Lucian R Ercolani founded Ercol in 1920. He was born in Italy in 1888 and moved to London with his family in the 1890s. Once in London, he attended night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. Ercolani created his first piece of furniture in 1907. A music cabinet with mother of pearl inlay, which the company still has to this day.
Between 1910 to 1920, Ercolani worked in the design teams for what would later become Parker Knoll and G-Plan, before founding Ercol in 1920, designing the company’s products for many years. The Windsor range remains one of our most popular ranges over half a century after it was first launched. A few years ago some of Lucian’s classic designs were reintroduced into production, to form the Ercol Originals collection.