Paul Evans (1931 – 1987)
Paul Evans is internationally recognized as a great studio furniture maker of the 20th century. In his finest work, such as Argente and Sculpted Front, he deploys his training in welding, metallurgy, and jewelry design to sculpt brutal and beautiful furniture in metal – work that prefigured the art furniture movement today.
Evans, the first American to win the Booth Fellowship, attended the Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1955 where he met fellow craftsman Phillip Lloyd Powell. Powell encouraged him to apply his metallurgy skills to furniture. They shared a showroom for the next ten years, working independently and collaborating on furniture and smalls designed in metals and wood. In 1966, Evans relocated to Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania, by which time he was sufficiently successful to employ between thirty-five to eighty people, as orders required. In 1979, he opened an additional showroom on East 61st Street in New York City. He retired to Massachusetts in 1987 and died there of a heart attack that same year.
Evans created full lines of furniture for the design company Directional, as well as studio work (one-offs, commissions, and multiples) in a number of styles including Cityscape and Skyline (Directional only), Patchwork, Sculpted Metal, Sculpted Bronze, Deep Relief, Sculpted Front and Argente.