Lucian R Ercolani, or the “Old Man” as he is affectionately know in the company, founded Ercol in 1920. Born in Italy in 1888, Lucian’s family moved to London in the 1890s. There he went to night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907 he made his first piece of furniture – a musical cabinet, inlaid with mother of pearl. Years later the company tracked this down and we still have it to this day.
Between 1910 to 1920, The Old Man worked in the design teams for what would later become Parker Knoll and G-Plan, before founding ercol in 1920. He designed the company’s products for many years. The Windsor range remains one of our most popular ranges over half a century after it was first launched in its original guise, whilst a few years ago we reintroduced some of Lucian’s classic designs, which now form the ercol Originals.
Another timeless piece designed by the Old Man and still in production is Evergreen. Evergreen is the ultimate in ash bending, with its frame hand-bent by two workers in three different axes using a hand jig. This compact suite is ideal for smaller spaces, whilst it provides a superbly supportive sit.