West Palm Beach, FL (PressExposure) February 14, 2007 -- Barlow Tyrie was founded nearly 80 years ago by Frederick Barlow and Victor Tyrie in London, England. Their goal (as specified in their mission statement)? To become the leading manufacturer of leisure furniture whose brand represents the highest standard of quality and service. Today they are just that; with designs that have won over 14 awards in the last 12 years, and furniture that has been used by the likes of Queen Elizabeth and the '92 Olympic team.
The company still maintains an old world approach to furniture making; everything is constructed almost entirely by hand, assisted only by a circular sawbench.
When Victor's son Peter took the reins he immediately set a higher production benchmark for the company. Building a 90,000 square foot factory outside of London was a first step in that direction, providing a solid foundation for future growth.
Twenty years later, the company formed its first subsidiary, Barlow Tyrie Inc., in New Jersey. It has been a focal point of the upscale furniture market in North America ever since, with showrooms in Chicago and North Carolina.
Barlow Tyrie harvests its teak in Indonesia, from the island of Java. Most companies would balk at the strict environmental legislation that the Indonesian government enforces on their plantations, but Barlow has shown a unique consideration for the trees that allow them to do business. After harvesting, the plantations are replanted by local farmers who tend to the saplings and are permitted to grow their own crops on the same land. After about five years the plantations are thinned, allowing the trees to mature for as long as ninety years. Barlow Tyrie was one of a handful of companies to receive the 'Good Wood Seal' from The Friends of the Earth, a prominent British environmentalist group, for their commitment to sustainable development.
Barlow now has an Indonesian subsidiary, P.T. Barlow Tyrie Indonesia. This 200,000 square foot factory, which serves as mill, kiln, and machine assembly plant, was formed largely in response to a thin-pressing Indonesian moratorium on the foreign export of lumber. By beginning to partially manufacture its products while still overseas, Barlow was able to avoid the moratorium while simultaneously preventing the 'outsourcing' of its British and American manufacturing staff.
Today, a third generation of Barlow sons, Peter and Mark, play a vital role in the design of some of its latest furniture designs. As Vice President Charles Hessler told Casual Living last year, "Barlow Tyrie has moved in a little more contemporary and modern way as the sons of Mr. Tyrie have moved into the business. They are in their 30s and bringing fresh ideas so the company is giving the marketplace a little higher design, more elegant product. We haven't changed our direction, it's still reaching the high-end, demanding customer."
Josh Wieder is a furniture industry insider. You can view more information about Barlow Tyrie, as well as some Barlowe retailers and wholesalers at the following sites: