Lucian Ercolani was born in Tuscany in 1888 later migrating to London in the 1890s. He studied design and the construction of furniture at the Shoreditch Technical Institute. Initially working for the Salvation Army within the joinery department making handrails and staircases, Ercolini was later invited to work for Frederic Parker's furniture company in High Wycombe, dubbed the 'furniture capital' of England. In 1920 Ercolani founded Ercol which became a household name in post-war Britain and has left a lasting impression on the furniture making industry, especially with the Ercol's Orginals range. English influences are evident in the Stacking Dining Chair, Chairmakers Rocking Chair and the Windsor Coffee Table.