The Metal Quilting of Paul Evans

Daniella Ohad
Jun 3, 2013 12:31AM

At the New York School of Interior Design here in New York City, I host a program called Collecting Design. In a recent session devoted to the American Studio Movement, I interviewed Jeffrey Head, whose book on mid-century designer Paul Evans was recently published. A graduate of the metal-smithing program at the legendary School of American Crafts, Paul Evans settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania in the mid-50s. At first, he collaborated with local designer Phillip Powell on wood and metal objects, but quickly developed his own style and began crafting monumental furniture that resists category. 

Those early pieces were made of sculpted steel panels, oxidized in acids, resulting in brilliant colors. It was a technique Evans invented and kept secret for his entire life. 

Daniella Ohad