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Thu 14.10.

Ercol reissues iconic ‘Studio Couch’ (UK)

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 14.10.2010 - Tagged as: , , , , , ,

Ercol's reissued 'Studio Couch', an iconic design by company founder Lucian Ercolani

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.

First produced in the late 1950s, the 'Studio Couch''s steam-bent arms were typical of the formal language of Ercol's furniture

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.

Ercol promotional literature from 1958 features the 'Studio Couch' the first time round

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.

Donna Wilson's special-edition knitted 'Studio Couch' makes a woolly intervention on the piece's iconic steam-bent arms

to the Ercol website