Early images from the New House Textiles archives
Tuesday, 11 June
Not long ago we came across an old file of images taken between 1918 and the mid 30's by New House's founder, Harold Stanier. It contained images of him learning to fly at Duxford, the Crimea as a bomber pilot and the early days of the Company.
Harold was always a keen photographer and took...
Classic Porsche repaired with a Domicet spring
Saturday, 18 May
It has to be said that most of our spring systems go into roller blinds where they spend their life in someone's home, smoothly taking a blind up and down. Yet there is the odd spring is given a different role in life...
Recently we were contacted by the owner of a classic 924 Porsche who was...
Heavy-duty roller blind clutches
Monday, 11 March
Our collection of high-quality Rollease Acmeda roller blind hardware systems grows again with the addition of Skyline SL20 heavy-duty clutches.
Designed in the USA for a larger than average roller blind, this clutch can haul up to 9.1 kg of blind fabric up-and-down with ease and comfort. It fits...
Monday, 14 January
Heimtextil in Frankfurt is Europe's largest interior textile fair and always in the second week of January. This makes it always the first fair of the year and one of the most important and interesting too.
Heimtextil is a truly global exhibition with 70,000 visitors from 135 countries seeing...
Behind the scenes of our new collection
Saturday, 06 October 2018
There's always a story behind every artistic endeavour or design work, so here's a few out-takes from the day we shot our latest roller blind collection.
Phil James of shadowplay has been our photographer for years and we were so pleased that he could help, as ever since he started the amazing...
Wider roller blind fabrics
Wednesday, 08 August 2018
Windows in the home and office are definitely getting wider and bigger.
Some of this is due to architects specifying more glass in buildings, the growing popularity of bifold doors, and just the realization that the more light we have in our homes the more joyful they are to live in!
Rollease Acmeda hardware
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
New House are pleased to become the UK distributor of Rollease Acmeda window blind hardware.
Rollease Acmeda are a USA/Australian company well known for superb over-engineered precision hardware and are now innovators in automated blind solutions.
Rollease Acmeda clutch systems have...
Summer sheer fabrics get wider
Saturday, 02 June 2018
The best blinds for summer have got to be sheers and we have just launched a wider version of one of our classics Nimbus as well as two brand new ultra-wide sheers.
With window sizes getting larger, the growing popularity of bi-fold garden doors and with architects using floor-to-ceiling...
Embellishing a blind
Sunday, 25 March 2018
It's always been true that window blinds are often one of the last decorative furnishings added to a room, so are often white or cream to blend in with the other furnishings.
There's nothing wrong with this as in fact almost every blind in our houses at New House are white, neutral or...
Monday, 08 January 2018
Was walking in the Yorkshire Dales and visited Yorkshire's Stonehenge - the Druid's Temple at Swinton.
This circle wasn't built by ancient mysterious ancient Celts, but a man called William Danby (1752 - 1833) who lived in Swinton Hall about a mile away.
He paid a shilling a day to his...
Restoring an elderly knitting machine
Monday, 04 December 2017
Our textile business was started by my Grandfather Harold Stanier back in 1921 when he bought his first knitting machine. Over the years he produced many sorts of fabrics, but in the 1950's started to make aerospace-grade filtration fabrics. We were still manufacturing them until John Stanier wished...
Sheila Bownas, designer
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
New House has always had a thing for the cheerful designs of the 1950's and 60's so it was a real treat to visit Harrogate's Mercer Gallery and see their exceptional exhibition of designer Sheila Bownas' work.
I've been in design all my life so must have seen her work, but did not know her name....
Visit to Almedahls in Sweden
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Ever since the 1990's New House have worked with Almedahls in Sweden to produce many of our roller blind fabrics, homewares or our unique designs.
Based in the small Swedish town of Kinna just 30 minutes from Gothenburg, Almedahls began production in 1846, so are one of the most historic of the...
Some new banner images
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
New House has had a website since 2001 and this year we split it to make two sites. The one you are reading this on is our B2B trade site, while our retail site is on www.newhousetextiles.co.uk.
To make these changes we needed a lot of new images, often in unusual formats that we didn't have...
TAF Awards Evening
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
New House is a member of the British Blind and Shutter Association and the Openings Magazine is its quarterly journal.
Our magazine goes to over 7000 companies involved in the blind industry and as I've been on the steering committe of Openings since the magazine began, was really pleased when...
Photos of our old factory near Cardiff
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
I was tidying an old industrial metal wardrobe in our engineering room when I came upon a file labeled 'photos'. It was a treasure trove of images taken between the 30's and 70's, and even included one of the factory being built on the then new Treforest trading estate, near Cardiff. Looks like...