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Ello Furniture

American

In its sleek credenzas, chic mirrored cabinets and sculptural dining tables, vintage Ello furniture encapsulates the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Regency style.

Ello founder Lothar H. Molton (1926-2012) took his family and fled Nazi-occupied Germany and established his furniture company in Chicago, Illinois, in 1956 as a garage operation. In 1968, the company moved to the renowned furniture town of Rockford, where many of the country's most well-known producers once set up manufacturing operations. Over the next four decades, Ello enjoyed great success as a producer of furniture and an importer, growing into a 150,000-square-foot warehouse and a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.

Though more often featuring an integration of flashy brass accents and materials such as travertine versus the dark woods and clean lines associated with mid-century modern design, Ello furniture was known in its heyday for being as practical as it was stylish. The company's motto was "Contemporary Furniture of Distinction," and their designs were highly functional with just the right amount of flair for the modern home.

In 1976, the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel described an Ello modular wall unit as "a rare combination of function plus spectacular glamour." Ello also collaborated with well-known designers of the era, like O.B. Solie. During the 1970s, Solie worked with mirrored glass, bronze, oak and more to design a range of tallboys, chests, sideboards and other pieces that boasted gilt brass escutcheons and brushed chrome drawer pulls.

In its prime, Ello held annual inventory clearance sales that attracted hundreds of customers. People lined up around the warehouse, sometimes camping out days in advance. Sales started to become more frequent, and in 2010, Ello closed its doors. In 2011, they auctioned off the rest of their merchandise.

Today vintage Ello furniture continues to enjoy popularity for its bold but practical designs.

On 1stDibs, find Ello case pieces, tables and bedroom furniture.

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Creator: Ello
Dealer: MICHAEL HEROLD
Italian Pietro Constantini for Ello Draped Black Lacquer Accent Armchair
By Ello Furniture, Pietro Costantini
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Fabulous Hollywood Regency Style Italian black lacquer armchair designed by Pietro Costantini for Ello Furniture. This sculptural accent or desk chair features a graphic draped back ...
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1980s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Ello Furniture

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Italian Pietro Constantini for Ello Draped Black Lacquer Side Accent Chair
By Ello Furniture, Pietro Costantini
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Fabulous Hollywood Regency Style Italian black lacquer side chair designed by Pietro Costantini for Ello Furniture. This sculptural accent or desk chair features a graphic draped bac...
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1980s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Ello Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

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Ello furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Ello furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ello furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Ello were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by William Doezema, Kent-Coffey, and Broyhill. Prices for Ello furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $250 and can go as high as $12,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,500.

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