Introducing the ercol for NEXT collection
Ercol is probably one of the UK's most well known and best loved furniture companies. Established in 1920 by Lucian Ercolani it's still a family owned and run business today.
A few months ago I spent a really interesting and enjoyable morning at one of their Open House events, held at the ercol head office in Buckinghamshire. The factory, design studio and showroom are all located within an impressive modernist style building set amidst woodland in the heart of the Chiltern's traditional furniture making area. The interior is large and airy with natural light maximised throughout the factory as well as within the showroom and offices and the building has won numerous architectural awards. I'd really recommend a visit if you're thinking of buying a piece of ercol furniture - there's a factory outlet on site too and there are lots of lovely walks in the surrounding area.
In recent years the company has adapted to embrace both old and new markets. The re-issue of the mid-century style ercol originals range, which includes the classic Butterfly chair, was initiated by Margaret Howell in 2002, and these timeless designs remain enduringly popular well over 50 years after they were originally created. Many of ercol's designs are sold through the large stores that dominate the UK furniture market but they've also recently produced custom designed ranges for John Lewis and The White Company and now they've also teamed up with NEXT.
Three ercol collections, consisting of pieces designed for living, dining and the bedroom, are available exclusively online at NEXT and in the NEXT Directory (and as of this month also in three NEXT Home stores). They include the Burcott sofa and the Chesham living and dining range which offers a contemporary take on a homely shaker style and is designed with open plan living in mind. Also exclusive to NEXT is the Hartwell bedroom range - a sophisticated oak collection that includes a double and king sized bed, wardrobe, side table and chest of drawers, all instantly recognisable as ercol by their turned legs.
I was delighted to be invited to style one of the pieces from the new range - the Chalgrove sofa.
With its subtly tapered oak legs the Chalgrove celebrates the beauty of solid wood and the skilled craftsmanship that ercol is renowned for. It's a design that I think will work equally well in both contemporary and more classic interiors.
It is also really comfortable thanks to the deep generous cushions, and I love the textured woven upholstery (shown here in oatmeal but also available in soft grey or denim blue). Along with the arm cushions it also comes with two reversible scatter cushions. These have a bright cheery geometric print on one side and match the sofa upholstery on the reverse - a nice little detail.
I've kept things light and fresh by styling it with a white side table and lighting and just a hint of pink and grey, which I think works really well with the oatmeal upholstery.
Priced at £1,395 (for the medium sofa shown here) it's the perfect place to put your feet up and enjoy a cosy tea break.
Styling and photography by Design Hunter in collaboration with ercol.