We'd already fallen for the simplicity of the frame (not to mention the many colors it comes in, from Rose to Forest Green, as pictured here). But the realization that it neatly stacked sold us. The curved back is a technique of steam-bending wood into curves, without the warping, which Florence-born designer Lucian Randolph Ercolani innovated. Its a method that appears throughout the L. Ercolani collection, part of the modernist mission of the British furniture factory he founded after he relocated to Britain in 1920. The Stacking Chair appeared in 1957 and became an immediate standard in meeting rooms and schools before. Today, this beech or elm chair remains a striking alternative to plastic—and makes for a dramatic display that stacks up.
- 31.5" h x 17.7" w x 19.3" d (80x45x49cm)
- Seat height: 18.5" (47cm)
Stained ash, oak or walnut
With its 100-year anniversary, the heritage British furniture company founded by Lucian Ercolani is rebranded as as the premium brand L. Ercolani. Embodying the classic collection he pioneered, it also encompasses 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.