We are big ercol fans at HIBS100, loving the juxtaposition of delicate wooden struts with sturdy durability so characteristic of this famous British company.
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.
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 Butterfly chair:
the Stacking chair:
the Windsor chair:
the Plank table:
and the 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.