br />

Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and<br />

North Africa. We will also again have a<br />

German pavilion with six German<br />

companies at the trade fair. Due to these<br />

exhibitors and other exhibitors from<br />

abroad, we are also expecting a large<br />

number of international guests at this<br />

event," added Ufuk Altintop, President of<br />

Messe Stuttgart Ares Fuarcilik, in looking<br />

ahead with positive optimism to the<br />

forthcoming R+T Turkey.<br />

Première of Sun Shading<br />

Expo North America<br />

coming ever closer<br />

The première of Sun Shading Expo<br />

North America is not far away: renowned<br />

manufacturers will present their product<br />

innovations in the area of internal and<br />

external sun shading systems at the<br />

Charlotte Convention Center –<br />

concurrently with IFAI Expo – from 12 to<br />

14 October <strong>2022</strong>. In addition to seeing the<br />

innovations of national and international<br />

exhibitors, the trade visitors will also<br />

experience an extensive conference<br />

programme: firstly, some exhibitors will<br />

carry out live demonstrations every day on<br />

the INNOVATION STAGE followed by<br />

discussions afterwards. Secondly, the<br />

Knowledge2Go Conference programme<br />

will feature interesting talks on the topics of<br />

"Smart shading/ smart home",<br />

"Motorisation" and "Energy efficient impacts<br />

of sun shading solutions". These talks will<br />

offer all participants easily accessible and<br />

free advanced training opportunities in the<br />

immediate vicinity of the exhibition stands.<br />

"We can hardly wait to implement our<br />

newest member of the R+T Alliance in<br />

North America and finally celebrate the<br />

première of Sun Shading Expo!," enthused<br />

Sebastian Schmid, Vice President of Messe<br />

Stuttgart.<br />

Presentation of the<br />

INNOVATION FORUM<br />

APAExpo by R+T in<br />

October<br />

The plans for the INNOVATION<br />

FORUM APA by R+T are in full swing. The<br />

new concept will be presented on 20<br />

October in the venerable El Born Centre<br />

de Cultura i Memòria in Barcelona. "We are<br />

currently preparing everything for the<br />

presentation there. The event is divided into<br />

three parts: firstly, the author and industry<br />

leader Dr. Joan Torrent Sellens will give a talk<br />

on digitalisation and sustainability in the<br />

industry. This will be followed by the<br />

presentation of the INNOVATION FORUM<br />

APA Expo by R+T. Selected companies will<br />

then present their innovations on site," said<br />

the delighted APA General Secretary<br />

Ricardo Ricart. "The INNOVATION<br />

FORUM APAExpo von R+T is being<br />

promoted in cooperation with national and<br />

international companies, public<br />

administrations, universities, institutes and<br />

many other partners. We are very pleased<br />

to receive so much support! The<br />

INNOVATION FORUM APA Expo by R+T<br />

will be held in spring 2023. Although we still<br />

have a great deal to do by then, we can<br />

hardly wait to finally hold personal<br />

discussions with the industry there again."<br />

Start of planning for R+T<br />

2024<br />

The preparations for R+T 2024 are also<br />

progressing. "At present, our R+T Team is<br />

busy allocating floor space for the world's<br />

leading trade fair. Over 75 per cent of the<br />

available space on our trade fair grounds<br />

has already been booked, and we have so<br />

far received around 660 registrations from<br />

37 countries for R+T 2024. We are very<br />

proud that so many exhibitors are still<br />

convinced about the R+T concept and that<br />

we were also able to regain some<br />

exhibitors," said Sebastian Schmid, Vice<br />

President of Messe Stuttgart. "In the next<br />

few months our team will continue to<br />

contact our exhibitors in order to discuss<br />

stand placement proposals. We are looking<br />

forward very much to intensive discussions<br />

with our industry." The world's leading trade<br />

fair will be held in Stuttgart again from 19 to<br />

23 February 2024.<br />

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MARKETING<br />

New period of growth<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

says that growing<br />

sales in the<br />

external shading<br />

market mean it’s<br />

time to get involved<br />

Over the last couple of years, the external<br />

shading market has experienced a<br />

significant demand for product, and this<br />

doesn’t look as if it will slow down any time soon.<br />

There are a number of reasons for the<br />

increased demand: the ‘holiday at home ‘culture<br />

that the UK has experienced as a result of the<br />

pandemic, the much hotter weather due to a<br />

warming climate that UK homes just can’t cope<br />

with without external shading, and now the<br />

introduction of Part O of the Building Regulations<br />

(15th June) to prevent overheating in new homes<br />

caused by modern ‘glass box’ building design, with<br />

high levels of wall insulation.<br />

A few stats<br />

20% of existing homes (almost 5.5 million<br />

properties!) overheat. The popularity of<br />

incorporating large expanses of glass including<br />

sliding / bi-folding doors and skylights has been<br />

made fashionable by TV programmes such as<br />

Grand Designs. With high levels of wall insulation<br />

to protect our homes against the cold, and being<br />

driven by recent regulations, this figure will<br />

increase.<br />

Part O of the building regulations, introduced<br />

on 15th June <strong>2022</strong>, will change the way new<br />

homes are designed and built. Large expanses of<br />

glass will need to include exterior shading of some<br />

description to prevent overheating, and air<br />

conditioning is not a solution!<br />

Where there is glazing there<br />

is a need for external<br />

shading<br />

Did you know, 16,836 skylights are fabricated<br />

each year? 100,380 conservatories/glass rooms<br />

are installed per year and 16,754,400<br />

windows/doors fabricated per year. That is a lot of<br />

glass and wherever there is glazing, there is an<br />

opportunity for external shading.<br />

External shading is the most<br />

effective solution to prevent<br />

overheating<br />

Installing External <strong>Blinds</strong> keeps buildings cool by<br />

providing a dynamic protective layer to the<br />

outside of the glass, absorbing and deflecting upto<br />

34 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong><br />

continues on page 36


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interior room temperatures by up to 18oc<br />

and cutting the energy consumption<br />

otherwise needed to cool down a hot<br />

room by over 80%. They offer a whole host<br />

of additional benefits too, from diffusing<br />

incoming light to prevent glare, providing<br />

privacy (particular important urban<br />

locations), blocking damaging UV rays to<br />

prevent fixtures and fittings from bleaching<br />

by the sun and enhancing the façade.<br />

The potential is huge<br />

It’s time to get involved as the potential is<br />

phenomenal in this sector and there really is<br />

enough for everyone to have a share of it.<br />

There are 27,066,000 homes across the UK<br />

- 81% are houses or bungalows and 7/8<br />

British Households have a garden<br />

To get involved, why don’t you come and<br />

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Coventry Building Society Arena on 23-25<br />

October?<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong> will be showcasing our<br />

entire award-winning product portfolio<br />

including patio awnings, external blinds and<br />

louvered roofs. Our knowledgeable and<br />

passionate team will be there to welcome<br />

you on our stand to run through the<br />

features and benefits of our products,<br />

discuss our comprehensive dealer package<br />

and discuss how we can help you to<br />

maximise and capitalise on the external<br />

shading potential in the area that you cover.<br />

Plus we will be launching our new 2023<br />

trendsetting awning and screen fabric<br />

collection and, each day, there is an<br />

opportunity to win £500 worth of sampling<br />

to help kick start your sales in the sector –<br />

this is the one event (and stand at the<br />

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36 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


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SHUTTERS<br />

Evolving shutters<br />

Santa Fe shutters<br />

continues to evolve<br />

The new Santa Fe online portal has evolved<br />

to ensure the customer order journey is as<br />

simple as possible across the entire Santa<br />

Fe shutter portfolio. The easy, three step order<br />

process simplifies the user experience. Completing<br />

the order with a 3D shutter visualisation enabling<br />

confirmation of shutter configuration.<br />

A quick calculate facility on the home page<br />

computes a price guide for each shutter range in<br />

one click by entering the desired width and height<br />

of the window.<br />

Each user login is unique allowing varying levels<br />

of functionality throughout a business. Access can<br />

be limited to ordering and viewing order status,<br />

whilst other users can manage payments and view<br />

the reporting facilities available. An additional<br />

feature allows customers to customise and<br />

generate their own branded quotations making<br />

the portal the “one stop shutter shop”.<br />

For ease of use a range of training videos and<br />

documentation have been created to enable<br />

customers to reference training sessions, perfect<br />

for new staff. The development undertaken to<br />

improve the new portal has been extremely well<br />

received by our Santa Fe customers.<br />

The site has been built to be used on mobiles,<br />

tablets and desktop enabling orders to be placed<br />

at any time, even onsite during a customer survey,<br />

or at your own convenience.<br />

Blockout Shutter<br />

A new shutter option has been introduced to<br />

the Madison Collection and is available to order<br />

on the Santa Fe portal. This new shutter style<br />

incorporates a blockout cellular blind within the<br />

shutter frame, that when fully closed, light seepage<br />

through the shutter panels and blades is<br />

eliminated.<br />

The 25mm cellular blind is housed within a<br />

purposely designed channel within the shutter<br />

frame ensuring optimum light control reducing any<br />

light seepage through shutters frames or stiles.<br />

The white cellular fabric offers the added benefit<br />

of enhanced energy efficiency.<br />

Santa Fe continues to develop a quality and<br />

reliable solid wood shutter program.<br />

For more information on Santa Fe <strong>Shutters</strong><br />

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AUTOMATION<br />

Digital interface<br />

Somfy’s Control4<br />

to Digital Motor<br />

Interface is<br />

enhancing the<br />

smart home<br />

environment with<br />

better bidirectional<br />

communication,<br />

less power<br />

consumption and<br />

seamless<br />

integration<br />

capabilities<br />

Somfy has announced the North American<br />

launch of its Control4 to Digital Motor<br />

Interface. The Control4 to Digital Motor<br />

Interface enables seamless integration of the<br />

Somfy Digital Network (SDN) motor family with<br />

Control4 systems to deliver an integrated home<br />

automation solution.<br />

Somfy North America’s newest interface<br />

operates as a wireless end node within a Control4<br />

system. With reliable bi-directional communication,<br />

real-time motor position status updates and<br />

incremental positioning from 0-100%, end users<br />

can more easily control their compatible smart<br />

home devices for better natural light management.<br />

The Control4 to Digital Motor Interface is<br />

designed to fit smaller shade pockets for roller,<br />

roman and woven shades and can be seamlessly<br />

integrated into the existing smart home system<br />

for enhanced privacy, comfort and energy<br />

efficiency. This interface can also be the ideal<br />

solution for new residential construction as SDN<br />

motors are AC or DC powered, which is easiest<br />

to deploy at the same time as construction for<br />

built-in bi-directional communication in various<br />

torque and power options.<br />

With Control4 certified drivers and a simple<br />

integration process, this interface increases<br />

convenience for an improved connected living<br />

experience.<br />

“This new interface will improve the<br />

connectivity of Somfy’s line of digital motors to<br />

Control4 systems, while also providing a modern<br />

solution for today’s smart home integrations. The<br />

Control4 to Digital Motor Interface allows for<br />

easy installation and because it is Control4<br />

certified, dealers and integrators can find this<br />

product in Control4's commissioning software,<br />

making the process to deliver a flexible solution<br />

even easier,” said Amit Parpani, senior product<br />

manager, Somfy North America.<br />

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AI has arrived<br />

Josh.ai & Somfy<br />

announce<br />

partnership for<br />

control of<br />

motorized solutions<br />

Josh.ai continues expanding upon the power<br />

and range of artificial intelligence in the home<br />

through an integration with Somfy, the world’s<br />

largest manufacturer of tubular motors for interior<br />

window coverings and exterior shading solutions.<br />

The partnership not only aligns two marquee<br />

brands in the custom channel that are focused on<br />

the design-build community, but also provides<br />

multiple shading and screening fabricators with a<br />

recommended voice platform. For clients that<br />

want to adjust the degree of daylight warming<br />

their homes or conveniently automate a theater<br />

screen, Josh.ai now provides them with a natural<br />

and privacy-oriented means of control.<br />

Starting with the Tahoma interface, Josh.ai has<br />

targeted wireless and retrofit applicable installs<br />

with their first iteration of Somfy integration.<br />

Support for Somfy’s low voltage offer, including<br />

UAI+, will be coming in a future update.<br />

Integrators will enjoy an efficient deployment<br />

process for WiFi connected Tahoma bridges after<br />

enabling third party integration for Josh.ai in the<br />

Somfy app. Once authorized, Josh.ai will<br />

automatically begin pulling in the following devices<br />

from Somfy for native control: Shades, <strong>Blinds</strong>,<br />

Draperies, Exterior Screens, Awnings, Rolling<br />

<strong>Shutters</strong>, Pergolas, Projection Screens, and Zigbee<br />

Smart plugs.<br />

By communicating directly to each device within<br />

a project, the Josh.ai integration ensures a userfriendly<br />

experience. The case of shade grouping<br />

applies to not only a room’s shades, but sub-types<br />

like sheers and blackouts as well. Utilizing Josh.ai’s<br />

advanced device aliasing capabilities will enable<br />

clients to experience an unmatched level of<br />

convenience and joy when interacting with their<br />

homes. Natural language commands like, “Ok Josh,<br />

close the blackout shades and lower the theater<br />

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AUTOMATION<br />

screen,” as well as, “Ok Josh, raise the firstfloor<br />

solar sheers halfway,” are now possible<br />

with this new Somfy integration.<br />

“When combined, voice control and solar<br />

shading add an aspect to daylighting that<br />

allows an occupant's space to react to their<br />

needs at any given moment. Whether it's<br />

exposing views, providing shade, or<br />

protecting valuable artwork, the<br />

combination of movement and voice<br />

control is something to experience, and not<br />

soon forget.” said Brittany Mier y Terán,<br />

Partnership and CI Channel Manager.<br />

“Somfy North America is proud to partner<br />

with an innovator like Josh.ai. Together, we<br />

provide the design and architecture<br />

communities with the ability to design for<br />

wellness through natural voice control of<br />

their favourite window treatments and solar<br />

shading.”<br />

"Voice control of motorized blinds and<br />

shades are some of the most popular<br />

activations we see by Josh users, and<br />

personally, I give commands to the shades in<br />

my home multiple times a day," said Alex<br />

Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai. "Our<br />

partnership with Somfy provides dealers,<br />

designers, and architects with an even better<br />

selection when it comes to delivering<br />

exceptional experiences for our mutual<br />

clients. I can't wait to see the creative ways<br />

the design and build community takes<br />

advantage of this new opportunity!"<br />

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FABRIC<br />

Luxurious collection<br />

Chase Erwin<br />

introduces<br />

luxurious new<br />

textile collections,<br />

Solstice And Aurora<br />

Luxury textiles brand Chase Erwin is launching<br />

two new and exclusive collections, Solstice<br />

and Aurora. These stunning new fabric<br />

launches draw inspiration from nature, reflecting<br />

the changing of the seasons and the chasing of the<br />

Aurora Borealis lights. The highly anticipated<br />

collections feature an elegant palette of subtle<br />

colours with sophisticated appeal. Textured linens,<br />

tactile silks and lush velvets flow seamlessly<br />

together in a celebration of texture, colour and<br />

pattern.<br />

Founded in 1987 with a rich Icelandic heritage<br />

and a scandi sensitivity to colour and texture,<br />

Chase Erwin is renowned for their luxurious textile<br />

collections that can be used individually or layered<br />

with ease, showcasing a variety of superior-quality<br />

options. These two new and expertly curated<br />

collections reflect the versatility of the Chase Erwin<br />

range, offering a wide range of weights, weaves and<br />

textures for choice, comfort and contemporary<br />

appeal.<br />

Solstice: a new beginning<br />

Solstice is a brand new and sophisticated textile<br />

collection, with layered textures and soft whispers<br />

of colour. Inspired by the concept of new<br />

beginnings, Solstice reflects the subtle changing of<br />

the seasons and the beauty of the Icelandic<br />

landscape. With a bespoke colour palette that’s<br />

elegant and effortless, the fabrics will elevate any<br />

interior with their timeless aesthetic.<br />

The inspiring Solstice collection features fabrics<br />

in a sophisticated mix of yarns including wool,<br />

cotton, linen, viscose and silk, offering a versatile<br />

and far-reaching collection of over 65 carefully<br />

selected fabrics. The collection is designed by<br />

Chase Erwin’s creative team and skilfully woven in<br />

Italian mills by dedicated craftspeople.<br />

Tactile textures, luxurious linens and twisted<br />

yarns add visual interest and evoke feelings of<br />

warmth and comfort. The new Solstice collection<br />

offers fabrics that can be used for upholstery,<br />

drapery and accessories, which can be coordinated<br />

with ease.<br />

Colours of nature<br />

Solstice features calming colourways which draw<br />

cues from a walk through nature and reflect the<br />

changing of the seasons.<br />

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Spring, discover a crisp, natural colour<br />

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with vibrant greens that reflect the lush,<br />

verdant tones of trees and plants.<br />

Summer is reflected in a palette of soft<br />

neutrals with calming colours of cream,<br />

restful taupe and earthy browns inspired by<br />

the gentle colours of dried flowers and the<br />

flaxen golds of pampas grass. Inspired by a<br />

cascading Icelandic waterfall, discover fresh<br />

blues - from cool aqua to sparling azure to<br />

rich ceruleans. These serene tones inspire<br />

feelings of tranquillity in nature.<br />

Solstice features rich earthy tones for a<br />

touch of Autumn warmth. Inspired by crisp<br />

fallen leaves, discover soft browns, dusky<br />

yellows and luxurious bronze.<br />

Inspired by a misty forest in mid-winter;<br />

Solstice also offers a soothing collection of<br />

colours in tones that are perfect for winter<br />

layering. Featuring comforting woven wools<br />

in pebble greys, soft buff, subtle off-whites<br />

and cool silver.<br />

Aurora: a natural light<br />

display<br />

Aurora is an exquisitely curated collection<br />

of 50 elegant new silk and cotton fabrics<br />

woven by artisans in our mill specialising in<br />

luxury weaves, in Lake Como, Italy. These<br />

soft and flowing, luxurious silks make them<br />

ideal for accessories and drapery. The<br />

rainbow of inspiring colours available, reflect<br />

the changing of the Aurora Borealis lights<br />

and offer endless possibilities. The<br />

meticulously crafted fabrics feature a<br />

delicate soft sheen, inspired by the beautiful<br />

dancing waves of light that have captivated<br />

people for millennia.<br />

Chase Erwin CEO Lauren Stonnell<br />

comments: “We are delighted to be<br />

introducing Solstice and Aurora to our<br />

customers. We’ve curated these beautifully<br />

crafted collections to offer a truly luxurious<br />

aesthetic with timeless appeal, offering<br />

beautiful quality textiles that are suitable for<br />

a wide range of interior projects. These<br />

inspiring new collections mark a pivotal<br />

moment in Chase Erwin’s evolution and<br />

celebrate new beginnings. “<br />

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FABRIC<br />

Senses awakened<br />

Awaken your senses<br />

with The Fabric<br />

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Collection<br />

At the Fabric Box we understand that touch<br />

is part of the experience people seek<br />

when they purchase interior goods.<br />

Textured fabrics are making a comeback due to its<br />

cocooning qualities. Studies have shown that when<br />

a person feels something, it releases oxytocin, the<br />

so-called Love hormone, reducing stress and<br />

anxiety levels. The qualities attached to this was<br />

intrinsic when developing the new textured<br />

offering in The Fabric Box.<br />

As the Fabric Box brand continues to evolve and<br />

develop, the new Collection has been formulated<br />

to adapt to contemporary living where the fabrics<br />

provide a cocooning and relaxing aesthetic. The<br />

balanced, yet sophisticated selection of textures<br />

pushes the boundaries of conventional window<br />

blinds to go beyond the conventional,<br />

experimenting with new yarns, weaves, and fabric<br />

weights. When combined, this amalgamation<br />

presents an infallible selection emulating a balanced<br />

yet sophisticated choice for the consumer.<br />

Altea presents a stunning highly textured<br />

horizontal weave, the mix of yarns and complexity<br />

of the weave creates a defined tactile look. The mix<br />

of colour combinations introduces a touch of<br />

drama to the Collection. Emulating opulence, Vivi<br />

showcases a dense, multi weave style fabric which<br />

oozes a luxurious soft cloth look.<br />

Stripped back to true organic form, Ennis<br />

presents an authentic, natural feel, imitating a<br />

cocooning woollen weave, whilst Logan’s subtle<br />

horizontal texture transcends from natural linen, an<br />

earthen palette further embraces the consumers<br />

desire for bringing nature indoors in the most<br />

organic form.<br />

Synonymous with texture, Focal’s boucle style<br />

weave is thriving in popularity, the highly twisted<br />

yarns create a luxurious tactile finish that enables<br />

acoustic absorption, making it perfect for areas<br />

where there are higher levels of noise, whilst<br />

encapsulating an environment of comfort.<br />

Micro textures and heavy textures merge and<br />

complement each other throughout the Collection,<br />

and with the additional benefits of blockout and<br />

dimout properties facilitating the optimum choice<br />

of textures that enable the consumers to gain the<br />

ideal level of comfort within the room.<br />

As windows become wider to create an<br />

equilibrium between the calming effects that come<br />

with being close to nature and our busy lifestyles,<br />

the Fabric Box continues to develop and evolve in<br />

line with consumer demand. 8 Fabric Box textures<br />

are available as 3m wide, these fabrics not only<br />

create beautiful blinds for larger areas of glass, but<br />

they also offer advantages to manufacturers;<br />

reducing the need to turn or join fabrics whilst<br />

offering increased production efficiencies and<br />

waste reduction.<br />

Through the synergy of fabric performance and<br />

aesthetics, each Fabric Box textured weave<br />

maintains and promotes their own distinct<br />

identity. In its entirety, The Fabric Box offers<br />

consumers the opportunity to choose from the<br />

widest Collection of textured fabrics, each<br />

developed with quality, individuality, and<br />

sophistication at the core.<br />

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ADVERTORIAL<br />

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Sattler has been inspiring customers with its stylish and unique<br />

designs for years. Now the time has come again and Sattler<br />

launches a new collection with the beginning of 2023.<br />

With the new 2023 collection, functionality meets breathtaking<br />

design. The unique design line LUMERA LEAF inspires with its<br />

inspiring and natural colors. The inspiration for this design line the<br />

dense forests and leafy canopies.<br />

Thanks to our great design team, who have worked on the unique<br />

designs with the help of trend research and development, this<br />

extraordinary and unique design line could be created.<br />

Also popular design lines such as URBAN DESIGN and LUMERA<br />

LANDSCAPE have been extended based on the latest trend<br />

research of our design team.<br />

The new quality LUMERA ALL WEATHER is a true masterpiece of<br />

our research and development. 100% spun-dyed brand acrylic with a<br />

special IPC coating. In addition to our well-known TEXgard, this<br />

innovative coating overlays the fabric, creating a protective shield that<br />

makes it impossible for rain to penetrate, but still gives the fabric a<br />

suppleness that allows it to perform at its best on the layout.<br />

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With the new collection, which will also be<br />

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FABRIC<br />

Premier partnership<br />

Legrand has<br />

teamed up with<br />

Coulisse for a new<br />

designer collection<br />

Legrand Shading Systems is excited to<br />

announce the launch of its new fabrics<br />

featuring designer collections from Coulisse,<br />

Twitchell, Phifer, and more. Fashion-forward,<br />

beautiful, and functional, the curated collections<br />

feature new decorative, solar screen, sustainable,<br />

and room-darkening options — perfect for<br />

dressing up windows in style and spicing up any<br />

room. With this latest release, Legrand now offers<br />

753 fabrics in its portfolio.<br />

“Windows are one of the most distinct design<br />

elements of any home or business, and they should<br />

be outfitted that way,” said Charlie Derk, Director<br />

of Product Marketing, Shading and Residential<br />

Controls, Legrand North America. “Our latest<br />

collections have been expanded and curated to<br />

reflect today’s style trends, delivering many<br />

decorative window covering options that can pair<br />

with black-out fabrics to create the most functional<br />

yet beautiful window treatments available. They’re<br />

the perfect solution for homeowners looking for<br />

something modern and different.”<br />

These unique collections from Legrand Shading<br />

Systems will dress up any space. From delicate<br />

screens to richly textured linen black-out fabrics,<br />

homeowners and interior designers will enjoy<br />

making a statement with their windows:<br />

• Highly regarded by designers, the Coulisse line<br />

reflects European style with textures and colors<br />

inspired by nature. Legrand Shading Systems has<br />

added several Coulisse collections that provide<br />

many light filtering levels to create attractive,<br />

elegant finishes, including Como, Hampton, Mexico,<br />

Mombassa, Salvador, and Santiago styles.<br />

• The Twitchell fabric line encapsulates laid-back<br />

luxury to achieve the all-American boho feel with<br />

meticulously designed, high-quality woven fabrics.<br />

Made in the U.S., Twitchell’s EarthTex and<br />

Shadeview solar screen collections provide a<br />

unique color and style not found in other fabric<br />

lines.<br />

• Sustainable meets chic with the new options in<br />

Legrand’s Phifer fabric line, featuring stylish, highperformance<br />

fabrics with several certified<br />

sustainable selections. Phifer has been expanded<br />

with additional colors, lighting-filtering and blackout<br />

choices, including an aluminum-backperformance-plus<br />

option.<br />

• Blackout is the new black with Legrand’s<br />

growing Blackout collections. Beyond basic, the<br />

new collection also offers a variety of black-out<br />

styles and shades, whether customers want a dark,<br />

goth-inspired look or a summery light color that<br />

will still keep sunrays out.<br />

For windows that need the option of both<br />

lighting filtering and room darkening, Legrand has<br />

several matching light-filtering and black-out fabrics<br />

available, which utilize one set of brackets for two<br />

shades. In addition, these new fabrics pair<br />

beautifully with Legrand Shading Systems’ new<br />

Designer Series decorative brackets and hembar<br />

endcaps.<br />

Legrand Shading Systems has just launched two<br />

new fabric books packed with all the new fabrics.<br />

Dealers can order the new books featuring<br />

Coulisse and the other new high-end fabric<br />

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from their customer service rep.<br />

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The right fabric for you?<br />

Interior design<br />

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which fabrics are<br />

right for you, based<br />

on your personality<br />

When it comes to decorating your<br />

home, you often first think of the<br />

larger, functional pieces of furniture.<br />

Wardrobes, sofas, beds – they’re always at the top<br />

of the priority list. However, if you are looking to<br />

go beyond the basic necessities and create an<br />

expertly styled space, it’s time to take notice of the<br />

smaller details – yes, we’re talking about textiles.<br />

From satin to suede, there are hundreds of<br />

textiles and textures for you to choose from, and<br />

each fabric you use in your home enhances your<br />

interior style. So, how do you know which one is<br />

right for you? Luckily, the UK’s leading online<br />

design-led furniture brand, Swoon, and its interior<br />

designers, are here to reveal all. Continue reading<br />

to discover which fabric is most suited to your<br />

personality and lifestyle, according to the<br />

professionals…<br />

Velvet – ‘the socialite’<br />

If you’re a fun loving, super social twentysomething<br />

(or at least still party like one!), velvet is<br />

your ultimate go-to fabric. Bold, spirited, and chic –<br />

velvet is a versatile textile that can be used all<br />

around your home, on anything from suave sofas<br />

to whimsical wallpaper.<br />

To incorporate this into your social abode, why<br />

not treat your inevitable overnight guests to a<br />

sumptuous sleep on a crushed velvet sofa bed?<br />

Reminiscent of the opulence of the 1920’s, crushed<br />

velvet emanates luxurious, cocktail party vibes.<br />

Choose a radiant colour that co-ordinates with<br />

your current interior – we love a champagne pink<br />

or harissa burnt red to make a real statement.<br />

After all, you love to be the centre of attention.<br />

Linen – ‘the mother’<br />

Whether you have children, four legged friends,<br />

or you are just the mother of the friendship group,<br />

we bet you love a chilled out, early night in bed<br />

after a long day. And, what better fabric to unwind<br />

upon than linen? If you’d love to replicate the<br />

‘Coastal Grandma’ trending style, or simply love a<br />

minimalistic, natural aesthetic, linen is the ideal<br />

fabric to enhance your current interior to the next<br />

level.<br />

Since you love spending time relaxing in cosy<br />

spaces, why not upgrade your bed to one with a<br />

luxurious linen headboard? Choose an alabaster<br />

shade linen for a truly tranquil, beachside hotel vibe<br />

– the perfect place to lay back, relax, and<br />

recuperate for tomorrow’s activities. Delightful.<br />

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Corduroy – ‘the hipster’<br />

You’re cool, and you know it. You listened<br />

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famous, and most of your clothes have had<br />

more than one previous owner. We get it.<br />

We bet you’ve got some corduroy in your<br />

wardrobe, but did you know you can<br />

incorporate it into your abode, too? With its<br />

distinctive cord pattern, this fabric stands<br />

out, but not in an obvious way – just like<br />

you.<br />

So, what better way to integrate<br />

corduroy into your interior than with an<br />

individual mis-matched chair, such as a<br />

loveseat? Choose a tone or shape that<br />

opposes your current sofa, to create a chic<br />

dichotomy in your lounge space that reflects<br />

your individual personality. Be the black<br />

sheep.<br />

Boucle – ‘the trendsetter’<br />

You’re all about trends and staying on top<br />

of them – from styles straight off the<br />

runway to chic vintage pieces from eras<br />

long gone. Since you’re always on it with the<br />

nation’s current obsessions, we can only<br />

guess you have this fashionable fabric in<br />

your abode already. Yes, we’re talking about<br />

boucle. This organic looped fibre fabric is all<br />

of the rage at the moment, oozing modern<br />

cosy vibes into any space.<br />

To absorb this trending textile into your<br />

abode (if you haven’t already), we<br />

recommend going minimal and thinking<br />

small – remember, less is more. The finishing<br />

touches are the cherry on top when it<br />

comes to interiors, so why not add a<br />

sophisticated ottoman footstool<br />

embellished with the fabric? Whether you<br />

use it as an unorthodox side table, or a<br />

place to rest your feet after an evening in<br />

those uncomfortable but oh-so-chic<br />

designer shoes, a footstool is the ultimate<br />

subtle addition to your space to integrate<br />

boucle into your interior.<br />

Yarn – ‘the homebody’<br />

You’re probably reading this from the<br />

comfort of your living room. Candles are lit,<br />

Netflix is on, a freshly prepared dish is<br />

bubbling along in the oven – you’re a<br />

homebody. You enjoy nothing more than an<br />

evening in, playing board games with your<br />

loved ones, enjoying each other’s company<br />

from the comfort of your own home. With<br />

this in mind, the fabric most suited to your<br />

personality, unsurprisingly, is the humble and<br />

homely yarn.<br />

This spun thread is long lasting, and has an<br />

organic aesthetic that would fit perfectly into<br />

your unpretentious and intimate abode. To<br />

combine it into any space effortlessly, a yarn<br />

based woven rug is the ultimate accessory to<br />

create a welcoming and warm atmosphere,<br />

instantly. Stick with a neutral colour palette of<br />

beiges and earthy tones, and place the rug<br />

one third underneath your sofa for an<br />

effortless display of cosiness. Perfection.<br />

So, which one of these fabulous fabrics do<br />

you gravitate towards based on your<br />

personality traits? Whether you are a linen<br />

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The restaurant and café “bootshaus” in<br />

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covered with a large awning, the “pergola<br />

stretch” from markilux. This means the location<br />

now also offers an outdoor dining area protected<br />

from the vagaries of the weather.<br />

The “bootshaus” restaurant is situated next to<br />

the Luisenpark, very close to Mannheim’s<br />

television tower, looking over the river Neckar. The<br />

restaurant also serves as a location which<br />

organises events for up to 500 people. The<br />

company had its 160 square metre restaurant<br />

terrace covered with an awning system from<br />

manufacturer markilux so as to be able to offer<br />

this kind of capacity whatever the weather.<br />

Now, the terrace is much<br />

more versatile<br />

“After a few months of preliminary planning,<br />

last autumn, we were commissioned to furnish<br />

the outside terrace with our ‘pergola stretch’<br />

model. When it came to the cover, the customer<br />

chose a rainproof fabric so as to be able to make<br />

the space available in as versatile a manner as<br />

possible,” explains Jan Kattenbeck, “team : project”<br />

sales manager at markilux. The system consists of<br />

four awning units adjoined to one another with a<br />

total width of over 23 metres and an extension<br />

of seven metres. The terrace can also be closed at<br />

the sides with two vertical blinds featuring<br />

panoramic windows. Combined with “format<br />

triangle” side sections, which meet the awning<br />

roof at its edge, the system provides good<br />

protection from both wind and rain. LED lighting<br />

systems also ensure an attractive lighting<br />

atmosphere in the evening says Jan Kattenbeck.<br />

Installation by a local qualified markilux specialist<br />

dealer, supported by “team : service” from<br />

markilux, took just over a week. All the necessary<br />

components were lifted in by crane. “Thanks to<br />

our pergola canopy, you can now use the terrace<br />

virtually all year round. And that of course pleases<br />

the restaurateur,” says Jan Kattenbeck. The<br />

restaurant had after all been closed for months<br />

due to the pandemic. But it was able to re-open<br />

again in the middle of March this year with a new<br />

restaurant terrace that can be used whatever the<br />

weather.<br />

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HAFREN<br />

EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT<br />

/hav-ren/ Welsh<br />

noun<br />

A legendary Welsh Princess who was<br />

drowned in the River Severn by her stepmother.<br />

Hafren is the Welsh name for the River Severn.<br />

RETRACTABLE<br />

CANOPY<br />

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Marine-grade 316 stainless steel roof frames.<br />

FEATURES<br />

Module width up to 4m<br />

Module projection up to 6m<br />

All modules can be linked<br />

Marine-quality waterproof fabrics<br />

Proudly designed and manufactured in Wales<br />

info@shashe.co.uk<br />

01686 629010<br />

www.shadeandshelter.co.uk


AWNINGS<br />

Stretching out<br />

The “pergola<br />

stretch” model<br />

from markilux is in<br />

tune with the times<br />

The “pergola stretch” from markilux has<br />

been on the market for a year now and<br />

has already exceeded the sales figures<br />

expected by the company. According to the<br />

manufacturer, the design award-winning awning<br />

model is extremely popular with both private and<br />

commercial end consumers, such as those in the<br />

hospitality industry.<br />

Awnings have grown in size in recent years as<br />

nowadays, patios are often used as spacious<br />

outdoor oases. They therefore need a product that<br />

provides generous shade to protect against the<br />

effects of sun, wind and rain. Systems that can be<br />

attached to the building as well as free-standing<br />

ones are in demand among end users.<br />

Successful market entry<br />

The “pergola stretch” from markilux also falls<br />

into this product category. The model, which has<br />

won two design awards, can cover areas of up to<br />

175 square metres with its special toothed gear<br />

drive that guides the awning cover along lateral<br />

guide tracks like a roof festoon. The product was<br />

an eye-catcher as soon as it was launched thanks<br />

to its homely textile character and XXL<br />

dimensions. This is where, according to Klaus<br />

Wuchner, Director of Sales and Marketing,<br />

markilux clearly stands out from the competition.<br />

In great demand in its first year<br />

Mr Wuchner is also more than satisfied with the<br />

sales figures of the “pergola stretch” over the past<br />

year: “We are seeing a great demand for pergola<br />

awnings because, as well as acting as sun<br />

protection, they also provide excellent protection<br />

against wind and wet weather,” he explains. Its size<br />

and the various lighting and heating options bring<br />

the stretch version completely in tune with the<br />

times. Demand is high from both private<br />

customers and commercial end users, especially<br />

from the hospitality sector. This was demonstrated<br />

by the numerous customer contacts in the<br />

company’s showrooms, as well as by the large<br />

number of pergola configurations on the Internet<br />

and via the markilux Augmented Reality App. The<br />

product quickly won over the specialist dealers,<br />

too, with its installation-friendly technology.<br />

Product range shows great variety<br />

Thus, the stretch version has once again added a<br />

sought-after product to the manufacturer’s pergola<br />

family. “We are offering a lot of visual variety within<br />

this group of products. The awnings are suitable for<br />

outdoor areas ranging in size from small to very<br />

large. They can also be transformed into a cosy<br />

outdoor space on the terrace with a wide range of<br />

accessories,” says Klaus Wuchner. And to round off<br />

the portfolio even more, markilux is launching<br />

another model variant of the “pergola” this year.<br />

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WHY CHOOSE OUR<br />

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polymer allows for a wider colour choice across<br />

our Seattle and Georgia ranges.<br />

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VENETIAN<br />

In the fast lane<br />

Coulisse is<br />

introducing some<br />

new motorised<br />

ranges at IFA <strong>2022</strong><br />

At IFA <strong>2022</strong> Berlin, the world's most<br />

significant trade show for consumer and<br />

home electronics, global window covering<br />

specialist Coulisse in collaboration with smart<br />

home specialist Eve Systems is presenting Eve<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> motors for Venetian and<br />

Honeycomb blinds. These Thread-enabled motors,<br />

currently working exclusively with Apple Home,<br />

are the most advanced solutions on the market<br />

and ready for the smart home future with Matter.<br />

Both motors will be available later in the year<br />

following Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> for Roller <strong>Blinds</strong>, which<br />

has been available since the start of this year, being<br />

widely acclaimed by smart home experts.<br />

Ready For The Smart Home<br />

Future<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> motors work with the Thread<br />

protocol, designed specifically for smart home<br />

solutions to improve connectivity between<br />

devices. Thanks to Thread, the motors are ready<br />

for Matter, the new smart home protocol<br />

developed jointly by leading platform providers<br />

and smart home manufacturers to eliminate<br />

incompatibilities in the smart home once and for<br />

all, starting this fall.<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> motors, currently working<br />

exclusively with Apple Home, will begin receiving<br />

free over-the-air firmware updates so, over time,<br />

they can be used with other Matter platforms like<br />

Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Samsung<br />

SmartThings. This makes Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> the<br />

most future-proof blinds and shades motors<br />

available on the market, and ready for a simpler,<br />

more interoperable smart home.<br />

The Next Essential Smart<br />

Home Device<br />

“As an industry leader in window coverings we<br />

are ready to conquer the smart home world,” says<br />

Christiaan Roetgering, founder and owner of<br />

Coulisse. “With smart home connectivity, security,<br />

heating, energy and health being trends to watch,<br />

the smart blind market is being heralded as the<br />

next big thing that will revolutionize households<br />

and buildings across the world. Making life easier,<br />

safer and more convenient, while saving energy at<br />

the same time.”<br />

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VENETIAN<br />

“Smart home technology is no longer<br />

about comfort only, it also contributes to<br />

safety and saving energy. Connected blinds<br />

are a prime example as they are key to<br />

keeping your home cool,” says Jerome<br />

Gackel, CEO, Eve Systems. “As Threadenabled<br />

accessories, Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> are a<br />

future-proof choice because they can<br />

natively support Matter.”<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> For Venetian <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Venetian motor CM-06-E-V is specially<br />

designed for tilting and lifting wood and<br />

aluminum blinds with slats in widths of<br />

50mm up to 65mm, assembled with ladder<br />

tape or ladder cord. This powerful 6Nm<br />

motor first rotates at low speed to tilt slats<br />

in exactly the right position. When lifting the<br />

blind, the motor automatically speeds up.<br />

Seamlessly integrated into the head rail,<br />

the Venetian motor CM-06-E-V has a builtin<br />

battery that is USB-C rechargeable,<br />

allowing smart Venetian blinds to be<br />

installed cable-free. A control panel in the<br />

head rail of the blind provides easy access<br />

to the motor’s USB-C charging port and<br />

control buttons.<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> For<br />

Honeycomb <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Honeycomb motor CM-08-E is specially<br />

designed for window covering systems with<br />

pleated or cellular fabrics in various cell sizes.<br />

This 0.6Nm Honeycomb motor has a builtin<br />

USB-C rechargeable battery, allowing<br />

cable-free installation.<br />

Thanks to its rotatable head, the<br />

Honeycomb motor can be slid into the head<br />

rail on either side of the system, with the<br />

USB-C port and control buttons remaining<br />

easily accessible to users. The motor head is<br />

nicely covered with a cover cap, available in<br />

colors to match the head rail, for that<br />

perfect finish down to the finest detail.<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> For<br />

Roller <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> for Roller <strong>Blinds</strong> has<br />

been available since the start of this year<br />

with 1.1Nm motor CM-03-E for 38-50mm<br />

tubes. The second ultra-powerful CM-06-E-R<br />

motor for large-size roller blinds with heavy<br />

fabrics such as screens will become available<br />

later this year. This 6Nm motor is suitable for<br />

42-80mm tubes, has a larger battery capacity,<br />

and is more silent than CM-03-E. The motor<br />

can also be used in larger roman blind<br />

systems. CM-06-E-R also has a built-in USB-<br />

C rechargeable battery allowing cable-free<br />

installation.<br />

The Benefits<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> is the crème de la<br />

crème of smart motors, drastically<br />

simplifying installation, setup and control of<br />

smart blinds in smart homes.<br />

• No need for a bridge, registration or<br />

any cloud dependency<br />

• Setup is super easy: simply scan the<br />

HomeKit setup code with your iPhone<br />

• Putting the blinds on autopilot is<br />

effortless, thanks to on-device schedules that<br />

can be created in the Eve app<br />

• Through HomeKit automations in the<br />

Apple Home app, the blinds seamlessly<br />

interact with other HomeKit accessories<br />

• 100% privacy with local intelligence and<br />

direct communication, all data stays in the<br />

home<br />

• Manual control with just a simple pull, a<br />

valuable add-on to smart automation<br />

MAJOR SYSTEM<br />

Dutch Blind<br />

Extrusions and<br />

Components<br />

EXTRUSION.<br />

ANODISED, WHITE AND<br />

BLACK + INSERT<br />

PULLEY BLOCK<br />

DUTCH COVERBOARD<br />

6 metre x 200mm<br />

4 LEG HINGE CORNER INTERNAL MITRE INTERMEDIATE<br />

BRACKET<br />

TUNING FORK<br />

COVERBOARD<br />

J’ BRACKET<br />

METRO SYSTEM (DA1)<br />

CENTRE LEG<br />

BRACKET<br />

BACK HINGE PIECE<br />

CLEAT STRAP HINGE ALUMINIUM PULLEY PLASTIC PULLEY ‘J’ HOOK<br />

END CHEEK<br />

FIXING ANGLE<br />

1” x 1” x 6 metre<br />

ANGLE<br />

1” x 1/8” x 6 metre<br />

BRACING BAR<br />

DOG LEG BRACKET<br />

Made from Glass Filled UV Stabilised<br />

Nylon for strength and durability.<br />

All components moulded to match the<br />

colour of the Extrusions.<br />

Anodised, White, Black (Major system)<br />

and Anthracite (Metro System)<br />

EXTRUSION. ANODISED,<br />

WHITE AND ANTHRACITE<br />

+ INSERT<br />

INTERMEDIATE<br />

BRACKET<br />

4 LEG HINGE CORNER type 1 CORNER type 2 CORNER type 3 UNIVERSAL BRACE HIDEALL TAPE<br />

CENTRE LEG<br />

BRACKET<br />

EXTRUSION CAP FIXED WALL PLATE DISPLAY STAND T<br />

CONNECTOR<br />

Unit 2a, Miglo Ind Est, Paignton,<br />

Devon, TQ4 7QW<br />

Tel: 01803 522887<br />

E: tony@supa-shade.co.uk<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> W: www.awningsdevon.co.uk<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Superior system<br />

Softcell says it<br />

offers superior<br />

system selection<br />

Decora is introducing a new V Series<br />

pleated and cellular blind system to<br />

complement their existing Fabric Box<br />

Softcell Collection.<br />

The V Series system has been designed and<br />

engineered by Vako, part of the Mzuri Group. Vako<br />

was established in 1984 and is a wholesale systems<br />

provider to the European and Global window<br />

blind market, designing a producing their own<br />

systems; some of which have been patented.<br />

Boasting a wide range of system choice the new<br />

V Series operation can vary from a highly<br />

innovative patented child safe breakaway chain<br />

control, free hanging, spring, and tensioned options<br />

alongside motorised control offering the ultimate<br />

in comfort and control.<br />

The ultimate choice for child safety and<br />

convenience is motorisation. System V07 enables<br />

seamless integration with innovative and smart<br />

home appliances. When motorised every Fabric<br />

Box pleated or Softcell blind will create a safe,<br />

comfortable and more energy efficient<br />

environment. Favourite positions can be set along<br />

with the ability to schedule timed control with your<br />

remote, smartphone or Home Automation system.<br />

Reenforcing the importance of ensuring a child<br />

safe home, the V04 free hanging spring operation<br />

enables the blind to be placed at any position by<br />

simply positioning the bottom rail. Eliminating the<br />

need for cords the V04 system presents another<br />

inherently child safe option.<br />

Vako’s innovative design concepts are<br />

showcased with the V05 and V06 system options.<br />

The chain control operation houses a patented<br />

break away side winder, which releases from the<br />

headrail when pressure is applied. This unique<br />

operation system is available a bottom up and<br />

top- down bottom-up.<br />

The V Series system is also available in traditional<br />

free hanging bottom-up and top-down bottom-up<br />

operation as well as day and night which allows two<br />

fabrics to be utilised on the one blind to facilitate<br />

semi-transparent and blockout properties.<br />

Developed to keep the fabric in place,<br />

tensioned options are the perfect solution for tilt<br />

and turn windows or bi-fold doors. Available as<br />

top-down bottom-up operation the V08 system<br />

offers perfect light control and privacy. Operation<br />

is controlled through moving the slimline top and<br />

bottom profiles to the desired position.<br />

The V Series is available to order in a selection<br />

of colours, white, anthracite, grey and black.<br />

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SUPER QUICK HEAT WELDER FOR PVC VERTICAL BLINDS<br />

Micro Pneumatic’s<br />

Heat Welder<br />

Compact and lightweight, to sit on top of any bench<br />

Gives a super flat weld in record time, approximately<br />

2 seconds per weld<br />

Can also be supplied as a double headed unit<br />

Please contact Micro Pneumatics Ltd for more information<br />

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

Micro Pneumatics Ltd<br />

1 Palmer Street<br />

Leicester LE4 5PT<br />

MICRO PNEUMATICS<br />

INNOVATION – AUTOMATION – SERVICE


NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Stunning new rollers<br />

PT <strong>Blinds</strong> launches<br />

stunning new roller<br />

blind collection<br />

Ready for the autumn and winter months, PT<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> is set to unveil its new roller blind<br />

collection featuring 50 new designs, 50<br />

daylight plains and 50 blackout plains, all available<br />

from the 1st September.<br />

Showcasing many of the best-selling fabrics from<br />

sister company Prestigious Textiles, each stunning<br />

on-trend design has been exclusively selected for<br />

the new roller blind offerings, which will inspire and<br />

transform any room.<br />

From eye-catching conversational prints to subtle,<br />

sophisticated plains, the versatile and practical blinds<br />

come in an extensive range and can be controlled<br />

by either a standard chain sidewinder, or an<br />

upgraded motorisation via a remote control.<br />

All roller blinds come with the standard roll,<br />

reverse roll is also available as an option.<br />

Alternatively you can upgrade to a closed cassette<br />

heading available in six colours.<br />

Available in either a Daylight quality, PVC quality,<br />

which is suited to bathrooms and kitchens, or<br />

blackout which is ideal for bedrooms, each style can<br />

be bespoke to suit every situation.<br />

These include:<br />

Nicobar Jungle – Featuring statement leaf prints<br />

for a captivating and natural finish, Nicobar Jungle’s<br />

rich green styling links interiors with a spacious,<br />

outdoor feel, giving off a vibrant rainforest look.<br />

Pacific Cream – A subtle blind design ideal for<br />

bathrooms and kitchens, Pacific Cream has delicate<br />

green bamboo shoots and leaves to inspire a<br />

tropical and tranquil setting.<br />

Alano Azure – With leafy trails and gentle<br />

geometrics, Alano Azure offers a lightweight, breezy<br />

feel, lending its gentle blues and lilacs to a calming<br />

overall style.<br />

Hanalei Hibiscus – Offering a contemporary edge<br />

to a classic floral trend, Hanalei Hibiscus is inspired<br />

by Hawaiian tropics, and boasts a stunning canvas<br />

for laid-back living.<br />

Osaka Green Tea – Taking inspiration from<br />

Japanese gardens, the watercolour foliage of Osaka<br />

Green Tea is presented in a palette of calming<br />

pastels, to add an element of zen to the home.<br />

Honeysuckle Honey – With vibrant, hand-painted<br />

florals in a range of rich oranges and greens,<br />

Honeysuckle Honey captures the essence of the<br />

English botanical gardens.<br />

PT <strong>Blinds</strong>’ Roller <strong>Blinds</strong> are available in 50 brand<br />

new designs, as well as 50 on-trend plain colours, in<br />

a PVC, daylight or blackout finish from the 1st<br />

September here: https://ptblinds.co.uk<br />

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Semper <strong>Blinds</strong> <br />

At Semper <strong>Blinds</strong> we are a<br />

trademarked family run company<br />

with over 30 years combined<br />

experience, where we offer a range<br />

of pleated and cellular blinds, in a<br />

manual and motorised format. All<br />

of which are made in house by our<br />

team in Rochdale, Manchester.<br />

Website<br />

www.semperblinds.com<br />

Queries<br />

semperblinds@gmail.com<br />

Orders<br />

semperorders@gmail.com<br />

Mobile<br />

07766 600131<br />

Fax<br />

01706 662441<br />

What we do?<br />

3<br />

3 Freehangs<br />

3 Skylights<br />

3<br />

3<br />

UK Survey and fit service for<br />

PFI conservatory roof blinds<br />

in pleated and cellular fabrics.<br />

5-year warranty and<br />

Lantern <strong>Blinds</strong> (PFI framed skylights)<br />

a 5* service<br />

Perfect fit (pleated, cellular and venetian)<br />

Venetians (metals and woods)


NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Contemporary control<br />

Eclipse has a range<br />

of contemporary<br />

finishes to please<br />

any home owner<br />

Combining the most desirable aesthetic<br />

features with sleek and innovative design,<br />

Senses is a contemporary, stylish window<br />

blind system that has been designed by our product<br />

design and development experts. The perfect<br />

complement to any traditional or modern interior<br />

makes it the superior system choice for any window<br />

covering.<br />

Senses is available to your customers in Vertical,<br />

Roller, Mirage, Pleated, Hive or Venetian <strong>Blinds</strong>. Our<br />

Senses system is a slimline system that allows a<br />

flawless finish, perfect for every room. Complete<br />

your customers blind with a choice of<br />

contemporary rail and endcap colours. It’s the ideal<br />

way to upsell the standard blind to give your<br />

customers a different and stylish option.<br />

Your customers can live the life of luxury with<br />

our Slow-Rise, Elavate and Powershade systems.<br />

Slow-Rise is a system which is a sophisticated one<br />

touch operation for your roller blind, allowing your<br />

customers to select the ‘rise’ speed and ‘stop’<br />

position of their blind, for simple control at their<br />

fingertips.<br />

The Elavate blinds bring a smooth, simple<br />

operation to Pleated and Venetian <strong>Blinds</strong>. You raise<br />

or lower the bottombar and to your desired<br />

position and tilt your slats by hand, without the<br />

need for cords or wands.<br />

Or go one step further and motorise the blind.<br />

Motorised blinds are very popular just now and<br />

have definitely sparked the interest of consumers.<br />

Powershade is the ultimate offering of luxury and<br />

convenience for your customers. With a quiet and<br />

smooth operation, the motor and rechargeable<br />

battery are both discreetly contained within the<br />

blind to maintain the stylish appearance. Combine<br />

with the Powershade Smart Controller and to<br />

control the blind with your smartphone device.<br />

Available for iOS and Android, the product is also<br />

compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and<br />

Siri Shortcuts to easily integrate into homes.<br />

All three systems also have the benefit of being<br />

child safe by design, give your customer complete<br />

peace of mind.<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Hide and seek<br />

Yewdale says hide<br />

roller blinds when<br />

they’re not in use<br />

ShadeBox is an innovative recessed box<br />

system designed by leading commercial blinds<br />

manufacturer, Yewdale. It has attracted a lot of<br />

interest from architects who specialise in creating<br />

minimalistic, modern interiors.<br />

ShadeBox blends into the ceiling and conceals<br />

roller blinds from view. The blind is fitted within<br />

the box system, meaning it isn’t visible unless the<br />

blind is being used.<br />

Hiding roller blinds from sight ensures external<br />

views are not obscured by the blind and increases<br />

the amount of light coming through the window.<br />

When shading is required, the blind descends from<br />

the ceiling.<br />

Installing the box system is surprisingly simple. All<br />

a tradesperson needs to do is dryline or plaster up<br />

to the box during the construction of the ceiling.<br />

Alternatively, an adaptor can be used which enables<br />

the installer to fit ShadeBox within a false ceiling.<br />

This system is only supplied in component form<br />

and is available up to 5m in length, ensuring it fits<br />

most windows. ShadeBox is supplied as standard in<br />

white but can be powder-coated in any RAL<br />

colour to suit the interior design of different<br />

buildings.<br />

If you’d like to learn more about ShadeBox®,<br />

please email enquiries@yewdale.co.uk or call us on<br />

01268 570900<br />

68 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2022</strong>


clic<br />

PLEATED, HONEYCOMB<br />

& VENETIAN BLINDS<br />

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

window but is particularly suitable for bi-fold doors and tilt-and-turn windows.<br />

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

engineered to fit all window frame depths with a single bracket type.<br />

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

does not protrude further than the window frame.<br />

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

venetian slat finishes and pleated and honeycomb fabrics, that are available with this blind.<br />

tropicalblinds.com


NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Reimagining rollers<br />

Luxaflex reimagines<br />

roller blinds with<br />

new LightLine<br />

collection<br />

With clean lines and a contemporary<br />

feel - it’s easy to fall for the charm of<br />

the new LightLine Roller <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

collection from Luxaflex.<br />

The classic roller blind has been reimagined with<br />

the incorporation of distinctive segmented panels<br />

and customisable features.<br />

The collection’s simplistic feel fits perfectly with<br />

the emerging Japandi interiors trend and a fusion of<br />

Scandi and Japanese influences can be seen in the<br />

product’s sleek look and natural colour palette.<br />

Play with colour and light<br />

Fabrics feature a translucent finish, allowing<br />

LightLine Roller <strong>Blinds</strong> to create an attractive light<br />

filtering effect that maintains privacy, while still<br />

allowing a softly diffused natural daylight through<br />

when closed.<br />

Consumers are invited to play with colour and<br />

patterns to create unique segment combinations<br />

that suit their individual home and style. The blind’s<br />

panels are available in 29cm and 44cm segments<br />

and are separated by sleek aluminium trims.<br />

Throughout the collection a serene colour<br />

palette incorporates shades of earthy browns, grey<br />

stone and sea blues, featuring prints that are<br />

reminiscent of the natural landscape, fabric textures<br />

and marble.<br />

The composition of the LightLine Roller <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

fabric is a mix of polyester and polypropylene, making<br />

it highly practical for kitchens and bathrooms as the<br />

blinds can resist moisture, heat and sunlight and can<br />

be wiped clean with a damp cloth.<br />

Design Options<br />

Banded aluminium trims are available in white,<br />

aluminium and black, with a 40mm bottom trim and<br />

smaller 10mm bars throughout, adding to the<br />

contemporary look.<br />

It’s the finishing touches that count, a cassette<br />

option is available with this product range to<br />

complete the sleek appearance.<br />

Smart Home Control<br />

For the ultimate in smart home convenience,<br />

homeowners can team LightLine® Roller <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

with PowerView Automation, which allows<br />

homeowners to program their shades to<br />

automatically open, close or adjust on a schedule.<br />

PowerView Automation also seamlessly<br />

integrates with other smart home systems and<br />

speakers including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant<br />

and Apple HomeKit for voice-activated control of<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Making sense<br />

Eclipse has<br />

introduced a new<br />

Senses range<br />

Introducing the new Senses Roller & Mirage<br />

system from Eclipse. This new system has been<br />

developed with the customer in mind. You’ve<br />

spoken and we’ve listened!<br />

The key message is simplicity and scalability,<br />

allowing you to scale up your blind to gain<br />

enhanced capabilities without the need for lots of<br />

additional componentry. The new system maintains<br />

the stylish Senses aesthetic, with many improved<br />

features and benefits.<br />

Supporting the trend for wider windows and<br />

wider width blinds, this system boasts blinds up to<br />

3.5m wide and up to a 6m drop.<br />

We can offer an improved smoothness of<br />

operation through well engineered friction units,<br />

with built-in chain guides to fascia endcaps.<br />

You can reduce stock holding needs with the<br />

universality of components. Only 3 bracket types<br />

required to achieve all chain-op and motorised<br />

blind sizes. Installation is also easy for the Fascia &<br />

Mounting Profile blinds with common mounting<br />

brackets.<br />

The 32mm, 40mm and 48mm tubes are all<br />

compatible within the Fascia, Mounting Profile and<br />

as Standard Fit. The 48mm tube is designed to fit<br />

40mm friction units and motor crown & drive with<br />

no additional componentry necessary.<br />

The built-in Mirage channel on Fascia & Mounting<br />

Profile reduces additional componentry count, as<br />

well as improving assembly process and panel<br />

coverage.<br />

The new Senses Universal Fascia is available in 5<br />

colours with complementing endcaps. It also allows<br />

for reverse roll fabric drops of up to 3m. Multiple<br />

blinds can be fitted within the same fascia using the<br />

new universal brackets.<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

Home comforts<br />

Duette window<br />

shades are one of<br />

the most popular<br />

choices for<br />

homeowners when<br />

it comes to<br />

choosing window<br />

blinds for their<br />

home.<br />

Luxaflex is thrilled to announce that their latest<br />

and long-awaited new Duette Shades<br />

collection is now available in-store for<br />

customers to browse and purchase.<br />

With exciting new fabric colours and designs for<br />

every window, lifestyle and season, customers will<br />

be pleased to know that these exquisite and<br />

exclusive fabrics not only look good, but have<br />

extraordinary energy efficient properties.<br />

Duette has also got an exciting new feature that<br />

promises to provide the ultimate in room<br />

darkening.<br />

So, without further ado you’ll find all there is to<br />

know about the new Luxaflex Duette Shades and<br />

more in this article.<br />

Luxurious Fabrics and<br />

Colours<br />

Customers can choose from pastels to natural<br />

tones and new inspiring patterns, there's a look for<br />

every style from period to modern homes.<br />

Inspired by the latest colour and design trends<br />

Luxaflex designers are proud to introduce new<br />

metallic designs that add a touch of glamour to any<br />

room. These delightful fabrics gently sparkle as the<br />

light moves across the window, making an elaborate<br />

unique light show.<br />

A Design for Every Window<br />

There are options for each and every window<br />

type, from sliding doors to Tilt & Turn, or shaped<br />

windows. Duette Shades work perfectly with<br />

virtually all window types, shapes and sizes.<br />

LightLock<br />

The new LightLock system is a revolutionary new<br />

feature that is ideal for locking out light. Customers<br />

can browse and select from a variety of room<br />

darkening fabrics which also absorb or deflect<br />

nearly all the incoming light sweeping into your<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

from, you can be confident that you’re doing<br />

your bit to support our planet.<br />

Duette Shades are also built to last the<br />

test of time and are carefully measured to<br />

your windows. All shades also come with a<br />

5-year guarantee.<br />

room.<br />

Only the new collection of Duette Shades<br />

offers this level of room darkening. Suitable<br />

for the whole family, for a better night's sleep,<br />

to darken media rooms or to deflect light in<br />

a home office. Helping to create a feeling of<br />

pure comfort.<br />

Energy Efficient Design<br />

If customers are looking to achieve better<br />

control of the temperature in their home.<br />

The latest fabric range from Duette has an<br />

even better level of heat reduction and<br />

insulation, with some fabrics achieving an<br />

outstanding A++ rating.<br />

Duette Shades can also help to reduce<br />

annoying echoing from hard materials like<br />

flooring, walls, and glass by up to 60%.<br />

Eco Friendly Fabrics<br />

Now with over 300 Cradle to Cradle<br />

Certified fabrics and materials to choose<br />

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Automated Smart-Home<br />

Control<br />

For those of you who love your home to<br />

be connected, fear not, with PowerView<br />

Automation you can control your Duette<br />

Shades using a smart device, remote control,<br />

or the sound of your voice.<br />

From a single window blind to your entire<br />

home, it’s easy to connect your blinds so that<br />

you can control privacy and light whatever<br />

time of the day, even when you’re not at<br />

home.<br />

What’s more, by using a rechargeable<br />

battery PowerView Automation is now also<br />

available for Tilt & Turn window options<br />

too!<br />

Conservatory and<br />

Window <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Specialists<br />

Motorisation options<br />

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for Trade Customers<br />

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now available with Allusion<br />

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■ Vertical blinds ■ Conservatory blinds<br />

■ Motorised blinds<br />

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Available in white, brown,<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

The time is Hive<br />

Eclipse says its the<br />

perfect time to tell<br />

customers about its<br />

Hive blinds that<br />

look great and save<br />

energy<br />

Given the current energy crisis and concern<br />

amongst consumers, it’s the ideal time to<br />

sell them the energy saving properties of<br />

window blinds. Educate your customers on how<br />

their window blinds can be a cost- effective way to<br />

save money on their energy bills. And the perfect<br />

product to do this with is Hive!<br />

Hive is a cellular honeycomb structured fabric,<br />

giving increased insulation as well as a<br />

contemporary, sharp look. The fabric is anti-static,<br />

with heat blocking and sound absorbent properties;<br />

Hive really is the superior fabric choice for blinds.<br />

It’s unique structure means there are no visible<br />

holes. Unlike pleated blinds which can have small<br />

holes to allow for the cording to hold the pleat in<br />

place, the cords in cellular fabrics are discreetly<br />

hidden within the cells giving it that elegant, clean<br />

finish. Although the fabric is light, the structure is so<br />

innovative that it holds its shape firmly and doesn’t<br />

falter, creating a strong statement in the window<br />

over a standard roller or vertical blind.<br />

What are these ‘heat-blocking’ qualities? Hive<br />

takes the crown as one of the best at energy-saving<br />

of all fabric types, each honeycomb cell in the fabric<br />

traps air helping to keep your room cooler in<br />

summer and warmer in winter. This means they are<br />

suitable for a wide range of rooms and window<br />

types, appealing to a variety of customers.<br />

Our Style Studio Hive and Pleated Collection<br />

boasts an offering of plains, blackouts, textures and<br />

designs, some of which have fire retardant<br />

properties.<br />

Hive fabrics are versatile, with the standard<br />

option allowing for soft, beautiful light to penetrate<br />

through the fabric, coming in an array of bright and<br />

neutral colours, as well as subtle prints to add<br />

something extra, without feeling overwhelming. For<br />

those consumers who require extra light control,<br />

Hive Blackout is an excellent option.<br />

The popularity of cellular and honeycomb fabrics<br />

has significantly risen over the last few years. Once<br />

considered to be an exclusive luxury, Hive is now<br />

an affordable product making its presence known in<br />

the consumer market. Let your customers know<br />

about its’ energy saving properties and how they<br />

can use their blinds to help insulate their windows.<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

New for <strong>2022</strong><br />

QMotion uk unveils<br />

range of<br />

automated shading<br />

solutions for<br />

window treatment<br />

dealers at BBSA<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

At BBSA <strong>2022</strong> (Stand S20, 23-25 October,<br />

Coventry Building Society Arena),<br />

QMotion UK, specialists in motorised<br />

window treatments, will be showcasing its latest<br />

hardware and control solutions to support window<br />

treatment dealers in growing their automated blind<br />

business.<br />

“Automated shading is growing in popularity with<br />

consumers because the technology is so easy to<br />

use, saves time and looks so good in contemporary<br />

and traditional interiors,” says Ian Claxton, Director<br />

at QMotion UK. “As the exclusive fabricators of the<br />

innovative QMotion® product range in the UK and<br />

Ireland, a wholly owned brand of Legrand, the<br />

global manufacturer of electrical and digital building<br />

infrastructure products, we can support dealers in<br />

taking advantage of this big market opportunity.<br />

We’re looking forward to showing our extensive<br />

range of solutions at BBSA <strong>2022</strong> and demonstrating<br />

why there has never been a better time to specify<br />

and fit QMotion window treatments.”<br />

Visitors to the show will be able to see<br />

QMotion’s hybrid-powered Wireless Roller Blind<br />

Systems on the Stand. Unlike any other wire free<br />

system on the market, these automated treatments<br />

provide industry-leading battery life, from 1-4 years,<br />

and are available in sizes up to 3800mm wide x<br />

4500mm drop.<br />

Also on display will be the Legrand Netamo app,<br />

a potential game-changing product for dealers<br />

which brings the benefits of the smart home within<br />

reach of many more customers. Using a range of<br />

Intelligent Legrand Arteor sockets and switches, the<br />

app enables the homeowner to control their<br />

shading, heating and security technology within the<br />

home from their phone or iPad.<br />

Another highlight will be QBasic+, the company’s<br />

complete and affordable Roller Blind solution. This<br />

system simply requires a small modification in<br />

minutes to create a fully automated blind without<br />

the need or additional cost of changing fabric or<br />

fixing brackets. Dealers can begin by fitting manual<br />

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NEW PRODUCTS<br />

blinds, then return when budget allows to upgrade and install<br />

QMotion battery powered motors into the existing QBasic+ system.<br />

BBSA visitors can see how QMotion blinds are ultra-energy<br />

efficient thanks to the company’s patented spring-counterbalancing<br />

system which keeps battery power consumption to an absolute<br />

minimum and delivers near silent operation in every application.<br />

Meanwhile, the minimal side light gaps of just 13mm ensure an<br />

attractive installation. The patented, manual-override command also<br />

allows the customer to operate the blinds by hand, without damaging<br />

the automated mechanism. Ultra-quiet Cat6 wired motors provide<br />

control and power and are supplied with a 20-year limited lifetime<br />

warranty, as standard.<br />

For a clean, contemporary interior finish, QMotion will also show its<br />

new blind concealment solution. High quality extruded aluminium<br />

boxes will be available to conceal the automated QMotion blind to<br />

ensure only the fabric is visible when the blind is fully lowered.<br />

Dealers have the flexibility to add their own fabric to a QMotion<br />

system or choose from the company’s own fabric collection, if required.<br />

With 15 finishes to choose from, QMotion’s new Designer Series of<br />

Decorative Brackets and Endcaps can also help match the design<br />

aesthetic of an installation and will be on show at BBSA <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

For more information on QMotion UK or to view the company’s<br />

full range of automated solutions, please visit<br />

http://www.qmotionshades.co.uk/.<br />

We are proud to<br />

introduce a brand<br />

new retail concept<br />

for pleated and<br />

cellular shades<br />

more than<br />

Come and meet us at the<br />

BBSA Show - Booth 26<br />

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Severn Road, LEEDS, LS10 1BL United Kingdom<br />

Tel. 0113 8681066<br />

info@lienesch.co.uk<br />

lienesch.com<br />

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that suit your lifestyle as one of our dedicated<br />

self-employed advisors. Help the nation choose the<br />

perfect blinds, curtains and shutters for their homes.<br />

Great earning<br />

potential<br />

I M M E D I AT E STA RT AVA I L A B L E<br />

Flexible<br />

working<br />

Award winning<br />

training<br />

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SPECIALIST INSTALLERS REQUIRED<br />

SALES DESIGNERS REQUIRED<br />

BLINDS CURTAINS SHUTTERS<br />

JOIN OUR AWARD WINNING<br />

NETWORK OF SPECIALIST<br />

INSTALLERS<br />

I M M E D I AT E STA RT AVA I L A B L E<br />

As the UK’s number one provider of window<br />

furnishing solutions we’re always looking for<br />

practical thinking, confident new people to<br />

join our dedicated network of self-employed<br />

specialist installers. Join today and grow your<br />

own local business.<br />

A CAREER BESPOKE TO YOU<br />

Join our dedicated network of sales designers<br />

Thomas Sanderson is always seeking talented new sales professionals to join<br />

our experienced team of sales designers. Our national field opportunities<br />

are suited to those with exceptional customer service skills, a passion for<br />

interior design and a great eye for detail.<br />

• Part-time & full-time opportunities available • High earning potential<br />

• Comprehensive training provided<br />

Visit careers.thomas-sanderson.co.uk or call 0115 852 2896<br />

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Great earning<br />

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IMPRESSIONS<br />

WOOD VENETIAN COLLECTION<br />

Combining Tropical <strong>Blinds</strong>’ extensive experience producing wood blinds and our continued success with<br />

the Impressions Faux Wood blind, we are excited to launch the Impressions WOOD Collection.<br />

Six carefully selected Basswood colours will complement and enhance any interior décor, harmonising<br />

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

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

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

the complete collection including tapes or a sample blind.<br />

You can see all our product ranges and first class customer support systems at<br />

tropicalblinds.com


INTRODUCING THE NEW<br />

Larger blind sizes up to<br />

3.5m wide and up to 6m drops.<br />

Improved friction units for<br />

smoother operation & easy lifting.<br />

Simplicity & scalability –<br />

common components through<br />

Standard fit, Mounting Profile<br />

& Fascia.<br />

Senses Universal Fascia available<br />

in 5 colours with complementing<br />

endcaps.<br />

For more information contact your Area Sales Manager<br />

or call our Customer Service Department on<br />

0141 814 3500<br />

www.eclipseblinds.co.uk

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