An awesome mid century classic by Ercol, in cream fabric. Beautiful Elm and Beech frame and a super standard of manufacture. Designed in 1956 by Lucian Ercolani, the Studio Couch is a distinctive piece that is stunning from every angle.
In 1889, Italian-born Lucian Ercolani (1888-1976) immigrated with his parents to England, settling in East London. His father—who constructed picture frames for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and took up work as a carpenter for the Salvation Army in London—urged Ercolani to follow in his footsteps. Ercolani studied drawing and design at the Shoreditch Technical Institute, before sitting the City & Guild exams in the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907, he made his first piece of furniture, a musical cabinet. At school he met Ted Gomme, the man who would later co-found G-Plan, and with whom he developed a lifelong friendship which outlived their working relationship, which lasted until 1920.
In 1910, Ercolani was hired by the influential Harry Parker in High Wycombe from Frederick Parker furniture—which later became known as Parker-Knoll . Ten years later with the investment of local businessmen, Ercolani founded Furniture Industries in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, the company that became Ercol. His aim was to sell well-designed furniture, made by highly-skilled craftsmen who took pride in their work. This worked well for Ercol, and the company expanded in 1932, when Ercolani bought over Walter Skulls Ltd., a struggling but well-respected chair manufacturer.
Frame is in super vintage condition. Webbing still present but, naturally, not as taught as when new. You may wish to recover the cushions as the zip is broken on the base cushion and there is a mark to the fabric on the underside of the same cushion. We’ve heavily discounted this studio couch to allow for this.
W208 x D77 x H76cm