As one of the most respected furniture manufactures in the world, Barker and Stonehouse is incredibly proud to stock ercol furniture.
Having worked closely with the brand for almost 70 years, we’ve built a close relationship with the brand and its skilled workforce. We were even lucky enough to be one of only two places in the world to stock the incredible ercol Originals Timorous Beasties Blotch Studio Couch in our Battersea store when we opened in summer 2013.
ercol has a fascinating history dating back to the 1920s. Founded by Lucian Ercolani, a young Italian who moved to London in 1898, his dream and goal was to make furniture that was well designed and made in a good environment by skilled craftsmen – an ethos which is still heavily evident in today’s production..
The brand began as Furniture Industries, when Lucian made his furniture’s first public debut not long after World War Two, showcasing The Windsor Collection at the Victoria and Albert museum’s ‘Britain Can Make It Festival.’ During the war the ercol factory helped the government by making a whopping 25,0000 tent pegs a day along with other supplies to help the troops – it was this dedication along with Lucian’s tenacious eye for design that later lead him to be awarded an OBE.
Once the fabulous 1950s hit the UK, the ercol team was introducing new collections like never before. In the space of one year alone both the Butterfly chair and Evergreen range launched – with the Evergreen only ever having one design alteration made since then, in 1997.
When 2002 came along, the brand was working with Margaret Howell – internationally recognised British fashion designer – and together they reissued ercol’s most classic designs,now known as ercol Originals. Featuring The Stacking Chair, Butterfly Chair, The Loveseat, Plank Table, Studio Couch and the Nest of Pebble Tables, ercol Originals is one of the most loved and sought after furniture collections around.
Here at Barker and Stonehouse we stock an array of ercol, with everything from The Windsor Collection to the full Originals range and many in between!
ercol has mastered, throughout every single decade, the design sense to balance the quality and manufacturing standards always upheld with reacting to the needs of customers as they evolve.
Deemed as one of the most ‘retro chic’ brands currently in Britain, ercol has proved itself timeless, with its collections always fitting perfectly into every new trend, season after season. The fusion of practicality, slender design and style has proved a winning combination time after time for the company – it’s this formula that we’ve come to know and indeed love.
Take a look below to see a selection of what’s on offer in-store and online at Barker and Stonehouse….
Featured in the Financial Time’s How To Spend It ‘ecelectable’s’ column and The Telegraph’s Design Notebook, this couch was hotly anticipated on its arrival into London. Available only in our Battersea store, it was one of the must-see items people were ticking off their list when visiting us on opening day. Originally designed in the 50s, the couch was created to be striking but comfortable and practical enough for the whole family.
This updated special edition featured the show-stopping fabrics, “Blotch” and “Damask” by Glaswegian design duo Timorous Beasties. Dramatic and eye-catching, you couldn’t help but be mesmerised.
The Butterfly Chair is deemed to be one of the most elegant and beautiful pieces ercol has ever created. In 1958, ercol’s extensive development work enabled the bending of thick wood laminations,thus the skilled craftsmen created the beautiful curves of this Butterfly chair. A perfect addition in any dining room, this chair is a must have for any design junkie, and our most recent addition comes in black – a fabulous addition for a modern interior.
These bright little beauties are ideal for any modern kitchen and they have a fantastic heritage. Made from ash and beech, the design is based on the stools used by draughtsmen to sit at their drawing boards, in the ercol design studio in the1950s. Brought up to date to feature in the family home, the barstools are a funky must-have for your home.