In a recent interview with Architonic, respected British designer Matthew Hilton, known for the restraint and quality of his work, described Ercol as one of the very few good British furniture manufacturers around today. The fact that the heritage brand, equally known for the restraint and quality of its products, is held in such high regard can only be strengthened by the company’s decision to reissue its classic ‘Studio Couch’, which was first introduced in the late 1950s.
With its British take on the Scandi-style that was so popular in the decade after the war, the ‘Studio Couch’, designed by Ercol founder Lucian Ercolani, was developed to function both as a generously proportioned sofa and an occasional single bed for overnighting guests. Made from solid elm and beech, the piece features signature steam-bent arms are typical of Ercol’s formal language of the time.
On show at ‘Tent’ during the recent London Design Festival, the reissued sofa is available in over one hundred fabrics, including a special ‘knitted’ edition by Scottish designer and mistress-of-the-yarn Donna Wilson. Nostalgia never felt so good.