Monthly Archives: July 2014

Made in The USA : Decorative Drapery Hardware

Picture2Consumer Currents Impacting Decorative Drapery Hardware

Trendspotting requires anticipating overlapping levels of influence from the Long term (10 years) that looks at the possible evolutions in lifestyle and technology and Mid-term (5 years) that looks at socio-cultural developments to the short term (2 years) that considers contemporary trend-setters– individuals, processes, groups, and events. What is ordinarily referred to as “trends” are usually composites of various factors, influences and behaviors. Most importantly, consumer behaviors are based on changing consumer values and desires. These constantly shifting influences form the basis of our design trends. Interior style trends are nothing more than visual interpretations of core consumer behavior trends. “Made in America” is one of those consumer behaviors manifesting into home décor trends including decorative drapery hardware.


Whether out of a sense of patriotism, a desire to help the American economy or the belief that U.S.-made products are of better quality, consumers increasingly want to see a “Made in the USA” sticker on the items they buy. Retailers and manufacturers are happily responding.  Last year, General Electric began making some of its water heaters and refrigerators at U.S. factories. Wal-Mart announced plans in April to buy an additional $50 billion of American-made products over the next decade, and Orion is fabricating decorative drapery hardware 100% in the U.S. . “Made in Americ”a once embodied ruggedness and a kind of strait-laced patriotism, but recently it has morphed into a symbol of artisanal design and environmental sustainability. Fueled by a renewed enthusiasm for items sourced and produced in the U.S this locavore-tinged version of Made in America is gaining steam. There is even a startup website selling only American made goods. Dave Schiff, the founder of Made Collection, believes that the Made in the USA trend has acquired a cachet among consumers and the trend is a beacon for old school craftsmanship and luxury. Americana chic is going mainstream.

artisanal label idea doe blog or website

There is a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. All across the U.S., people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.


At Orion, our team of designers, skilled artisans, and crafts persons create a wide range of decorative drapery hardware and accessories in over 50 beautiful finishes. We’re especially delighted to work with you on projects that require custom design, custom parts, or a one-time fabrication task. That’s because from idea, to manufacture, to hand-painting, it’s all done at Orion, by Orion, just for you. We are always proud to say “Made in the USA”.

We’re WCMA Award Winners!

At Orion, we have a strong reputation for winning all sorts of industry awards. This year we’re pleased to announce we’re a WCMA award winner again  for three product innovations:
3D Drapery Hardware

3D wcma award winner
3D Drapery Hardware has won ADEX’s 2014 Silver Award for Design Excellence. It has also won WCMA’s 2012 Award for Most Innovative Overall Concept. 3D Drapery Hardware allows you to have the finial in front of the rod. This system is great for tight areas where you may not be able to fit the finial otherwise. Finials can also be manually adjusted to be above or below the rod to enhance the window covering presentation. Nearly all of Orion’s finials are available for use with the 3D system. Rods are 1” diameter in either round hollow smooth (Iron and Italian) or hammered styles (Iron only). Choose from 35 Iron Art™ finishes, 5 Italian finishes, or your own custom finish.
Bohemia Crystal on Wood

BohemiaOnWood wcma award winner
Some of you have requested this, and now we’ve developed it! Our beautiful Bohemia Crystals on wood have won WCMA’s 2014 Best Style Concept Award. 14 finial designs fit 1-3/8”, 2” and 2-1/4” wood poles, while two end cap designs fit 1-3/8” wood poles. A finished metal collar creates a transition between the pole and finial, and brings out the sparkle in the crystal. We offer smooth, fluted or rope style poles in 11 gorgeous Wood Art™ and 35 Iron Art™ finishes. Below is a list of Bohemia Crystals available on wood.

Deco Lite Traversing System

DecoLite wcma award winner
Our latest product development is Deco Lite Traversing – a lightweight, contemporary traversing system that creates a sleek and modern look with its crisp straight lines. It has won WCMA’s 2014 Best Style Concept – Honorable Mention Award. Deco Lite Traversing can be finished in our 6 Italian or 35 Iron Art™ finishes, and can be used with both manual or Somfy motorized traversing options. Look for product launch information in the next few months!