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5 Minutes with Charlie Haslehurst


5 minutes with… is a snapshot interview series with industry, artists & alike, chatting all things news, trends and creativity. Perfect tea break reading..

Here we chat with Charlie Haslehurst, the latest addition to WRHQ. Charlie joins Whiteroom as a 3D Designer, a pivtol role in our design department.

Describe your job in three words.

Inspiring, creative, ideas

Where were you working previously?

Instinct Laboratory – a design agency based in Nottingham.

Tell us about one of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on during your career?

Getting to design a chocolate store in Switzerland – I ate a whole lot of chocolate.

Do you have a dream project?

My house – when I eventually have enough money to design and build it.

What does the future of retail look like to you?

Retail environments need to create an immersive experience for customer which encourages them to come to the high street. Customers need there to be an obvious advantage to going to a physical store. Future retail will need to be exciting and quickly adaptable and offer a service not found on the internet.

What brands do you think are doing it well at the moment?

Not exactly a brand but a genre – coffee shops. In particular, good coffee shops. They are social places serving great products (coffee and cake) and who doesn’t like that?! People are more and more willing to pay a reasonable amount of money to be served in a nice environment where they can catch up with friends and family and feel like they are treating themselves.

Best thing about working at WRHQ?

Going out for bike rides in out lunch break.

Worst thing about working at WRHQ?

The noisy hand dryer in the bathroom.

Who would you most like to swap places with for the day?

Usain Bolt – I just want to see what it’s like to run that fast.

What did you want to grow up to be when you were a kid?

An artist – I loved drawing and still do today.

Last book you read?

Born to run – I would highly recommend!

Website you visit the most?

Lemanoosh.com – a super nice design blog.

Tell us something we don’t know.

I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters. There was never a quiet moment when growing up!


Laura Coggles

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