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How is ercol furniture is made?

By Temperature Design
May 28, 2020

What goes into making the iconic furniture?

A common question we get from clients is what goes into making the ercol furniture pieces. Known for their quality and longevity, ercol has established a reputation in 100 years of history. 

Still lending techniques and materials to their beginnings in the mid-century, ercol is very much a family operation, with the founder, Lucian Ercolani's grandson, Edward Tadros, running operations today. 


Shaping the furniture

Using an artisan tecnique, known as steam bending, ercol is one of the few companies still able produce accessible furniture with this method. The wood is steamed and bent into shape. This method leaves a permanent bend to the furniture and can be seen by in some favourite pieces such as the Quaker Chair and the Butterfly Chair. 


Assembly and sanding

Assembly of ercol pieces takes a certain touch, and its not uncommon for workers to be with ercol for over 30 years. Hammering the pieces into the place the details are judged by trained eye, to ensure the quality of each product that leaves assembly. The pieces are also sanded ensuring an even and consistant texture.



All ercol pieces are finished in a water based laquer that depending on the piece can also be in a half finish or a full colour finish. Natural finishes prove popular adding depth to the appearance of the timber. 

Final finishes are done with sanding as ercol workmen use their experience to ensure the quality of the piece. 



If you want to see the quality of ercol in person, contact us to book an appointment at the showroom

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