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Chelsea Design Quarter Interview

  What an honour to be interviewed by the Chelsea Design Quarter. Below are a few snippets, but you can read the full article here. 'I’ve seen this waste first hand. Working in the textiles industry people throw away the old, to make room for the new – much like in fashion.' 'It’s not always easy to go for the environmental option as some are more expensive. However as the industry grows, more people will join the arena, competition and innovation will help drive prices down allowing us all to live in a more sustainable way.'

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Is the Interiors Industry in a waste crisis?

The UK generates around 200 million tonnes of waste each year, 59% of which accounts for the construction industry – including interior fittings and fixtures. This is a vast proportion, so I find it a bit mad that there is so little research into waste management in the interiors industry. Are so few of us aware of this? Or, more worryingly, are people just choosing to ignore it? With over six years experience of working in the Interiors Industry (specifically with furnishing fabrics) I've seen first hand how businesses are throwing away leftover textiles and materials. This mostly happens because it’s easier and quicker than dealing with them.  That is why I created the Haines Collection; to be as hassle-free as throwing...

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Lampshade Making - Dates

Come and make lampshades with me on in Sissinghurst, Kent!  The day starts at 9.30am and finish at 12pm, and costs just £45 per person which includes all the lampshade kit, instructions to take home and homemade snacks and refreshments. On the day all you will need is 0.5m of light/medium weight fabric. If you don’t have any fabric you can buy some from the website and I’ll bring it on the day (email me if you want to do this as the website doesn’t take half metres and will remove the shipping!) I will also have some sale stock on the day if you want to chance it! DATES: 24 January 28 February To book your place please email me - Please...

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Haines Collection Turns One - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE Since launching just over one year ago, the Haines Collection has sold 348.5 metres of fabric – a stretch of material running taller than The Shard. The business acts as a broker between makers who want to sell small volumes of fabric but don’t have the time, and buyers who are looking for something unique but don’t have a big budget. This model enables it to pass on big discounts to consumers through fabrics which are left-over from large scale building projects, off-cuts, end-of-rolls, or slightly misprinted. Often, this fabric would be thrown away, adding to the growing amount of landfill caused by the interiors industry. Founder and MD Jules Haines, was excited by the reaction to her unique...

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So, I get asked a lot 'do you know someone who can make my curtains' or 'can you recommend someone who can reupholster a chair?' Mostly the answer is YES! Mostly Kent focussed at the moment (for the moment) but here is who can help you. They make the list if I have heard good things first hand or had experience of them myself... CURTAINS & BLINDS Chloe (Kent and London) from Willow & Bert Interiors UPHOLSTERY Andrew from Andrew Stoner Upholstery (Kent) LAMPSHADES Jane from Jane and the Lampshade Loft DESIGN HELP Nich from Upcycle Your Home (Kent and London) And, as always, say that Jules Haines sent you! xx

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