Last year House & Garden launched its debut collection of furniture in collaboration with British makers Arlo & Jacob. We had a simple aim; to create stylish, affordable pieces inspired by shapes we see in the houses we feature - much loved classics, brought up to date, rethought and refined.
The designs were conceived by our decoration director Gabby Deeming, who during her fifteen years styling the magazine's decoration pages, has accrued an encyclopaedic knowledge of furniture and how to use it.
New to the range is the ‘Jackson' family, a sophisticated and ultra-comfortable design whose heavy loose linen covers were inspired by Belgian interiors. ‘The Jackson is quite minimal in a way,’ says Gabby. ‘It would work beautifully in a paired back space, although equally you could cover it with patterned cushions. I think that's the beauty of the pieces. They have been designed to work in any kind of interior.’ As well as a straight forward sofa, the Jackson also comes as an L-shaped sofa, an armchair, or a chaise.
The second piece is the ‘Stella’ armchair, with sleek lines inspired by 1950’s Danish design, and rolled back and arms taken from a classic English club chair. 'These styles combine to create a look that feels totally fresh and perfectly modern. You could have a pair at the end of a bed, or pile them round a dining table.'
Handmade in Derbyshire factory, the House & Garden Collection first took life as sketches back in December last year. Factory visits followed, with our editors spending months making tweaks and deliberating over fabrics.
The pieces can be upholstered in the fabric of your choice, or alternatively House & Garden have put together . New to the range are the 'True Linens', which come in four carefully selected and easy to use colours.'I think getting the fabric right is just as important as the shape and feel of a sofa or chair,' says Gabby.
See the pieces online, or in the flesh at , and very soon, their new Bristol outpost.