Meet the Maker: Laura Barnard, Product Manager at Arlo & Jacob
Laura is our exceptionally talented Product Manager here at Arlo & Jacob and has been with the company since day one! She’s responsible for overseeing the entire process of product development, from paper to finished product, which she does alongside her product team. Based in our showroom, surrounded by our beautiful sofas, she also frequently visits our factory in Long Eaton to check the development stages of a new product to ensure that the finished articles are absolutely perfect.
For the first time, Arlo & Jacob are launching a collaborative collection with the internationally recognised, House & Garden magazine, so we caught up with Laura to find out about the exciting process surrounding this new collection.
As the Product Manager for Arlo & Jacob, were you excited to design a collection with House & Garden magazine?
House & Garden magazine has 70 years of impeccable style, so it was a very exciting project to work on. It’s been interesting to collate the project regarding design and our approach. Overall it’s been hugely inspiring and I’m excited to see how well it will be received.
This is the first collaborative collection Arlo & Jacob have made. Has the process differed from the usual product development?
Yes, in many ways. The designs are a synthesis of Arlo & Jacob and House & Garden, so required careful planning to be respectful to each brand. I’m happy to say that we’ve achieved that.
How was the experience of collaborating with House & Garden magazine?
Very enjoyable, everyone at House & Garden is incredibly friendly and very insightful. It’s always beneficial to look at designs and processes in a different way. For instance, we mood board for our photoshoots but Gabby, the Decorations Editor, took over the reins in this case and hand sketches her concept for the setting. It was great to see the outcome when we approached something differently.
Can you tell us about a feature of the new House & Garden collection that is different from other pieces?
Full feather seat cushions, which are available on our Holmes, Drew and Poirot. We wanted to combine comfort with luxury. An aspect that is synonymous with each brand – Arlo & Jacob with comfort and House & Garden with luxury.
How will the House & Garden collection sit alongside the existing Arlo & Jacob furniture?
The collection has a distinctive style but retains the quality of an Arlo & Jacob product. At the same time, you would happily be able to mix and match from both collections to achieve a refined and considered look.
Which is your favourite piece in the House & Garden collection, and why?
The Morse. You would struggle to find a similar silhouette that wasn’t made in the Georgian period. With a modernised design, simple pulled effect seaming on the seat cushion; it’s effortlessly comfortable.