Ian Archer is a sofa designer and award winning furniture expert. After studying furniture design, Ian launched his own consultancy and went on to work with clients across the world.
Ian’s partnered with world famous brands like Ercol, Heal’s, Wesley Barrell and John Lewis, winning a Design Guild Mark Award in 2013 in recognition of his commitment to British design and craftsmanship.
While style is integral to his practice, integrity, comfort, sustainability and quality are the pillars of Ian’s design ethos. A love of the classics and a knack for the modern makes Ian the perfect designer for Arlo & Jacob.
One of the many talented members of the Arlo & Jacob family, Lydia Francesca is an award-winning textile designer with a design distinction acknowledgement from the Council of Fashion Designers America (CFDA). Lydia has a background in colour psychology, is a member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), and is classically trained in both silk screen and digital printing. After graduating from Northumbria University with a BA Hons in Textile Design, Lydia went on to design textiles for the fashion industry before finding her place in the world of interiors. Diverse in style, Lydia designs some of the beautiful in-house prints for Arlo & Jacob, including the limited-edition Bloom Velvet.
You’ll find Jessica Zoob’s beautiful impressionist paintings on some of our scatter cushions.
After training at Central School of Art and Nottingham University, she worked as a theatre designer and now, exclusively, as a contemporary artist. Her recent commissions include works for The Lancaster Hyde Park and a palace in Dubai.
Winner of the Elle Deco award - Best British Pattern 2014. Jessica Zoob is one to watch.
Safomasi is an award-winning home and lifestyle brand creating unique illustrated homewares, hand screen printed in India, that tell the story of their travels all over the world. Founded by British-Indian couple Sarah Fotheringham and Maninder Singh, their playful figurative prints are designed to evoke both memories and wanderlust, so the scenes in their patterns feel familiar to some and exotic to others.
Chris Eckersley is the newest designer to join the Arlo & Jacob family. Having studied Sculpture initially, Chris then went on to complete an MA in Design Studies at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins University, and later became a Visiting Tutor at the university for the MA Design programme.
Chris was awarded The Prince’s Medal by HRH The Prince of Wales himself in 2002 at the V&A Classic Design Awards. Having designed for leading British retailers such as The Conran Shop, Liberty and John Lewis, there is no better person to design an iconic statement chair for Arlo & Jacob full of sleek, strong lines.
Introducing Tim Femby, an experienced, award winning British furniture designer, who is also the brains behind our stunning new Earnshaw sofa. After heading up product design for some of the leading furniture brands in the UK, Tim started his own design agency. He prides himself on a market-focused approach to design, underpinned by a comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques. Tim describes his trade mark style as one of simplicity, balance, and a desire to create something with a sense of understated beauty.
We’re delighted to welcome Victoria Sangwine, an accomplished designer with a BA Hons degree in Furniture and Related Product Design, to the Arlo & Jacob family. Before going solo, she worked as an in-house designer for several UK manufacturers and has designed upholstered sofas, chairs and beds for various retailers. Over the years, she saved piles of beautiful fabric samples, which became the basis for her company, Studio Vee. Victoria is the extremely talented designer behind our beautiful new Heywood sofa family.
We don’t only work with designers for our sofas and cushions. We work with some of the best designer fabric houses such as Designers Guild, Harlequin & Casamance to bring you the best selection of fabrics. If by chance you want something a little different, we can make sure you can get your perfect sofa in your perfect fabric.
Sometimes the best fabrics are found in the most obscure places. If you happen to have found a beautiful fabric along your travels and think it would look amazing upholstered on one of our chairs, call our showroom team to talk about creating the perfect chair.