In the recent ID Material Day 2019 organised by the Interior Design department, Hunter Douglas – the 100-year-old world market leader providing window and architectural solutions, was invited to give a sharing on their innovative range of products and how window coverings not only serve practical needs, but also double as an aesthetic feature. Representatives of the brand enlightened students to the possibilities of window deco and building façade.
First established in Germany in 1919, Hunter Douglas currently has 132 companies operating in 100 countries, employing 23,500 people worldwide and generating a revenue of US$3.2 billion. With a century of innovation through collective wisdom, it is the world’s leading manufacturer of window coverings and a major manufacturer of architectural products. Its strength lies in their ability to develop innovative, high quality, proprietary products that can be found in millions of homes and commercial buildings around the globe.
From privacy to safety to light control, the stylish and versatile designs also come with functions such as ultraviolet (UV) protection and energy saving, allowing consumers to achieve the setting that they desire with a wide range of products catering to looks and smart functions that lend to the creation of ambience and comfort of a room.
Light is an inescapable aspect of our daily living, and as such we need to live with and make the best use out of it. Whether at work working, play or just relaxing, we are deeply affected by the environment around us. The key part of controlling light is the amount that enters to the space. By finding a balance between natural light and artificial light, one can create a beautiful design scheme to suit their lifestyle. Speaking on current industry trends, it was shared that minimalist and contemporary designs of a mix between modern and traditional are popular.
Andrew J. Lee, a representative speaker from NBK Architectural Terracotta, a member of the Hunter Douglas Group, presented on terracotta façade and its uses. With a background in structural engineering and specialising in façade, he shared how clay is taken from the earth and fired to create terracotta that are then used to enhance a building’s façade or outer appearance. Terracotta is frost resistant, UV resistant as well as chemical resistant, making it a great product to be used anywhere in the world.
During the informative sharing, enthusiastic students were eager in posing questions to the representatives and having their queries answered in a light-hearted Q&A session. The sharing opened their eyes to the fact that interior decorating is not only limited to wall and flooring, but can be extended to window as well. A product exhibition was held after the sharing, allowing students a closer inspection of the various products and their functional designs.