The HIBS100 Edit – ercol

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We are big ercol fans at HIBS100, loving the juxtaposition of delicate wooden struts with sturdy durability so characteristic of this famous British company.

Studio couch and a Nest of tables
Studio couch and a Nest of tables

The company was founded in 1920 by Italian immigrant Lucian Ercolani, whose family was resettled in the East End of London by the Salvation Army.

Stacking chairs and a Plank table
Stacking chairs and a Plank table

Ercolani’s father, who had made picture frames for the Uffizi museum in Florence, encouraged Lucian to try evening classes in furniture making and a designer was born. Among the most famous of his creations are the Loveseat:

The Loveseat
The Loveseat

 

the Butterfly chair:

Butterfly chair
Butterfly chair

the Stacking chair:

The Stacking chair
The Stacking chair

the Windsor chair:

Windsor chair
Windsor chair

the Plank table:

Plank table
Plank table

and the Nest of tables:

Nest of tables
Nest of tables

All these key ercol pieces look just as good today as when they were first produced in the 1950s. They are typical of a midcentury modern look,  yet also lend themselves equally happily to a contemporary decor. And, if you are lucky enough to own a piece of upholstered ercol furniture, the company runs a reCover service which will replace cushions, seat pads and covers, to keep your ercol up to the minute for ever.

 

Alice Cullerne Bown is a blogger, author, journalist and fanatical cushion-plumper. She spent much of her childhood creating room sets in shoe boxes and now attempts to style her real-life home, despite the best efforts of her husband, two children, two stepchildren and two cats. She is addicted to home makeover shows and likes to Hoover while watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. She blogs at DD's Diary, www.dulwichdivorcee.com, and you can catch her on Twitter at @DDsDiary

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