Born in 1888, Lucian Ercolani moved with his family from Italy to England, in the 1890s, where he would eventually stamp his legacy on the furnishing world in 1920 by establishing Ercol. With a strong foundation of dedicated individuals who commonly and continually aspire to design for comfort, function, and for beauty, Ercol?s pieces clearly illustrate the passion that has gone into their mid-century modern designs and high quality craftsmanship. The long-established company prides itself on using traditional joint wedges, instead of using too many screws that will weaken the overall piece, to construct enduring pieces that have provably lasted multiple decades. In addition to that, Ercol aptly takes pleasure in being one of the few companies in the world that still utilizes steam-bending techniques to mold their solid wood pieces. Least it be said that with company growth has come sustainability awards as well as design awards (such as the Designers Guild Mark, the Manufacturing Guild Mark, and the Best in Furniture ? International Contemporary Furniture Fair). With slight updates here and there, the family owned company remains true to Ercolani?s passion for enduring innovation as Ercol remains at the forefront of creating excellent designs within the international world of modern furniture.
Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1966, Tomoko Azumi was initially trained as an architect at the Kyoto City University of Arts before earning a position with an architecture firm in Tokyo. In 1993, Azumi began her studies in furniture design at the Royal College of Art. After a 10 year partnership with AZUMI, in 2005 Azumi branched off and started her own studio (t.n.a Design Studio) where she would find her company working with UK, European, and Japanese clients who are in the market for freshly designed pieces and contemporary arranged spaces. Azumi's unique style balances stunning form with excellent functionality; allowing for a lifestyle improvement as a result of the successful harmonization between pragmatism and modern aesthetics.View other products by Tomoko Azumi