Our story of design and innovation began in 1919 when Henry Sonnenberg founded a machine-tool manufacturing company in Europe. By cultivating relationships with fellow entrepreneurs and industrialists, his small business gradually expanded and evolved to become the leading purveyor of advanced, beautifully crafted window fashions, which are now found in stunning buildings and homes across the country.
Hunter Douglas has produced some of the most innovative product breakthroughs on the market. Our extensive portfolio of versatile shades, shutters, sheers and blinds—all designed and custom crafted in North America—reflects our passion for transforming light through exceptional design and style.
Reaching our 100th anniversary, we celebrate the textiles and technology that make Hunter Douglas shades the most innovative in the industry.
1919: Henry Sonnenberg establishes a machine-tool manufacturing company in Germany
1946: Sonnenberg partners with American entrepreneur and inventor Joe Hunter, together designing revolutionary lightweight aluminum blinds
1960-1980: Hunter Douglas expands its operations in Europe and into Australia and Latin America
1985: Duette® launches with a groundbreaking, energy-efficient honeycomb design that keeps homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer
1989: Operating system Duolite® launches, offering light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics in a single shade
1991: Silhouette® is unveiled with patented S-vanes, designed to provide subtle light diffusion and privacy
1994: Vignette® is released, a modern Roman shade without exposed rear cords for a sleek look and enhanced child safety
1996: An early player in motorization, PowerRise® is introduced as a battery-powered remote control system
1997: Luminette® launches with soft, vertical rotating vanes fastened to the back of a sheer for variable light control and privacy
2001: LiteRise® launches, a manual operating system without lift cords for enhanced child safety and an uncluttered appearance
2007: Pirouette® Window Shadings are released, with a bold, modern design featuring contoured fabric vanes that open and close to control light filtration and privacy
2010: Hunter Douglas Retail Alliance Program debuts, the first of its kind in the industry created to help loyal dealers build their businesses
2015: Operating system PowerView® Motorization is introduced; compatible with smart-home systems such as Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, it allows shades to be operated from a smartphone, tablet or via the Pebble® remote control
2017: Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades launch, combining the energy-efficient construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines of a roller shade
2019: Hunter Douglas celebrates 100 years of innovation
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