Utility High Back Chair in Ochre

Regular price£500.00
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Designed by Lucian Ercolani, the philosophy behind the UTILITY COLLECTION is simple — enduring, timeless design, constructed using humble, straightforward materials and hand-built to last for generations. With these values in mind, Lucian Ercolani launched the iconic series in 1945, marking a new and defining chapter in British design history. A celebrated classic, the UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR encapsulates the pared-back simplicity of Lucian Ercolani’s formative work, inspired by the purity of Windsor-style furniture. The UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR’s clean, structural integrity and tactile, softly rounded form allow comfort to take the forefront — resulting in an attractive, ergonomically-designed seat that facilitates rest and wellbeing.

The UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR is an indulgent addition to the home, seamlessly enhancing and blending with modern and contemporary dining interiors. Equally well-received today as it was over seventy years prior, the welcoming form of the UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR has the power to elevate the atmosphere and occasion of everyday dining rituals.

Meticulously crafted and honed to minimalistic perfection, the UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR boasts a classic Windsor backrest with six, finely-carved spindles protruding from its base. Carved into a tall arc, a steam-bent ash bow encases the spindle structure, uniting the chair’s elements in a grand, sweeping curve. Hammer-shaft joints and gently tapered, outturned legs provide a supple yet dependable profile — allowing the UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR’s lithe form to shine through its honest build. Lastly, traditional wedge and tenon joinery combined with a supportive H-frame inserted underneath the UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR’s saddle seat enhance the overall strength and durability of the chair’s construction.

Forged in solid ash timber, the UTILITY HIGHBACK CHAIR is available in nine protective finishes, including a warm natural finish and the new MODERN TONES series by Christian Møller Andersen.


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Product Dimensions
Width: 49cm
Depth: 60cm
Height: 103cm
Seat Height: 45cm
Seat Depth: 40cm

Product Weight

Fully Assembled

Packaged Dimensions
112cm (L) x 68cm (W) x 59cm (H). 9.5kg

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.

Phone: 01869 934161   Email: askus@thedesignyard.co.uk 

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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