About L. Ercolani
Guided by a profound appreciation of wood in its most natural form, L.Ercolani is a global design company with a legacy of craftsmanship dating back to 1920.
Founded by Italian-born furniture maker, Lucian Ercolani, the company rose to prominence in post-war Britain, marking a seminal chapter in mid-century design history. Ercolani established his business in the heart of High Wycombe, a traditional furniture-making hub located in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire. It was there that the young designer first successfully industrialized the production of the Windsor chair, displaying a level of mechanical precision and ingenuity that was unheard of for its time. This innovative method of mass production, coupled with the innate purity and clean, architectural integrity of Ercolani’s designs, helped propel the company to nationwide success in the late 1940s.
“Today, Lucian Ercolani is fondly remembered for both his craft and his compelling personality — a magnetizing presence that imbues his formative designs with warmth and precision.”
Today, Lucian Ercolani is fondly remembered for both his craft and his compelling personality — a magnetizing presence that imbues his formative designs with warmth and precision. The lasting relevance of his designs in contemporary society further cultivates his eminence as a visionary figure within the world of mid-century modernism. Presently, L.Ercolani strives to uphold the enduring legacy of our founder by celebrating the timeless and sensory appeal of classic mid-century design.
Since early civilization, craftsmen and designers have experienced a deep, oftentimes intuitive bond to wood as a natural material. Surrounded by the British woodlands, L.Ercolani’s present-day headquarters in historic Buckinghamshire explores this intrinsic connectivity — reflecting the company’s longstanding symbiotic relationship with the natural world. With this in mind, we pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainability and strive to uphold the highest possible standards of environmental stewardship in our production processes.
What defines real craftsmanship? In our case, a century of tradition and knowledge passed down from members of the Ercol family into the present. An enduring imprint of genuine artistry, devotion to quality and an intrinsic understanding of wood acquired from decades of studying the material’s aesthetic and structural qualities.
Pure. Effortless. Timeless. Rooted in a century of design heritage and craftsmanship, L.Ercolani continues to express these values through thoughtful, emphatic design, befitting both classic and contemporary environments. Our diverse portfolio seamlessly traverses the past, present and future of L.Ercolani, a careful balance of which is reflected in every piece of furniture we produce. We endeavour to honour this harmony of past and present in our collections, crafting sensible, enduring furniture with a poetic and timeless presence.
Drawing upon 100 years of craftsmanship and collaboration, L.Ercolani partners with global talents to inspire future generations of collectors and design enthusiasts. Collaborators include Norm Architects, Atlason Studio, Jonas Wagell, Lars Beller Fjetland, Tomoko Azumi and Matthew Hilton. By working closely alongside a panel of international designers, L.Ercolani seeks to reanimate classic, mid-century design using a simple, universal narrative. The root of these partnerships resides in an unspoken appreciation for honest materiality and sensible, pragmatic design, shared amongst designers of all nationalities and backgrounds.
By collaborating with international designers, we strive to challenge our perceptions of design, evolving our practice with fresh eyes and diverse perspectives. With our gaze fixed on the future, L.ERCOLANI looks to new generations for inspiration and enlightenment, combining century-old traditions with innovative technology.
The L.Ercolani Studio is located at the ercol factory and office, situated in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. The showroom is open 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
On display in the L.Ercolani Studio we have a wide selection of products in new finishes and new fabrics, please note that we do not display all pieces from all collections.