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.
Though her unique designs may not fit into a specific niche or style that defines her artistry, Paola Navone's brilliance has developed into what it is today as a result of her early life experiences (being an active designer during the Modernist design movement, during the 80s, through the Alchimia Studio and the Memphis Studio; creating Mondo in 1988 with Giulio Cappellini; living for many years in Hong Kong; and being a pioneer of the "shabby-chic" concept, etc.), her natural talents, and concepts that consistently inspire her. Given Navone's knack for rediscovering past designs and breathing life back into the concept with a contemporary spin, the designer is quite the proponent of traditional handcrafted pieces and the beauty, quality, and the potential that comes with it; however, she doesn't dismiss the benefits and all that can be learned from industrial and technical processes. Navone's unending curiosity within the realm of matter and materials draws her towards creating well balanced pieces that combine flavors and colors (associated with the southern hemisphere and awaken feelings of warmth and memories) with rich traditions, openness, and movement (which would be associated with the taste and forms of the west).View other products by Paola Navone