ercol Design Studio
The ercol Design Studio is based here in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire where our Head Office and Factory are based. The design team work in a highly creative environment to bring you the very best in British design. The ercol Design studio is headed up by Rachel Galbraith who guides the creative development and development of the ercol brand.
Lucian R Ercolani
Lucian R Ercolani, or the "Old Man" as he is affectionately know in the company, founded ercol in 1920. Born in Italy in 1888, Lucian's family moved to London in the 1890s. There he went to night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907 he made his first piece of furniture - a musical cabinet, inlaid with mother of pearl. Years later the company tracked this down and we still have it to this day.
Between 1910 to 1920, The Old Man worked in the design teams for what would later become Parker Knoll and G-Plan, before founding ercol in 1920. He designed the company's products for many years. The Windsor range remains one of our most popular ranges over half a century after it was first launched in its original guise, whilst a few years ago we reintroduced some of Lucian's classic designs, which now form the ercol Originals.
Matthew Hilton has been intimately associated with the revival of exciting British Furniture Design in recent years. Born in Hastings in 1957, he attended Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic, from where he graduated with a degree in Furniture Design in 1979.
During the early 80s, Matthew worked as an industrial designer for the product design company Capa in London, before setting up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio in 1985 to work with a number of renowned manufacturers and retailers – most recently including ercol. Matthew was awarded Designer of the Year at The British Design Awards 2008.
Dylan Freeth has been part of the ercol design studio since 2011; he has designed many popular pieces of furniture including the Romana sideboard which received the Design Guild Mark Award for excellence in furniture design in 2014. The latest of Dylan’s creations is the Marino armchair, inspired by his values of creating elegant, engaging furniture with great attention to detail, values shared by ercol.
An eclectic designer known for an untiring curiosity in her search for matters and materials. Paolo Navone’s designs reflect a combination of flavours and colours of the southern hemisphere together with the taste and forms of the west; rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement.
Born in Japan, Tomoko Azumi trained as an architect before later studying furniture design at the Royal College of Art. Following a ten year partnership at AZUMI, Tomoko opened t.n.a. Design Studio in 2005. Her designs are synonymous with both stunning form and superb functionality, improving the quality of everyday life through visual aesthetic.