Partnership | Jul 13, 2023
Experts on pairing style with performance, Austin-based designer and wholesaler Four Hands produces essential pieces that both anchor and elevate today’s multipurpose living spaces. The brand debuts more than 2,000 styles each year, focusing on home goods that not only look great but last. This spring, it introduced discreetly incorporated automation to select collections, adding a new dimension of mainstream functionality to its portfolio. As consumers increasingly consider their furniture purchases as investment pieces, Four Hands meets the demand—with Power Motion recliners, innovative fabrics and outdoor designs that endure even the hot, hometown Texas sun.
“In the upholstery world, the reclining category is kind of divisive because, whether it be a cupholder or a USB port or lighted accents, the perception has to do with how many tricks you can put into one piece,” says Four Hands president of upholstery Rick Lovegrove. Guided instead by the company’s characteristically minimalist style, he and his team took the opposite approach, transforming what could be considered the furniture equivalent of a guilty pleasure into a streamlined, supremely comfortable experience. “We wanted our first Power Motion assortment to blend into our collection, not stand out as something that didn’t share the Four Hands DNA, so we stripped it down as much as we could. Aesthetics came first.”
That strategic subtlety informs the fully reclinable Tillery three-piece sectional, its automated foot- and headrests conveniently controlled by a single button tucked between the armrest and seat. “It’s the least recliner-looking design imaginable. The functionality is hidden. If you’re not engaging with the mechanism, you wouldn’t notice