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Romana options also include Highboard, a taller cabinet apropos for both dining and living spaces. Recalling Ercol’s midcentury heritage, the front edge of the top rounds off while the legs have a signature curved expression. Wave-shaped recesses act as handles while drawers and doors have soft-close mechanisms. The interior shelves are mounted on pins and can be adjusted in height. Fittings are provided for suggested affixing of the piece to the wall for increased stability. Highboard has a matte lacquer finish to protect and enhance the wood.
“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.