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.
Matthew Hilton graduated with a degree in Furniture Design from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979. He went on to design products for Paul Smith and Joseph Pour La Maison before designing at product design company Capa, London. During this time he also designed sets for the renowned fashion designer Koji Tatsuno's company Cultureshock.
In 1985 Matthew set up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio and started working for the British retailer and manufacturer SCP, for whom he has designed a number of classics such as the Balzac chair, the Flipper and Antelope table. The studio expanded its practice, working for the following manufacturers: Driade, Disform, Sawaya and Moroni, XO, Montis Perobell, the Bradley Collection, Montina, Livit, Ycami, Andreu World Case and Authentics.
Matthew Hilton was given the highest honor in the field of Industrial Design in the United Kingdom, by being named a Royal Designer for Industry in 2003. In September 2007, Matthew established his own brand, Matthew Hilton Limited as a place he could have complete creative control. In 2008, he was named Designer of the Year by Elle Decoration at the British Design Awards.View other products by Matthew Hilton