ercol stacking chairs at the Imperial War Museum

by ercol on September 26, 2014

IWMIn this, the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the Imperial War Museum has reopened after a major refurbishment.  This includes a sophisticated looking new café, just off the dramatic atrium where hang a collection of planes and rockets.


The entire restaurant is fitted out with ercol 392 stacking chairs in black painted finish. These stacking chairs are part of our Originals range – a small collection of pieces from our back catalogue, lovingly reissued.

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Founded in 1920, ercol played its own modest part in the war effort during the second world war, applying our woodworking skills to a variety of projects, from making snow shoes and munitions boxes to wooden pulley blocks and most notably wooden tent pegs – with ercol making a staggering 36 million during the war years.  Both the sons of ercol’s founder, Lucian Ercolani, served in the Royal Air Force during the war, with Lucian Jnr serving as a pilot, awarded two Distinguished Service Orders and a Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery, whilst his brother, Barry, also had an illustrious war record being posted to India and Burma where he served as an Air Force Gunner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Lucian Ercolani in his RAF uniform)

As part of its commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the IWM has a major free exhibition showing the different and changing styles of war painting during the First World War and how officially sponsored war artists captured different aspects and tones of the war, both on the Home Front and the Front Line.  “Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War” runs until 8 March 2015.


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