At Arlo & Jacob, we’re all lovers of design, whether it be from a fashion aspect, the world of graphic design or of course, all things interiors, which is why we strive to bring you the best furniture designs that we can offer. Our sofas and armchairs have been lovingly designed to make sure that they’re perfect for your movie marathons and Sunday afternoon naps.
We get our inspiration from just about everywhere, we could be walking down the street of Notting Hill, taking in the sights and sounds of Milan or even on a ski trip in Austria, something will always catch our eye. That’s the story behind our much loved Emilia cocktail chair. Our Managing Director was on a ski trip in Austria when he saw a beautiful 1950s cocktail chair which the Emilia was born from. You’ll see when you visit our showroom that we have interior design magazines pretty much everywhere, they’re our go to to look at upcoming trends and new fabric must haves. Once our inspiration pot is full to the brim, it’s time for our talented design family to bring them to life.
We’re lucky to have award winning furniture designer Ian Archer as part of the Arlo & Jacob family. Ian studied furniture design and has gone on to work with famous brands across the globe like John Lewis, Heal’s and Ercol. Our two bestselling sofas are prime examples of Ian's beautiful designs. The Darcy showcases Ian’s love for the classics, while our Elton sofa shows this flair for the modern designers. Chris Eckersley is the newest member to the Arlo & Jacob family and his beautiful show wood chair Reuben, will be available to buy very soon. Chris originally studied sculpture before setting up his design-and-make furniture workshop and Reuben beautifully demonstrates his love for structure. Daniel Heath and Jessica Zoob may be our last two designers but they are certainly not the least, both have designed beautiful scatter cushions for us. Daniel’s cushions focus on the sights and sounds of the circus, while Jessica’s cushions are far more whimsical and abstract. Jessica Zoob’s ‘Breathe’ cushion is also available as a velvet cushion.
As much as we love working with established designers within the design/ interior design industry, it’s always fun and exciting to discover new talent, which is why we launched ‘The Future of Textile Design’ Competition with Nottingham Trent University. The talent was immense but it was Victoria Knew’s ‘Echo Velvet’ Fabric that stole the show. ‘Echo Velvet’ was inspired by photographer ‘Bing Wright’ and is Victoria’s take on his ‘Broken Mirror/ Evening Sky’ collection.
The team who brought Victoria’s fabric to life and created our limited edition Emilia chair from it is none other than our Product Manager, Laura and our fabulous fabric finding duo, Sarah and Alex. Laura studied history and politics at University, but has her mum to thank for her love of interiors. Sarah and Alex work together to source the best fabrics for Arlo & Jacob. Sarah has worked in the industry for over 15 years and with an art foundation course and a furniture and design degree, she’s the perfect woman for the job. Alex is the newest member of our showroom team, and not only is she fabulous at selecting the best fabrics for us, she’s also a freelance print designer, working with some of the world’s most famous labels like DKNY and Pink Tartan. Together they sourced the over 120 fabrics that make up our house fabric range.
Our Product Manager is always making sure that there is something for everyone and every home at Arlo & Jacob which is something you’ll notice when you look at our collection of products. Whether you live in a classic Edwardian house and need a traditional sofa or chair like our Darcy and Grantley, with all their button-backed glory, or perhaps you live in an open plan flat or house and want something contemporary like our Scandinavian-inspired Elton, there’s something for every style of home. Each of our designs goes through an extensive number of revisions to make sure that it’s perfect when it gets delivered to your home, making sure that you’re resting peacefully on a beautifully designed and incredibly comfortable sofa or armchair.