Happy Chair Home are pleased to offer you something a little different…
This 1960s Ercol dropleaf table (model no. 377) came to us in a rather sorry state. It has been stripped, sanded and “loved” again, but despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to fully close the split that had appeared in the central plank of the English Elm table top – so we took a different approach.
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, where damaged pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, we decided to celebrate the ‘flaws’ in this lovely table. The split has been securely glued, and then highlighted with brass leaf. The whole top has been treated with 3 coats of Danish oil, and buffed to a soft sheen.
The philosophy of kintsugi, although not generally applied to furniture, considers damage and repair to be part of the history of an item, and therefore something to be valued, rather than hidden. We couldn’t agree more.
To complement the simple beauty of the table top, the frame (which is in lovely, sturdy condition) has been finished in a black satin paint, which offers a contrast to the Elm, and will work with a vast array of colour schemes and decors.
Offering great versatility, the Ercol dropleaf has many variants, all of which are loved for their ability to be a number of dining solutions in one design. Each leaf is supported by a strong metal rod that slides out and back into the main frame of the table when not needed; a table that grows with your family and shows its history proudly? Genius.
Make no mistake, this gorgeous table is once again strong, sturdy, and ready to serve your family for another 50 years or more.
Width (leaves open) 125cm x 112cm
Width (leaves closed) 62cm x 112cm