Who can beat the design heritage of a company like Ercol? The designs draw from the early Shaker style combined with the modern movement.
Ten year old Lucian Ercolani and his working family moved from Tuscany to London. There he graduated from Salvation Army schooling to night college learning the furniture trade in Shoreditch. It was a town buzzing with furniture activity.
The young apprentice soon found work with a towering figure in British furniture history who was operating in High Wycome. Frederick Parker later founded Parker Knoll, one of the most enduring 20th century furniture businesses.
High Wycome was British furniture Mecca. As WWI broke out, Ercolani met another legend who was the son of a businessman in the area. Edward Gomme established what was later to become G Plan.
It wasn't until his fifties after WWII that Ercolani released a line of furniture under his own name. His work soon became a new legend and enjoyed rapid success. Ercol furniture featured lightweight construction based on design classics. It demonstrated Shaker influences using materials which Ercolani's contemporaries had avoided, like elm.