Originals Quaker Dining Chair
$660 – $720
From the timeless Ercol Originals range, this high-back dining chair by founder Lucian Ercolani was inspired by the local craft tradition in the Chiltern Hills where he lived and built his first factory. Quaker complements both traditional and contemporary decor with its spindle back and comfortable oval seat based on the vaunted Windsor original.
The chair bow is steam-bent from a single straight ash rail and then sanded and shaped to give its elegant profile. Traditional wedge joints—where the legs come right through the seat and then are hand-sanded flush with the surface—make for a signature design detail as well as a very strong joint, with further strength provided by the H-underframe.
40.5" h x 19.25" w x 23.5" d (103x49x60cm)
Seat height: 17.75" (45cm)
Optional seat pad available on request
“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.