Thursday, 20 September 2012

Curiosity Shop #3

Animal Print

While curiosity shopping around London's East End I discovered this delightful 1960s Ercol studio couch with quirky hunting print at the newly refurbished Broadway Retro on Broadway Market.

It was the fabric, with a jolly scene of Tudor pastoral idyll, that caught my eye immediately. Then I realised I was looking at an original 1960s Ercol studio couch and my excitement went up a notch or two. Like a really great painting, the more you look at this fabric the more that is revealed. It’s a story-telling print which unfolds not just scenes of cute animals and rural bliss but a witty evocation of Old England's pastoral life including rabbit hunting.

The studio couch was designed by the company’s founder, Lucian Ercolani, and was first produced in the late 1950s. It was designed to function both as a large sofa and as a daybed for guests. It features characteristic steam bent arms and is made from solid elm and beech in the Buckinghamshire factory.


Ercol have recently reissued this style with a variety of modern fabrics. The smooth lines and clean design created with quality woods have ensured Ercol remains a timeless classic.

You can nab one for yourself at Twentytwentyone from £2,150 - 2,730.

This original 1960s Ercol daybed is available from Broadway Retro for £950.

The curiosity shopper can’t get enough of Donna Wilson’s cutie-pie creations! As part of TENT London, at the 2010 London Design Festival Ercol and Donna Wilson (the very cool RCA graduate, textile and soft furnishings designer) got together to create one of the cooleset studio couches ever!  

Another super-cool Ercol studio couch design is by the Love London studio.

The Love London design collection is drawn from Barbara Chandler’s Love London book, which features 180 photographs of England’s capital city and is published by Batsford. Another inspiring update of this favourite classic.

Contemporary fabrics update this classic sixties design.

Well that was a successful curiosity shopping shop! I wonder what treasure we'll stumble upon this weekend?

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