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The elegant sloping arms and angled legs of the Marino seating collection are only the start of its beautiful, comfortable features. The solid ash is sourced from sustainable plantations and completely manufactured in Ercol’s eco-friendly factory outside of London. To wit, the Marino sofa and chair are finished with environmentally friendly water-based satin lacquer or 5 colorways of paint, including black or white. Dylan Freeth, a member of the Ercol design studio since 2011, considered every detail down to the 8 textured fabric options. The British-born Dylan took the Design Guild Award in 2014 for his Romana Sideboard for Ercol, and his Marino series is no doubt destined to top the heritage house’s classics.
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“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.