We had a chair a little like this in my kitchen when I was growing up. It was just a chair to me at the time, but I always liked its smooth lines and flowing shape. It was comfy and an unusual design with a sprung base and thick cushions on top.
It’s only now I realise how terrible it was that, as teenagers, my brother and I cut the arms off the chair because they made it hard to play the guitar when sitting in it. It was a genuine Ercol chair and they now sell for lots of money on eBay. Plus of course it’s a design classic. I now appreciate that and do feel bad about the untimely amputation of both of it’s arms. I can only apologise…
Lucian Ercolani moved to the UK from Italy in 1898 and began a City and Guilds course to become a furniture designer shortly after. The next 20 years saw him work with many legendary names in furniture (Parker Knoll and G-Plan to name but a few) and it was not long before he established his own company which went from strength to strength. Following the second world war Ercol produced a range of utility furniture, again showing their ability to adapt to the times and meet people’s needs for good quality affordable furniture.
One of of my favourite pieces is the Studio Couch, first introduced in 1956. Made from solid beech and elm it was designed to be a comfortable sofa and double as a guest bed. To me it has a very timeless look and I can see it being easy to incorporate into many themes and colour schemes.
I’ve watched many Ercol sofas on eBay but always been outbid at the last minute, so imagine my delight when a fully refurbished and reupholstered Couch showed up in my very own city! I chatted it over with the Doctor, read the listing thoroughly, discussed a delivery price with the seller, put in an offer £50 short of the asking price – and it was accepted!
I’m not entirely sure where it will go, or what I’ll do with it but it took me ages to get to sleep last night because I was so excited about it! I do have a little vision of how it’ll work but I’m not sharing that just now! It has also got me back into wanting to decorate the rest of the house. I got a bit fed up of decorating because I did so much the first few weeks after we moved in. But now I’m raring to go again…
If you want to bag your own Ercol Couch I suggest you try eBay, like me, or look at their rereleased items available from John Lewis and Furniture Village.
Anyway I’m feeling smug and, in anticipation of the delivery of my sofa on Wednesday, I’m off to look at cushions!
It is with one ear listening out for the doorbell I say:
It’s only Vintage but I like it…