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‘As Featured In’ – September

Aug 27, 2014

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It’s always exciting to see our products featured in the latest interior magazines alongside current trends and for September, we have been featured in magazines such as Grand Designs, Elle Decoration and Ideal Home.


Ideal Home September 2014

  cassina LC Casiers

Cassina LC Casiers Standard Storage Unit

A contemporary design with a timeless appeal, the LC Casiers Storage Unit works perfectly with the Claret trend as featured in Ideal Home. The feature encompasses rich red-wine hues for classic elegance.


Elle Decoration September 2014

 Atelier Areti Two Spheres Ceiling Light  

Atelier Areti Two Spheres Ceiling Light

Playing with the basic geometric elements of lines and spheres, the Two Spheres Ceiling Light was featured for a glamourous golden-age trend, which focuses on 1940s-style pieces.


Livingetc September 2014

 Moroso Paper Planes High Armchair in Saffron 

Moroso Paper Planes High Armchair in Saffron

Combining industrial and creative elements, the Paper Planes Armchair features a geometric folded graph paper design and is inspired by origami. It’s the perfect fit for the Sports Day feature in Livingetc, which focuses on basic graphic shapes with bold block colours.

Schönbuch Collect Make-up Table in Sand, Ivory and Rose

Schönbuch Collect Make-up Table in Sand, Ivory and Rose

The Collect Make-up Table is a soft and feminine design, which features in Livingetc as part of a Lilac theme. According to the magazine, lilac is the ideal colour for transitioning into Autumn and is slightly edgier than pale pink.

Foscarini Twiggy Floor Lamp in White 

Foscarini Twiggy Floor Lamp in White

Featuring a simple counter weight system for adjusting the height suspension, the sophisticated Twiggy Floor Lamp is a functional addition to any contemporary home. The Twiggy Floor Lamp was included in the feature ‘Perfect Panelling’, which focuses on panelled wood walls, form and function.

Artek 41 Paimio Armchair in White Lacquered  

Artek 41 Paimio Armchair in White Lacquered

This distinctive and intriguing armchair was included in a feature about the jewellery designer Monica Vinader. Not only is it a design classic thanks to its fluid waveform shape, but it was also designed for lung clinic patients for optimal posture and to aid their breathing.


Grand Designs September 2014

 Magis Pipe Bar Stool with Punched Steel Seat and Back in Polished Aluminium


Magis Pipe Bar Stool with Punched Steel Seat and Back in Polished Aluminium

This contemporary and chunky design by Jasper Morrison is featured in a trend page for soft greys and shiny metals. It is also available with a beech seat or in a green, white or black finish.

Gubi Gräshoppa Floor Lamp in Jet Black


Gubi Gräshoppa Floor Lamp in Jet Black

Designed by Greta Grossman, this classic floor lamp offers directional lighting with minimal glare.

Munna Cleo Armchair in Blue Grey


Munna Cleo Armchair in Blue Grey

Included within a ‘Deep Ocean’ feature for dark turquoise hues, the luxurious velvet Cleo Armchair is a unique and romantic product. It is part of the TIME collection, which features adventurous yet elegant designs for a striking impact.

ibride Luso Collection Tableware


ibride Luso Collection Tableware

Featuring decorative designs inspired by the French environment and travelling the world, the ibride collection is truly distinctive and ever-so-romantic. The Melamine plate as part of the Luso collection was included in the ‘Using your marbles’ feature, which focuses on trendy marble combined with cool hues.

Industrial Revolution

Aug 19, 2014

The industrial trend may have been around for a while now, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still relevant.

You don’t have to live in a warehouse or converted loft space in order to create an authentic industrial look. Picture exposed walls, patchy concrete, metallic touches, gloomy greys, wire chairs, raw wood and stripped-down lighting. This look works particularly well combined with fresh white walls or features, but for an injection of colour, add green fauna or furniture in a vibrant signal-yellow or rusty red.

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The fantastic thing about concrete is that it works both in smaller amounts and on a larger scale, from whole walls of exposed concrete to subtle hints through vases and lighting.

1.Decode Heavy Light Dark Grey Red Cable - £288

The Heavy Light is visually simple, but highly intriguing thanks to the unconventional use of concrete. The red cable adds a subtle yet vibrant touch to an otherwise understated product. £288

2.Kristalia Boiacca Table - £4612

The unusual thing about this table is that despite being made of a heavy-duty material, it is surprisingly elegant and a strong contrast to the Decode Heavy Light. The concrete finish appears smooth and soft rather than rough and exposed and the thin table-top adds to its delicate nature.



Go for raw, imperfect wood in a light finish or rich solid oak.

3.Zanotta 7090 Raw Table - £5175

The ability to be able to adjust the position of the wooden staves makes this innovative product perfect for the unfinished and functional look of the industrial trend. The steel frame is bold and chunky and makes quite a statement on its own. £5,175

4.Northern Lighting Plank Suspension Light - £722

Constructed from pure, raw wood, the Plank Suspension light is a functional, simple and versatile light. The directed source of light can be placed on a wall in a formulated pattern, stacked on the floor or hung from the ceiling, making it a perfect buy for the creative individual. It is also eco-friendly and fits the aesthetics of an industrial style room.



Copper, steel, bronze… anything works in an industrial-style environment.

5.Tom Dixon Form Bowl Tall Set Large Copper - £145

You probably already know that the Tom Dixon Form Bowls are one of our favourite products at! The way in which the form bowls are bashed and battered into shape is rather aggressive and brash, which contrasts with the elegant and delicate shapes they are formed into.

6.Hay Hee Dining Chair - £141

The industrial trend is all about recycled pieces or materials that can be recycled. The eco-friendly HAY Hee Dining Chair is easily recyclable, but we hope you wouldn’t want to get rid of it! Wire chairs are almost like the skeleton of an unfinished design, stripped down to its most basic and pure form. This design is just that and comes in deep murky tones such as Army, Rust and Beige, as well as classic Black.


Hints of colour

As mentioned previously, signal reds and yellows are a perfect contrast in a grey warehouse-style room. If you’re feeling a bit more daring, experiment with other colours such as pastel pink or army green.

7.Flos May Day Utility Lamp Orange - £84

Exposed wires are a good way to create a raw industrial look. (And we don’t mean exposed in a literal sense!) The Flos May Day Utility Lamp has a practical handle which also acts as a cord reel. Highly versatile, the May Day lamp can be placed on a table, on the floor or suspended from a height. We love the Flos lamp in the rich orange version, which makes the product more striking than it already is.

8.Flos Parentesi Lamp Red - £197

Available in Red, White, Black and Nickel, the Parentesi Lamp has become somewhat of a design classic thanks to its simplicity and functionality. The aesthetic is focused around the practical properties of the lamp and is ideal in Black or Red.

9.Discipline Last Stool in Yellow - £176

You might be deceived into thinking this is a bin, but this doesn’t mean it’s rubbish! This eclectic stool is the perfect product to introduce to an industrial style room and is striking in any finish. For the ultimate impact, mustard yellow is the ideal choice.

10.Anglepoise Duo 1227 Floor Lamp in Red - £260

One of the most iconic design classics, the Anglepoise Floor Lamp in Red is elegant, stylish and a contemporary twist on a traditional product. It is also highly adjustable and guaranteed to last thanks to its impeccable quality.


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11.Moooi Carbon Outdoor Chair - £605

The structure of this stylish chair by Moooi makes it incredibly light in both a visual and physical sense. The interwoven layers are made from high-tech carbon fibre, for an intricate and striking appearance. Not only does this chair look the part for this particular setting, but its high-tech properties make it suitable in a functional and practical sense.

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Top 10 Lounge Chairs

Aug 13, 2014

Since the lounge is where we spend the majority of our time relaxing in the home, it is important that the furnishings are stylish, robust and most importantly of all, comfortable.

Carl Hansen CH07 Shell Chair

From iconic design classics to the innovative and contemporary, we have selected our top 10 lounge chairs available at based on a number of different factors. Whether you are after maximum comfort or a striking and intriguing design, we have the ideal lounge chair for you within our extensive collection.

For comfort

Swedese Lamino Easy Chair

Swedese Lamino Easy Chair the looks are deceptive

At first glance, the Swedese Lamino Easy Chair doesn’t appear to be the most comfortable lounge chair in the world thanks to its lack of cushioning. However, the Lamino always surprises visitors to our Sheffield-based showroom when they take a seat! With a simple and elegant design and soft Skandilock Australian Sheepskin upholstery, the Lamino is a beautiful and well-loved piece by Swedese’s founder Yngve Ekström. The Off White version is our personal favourite, which can be complimented with a textured or patterned cushion.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair – a forever classic
We couldn’t forget this well-renowned design classic from 1956 by the legendary design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Sturdy, soft and roomy, the Eames Lounge Chair is the perfect choice for maximum comfort. The chair also has an executive feel to it, which gives it a sense of importance.

Modus Part Armchair

Modus Part Armchair – contemporary with a twist
This simple and contemporary design by Modus is one of our favourites here at Its chunky and uncomplicated structure makes this high-quality product a suitable choice for comfort. The crimson red feet add a quirky touch to an otherwise conventional design.

Zanotta 888 Gilda Armchair

Zanotta 888 Gilda Armchair – adaptable for you
Dynamic and functional, this attractive lounge chair can be adjusted into four different positions for optimum comfort. The structure is made from oak-stained ash, for a traditional and understated appearance.

For elegance

Fritz Hansen Ro Easy Chair

Fritz Hansen Ro Easy Chair Wooden Base – new love
‘Ro’ means ‘tranquillity’ in Danish, which is what the designer Jaime Hayon has tried to capture with this lounge chair. The arched back of the Fritz Hansen Ro Easy Chair is almost regal-like and allows for people to relax in their own private space. The Ro Chair was also designed to fit a parent and a child, which makes it ideal for a family environment. Available in subtle pink and light grey with a delicate wooden base.

Hay About a Lounge Chair Low AAL82

Hay About a Lounge Chair Low AAL82 - 4 Leg Base in Light Grey – Scandinavian simplicity
The smooth contours and simplicity of this design makes the Hay About a Lounge Chair a perfect choice for elegance and style. Combining form, function and comfort, the chair is practical as well as minimalist and aesthetically pleasing. We particularly love the Divina Melange Fabric in Light Grey, although the chair is also available in a Steelcut Trio Fabric in a variety of subtle autumn colours.

Onecollection Finn Juhl 45 Armchair

Onecollection Finn Juhl 45 Armchair - craftsmanship
Designed in 1945, the 45 Chair was one of the first chairs to free the seat and back from the frame. Iconic and simple, with a rich walnut base and traditional frames, the Onecollection Finn Juhl 45 Armchair is an ideal choice for sophistication in the lounge. We love the smooth and almost chocolate-like appearance of the chair’s frames.

For the WOW factor

Arper Leaf Lounge Chair

Arper Leaf Lounge Chair – organic elegance
It may not appear particularly comfortable, but the Arper Leaf Lounge Chair is full of surprises. The Leaf collection was designed under the notion that leaves are both nostalgic and forward-thinking. With subtle hints that demonstrate the irregular principles of nature, the versatile Leaf lounge chair tells a story, as well as looking beautiful. The Mocha Lacquered Steel version would be ideal in both indoor and outdoor environments. Be sure to purchase with the Arper Leaf Lounge Chair Seat Cushion.

Moroso Paper Planes High Armchair

Moroso Paper Planes High Armchair – it’s all in the detail
Inspired by the simplest form of origami and graph paper, the Moroso Paper Planes High Armchair is both a functional and extravagant design. Although the Paper Planes armchair has a thin fold-like structure, it is surprisingly strong and comfortable. We particularly love the Blue Crystal/Yellow version, which is reminiscent of the 90s contrasting geometric designs.

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Carl Hansen CH07 Shell Chair

Carl Hansen CH07 Shell Chair Oiled Oak – it will never age
A famous design classic, the Carl Hansen CH07 Shell Chair is a minimalistic and iconic lounge chair with a unique three-legged triangular base. Having recently celebrated its 50th birthday, the Shell Chair is evidently timeless and a design favourite for comfort and durability. We love this lounge chair due to the fact it can be adapted into both traditional and contemporary environments and comes in a variety of fabrics and finishes.

To explore our whole collection of lounge chairs, please visit our product page.

If you would like to make an enquiry about a particular product or would like advice on lounge chairs, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 and choose option 1 or email

Tom's Top Bar Stools

Aug 12, 2014

Our Commercial Sales Manager Tom lists his most commonly sold and appropriate bar stools for trade.

We take a look at what makes these particular products so appealing…

Arper Catifa 46 Bar Stool

Arper Catifa 46 Sled Base Bar Stool
The Catifa 46 collection is comprised of sleek, contemporary pieces available in a range of smooth finishes. The Arper Catifa 46 Bar Stool is available in rich Wenge and Bleached Oak.

Kristalia BCN Bar Stool

Kristalia BCN Bar Stool
With a focus on comfort, the Kristalia BCN Bar Stool is practical as well as stylish. The bar stool is made of a highly strong and heat resistant plastic which is unusual in the furniture industry. Available in White, Black, Fluorescent Green and Red Coral.

Lapalma LEM Bar Stool

Lapalma LEM Bar Stool
Elegant and timeless, the Lapalma LEM Bar Stool is available in a wide range of materials and colours. At, we sell the bar stool in different varieties of wood, leather, laminate and hallingdal fabric, as well as in a lacquered finish.

Wrong for Hay Revolver Bar Stool

Wrong for Hay Revolver Stool
Dynamic and refined, the Wrong for Hay Revolver stool allows the seat to turn 360° with the footrest. The innovative design by Sebastian Wrong and design house Hay is available in Red, Black and Grey.

Meet our Retail Sales Consultant, Jo

Aug 6, 2014

Say hello to Jo, our friendly Retail Sales Consultant here at

Always arriving into the showroom in colourful, vintage clothes, Jo describes herself as a fashion fanatic and a lover of all things sweet. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better.

Jo Tricker

What’s your favourite thing about working for
The amazing products we sell and the team is fantastic! I am also excited about where the company is heading - the future is certainly bright for!

Describe your role at
It is my job to manage the showroom, organise and co-ordinate in-store events and help spread the word about My favourite part of the job is styling the space; I love working with all this gorgeous furniture on a day-to-day basis!

Do you have a favourite brand in store?
At the moment it’s Hay. I love the mix of bright and neutral colours, but it changes most weeks.

Name one of your favourite places to visit in Sheffield.
The Greystones pub - that’s usually where you’ll find me out of work. It’s a real Sheffield pub - everyone’s so friendly and they have a huge selection of Thornbridge beers which keeps my husband happy. I love living in Sheffield as it’s so close to the Peak District and there’s loads of nice places to eat too.

Jo Tricker

Where’s the most exciting place that you’ve travelled to?
My brother lives in New York, so I like any excuse to go and visit him. We hang out in Central Park, eat too many pretzels and of course I drag him around all the shops.

If you were a cocktail, which would you be?
A raspberry Daiquiri, because it’s pink and colourful.

How would you describe your look?
Vintage and colourful.

How do you like to relax?
I like to cuddle up to my Ragdoll kitten Arthur - I am a bit of a crazy cat lady!

Raspberry Daiquiri

Onto the quick fire round…

Summer or winter?
Summer… I hate being cold!

Night or day?

Cats or dogs?
Cats every time.

Savoury or sweet?
Sweet - I think 99% of my diet is sugar!

Facebook or Twitter?
Neither – Instagram.

iPad or pen and paper?
iPad… I never put mine down!

Want to speak to Jo about an enquiry? Email or phone + 44 (0) 114 2 433 000 (option 3).

Hay Mags Soft Modular Sofa

Q+A with Sebastian Wrong

Jul 30, 2014

A few weeks ago we were delighted to interview British designer Sebastian Wrong about his latest venture, Wrong for Hay.

Sebastian chatted away about the new collection, what his plans for the future were and what a typical day is like at the gorgeous Wrong for Hay headquarters in St. James Park, London.

Read on for the full interview.

Sebastian Wrong

Hi Sebastian, we’re delighted to be official stockists of the Wrong for Hay collection. Can you tell us a little bit about the venture and how the collaboration with Hay came about?

I was introduced to the Hay team by a mutual friend that was working with Hay at the time. He felt it was important for me to meet the rest of the Hay team as we shared similar interests and had a synergy with regard to age and experience etc. The initial meeting was in Copenhagen in June 2012 and there was no talk of a collaboration at this point, it was simply a chat. However it soon became clear that there were opportunities to explore and develop. We spoke about the possibility of looking into developing a lighting collection, however Hay came back within a couple of weeks and we chatted about the idea of developing something a lot more substantial, maybe even a whole collection. The concept spiralled from there really.

Wrong For Hay Hackney Sofa

Hay are known for its great designs at an accessible price point. How much of a role does price play in the Wrong for Hay collection?

Price is really, really important to us. We are aiming to democratise design and to produce items at a great price point. It can be argued that design is moving into a black hole, as it becomes even higher and higher in price. I mean how many people can realistically afford a £15,000 sofa? We don’t want to be like that, we want our designs to be accessible to all.

Wrong for Hay The Wooden Shelf office

The collection is instantly noticeable due to its use of bold, printed textiles from Nathalie Du Pasquier. Have you always been a fan of her work?

Yes, I have always really liked her work and I was aware of her work quite some time before our collaboration. A friend of mine at Apartmento magazine ran a feature on Natalie and suggested that we should meet up for a chat. Natalie is a pleasant, informal woman who is open to ideas so it was great meeting her. After our chat it was clear that there were many opportunities to explore. There was a revival on interests in the Memphis group, of which she is a member, and again it all spiralled from there.

Wrong for hay printed full cushion

Your offices are based in London. What are your favourite things about living in the capital city?

I have lived in London for, what, 30 years now. It is dynamic, multicultural, it has a lot of energy, a lot of diversity and a whole lot of opportunity, so I feel lucky to live here. I grew up on a farm in Hertfordshire so it is certainly very different! There is something for everyone and you never get bored but it can be exhausting at times.

What is a typical day like for you at the Wrong for Hay head office?

There is no typical day. I’m on the phone a lot, I’m in meetings for large chunks of the day with designers, suppliers and development. I also have to travel a lot for my work so I can be away from my desk for long periods. We are very lucky that we have beautiful offices and showroom in a Georgian townhouse overlooking St. James Park in London’s west end.

Wrong For hay dining set

What are your ambitions for the Wrong for Hay brand? How do you see the collection developing over time?

We want to grow steadily by producing good quality products at a great price point. The brand offers a diverse range of items from something super normal, to radical, colourful and expressive pieces. We want to explore all elements of the collection fully; expand the product family from within, in a way. For example, we are currently working on a ceramics collection which has 8 pieces, but this will inevitable grow to include many more items, and that’s what we want to do – produce a clear body of work based on quality. We want to refine every product as much as possible. Sometimes in this industry there is a tendency to follow your heart as opposed to your head and sometimes you have to pull back and see the bigger picture, think about the business side of things. Essentially you need to know when to stop. So, going back to your original question, I suppose essentially we want to be bigger and better, and a major player in the design industry.

Revolver Stools

Don’t forget that we’re holding a launch event at our Sheffield showroom for the Wrong for Hay collection. Join us this Saturday 2 August for British nibbles, a glass of fizz and the chance to view the colourful collection. Just head over to our showroom page for the full details.

Monza Beckons...

Jul 22, 2014

Our Sales Negotiator Ashlee recently visited northern Italy to explore the Zanotta factory and showroom in Monza and to take an exclusive peek into the studio of design legend Achille Castiglioni in Milan. Read on as we take you on a virtual tour of both!

Ashlee in Monza

Monza has been home to luxury furniture specialists Zanotta since the company was founded 1954, and today the area boasts a large factory dedicated to the company’s production facilities, and a spacious showroom too. It was fascinating touring the production site and to see the level of care taken over every single product that goes through the factory. The highlight for us was seeing the skilled leather workers prep the leather for the William Sofa – perhaps our all-time favourite Zanotta design. The leather is laid out while lasers electronically measure the hide to see if it will be big enough for its intended use. Then, after is has been cut out, the technicians painstakingly sew the leather together to ensure excellent quality standards. It was great to see one of our favourite designs take shape before our eyes!

After a wonderful tour around the factory (where we also saw an entire room filled floor-to-ceiling with Sacco Easy Chairs!), we were invited to a talk from Zanotta’s CEO, Gian Paolo Armana, who spoke openly and honestly about what the Zanotta brand meant to him and what his vision for the future was. It was a fascinating insight into one of the world’s largest furniture manufacturers and the plans for the future were very intriguing indeed!

Afterwards, we headed to the Zanotta showroom in central Monza so we could see the finished designs in the flesh. Again, it was a wonderful experience walking around the cool, calm space and we could have stayed for hours! Highlights included the Kilt Modular Sofa in deep charcoal grey and the Lama Chaise. See our snaps from the gorgeous showroom below.


Our second day began with a 15-mile trip south to Milan where we to took a tour of design icon Achille Catiglioni’s studio. We were exceptionally excited to visit the studio as, not only is it where many of the world’s great designs originated, but it has remained untouched since the designer’s death in 2002.

While walking around the cosy interior, what took us back the most about Castiglioni’s space was that he was a hoarder – books were piled high on every available surface, all his prototypes were collected and stored carefully away, and obscure statues, relics and quirky objects were visible in every room (his cigarette men, below, certainly raised a few smiles!). Knowing his simple, effective designs inside out, this is something that surprised us the most.


Accompanying us on our tour of the Castiglioni studio was his daughter, Giovanna, who provided us with interesting anecdotes as we wandered around her father’s old studio. Did you know that Castiglioni designed the Zanotta Primate Kneeling Stool for his wife who had back problems? And also that the Sella Seat was originally intended to be used as a telephone stool for the hallway? We felt honoured to be able to see this wonderful space and certainly recommend a visit if you’re in the Milan area!

To finish off our trip, we headed for central Milan to marvel at the city’s architecture and to enjoy some traditional Italian food before we headed back home to Sheffield. Thanks for having us Zanotta and Studio Museum Castiglioni, we can’t wait to come back! 


If you would like any more information on any Zanotta product, please email Ashlee who will be happy to help. Just drop her a mail to or give her a ring on +44 (0) 114 2433000.

Trend Focus: Marble

Jul 15, 2014

The design community’s love affair with marble continues as we welcome a new wave of products in this sophisticated material.

Marble has always been an important and integral material for the interiors industry. Going back to the 1950s, Saarinen’s Tulip Dining Table instantly became a worldwide must-have upon its release, then in the 1960s Flos began experimenting with the material and came up with three lamps that would go on to become future classics: the Arco Biagio and Snoopy.

Tulip Table

While the use of this material in the industry never ceased as such, it certainly has had a bit of a comeback in recent years.

Take for example E15, which uses marble in many of its side tables. The eclectic mix of colours and marble combinations in the Enoki collection is one to be inspired by – we especially love the soft mint paired with the milky white Bianco Carrara marble.


&Tradition also use this material in a fun and innovative way, using it on the Mass Lights to a dramatic effect.

&Tradition Mass Light NA6 Chandelier

British designer Bethan Gray has worked extensively with marble over the last few years and has created a unique range of tables with Thomas Turner that feature solid marble table tops and solid wooden bases. The Carve Coffee Table in grey marble with walnut base is a particular highlight.

G&T by Bethan Gray Carve Coffee Table Round Walnut

Most recently, Danish brand Menu and British brand Lee Broom are both using this material in its accessories – see the Marble Wall Clock, Chunk of Marble Candle Holder and On The Rock glasses for elegant examples.

Menu Marble Wall Clock

Lee Broom On The Rock Wine Glass-Champagne Coupe

While marble certainly isn’t cheap, there certainly is no other material that is as beautiful and as hardwearing. Once purchased, a marble product will not only withstand the flux of ‘trends’, it will also stand the test of time.

There are many types of marble available and, dependant on where they originate, have a different colour, texture and quality. Carrara marble is white-grey in appearance and is used heavily in the design industry for its gorgeous textured appearance. The unmistakable speckled green appearance of the Alpi Verde marble is also used in many designs. This particular marble looks especially good when used on a large, flat surface like the Tulip Side Table. Darker marbles like Black Marquina (as found on the Cassina Boboli Round Table) or Brown Emperador are also exceptionally striking and perhaps more unusual. These look fantastic when kept polished and shiny.

Cassina 475 Boboli Round Table

Whatever finish you opt for, you know you are investing in quality that will last for years to come.

Staff Summer Sale Picks

Jul 8, 2014

The Summer Sale is now in full swing and it’s great to see so many of you snap up some bargains!

There’s a whole lot of choice available on our site so if you’d like a little guidance, our team have put their heads together and have chosen their favourite pieces in this year’s Summer Sale. We hope you like them as much as we do!Established & Sons Bench

First up is our Managing Director, Christian Hawley, who has chosen the Established & Sons Bench from the popular Table, Bench, Chair series. Pick up one of these if you’re looking for something unusual and inspirational – it really is a masterpiece of design.

Wrong for Hay Hackney Sofa

Next our Marketing and Communications Director, Toni Sanderson, has opted for the Wrong for Hay Hackney Sofa in cheery Steelcut 2 Yellow: ‘It brightens my day; plus it’s super comfy, stylish and practical too. I want this in my life!’

Menu Flip Around

Antony Jackson, our Web Editor, loves the versatility of the Flip Around Table from Menu: ‘You can use it in any room, and the price is great too’.

Zeitraum Doze Bed

The elegant Zeitraum Doze Bed in walnut has been on Residential Sales Negotiator Ashlee’s list for a while: ‘This beautiful design with its floating grace is more than just a bed. It’s an invitation to linger.’ We couldn’t agree more – we’d happily lounge around in here on a Sunday morning!

 Kartell Bourgie Lamp

Our Warehouse Manager, Guy McKay, thinks you can’t beat a classic and has selected the Kartell Bourgie Lamp from Ferruccio Laviani as his top sale pick.

Artek 901 Tea Trolley

Our Sales Support Assistant, Chelsea, has opted for the classic Artek 901 Tea Trolley in white: ‘Simple, functional and beautiful, this design classic has been on my wish list for many years’.

Hay Pieces n Play Domino Set

Finally, our Digital Assistant Max Hawley has the Hay Pieces n Play Domino Set in his sights: ‘They are fun, quirky and can even be used as decoration!’

Get involved and let us know what your favourite item is in this year’s Summer Sale is. Get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Q+A with Ercol's Edward Tadros

Jul 1, 2014

We have a very special blog for you this week as we share an exclusive interview with Edward Tadros - ercol's Chairman and grandson of ercol’s founder Lucian Ercolani. 


Not only that, we are also offering you the chance to win an ercol Butterfly Chair in black. Read on for the full Q+A, plus details on how to enter this fabulous competition.

Ercol is known worldwide for its use of lighter woods such as elm, beech and ash, but at this year’s Salone in Milan you introduced walnut into the collection for the first time. Why now?

Walnut is a very classical timber for furniture and has been used for centuries. We have had some quite playful variants on our Original range, especially with colours and fabrics, so we thought now it might be nice to try something different for the wood choice.

Ercol Walnut

Ercol has recently collaborated with Tamasyn Gambell and Timorous Beasties who have both designed contemporary upholstery for a number of ercol Originals. How did these collaborations come about - did you approach them, or them you?

These collaborations seem to come about more by chance meetings or conversations than by a careful plan! The first collaboration we did with Timorous Beasties was in 2009 for a show we did with Designersblock in Milan, and we have just kept in touch since then. Sometimes Paul Simmons from Timorous Beasties will call me and say ‘how about trying this’, on other occasions I call him. I think we met Tamasyn Gambell at Tent one year and asked her to do some fabrics for us. So the relationships happened very organically.

Tamasyn collaboration


The Originals collection has received a lot of press in recent years and its popularity is soaring, in both the UK and international markets. Is this something you envisioned for the brand?

I think we have been a little surprised at how well received the Originals have been. Especially in international markets where they are often perceived as being brand new designs and not pieces that have been in almost continual production for nearly 60 years!

How important is colour to ercol? Who chooses the colours that will make their way into the collection, and what is the process for this?

We try and use colours as a vehicle for always being able to present ercol Originals as ‘on trend’. We used Pantone’s Colour of the Year, emerald, last year but we didn’t much like this year’s Pantone choice (Radiant Orchid) so our Creative Director Rachel Galbraith went for yellow and navy blue. Both seem to be exactly right, especially the yellow which seems to occur in fashion with regularity.

Ercol Bar Stool

What is your earliest memory of your grandfather and founder of ercol, Lucian Ercolani?

I am lucky enough to remember Lucian as a very benign grandfather who gave me my first bicycle and, later, taught me the pleasure of drinking Chianti! But he was also absolutely instrumental in creating my interest and curiosity in art and design.


What ercol designs do you have in your own home?

I have all sorts from a 1932 prototype bench (you can tell it’s a prototype because the legs are cut off half way down!) to some of our new pieces with a large sprinkling of original Originals in the mix.

Finally, what is a typical day like for you behind the scenes at ercol?

My days, fortunately, seem to be very varied. As we try and grow our international business I have been travelling a lot this year. We’ve shown in Paris, Milan and New York so far. My son Henry, our International Sales Manager, has a 10 day show organized in Kortrijk in October and I shall spend some time there, and I will be going to join our distributor in Tokyo for the Tokyo Design Week in November. In the office, time seems to be spent talking with our MD, Nick Garratt, going over current progress and our future plans. I still like to go around the factory frequently and see what is going on, there is nothing more important than keeping in touch with our craftsmen and women.

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What wood type did ercol use for the first time at the 2014 Milan Salone del Mobile?

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