In 1920 a young designer called Lucian Ercolani started his own business in High Wycombe, the chairmaking capital of England. Here he perfected the technique of steam-bending wood in large quantities to form the famous Windsor Bow, and discovered how to ‘tame’ elm; a beautifully grained hardwood other furniture makers considered impossible to work with.
Design and people were the cornerstones of his company. This remains true of the family owned private company that continues his beliefs in the 21st century. ercol is currently headed by Lucian’s grandson, Edward Tadros.
Our passion for innovation in design and manufacturing is as strong today as it was then. Our 160,000 sq.ft /14,800 sq.m factory combines the very latest technology with time- honoured craftsmanship to create a range of unique pieces designed by our in-house team and design luminaries such as Matthew Hilton, Sir Terence Conran and Russell Pinch.
Photos from top: ercol factory, present day, Princes Risborough UK / ercol factory, circa 1930, High Wycombe UK / Lucian Ercolani, ercol Founder / Edward Tadros, ercol Chairman

ERCOL

England, since 1920

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