Our History.

1919 -

Henry Sonnenberg founds his machine tool distribution,
later manufacturing, company in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1933 -

Henry uses 150 railroad cars to move his entire
operation to Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 1946 -

    Joe Hunter joins forces with Henry and develops new technology and equipment for the continuous casting and fabrication of lightweight aluminium…leading to the production of Venetian Blinds.

  • 1947 -

    Hunter Douglas Blinds build a 1000+ network of independent fabricators in the USA who sell the aluminium blinds by day and custom-assemble them by night.

1956 -

Hunter Douglas HQ relocates
to Montreal, Canada.

  • 1960 -

    Hunter Douglas expands into Europe, Australia and Latin America.

  • 1962 -

    Hunter Douglas launches its first bespoke Architectural Product, the 84R Ceiling. Its fluid lines, easy installation and usage of a high percentage of recycled material (up to 90%) make it an instant favourite.

  • 1966 -

    Our unique Linear Aluminum Ceiling system is launched.

  • 1969 -

    Hunter Douglas stocks are first listed on the Montreal and Amsterdam Stock Exchanges.

  • 1971 -

    Hunter Douglas Group HQ moves to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

  • 1975 -

    Our new high performance External Sun Louver system launches.

  • 1980 -

    Hunter Douglas expands into Asia.

  • 1985 -

    Duette® Honeycomb Shades are launched – the only blinds to feature our unique honeycomb construction which keeps the heat out in summer and keeps homes warmer in winter.

  • 1989 -

    The launch of our Wide Panel Ceiling System allows architects to design closed ceilings with a smooth monolithic appearance.

  • 1991 -

    Award-winning Silhouette®Shades are introduced.

  • 1992 -

    Launch of versatile Open Cell Ceilings – using up to 90% recycled aluminium.

  • 1994 -

    Vignette® Modern Roman Shades introduced.

  • 1996 -

    Luminette® Privacy Sheers and PoweRise® battery-powered remote control system launched.

  • 1998 -

    Our innovative ventilated façade system, QuadroClad™ appears on the market.

  • 1999 -

    UltraGlide® retractable cord system launches.

  • 2000 -

    Become market-leader in daylight regulation and solar heat control solutions.

  • 2003 -

    Techstyle® Acoustical Ceiling Panels launch. Lightweight, large-format panels with excellent acoustic performance and a range of aesthetic options.

  • 2004 -

    Facette® Shades and the Alustra® Collection premiered.

  • 2006 -

    Hello to Duette® Architella Honeycomb Shades
    Skyline™ Gliding Window Panels
    MagnaView™ blinds in the USA and MegaView™ blinds in Europe.

  • 2007 -

    Pirouette® Shadings and Platinum™ Technology Motorisation launched.

  • 2007 -

    Two new companies join the Hunter Douglas Group – 3Form and NBK Architectural Terracotta. High design, high performance sustainable building solutions, extending our commitment to architectural products that are good for people and the planet.

  • 2008 -

    Our unique Nano Roller Blinds debut.

  • 2009 -

    Continued expansion in China sees new manufacturing facilities for window coverings and architectural products open in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

  • 2010 -

    Our Gallery and Inspiration retailers launch our new Luxaflex® in-store shop – with exciting product merchandise and marketing programmes.

  • 2010 -

    3form launch Ditto and Koda XT, and exterior translucent panels with 100 times the impact strength of glass and 60 times stronger than acrylic.

  • 2011 -

    Innovations launched this year include:
    Luxaflex® Panel Blinds for ceiling-to-floor windows.
    New Vignette® Tiered™ Architella® Shades,
    Platinum™ Solar Energy Sensor – the automatic operating system that can calculate the warmth or coldness of a room
    RB 500 Roller Shade System.

  • 2012 -

    Duette® Architella® Trielle™ Honeycomb Shades, Solera™ Soft Shades, Platinum™ App that controls selected Hunter Douglas motorised window treatments.

  • 2013 -

    Silhouette® A Deux™ Window Shadings premiered.

  • 2013 -

    Launched the only glass fibre fabric available on the green market, Screen Nature 3% is 100% PVC, polyester and halogen-free and filters light rays by up to 96%.

  • 2014 -

    T Screen with KOOLBLACK™ technology - the best performing fabric in its category having significant advantages in heat blockage and glare control. Pirouette®Shadings cordless operating system. 3form Glass.

  • 2015 -

    GreenScreen® Evolve™ fabric. 100% recyclable zero waste product, made of PVC-free polyester, GreenScreen® Evolve™ fabrics contain up to 78% Repreve™ recycled content.

  • 2015 -

    Hunter Douglas launches Woodwright™ Tavola™ and Beam & Baffle Ceilings.

  • 2015 -

    POWERVIEW™ MOTORISATION is an advanced home automation system that allows Hunter Douglas window treatments to be operated via a smart phone, tablet or remote control.

    Silhouette® Duolite ™ Shadings - winner of the 2015 Window Covering Manufacturers Association "Product of the year" award.

  • 2016 -

    Levolor and Kirsch brands join the Hunter Douglas Group. Levolor, founded in 1935, is a leading supplier of window covering products to the United States and Canadian home center channels. Kirsch is a long established window covering and drapery hardware brand.

  • 2017 -

    Launched HeartFelt® - modular felt ceiling system with outstanding acoustics and a unique appearance with sustainability at its core. Winner of the prestigious RedDot Award 2017 -Best of the Best.

  • 2017 -

    Launched Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades. Combing the dimensional, energy-efficient construction of a cellular shade with the clean lines and simplicity of a roller shade. The innovative curved shape gently diffuses light, providing ambiance and character to all angles of a room.