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The sinuous lines of Flow by designer Tomoko Azumi are realized by legendary British furniture-maker Ercol. Only painstaking craftsmanship, a tradition since the factory's founding outside London in 1920 by Lucian Ercolani, could translate the delicate but sturdy refinement of this stacking chair made from beech wood. With an elegantly tapered seat and intrinsic ergonomic function, Flow holds to the Japanese-born architect-turned-designer’s aim to enhance everyday life, with her unique take on form and function.
“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.