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.

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Ercol Originals

Since 1920, Ercol has brought contemporary style, elegant curves and beautiful simplicity to homes throughout Britain and beyond. At Barker & Stonehouse we’re proud to have been Ercol stockists from the moment we opened our doors for the first time in 1946 to the present day.

Originals Love Seat
LOVE SEAT
Originals Butterfly
BUTTERFLY CHAIR
Originals Studio Couch
STUDIO COUCH
Originals Plank Table
PLANK TABLE

The Collection

Ercol Bosco
Ercol Capena
Ercol Cosenza
Ercol Marinello
Ercol Marino
Ercol Novara
Ercol Novoli
Ercol Originals
Ercol Romana
Ercol Salina
Ercol Teramo
Ercol Teramo
Ercol Windsor
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)

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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