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Lucian R Ercolani

About the designer: Lucian R Ercolani

Lucian R Ercolani, or 'The Old Man' as he is affectionately know in his company, founded ercol in 1920. Born in Italy in 1888, Lucian’s family moved to London in the 1890s. There he went to night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907 he made his first piece of furniture – a musical cabinet, inlaid with mother of pearl. Years later the company tracked this down and they still have it to this day. Between 1910 to 1920, The Old Man worked in the design teams for what would later become Parker Knoll and G-Plan, before founding ercol in 1920. He designed the company’s products for many years - a few years ago ercol reintroduced some of Lucian’s classic designs, which now form the ercol Original ...

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