Paul Evans

August 29, 2012

Utilizing new technology and unorthodox materials, American furniture designer Paul Evans was a pioneer in the creation of experimental, modern furniture. As a neighbor of George Nakashima and creative partner with furniture designer Phillip Lloyd Powell, Evans helped to establish New Hope, Pennsylvania as an artist community geared towards modern furniture design. Beginning in 1950, he formally trained as a silversmith, goldsmith, and blacksmith at the Philadelphia Textile Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art as the first American recipient of the Booth Fellowship. After selling designs to the Raymor Company, he moved to New Hope in 1955 where he met Phillip Lloyd Powell, and there began a ten-year-long business and creative relationship. He used a range of different metals to construct his furniture of a distinctly sculptural prominence, including bronze, pewter, copper, and steel. A 1957 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York garnered him national attention, and by 1966, he had opened his Bucks County studio, which employed over fifty people. The Cityscape Series and the Argente Series, some of his most famous furniture and sculpture designs, were manufactured by Directional Furniture throughout the second half of the 20th century.

“Paul Evans II.” Interactive Database: Bucks County Artists. The James A. Michener Art Museum, 2012. Web. 28 Aug. 2012.

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