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As a classic item of mid century British furniture, an Ercol rocking chair instantly adds a dose of sophisticated charm to any space. Here at Vinterior, we stock a variety of different models in an array of striking colours, with shapes and sizes ranging from the traditional grandfather style to a petite children’s version. So, get browsing now for an Ercol rocking chair to find your perfect fit and add a touch of vintage charm to your home.
A bit about Ercol Rocking ChairsSince it was founded in England in the 1920s by Italian furniture maker Lucian Ercolani, Ercol has become a household name. For decades, the brand has been regarded as one of the world’s go-to manufacturers for desirable interior design, crafting a significant range of instantly recognisable, ever-stylish natural wooden pieces that have been proven to stand the test of time.
History of the Ercol Rocking Chair DesignThe Ercol rocking chair is no exception. From its striking yet simple silhouette to its buttery smooth wood, no matter where it is, it is instantly recognisable as an Ercol piece. Ercolani was commissioned by the British Government’s Board of Trade to design the first Ercol rocking chair in 1943 and the chair has been produced in much the same way ever since, with very little need for adaptation. After all, why alter something that works so beautifully?
Ergonomically Designed with Modern StyleIt has been ergonomically designed, resting on bowed feet to ensure it rocks smoothly, and with its signature spindled back and delicately slanted arms it provides both comfort and quintessential modern style. Like a lot of traditional Ercol furniture, rocking chairs are typically crafted from beech and elm, available in a variety of sizes and finishes. From a miniature kids version to the original 1943 ‘Chairmakers’ style, this means that there’s bound to be an incarnation that can fit seamlessly into your home. To add further interest, some vintage editions of the chairs have intricate carved details on the central spindle at the back – typically these feature a fleur-de-lis or swan motif – while others retain a simple Windsor silhouette.
As standard, Ercol rocking chairs feature a beautiful, gently lacquered finish that allows the original grain of the timber to show through, adding interest to any interior space with the soft, organic hues of natural wood. On the other hand, because they are wooden, they can also be painted in an array of eye catching colours, turning an historic chair into an accent piece with a contemporary twist.
Though the main purpose of any rocking chair is to provide comfort, the unfaltering quality and impressive credentials attached to the Ercol name are sure to elevate any space, design-wise, be it a rustic country cottage or a sleek, Scandi-inspired loft.
Of course, they work in pride of place at the centre of the sitting room, too, providing the perfect place to curl up with a book in front of the fire. For many, a rocking chair is an essential in the corner of a study or nursing room, providing comfort for a parent and baby when feeding.
Depending on your preference, Ercol rocking chairs can be fitted with plush cushions or left without to allow the simplicity of the design to shine. Whichever era you choose and however you choose to style it, this is a classic piece of UK crafted furniture with future heirloom credentials. Browse Vinterior now to find the perfect Ercol rocking chair for you and your family.