Handcrafted with only the best traditional techniques and fabrications, each Timothy Oulton piece is inspired by the past, but reconceived from a modern perspective, producing uniquely authentic collections which push the boundaries of furniture design.

Ercol Originals

Timeless pieces that never date or show their age. This range of furniture was created by ercol's founder, Lucian Ercolani in the 1950s and 1960s and is still as relevant and functional now as it was back then.

Ercol Originals Retro Loveseat, Colour
Ercol Originals
Retro Loveseat
Ercol Originals Butterfly Dining Chair, Wood
Ercol Originals
Butterfly Dining Chair
Ercol Originals Studio Couch, Red & Wood
Ercol Originals
Studio Couch
Ercol Originals Retro Plank Dining Table, Wood
Ercol Originals
Plank Dining Table
Ercol Originals All Purpose Dining Chair
Ercol Originals
All Purpose Dining Chair
Ercol Originals Drop Leaf Table
Ercol Originals
Drop Leaf Table
Ercol Originals Retro Tall Bar Stool, Colour
Ercol Originals
Retro Tall Bar Stool
Ercol Originals Retro Nest of 3 Tables, Wood
Ercol Originals
Retro Nest of 3 Tables

The Collection

Ercol Ballatta
Ercol Bosco
Ercol Cosenza
Ercol Enna
Ercol Favara
Ercol Forli
Ercol Ginosa
Ercol Lugo
Ercol Marinello
Ercol Noto
Ercol Novara
Ercol Originals
Ercol Romana
Ercol Salina
Ercol Teramo
Ercol Teramo

The story

In 1920 Lucian Ercolani decided to set up his own furniture factory and started what is today, ercol. In 1932 Lucian was offered the opportunity to take over a very well-known high class chairmakers, Skulls and this was the perfect opportunity to expand his business.

In 1939, during the war, the ercol factory worked for the government, making 25,000 tent pegs a day, as well as munitions boxes and other supplies. Both of Lucian's sons, Lucian B and Barry were involved in the RAF. In 1942 the UK was going through a serious shortage in raw materials and due to all the rebuilding there was a substantial demand for new furniture, of which the Utility Furniture Scheme was set up with the aim to build strong well-designed furniture, making the most efficient use of scarce timber.

In 1944, Lucian Ercolani was contracted to supply 100,000 chairs of a low cost design, in twelve months Ercolani set up special machines to produce the chairs for only 10s 6d each and this meant mass production of chairs was now a possibility (pictured).

In 1945 Lucian Ercolani's two sons were demobbed after the second world war and both started working at Ercol as joint managing directors.

Lucian R Ercolani goes on to achieve a master of the furniture makers guild and later, an OBE for services to UK design and manufacturing before passing away in 1976 and his son, Lucian B Ercolani becomes the next chairman of Ercol.

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Ercol's mass production of chairs
Ercol's mass production of chairs in 1944
Ercol's mass production of chairs
The Ercolani's (Lucian R with sons Lucian B and Barry)

History together

Barker and Stonehouse and Ercol go back a long way. In fact Charles Barker realised in 1946 that this was the premier brand he wanted to stock. We're indebted to Ercol for taking a chance on a brand-new company in a little store in Stockton-on-Tees.

We've consistently sold Ercol and have remained family friends ever since.

Many of our advertisements over the last 70 years have featured Ercol products. They're one of the few remaining British cabinet brands in the UK which we feel needs to be cherished.

Ercol advert