Butterfly Chair in Original Frame & Ochre

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Designed by Lucian Ercolani, 1956

Few forms embody the legacy of L.Ercolani as consummately as that of the modest BUTTERFLY CHAIR — the iconic everyday dining chair designed by Lucian Ercolani. Launched in 1956, the subtle curves and sculptural refinement of the BUTTERFLY CHAIR helped transform the chair into a beloved mid-century classic. A purposeful study in simplicity, the clean form of the BUTTERFLY CHAIR reflects Lucian Ercolani’s signature design ethos and heartfelt commitment to traditional craftsmanship. Ercolani was able to yield the optimal balance between form and function by removing all unnecessary elements from the chair’s construction — creating a timeless furnishing that is equal parts elegant and accommodating.

Redolent of its winged namesake, the distinctive shape of the BUTTERFLY CHAIR is imbued with a sense of lightness and purity. The chair’s simple, pared-back form references the intrinsic piety of the Windsor-style furniture which inspired Lucian Ercolani’s early designs.

Gently rounded to hug the body’s natural contours, the steam-bent curves of the BUTTERFLY CHAIR invites users to sit and enjoy a moment of comfort and repose. While its playful silhouette elicits amazement and surprise, the chair’s most extraordinary features lie in its minute details. The BUTTERFLY CHAIR features the traditional Windsor wedge and tenon joinery, a technique in which the chair’s legs are extended through the seat and secured with a wedge. These joints are then sanded until they lie flush with the seat to create a strong and durable base, built to withstand the demands of daily life.

Offered in ash timber with an ash veneer steam-bent ply seat and back, the BUTTERFLY CHAIR is an attractive and eye-catching accompaniment to the heartening ritual of dining with loved ones.


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Product Dimensions
Width: 51cm
Depth: 46cm
Height: 82cm
Seat Height: 47cm
Seat Depth: 32cm
Seat Width (Arm to Arm): 46cm

Product Weight

Fully Assembled

Packaged Dimensions
89cm (L) x 64cm (W) x 54cm (H). 8kg

Extra Design Options & Showroom Visits: Other stains and finishes are available upon request with an added extra of attached seat pads in a variety of high quality fabrics. Contact us for more information on these options. We can offer samples or we can book a visit at the Ercol showroom with one of our team.

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Delivery: 9 weeks @ £65

What this includes:

  • Delivery to room of choice
  • Assembly
  • Removal of packaging

Premium Delivery includes a full delivery service, furniture will be placed in your room of choice, providing it is safely accessible.  Furniture will be carried up a maximum of two flight of stairs, unless there is a useable lift or a risk assessment permits it. 

Deliveries are made Monday to Friday, if an agreed delivery fails due to customer unavailability or access issues, the delivery charge and associated services costs will still be applied.  Orders containing multiple items will be grouped and sent at the furthest lead time so that you will receive one delivery.


Please refer to the products individual information sections and descriptions for delivery lead times. These will also be stated at checkout.

Most our products are made to order to save on waste and this means you will get something unique. Any products that are made to order are non-returnable and non-refundable.

Please refer to our Returns & Refunds Policy for more information. We always recommend to order a sample before purchasing to ensure you are happy with the colour, texture and design.

Please do contact us via email or phone if you need help with calculating how many metres you need for your room to ensure you order the right amount. We are always here to help.

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