The philosophy behind the beloved Utility Chair is simple — enduring, timeless design, constructed using humble, straightforward materials and hand-built to last for generations. With these values in mind, Lucian Ercolani launched the first Utility Chair in 1945, marking a new and defining chapter in British design.
Meticulously crafted and honed to minimalistic perfection, the Utility Chair boasts a classic Windsor backrest with six, finely-carved spindles protruding from its curved base. A smooth, steam-bent ash bow encases the spindle structure, creating an elegant, sweeping arc that unites the chair’s design elements in a simple, harmonious curve.
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Hammer-shaft joints and gently tapered, out-turned legs provide a supple yet dependable profile, allowing the Utility Chair lithe form to shine through its honest build. Lastly, traditional wedge and tenon joinery combined with a supportive H-frame inserted underneath the UTILITY CHAIR’s saddle seat enhance the overall strength and durability of the chair’s construction.
The Maker /
Ercol was founded in England in 1920 by a young Italian, Lucian Ercolani. His simple goal was to make furniture that was well designed and made in a good working environment by craftsmen who took real pride in their jobs. Today, Ercol remains a family owned company committed to protecting and sharing its highly celebrated legacy.
The Designer /
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.
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Ercol Lara Chairs at The Chapel of St. Peter by Stevens Lawson Architects
We are delighted to share the images of the newly completed Chapel of St. Peter at Auckland School St. Peter's College. It has been a privilege to be involved in providing the furniture for a stunning new piece of New Zealand architecture.