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Phillip Lloyd Powell 'New Hope' Lounge Chair in American Walnut

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Philip Lloyd Powell, lounge chair ‘New Hope’, American walnut, fabric, United States, 1960s Often described as a “Mid-Century Modernist”, American designer Phillip Lloyd Powell (1920-2008) created pieces that transcended the Modernist style in both form and application. Instead of using Industrial methods and techniques for production, the designer practiced hand carving as a way to bring out the natural form of the wood through careful manipulation. One of the most important properties of this armchair is the wooden framework: executed in this buttery, beautifully grained American walnut. The name 'New Hope' refers to the place where Powell opened his workshop in 1953. Th 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. Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008) is one of the essential members of the American Studio Craft Movement. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1919, he discovered his love for furniture design at a young age. He already began crafting his own furniture and custom furniture for family and friends in his adolescent years. He studied engineering at Drexel university but was drafted to serve in the Army Air Corps during the Second World War. After his return from the army, he settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a place that was crowded with craftspeople such as Paul Evans. It was during this period that he met Evans and throughout the 1950s and 1960s the two men shared a studio. Therefore, they often collaborated, creating some of the most important furniture of the Midcentury Studio Furniture Movement. Together, they shared a love for materials and a passion for handcrafted pieces. Therefore, all his pieces are handmade from high quality, grained woods that often recall their natural shape and form. Another natural material that he often used was slate, the deep grey material was often utilized for table or credenza tops. Over the span of slightly more than half a century, Powell's production yielded just around 1000 pieces. The designer stands in stark contrast to the prolific output of contemporaries such as the renowned furniture designer George Nakashima, who is estimated to have created well over 10,000 objects. It was in fact Nakashima who urged Powell to begin designing for himself in the first place. Today, Powell’s well-known carved wooden cabinets, consoles, chairs and dining tables are one of the most sought-after pieces from that era.
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  • Dimensions:
    Height: 31.5 in (80 cm)Width: 29.14 in (74 cm)Depth: 29.93 in (76 cm)Seat Height: 14.97 in (38 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    1960s
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftspeople in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. Check ‘About the item’ or ask our design specialists for detailed information on the condition.
  • Seller Location:
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 501135171stDibs: LU933140020712
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