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Romana tempers its contemporary lines with graceful curved detailing, faultlessly crafted by renowned British furniture-maker Ercol. A quietly stylish dining table, its rounded edge on the long sides of the tabletop echoes the curves and chamfers of the legs. A deft reciprocating mechanism allows both ends of the table to be opened at once from one side while the extension leaf, stored within the table as a butterfly mechanism, is simply flipped open into place. The protective matte lacquer reveals the particular beauty of the natural oak, in a choice of 3 table sizes.
“I am lucky enough to remember Lucian as a very benign grandfather who gave me my first bicycle and, later, taught me the pleasure of drinking Chianti,” says Edward Tadros, current chairman and grandson of Ercol’s founder. “But he was also absolutely instrumental in creating my interest and curiosity in art and design.” He’s speaking of Lucian Ercolani, the icon of British modernism, who founded the company in 1920 after having moved to London from his native Italy.
Best known for its midcentury Originals that are still produced today, Ercol sought to offer a contemporary version of handmade British furniture. Initially, the collection was inspired by classic Windsor styles, a nod to the heritage of Chiltern Hills near the first factory. The “old man” as he is referred to in company lore had made his first piece of furniture in 1907. From that auspicious start, Ercol continues to stand for timeless contemporary design and a continuity of craft.