A Love of Craftsmanship and Design.
The son of an Italian picture frame maker at the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Lucian Ercolani moved with his family from Tuscany to London in the 1890s. After earning his credentials as a furniture designer, Lucian went on to launch his own company in 1920, which later became known as Ercol.
While designing for Ercol, Lucian created timeless furniture designs celebrated for their soft, sculptural curves and ground-breaking use of bentwood. In 1964, Lucian was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his notable contributions to British design and manufacturing.
In 2010 Lucian was posthumously awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark for his Originals collection, as it is now known. The Originals furniture collection reflected a break from the heavy, ornate pre-war styles towards a new clean lined, simple elegance. The designs were first launched in the late 1950s and relaunched by Ercol in 2003.