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The Windsor dining collection is archetypal ercol and has been in production in various guises since the late 1950's.  Created by ercol's founder Lucian Ercolani, Windsor cabinets have become design classics. Made using traditional craft techniques and modern machining these cabinets have the beauty of displayed dovetail joints and iconic oval wooden handles.

Windsor offers an extensive range of living and dining furniture that has been created with integrity and is fit for purpose. Ercol have been mindful to adapt and evolve the range to suit the changing needs as lifestyles and technology have changed. For this reason, Windsor remains one of our most popular ranges to this day. Choose from a wide variety of chairs, tables, cabinets and occasional pieces.

The timber of all the pieces in the Windsor range is enhanced by the use of our water borne lacquers which bring out the qualities of the grain in your choice of one of our different finishes to compliment your style and decor.  

Features

A variety of different sizes of ash Windsor dining tables provide enormous versatility that stretch from intimate dining for two in small apartments to large family dinners for ten or twelve people. The tables all have ingenious and simple mechanisms that extend without trouble or fuss. Chester dining tables provide a more traditional style as part of the Windsor range.

Windsor has a wide range of furniture for your living & dining room and caters for many different needs – be that storage or display cabinets, TV cabinets with IR receivers so you can use your remote control through the closed wooden doors, or a supper table with lifting top; all designed with thought and functionality for the home.  Lamp tables, coffee tables, console tables, nests and magazine racks – the choice is there for whatever your needs.

The Windsor dining chair uses age old well-proven techniques in solid ash with beautiful and elegant proportions. The back bows are steam bent from a single straight piece of solid ash to create delicate but incredibly strong and comfortable backs to the chairs.  The seats are shaped to give a comfortable sit, whilst the traditional wedge joint on the legs both makes a lovely design feature and provides an incredibly strong joint.

The Penn dining chair is the grand chair of dining chairs; large and comfortably proportioned it is made for long luxurious dinners with friends and good food and wine.  It is made in solid ash and comes with wonderfully proportioned bent ash back, giving good lumbar support, and with a seat cushion in the ercol range of over one hundred fabrics. Alternatively you can choose a supremely comfortable, shaped upholstered back.

The cabinets are made from elm and provide plentiful and versatile storage space and display space. Ground glass oval shadows feature on the glass doors and reflect the oval shapes of the recessed detail behind the handles on the wooden doors – a signature Windsor design feature.

Design direction

Lucian Ercolani, the founder of Ercol in 1920, set out to develop and enhance the range of Windsor chairs that he designed in the 1950s into a complete and coherent range of furniture for the home. He took the very simple aesthetic and the use of solid timbers into dining tables and chairs and a huge range of cabinets.  The “Old Man” as he was fondly known in the company was inspired to make this range accessible to all, functional and unpretentious.  The design with its clean and modern lines, marked a significant change from the heavy, dark and ornate furniture of earlier periods.

Tremendous craftsmanship is apparent throughout this simple, yet wonderfully elegant furniture. Our craftsmen work in our 160,000 square feet factory purpose built by us in Princes Risborough in 2002.  The furniture is created by the marriage of inspired design work, the hand skills of the craftsman and the latest technology of computer driven machines.

Over the years, the Windsor range has developed and been through many evolutions in order to keep up with what people need in their home. The timeless design looks as contemporary now as it did when it was first produced, suiting both modern and traditional interiors. 

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Available Finishes

Straw

Straw

Light Finish

Light Finish

Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn

Fruitwood

Fruitwood

Traditional

Traditional

Lucian R Ercolani

Lucian R Ercolani, or the "Old Man" as he is affectionately known in the company, founded ercol in 1920. Born in Italy in 1888, Lucian's family moved to London in the 1890s. There he went to night school at the Shoreditch Technical Institute where he studied drawing, design and the theory and construction of furniture. In 1907 he made his first piece of furniture - a musical cabinet, inlaid with mother of pearl. Years later the company tracked this down and we still have it to this day.

The Old Man designed the company's products for many years. The Windsor range remains one of our most popular ranges over half a century after it was first launched in its original guise, whilst a few years ago we reintroduced some of Lucian's classic designs, which now form the ercol Originals.

Originals range
Lucian R Ercolani