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Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

American, 1918-2008

An American woodworker known for a wide range of furniture that is sensuous, sculptural and imbued with character, Phillip Lloyd Powell is an iconic figure in design. His organic style transcended the conventions of popular mid-century modern furniture and is best reflected in the vintage cabinets and tables for which he is renowned.

“I am an artist working with furniture,” Powell once said. But the self-taught furniture maker wore a number of different hats throughout his lifetime. He crafted handmade furniture as a teenager at his boyhood home and went on to study engineering at what is now Drexel University. Powell served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and, on his return, he established his first showroom in New Hope, in his home state of Pennsylvania, stocking furniture from Knoll, Herman Miller and Isamu Noguchi.

In New Hope, Powell encountered fellow furniture designers Paul Evans and George Nakashima. The latter, a master woodworker who preferred a personal approach to design over industrial methods and materials, encouraged Powell to concentrate on making his own furniture. When Powell did so, he’d experiment with Nakashima’s unused stock of wood, drawing on natural world forms for seating and shapely coffee tables.

Evans, who moved to New Hope in 1955, was invited to share Powell’s studio space. Powell’s furniture design practice really took off and a collaboration with Evans put into motion the 1960s American Studio Craft Movement, which came to include furniture designers Wharton Esherick and Sam Maloof. The decade-long partnership between Evans and Powell yielded stone-topped tables, walnut chests with sculptured metal exteriors and more.

Powell was inspired by Evans’s artistry as a jewelry designer — he was a skilled welder whose Cityscape pieces are milestones of brutalism. Powell, in turn, encouraged him to turn his sculptures into furniture. Like Evans, Powell incorporated a range of materials into his work, rendering the interiors of his hand-carved cabinets alluring and distinctive with applications of silver leaf and fabrics.

The sinewy arms of Powell’s famous New Hope lounge chair are representative of his broad expertise with wood and his ability to make graceful yet functional furniture. He worked slowly, and the influence of the natural world remained a driving force in his designs. Powell produced approximately 1,000 pieces while he lived and worked in New Hope until his death in 2008.

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Creator: Phillip Lloyd Powell
Paul Evans & Phillip Lloyd Powell, Very Rare, Walnut and Pewter Bottle
By Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a very rare bottle. Only 5 were made because it was very difficult to make. This one was a gift to one of our clients.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Pewter

Phillip Lloyd Powell Custom Screen
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Houston, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell screen USA, c. 1965 American black walnut, glass, brass 96 w × 1.75 d × 95.5 h inches Large four-panel custom screen by Phillip Lloyd Powell. Carved walnu...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Glass, Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell Walnut and Gold Leaf Occasional Table, Circa 2007
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Sculptural Phillip Lloyd Powell hand chiseled, red highlighted Gold Leaf Table with Walnut surface. Featuring a lacquered solid Walnut ovoid surface, Ebony button inlay and hand carv...
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Early 2000s American Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Gold Leaf

Phillip Lloyd Powell Marble Coffee Table
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Long Island City, NY
This Phillip Lloyd Powell marble coffee table features clean lines and a unique warm tone marble top. Born in Pennsylvania, Powell was known for his elegant and sculptural pieces. Th...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Marble

Phillip Lloyd Powell Bar Cabinet
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Houston, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell illuminated bar cabinet USA, 1970s hand-carved walnut, glass, brass, found objects One of one bench-made Phil Powell bar cabinet. Side panels are hand-carv...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Stone, Brass

Wall-Mounted Cabinet by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A rare and unusual wall-mounted cabinet by Phillip Lloyd Powell in walnut. Drawers on one side with piano hinge bi-fold doors on the other side, with adjustable shelves inside. Great...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

Phillip Lloyd Powell Two Door Walnut Bar Cabinet, Circa 1960
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Phillip Lloyd Powell American Studio craft movement solid walnut dry bar. Featuring a handcrafted narrow rectangular plinth with two piano hinged doors, two Walnut rimmed White Lamin...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Laminate, Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell Side Table in Walnut and Marble
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Dallas, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell was an important mid-century furniture maker and craftsman. He worked alongside Paul Evans in the town of New Hope, PA. His work was never commercialized and is ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Marble

Phillip Lloyd Powell Organic Modern Black Walnut Occasional Side Table
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional mid-century Organic Modern studio crafted sculpted black walnut occasional side table By Phillip Lloyd Powell USA, Circa 1960s Measures: 30"W x 20"D x 21"H. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Side Table by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in San Francisco, CA
A table by Phillip Lloyd Powell with 3 tapered legs of walnut topped with a slate surface. Literature: Phillip Lloyd Powell studio catalog, unpainted.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Slate

Phillip Lloyd Powell Coffee Table in Walnut
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Phillip Lloyd Powell, coffee table, walnut, United States, 1960s Stunning coffee table with free edges by US designer Phillip Lloyd Powell. On four circular tapered legs Powell plac...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Coffee Table by Phillip Lloyd Powell, USA (New Hope, PA), 1970s
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in New York, NY
Octagonal table, composed of walnut panels with ebonized dots along the top and bottom, supporting a cleft slate top.   OUR REFERENCE N8127
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1970s American Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Slate

Pair of Carved Wood Doors by Phillip Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Atlanta, GA
These two doors were commissioned directly from the artist and were made for a specific site . The front of the doors are wonderfully contoured and are highly sculptural. The design ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Mirror, Walnut, Giltwood, Lacquer

Pair of Phillip Lloyd Powell Walnut Lamps
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Phillip Lloyd Powell sculptural walnut lamps. Measures: 39" H (to top of finial). Under socket: 24.5" H. Base: 6" in diameter. Shades not included.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell Slate & Walnut Occasional Table, 1960
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Phillip Lloyd Powell tri leg walnut table with natural slate surface, circa 1960. Featuring turned walnut legs, round charcoal gray slate top, classic round flat center brass pin. Ea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Slate, Brass

Walnut Side Table by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Atlanta, GA
A sculpted tripod triangular tables in American walnut studio crafted by Phillip Lloyd Powell in his New Hope Studio, circa 1960s. The tabletop is supported by spindle and tapered l...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Cabinet Credenza Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans
By Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
From the early collaboration between two New Hope craftsmen Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans, came this stunning piece of furniture that epitomizes their individual artistic aesth...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Slate, Iron

Rare Coffee Table by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rare slate-topped coffee table with stack laminated walnut base from the studio of noted American Craftsman Phil Powell.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Slate, Gold Leaf

Phillip Lloyd Powell Wall Mounted Cabinet circa 1977
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Houston, TX
Phillip Lloyd Powell Cabinet with Four Doors in Mixed Woods and Mirrored Glass USA circa 1977 Walnut, mirrored glass, oak, zebrawood, mahogany, ash, ebony and maple burl. Measures...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Glass, Mirror, Ash, Ebony, Mahogany, Maple, Oak, Walnut, Zebra Wood, Burl

Phillip Lloyd Powell Rare Sculpted and Mirrored Wall Cabinet in Silver Leaf 1965
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in New York, NY
Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008) A rare and astounding hanging cabinet by Pennsylvania Studio Craft movement master Phillip Lloyd Powell, in sinuously sculpted wood covered in silve...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Silver Leaf

Studio Walnut Desk by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning desk with drawers and compartment in walnut by Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008). The freeform surface is made of thick walnut plank with a patched joined design with two ros...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell Table Lamp, Walnut and Pewter
By Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in New York, NY
Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell table lamp, walnut and pewter. Medium scale slender table lamp in walnut with vertical pewter inlays. The lamp measures: 18.5" from the base to th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Pewter

Phillip Lloyd Powell End Table
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in San Francisco, CA
A gorgeous end table in American walnut with a grey stone slab top. Wide wooden legs forming a "plus" shape. Both the base and the slate top are quite substantial. The slate top is o...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell Drop-Leaf Dining Table
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in San Francisco, CA
An extremely rare dining table by Lloyd Powell. Walnut with drop-leaf sides that feature inlays of stone.
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Stone

Paul Evans & Phillip Lloyd Powell Handcrafted Steel, Brass & Wood Brutalist Bell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early collaborative Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell torch cut metal Hand held Bell, early 1960s. Featuring a hand worked rectangular Iron bell form, circular Brass details with s...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Phililp Lloyd Powell Hexagon 2-Door Cabinet
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An unusual form in its original silver leaf finish.
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1950s American Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Silver Leaf

Pair of Phillip Lloyd Powell Sculptural Side Tables in Black Walnut
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Triangular 'guitar pick' side or occasional tables crafted by Phillip Lloyd Powell in the early 1960s (New Hope, PA). Outstanding form with three tapered legs and sculptural top. Ric...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell Sculpted Black Walnut, Cherry and Glass Coffee Table, 1960s
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Phillip Lloyd Powell Black Walnut and Cherry large Cocktail Coffee Table. Constructed in the 1960's with Black Walnut trestle base, natural end supports and center carved rosette in ...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Glass, Cherry, Walnut

Two Walnut Table Studio Made By Phillip Llyod Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Atlanta, GA
A near pair of sculpted tripod triangular tables in American Walnut studio crafted by Phil Powell in his New Hope Studio. The table tops are supported by spindle and tapered legs an...
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1960s Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Phillip Llyod Powell Solid Turned Walnut Table Lamps
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
remember we have over three thousand antique sconces and over one thousand antique lights, we can not put everything on 1stdibs, if you need a specific pair of sconces or lights, ask...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

Midcentury Cabinet by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this lovely Phillip Lloyd Powell sliding door cabinet with perfect proportions. Featuring black walnut with his signature dove-tail joinery and leg dowel co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Occasional Table by Phillip Lloyd Powell
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in San Francisco, CA
An occasional table by Phillip Lloyd Powell. Three tapered legs and top of walnut. Literature: Phillip Lloyd Powell, studio catalog, unpaginated, illustrates variations.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell, Unique Carved Desk, USA
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in New York, NY
This organic executive desk, a custom commission for a private collector, is one of the best examples of Powell’s affinity for natural wood and his mastery in creating unique works t...
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1960s American Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Iron

Phillip Lloyd Powell Lounge Chairs
By Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare pair of lounge chairs by Phillip Powell. Expressive carved walnut frames retaining their original leather cushions. Very few of these were made.
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1960s American Vintage Phillip Lloyd Powell Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Phillip Lloyd Powell furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Phillip Lloyd Powell furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Phillip Lloyd Powell collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 37 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Phillip Lloyd Powell were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gerald McCabe, John Vesey and John Dickinson. Prices for Phillip Lloyd Powell furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$4,500 and tops out at US$60,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$13,500 on average.

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