Phillip Lloyd Powell 'New Hope' Lounge Chair
Philip Lloyd Powell, 'New Hope' lounge chair, American walnut and green= fabric, United States, 1960s. This comfortable armchair made out of American walnut and fabric upholstery is designed by Philip Lloyd Powell. The name 'New Hope' refers to the place where Powell opened his workshop in 1953. This chair has a soft, sensuous, biomorphic frame. The organic armrests are beautifully carved by hand and form a sculptural contrast to the boomerang shaped seating. Lovely details are seen in the round wood-joints with a black stripe on the side of the frame and the points of the frame show small indentations. The cross connections on the back are a nice compromise between the organic and straight lines. The dawn filled cushions make this into a highly comfortable chair. Phillip Lloyd Powell (1920-2008) was an American self-taught designer who made natural, sinuous and textural furniture. All of his pieces are handmade from high quality, grained woods that often recall there natural shape and form. It was in fact Nakashima who urged Powell to begin designing for himself in the first place. In the beginning of his career Powell shared his workshop with Paul Evans, but when both their business had grown, they decided to go solo. Philip Lloyd Powell's furniture is now known for its solid, natural, sensuous and exquisitely well-crafted handmade pieces. Literature: Todd Merrill, Modern Americana. Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam, 2008, p. 126.