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Designers

Hlynur V. Atlason

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Hlynur Vagn Atlason is a designer from Iceland.  Atlason operates his eponymous design firm in Manhattan, practising his specific method of design.  One that is deeply informed by research, brand and craft.  Atlason and his team have developed a process allowing them to transition seamlessly between a broad spectrum of projects and product categories.  What sits at the centre of Atlason’s approach is curiosity, love for design and the desire to keep improving.

Tomoko Azumi

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Born in Japan, Tomoko Azumi trained as an architect before later studying furniture design at the Royal College of Art. Following a ten year partnership at AZUMI, Tomoko opened t.n.a. Design Studio in 2005. Her designs are synonymous with both stunning form and superb functionality, improving the quality of everyday life through visual aesthetic.  Tomoko received the Furniture Makers’ Company Design Guild Mark 2016 for excellence in furniture design for her Ercol Flow Chair.

Lucian R Ercolani

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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.

Between 1910 to 1920, The Old Man worked in the design teams for what would later become Parker Knoll and G-Plan, before founding ercol in 1920. He 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.

Lars Beller Fjetland

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Emboldened by elements of his Nordic upbringing, Lars Beller Fjetland has fostered a deep appreciation for the natural world and its indispensable presence in the field of design. First introduced to woodworking as a child, he regards wood as “the very root of [his] ever-growing passion for designing and creating objects.”

In 2011, he established his self-titled design office, Beller Design, with the ambition to cultivate objects that fulfil their purpose without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal for which they are sought. He believes that it is a designer’s mission to produce objects that are enduring and will appeal for generations to come. Both curious and pragmatic, he strives to underscore the inherent qualities of natural materials; functional, sustainable and innately beautiful.

Dylan Freeth

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Dylan Freeth has been part of the ercol design studio since 2011; he has designed many popular pieces of furniture including the Romana sideboard and the Marino chair and sofa which have both received Design Guild Marks in 2014 & 2016 respectively.  He is inspired by his values of creating elegant, engaging furniture with great attention to detail, all of which are values shared by ercol.  Dylan also designs and develops inspirational furniture for the international market, more recently receiving the Design Guild Mark 2017 for the Modulo range of furniture.

Matthew Hilton

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Matthew Hilton has been intimately associated with the revival of the British Furniture Design scene in recent years.  During the early 80s, Matthew worked as an industrial designer for the product design company Capa in London, before setting up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio in 1985 to work with a number of renowned manufacturers and retailers – most recently including ercol.

Matthew Hilton is one of the most respected designers having been awarded Designer of the Year at The British Design Awards 2008.  His involvement with ercol and the stunning Treviso desk showcases his love for classic design features.  More recently he has received the Design Guild Mark for the Pero range in 2017.

Norm Architects

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Founded in 2008, multifaceted design studio Norm Architects unifies thoughtful clean design with deep intuitive concepts. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, they are guided by their rich cultural heritage and proudly uphold the Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. Their work displays an informed understanding of the symmetry between austerity and serenity and it reflects an uncompromising approach to quality and tradition. Working across multiple disciplines, they are established in industrial design, residential architecture, commercial interiors, photography and art direction. Tirelessly pursuing enduring design, the studio’s appreciation of natural materials is instinctual. Polished and precise, Norm Architects’ meticulous approach lends to a unique kinship between form and function.

Rachel Galbraith

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The ercol Design studio has been headed up by Rachel Galbraith since 2014, she was brought in to guide the creative development at ercol as well as being heavily involved in the overall development of the brand.

Rachel's background is in art- she did an art foundation course and then a degree in furniture design.  Rachel has a varied and esteemed background in furniture design and manufacturing, previously working with the Marks & Spencer Home team where she was responsible for their furniture design.  Prior to working with M&S Rachel also worked with well-known high street brands such as John Lewis, Tesco, MFI and Ducal.  

Paola Navone

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An eclectic designer known for an untiring curiosity in her search for matters and materials.  Paola Navone’s designs reflect a combination of flavours and colours of the southern hemisphere together with the taste and forms of the west; rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement.

Lisa Gould Sandall

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Lisa Gould Sandall has been part of the ercol design studio since 2011; she has designed many popular pieces of furniture including the Shalstone bedroom range and the Svelto round stacking stool which received the Design Guild Mark Award for excellence in furniture design in 2015.  The latest of Lisa’s creations is the Amelia, inspired by her values of developing fresh, interesting products for the modern home by bringing together new trend led ideas and combining these with the heritage and nostalgia that people associate with ercol.

Jonas Wagell

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Guided by a minimal aesthetic with graphic references, architect and designer Jonas Wagell is inspired by soft shapes and intuitive forms. Originally established in 2008, his Stock- holm-based design studio primarily focuses on design rather than architecture. With a diverse portfolio of work and several global collaborations under his belt, his approach aims to extend minimalism and modernism to reveal a welcoming, friendly and almost playful sentiment. In his calling to create simple and honest products, Wagell’s style stays true to the essence of Scandinavian design, amended only to reveal a more personal yet light-hearted disposition. His style is both expressive and composed, exemplifying modern-day life.

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