Hunter Douglas Remains the Ace of Shades With Two New Designer Collections

Hunter Douglas Remains the Ace of Shades With Two New Designer Collections

Eye-catching patterns, colors, and handcraft in the brand’s latest soft goods will dress up your windows.
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Exclusive textile designs by New York–based visual artist Marcie Bronkar and San Francisco–based textile designer Seema Krish are the latest additions to Hunter Douglas’ Design Studio line of side panels, drapery, roller shades, and roman shades. Inventive patterns and textural details—rendered in styles ranging from intricate embroideries to semi-opaque fabrics—bring new infusions of global dimension and historical depth to the brand’s sophisticated line of window treatments.

Seema Krish’s Reflections pattern (shown adorning a Hunter Douglas roller shade) is a highlight of the collection. 

Reflections (shown in detail) began as a watercolor and retains a delicate, hand-painted sensibility. 

Influenced by her upbringing in Mumbai, Seema Krish’s work focuses on handcraft and holds a contemporary lens to the vibrant motifs and techniques of traditional Indian textiles. The designer looked to nature and drew on the aesthetics of block printing and embroidery, in particular, to create her new patterns for Hunter Douglas.

Designer Seema Krish (pictured) has become known for the artisanal methods and global influences that inform her textiles.

"They can be used by themselves or effortlessly layered together," Krish says of the seven designs in the collection. Her Floret fabric, for instance, is inspired by traditional shibori dye techniques and blooms with bold, flowerlike geometry. Intersection is influenced by the interplay of yarns in weaving, and its hazy, painterly lines echo the foggy weather of the designer’s hometown. Waves, which mimics the ebb and flow of ocean tides, flows with a repeating V-shaped pattern. "The hope is to spark a memory of travel or a distant culture while bringing quiet beauty to our living environments," says Krish.

Krish’s Floret pattern makes a subtle, geometric statement.  

The texture and soft lines of Krish’s Straits pattern (shown in detail) is reminiscent of traditional ikat dyeing techniques. 

A self-described "modern traditionalist," Marcie Bronkar takes inspiration from historical art and design to create her lively patterns. For her Hunter Douglas collection, Bronkar says she relied on the premise that "natural light can and will enhance the texture and dimension of these textiles when brought into the home."

Bronkar (shown) says her textile collections draw on colors that stem from her painting practice. 

Giving new voice to historical designs, Marcie Bronkar envisioned fabrics with stylized patterns and nuanced colors, including Amaryllis (shown as a roman shade).

A detail of Bronkar’s Amaryllis pattern reveals its intricacy and subtle gradients, which are inspired by a vintage batik from the artist’s own textile collection. 

Bronkar’s standout designs include Lily, a pretty floral pattern derived from an original work on paper; Grand Fleur, which features embroidered patterns inspired by Bronkar’s personal collection of 17th-century Venetian vestments and shawls; Laurel, derived from a favorite ceramic piece the artist found in Mexico City; and Oleander, which is a wonderful ode to paisley. "I love creating patterns that find their way throughout a home as the owner sees fit," says Bronkar.

Side panels shown in Brokar's Oleander pattern add subtle pattern and color to this soothing scheme.

Bronkar's Oleander pattern (detail) offers a contemporary take on classic paisley. 


Bronkar’s Menagerie pattern (shown as side panels) riffs on a classic English Jacobean motif and is rendered in a toile de Jouy style.  

Both collections coordinate with Hunter Douglas’ existing lines while creating new design possibilities. Ron Rubinoff, President of Hunter Douglas Window Designs Group, notes, "It’s an incredibly exciting moment for Hunter Douglas. We are certain that these artists’ aesthetics and our wider Design Studio line will resonate with consumers as they seek out inspired designs to complete the look of their windows."

Bronkar’s collection (shown) is one of two new offerings from the Hunter Douglas Design Studio line.  

Learn more about Hunter Douglas and its window treatment solutions for the home at hunterdouglas.com.

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