The Napoli sofa (pictured) is the result of a collaboration between Ercol and Timorous Beasties brought together by Designersblock as a special edition for the occasion of Interiors Birmingham 2009.
Napoli sofa in two coordinating fabrics from Timorous Beasties. The eclectic Horizontal Découper fabric in taupe sweeps over the entire back of the sofa and features a black sketch illustration of an everyday street scene complete with street lamps, traffic lights and cyclists. A second delightful fabric, Gull Wave, covers the front and cushions and gives the appearance of birds flying over the sofa.
In 1920 a young designer called Lucian Ercolani started his own business in High Wycombe, the chairmaking capital of England. Here he perfected the technique of steam-bending wood in large quantities to form the famous Windsor Bow, and discovered how to ‘tame’ elm; a beautifully grained hardwood other furniture makers considered impossible to work with.
Design and people were the cornerstones of his company. This remains true of the family owned private company that continues his beliefs in the 21st century.
Their passion for innovation in design and manufacturing is as strong today as it was then. The Ercol factory combines the very latest technology with time-honoured craftsmanship to create a range of unique pieces.
Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.
24 – 27 Sep 2009
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00
Register on the Designersblock website.