ercol celebrates John Lewis’ 150th Anniversary

by ercol on May 2, 2014

Studio Couch for blog webThis weekend sees John Lewis’ 150th Anniversary. To celebrate we’ve produced the Studio Couch in a black finish with the iconic and exclusive Cummersdale fabric, updated and re-imagined from the John Lewis Archive to mark the Anniversary. The Windsor chair and footstool is also available in a limited edition linen fabric. 206 Windsor Chair & footstool1withfloor1

The Studio Couch was designed in 1946 and was the first sofa that could also be used as a day bed, with a seat platform specifically designed to allow the user to lie horizontally.

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Lucian Ercolani was a natural designer, sketching his designs in notebooks before developing the ideas into furniture for production, you can see some of his initial sketched for the Windsor chair:

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The John Lewis Oxford Street flagship store will host the focus of the commemorations – an interactive exhibition where visitors will walk the cobbled streets of Victorian London leading to the original draper’s shop that opened on May 2 1864 that will recreate the cobbled streets of Victorian London for visitors, as well as John Spedan Lewis’ orginial 1864 office. Artefacts, documents and photographs will all be on show, including a book that features the first day’s takings.

The Oxford Street store for the first time will open its roof for the public to enjoy a garden designed by Royal Horticultural Society National Young Designer of the Year Tony Woods, and built with the help of the partnership’s own gardeners from its Longstock estate.The tranquil garden space will host events such as pop-up restaurants, film nights and World Cup parties too.

Our chairman, Edward Tadros, grandson of Lucian Ercolani said: “We are delighted to be producing the Studio Couch and Windsor chair for John Lewis to celebrate their 150th anniversary; it brings together two long established British brands for whom many people have a great affection and respect.’

 

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