Born in Philadelphia in 1919, Phil Powell studied engineering at Drexel University, After World War 2, he moved to New Hope PA, a long-time artists' colony on the Delaware River. There he built a house and began producing carved furniture while selling Herman Miller pieces as well as Isamo Noguchi lamps to earn money. Encouraged by George Nakashima, in 1953 Powell opened a small shop in New Hope to feature his designs.


Edward Wormley (1907-1995) is best known for his association with the Dunbar Furniture Co. of Berne Indiana. Hired by Dunbar in 1931 to improve its' inexpensive tradional lines, Wormley's simple outlines and quality surfaces and finishes propelled Dunbar's modern lines to the top of the American market within 5 years. Never leading edge or overly adventurous, influenced and inspired by both classicism and modernism, Wormley's furniture presented traditional motifs in modern forms using the finest materials and highest production standards.

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