We interviewed Arlo & Jacob’s Product Manager Laura Barnard to discuss the thoughts behind the new Spring/Summer fabric edit, and to find out how she and her product team went about choosing these stylish fabrics to incorporate the ‘Cosy & Bright’ spring/summer trend.
Family furniture brand Arlo & Jacob are self-proclaimed champions of family life. They design and handmake furniture that is built to last at their factory in Long Eaton, the home of British upholstery. With a continually evolving and growing collection of classic and contemporary styles, they have a range of upholstered furniture to suit any home. With over 120 house fabrics, they have every option covered. This Spring/Summer season, they have introduced a limited-edition collection of fabrics to their range. Focusing on this season’s key trend for textured, natural materials, they have curated a mix of subtle and muted neutral tones that embraces the imperfectness of nature.
‘Cosy & Bright’: The Spring/Summer Textured Fabric Trend
Arlo & Jacob’s Spring/Summer 19 fabric collection introduces a variety of textures in a soft, subtle and muted colour palette. This mix of tactile fabrics is pared-back, natural, with a weathered look; focusing on the ‘wabi-sabi’ trend for embracing the imperfectness of nature. Their Spring/Summer 19 collection is all about understated luxury, bringing a high-end, cosy look to your interiors this season with the highest quality yarns and weaves.
There are a variety of interesting and unique fabrics in this collection, such as a thick, opulent ‘Alpaca Velvet’ in a deep, earthy ‘Moss’ shade, alongside the ‘Cotswold Herringbone’; a highly textured, dramatic and characterful herringbone fabric that consists of both natural linen and wool fibres. Each of the eight fabrics in the collection has been handpicked to work alongside one another, to complement and contrast, providing a cohesive, layered interior look.
- Where did you get the inspiration for this S/S 19 ‘Cosy & Bright’ fabric collection?
“We were aware of the growing interiors trend for natural fibres and materials, so this was our starting point. We focused on creating a palette that would help make your home feel like a retreat; somewhere that you could withdraw from the every day and find comfort and tranquillity. We looked for natural fibres and textures in a muted colour palette to help create a place that families could cosy up together and reconnect with the natural world.”
- How did you choose these eight fabrics?
“We began the search looking for natural, hardwearing, smart fabrics that would have longevity, making them ideal for a family home. We initially found ‘Iberian Weave, Straw’, the boldest of the fabrics in the range, and built the rest of the collection from there, looking to complement this standout print with other semi-plain fabrics.”
- Which furniture shapes and styles do you think best suit these fabrics?
“The ‘Iberian Weave, Straw’ looks best on fixed-back pieces, like the Knightley, Poirot or Holmes, as this best displays the print. By layering other textiles on top, it adds texture and tactility and makes for a sophisticated interior look. Consider adding a companion piece like the Hastings ottoman in ‘Alpaca Velvet, Moss’ or various scatter cushions in a combination of the S/S fabrics to add visual depth and intrigue to your scheme.
Back in September 2017, Arlo & Jacob partnered with House & Garden to design and make the magazine’s first furniture collection. The evolving House & Garden Collection now consists of five sofa designs, two standalone chairs and a smart ottoman. Designed in partnership with the magazine’s Decoration Director Gabby Deeming, Arlo & Jacob were a natural fit with their flair for British craftsmanship and use of quality materials. Product Manager Laura Barnard exclusively reveals that the newest House & Garden design is set to launch before the end of the year, accompanied by a handpicked collection of new fabrics.
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