Revived in 2000 after a two-decade halt in production, the Butterfly Chair remains as relevant today as it was when it first launched it in postwar London in 1956. Its seductive curves suggest an old world sensibility of the chair's Florence-born designer Lucian Randolph Ercolani, coupled with the modernist mission of the British furniture factory he founded after he relocated to Britain in 1920 and which christened Ercol. Ercolani's development of a singular technique of steam-bending wood into curves without warping allows for the chair's enduringly graceful lines. We love its comfort and its versatility for a variety of uses.
33" h x 18" w x 20" d (77x45x50cm)
Seat: 16.5" h (42cm)
Beech or elm
Marking the 100-year anniversary of Ercol in 2020, the company reorganized under the moniker of its founder Lucian Ercolani as a premium brand that embodies the classic collection he pioneered as well as new works from an international slate of designers like Norm Architects, Jonas Wagell, and Lars Beller Fjetland. Under Edward Tadros, current chairman and grandson of “the old man” as Lucien is fondly remembered, the legacy of well-built furniture continues at its headquarters in the English countryside village of Princes Risborough
Best known for the iconic midcentury Originals that are still produced today, Ercolani developed a contemporary version of handmade British furniture initially inspired by classic Windsor styles. After surviving the Great Depression, two world wars, several recessions, and global competition, the company moves robustly into a new century buttressed by its uncompromising values and unstinting craftsmanship.