—Posted March 15, 2019
Born in 1919, Phillip Lloyd Powell was a self-taught furniture maker. Mr. Powell’s work is often described as midcentury modern although it routinely transcended the clean aesthetics of the style . His sinuous, textural furniture, which he painstakingly hand-carved from gleaming woods, recalled forms from the natural world. Lloyd Powell studied mechanical engineering at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia and meteorology at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL.
The combination of these wood working and engineering skills is evident in his work. After serving during World War II, Powell settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania, attracted by the local artists community. He began selling his work in the early 1950s from his shop, a studio Powell shared for over a decade, with Paul Evans the designer and metal smith. The two worked together on several pieces. Powell soon gained a reputation for making strikingly modern pieces. Perhaps his most recognizable works are his cabinets. There are thought to be less than 1,000 pieces in existence.