Lucian Ercolani moved from Italy to London in 1898. After struggling to learn English at school he left to become a Salvation Army messenger boy. While on errands, he saw a poster for a furniture design course at the shoreditch institute. In 1920 he set up his own factory and the Ercol that we know today was born.
The stacking chair is one of the most recognisable Ercol chairs from the 1950s. As well as being manufactured for household use, they were also produced for children. With a coloured dot on the back of the chair denoting it’s size – from a tiny white dot all the way through to adult sized green dots – they were a common sight in British schools.
This is my empty chair for the #3000chairs project, based on the book ‘The day War Came’ by @nicolakidsbooks which asks people to donate illustrations of chairs to @bigpicturebooks @thebooksniffer for an exhibition and auction to raise money for @helpeefugeesuk you can find a link in my bio to read more about the project, as well as read the poem in my artwork.The chair pictures will be available to view at the Charring Cross branch of @foylesforbooks on Monday 3rd September .