Paul Evans, ‘Cube tables (2)’, 1970s, Rago
Paul Evans, ‘Cube tables (2)’, 1970s, Rago

Paired with Phillip Lloyd Powell

The latter half of Paul Evans’ career is largely defined by his partnership with Directional Furniture, a manufacturing company that commissioned Evans after his 1961 exhibition at what is now the Museum of Art and Design. Evans collaborated with Directional Furniture until 1980, and is best known for experimenting with new technology and revolutionary materials. He approached his furniture from the perspective of a sculptor, and often embedded abstract compositions throughout his designs.

Dimensions: 16 x 15 in (each)

Condition: Minor finish loss to edges and chips and stains to tops. Overall good original condition.

Signature: Unmarked

Manufacturer: Directional Furniture

About Paul Evans

A former metalworker, Paul Evans set up his own design studio in 1955 and, over the course of decades, became known for his sculpture, furniture, and contributions to the American Studio Craft Movement in the ’70s. The musician Lenny Kravitz once called Evans’s work, which he collects, “stunningly beautiful, stunningly ugly, stunningly tacky, stunningly sophisticated.” His career is divided into phases, each of which is defined by different styles and materials—the latter of which have included copper, bronze, pewter, sculpted steel, and argente. Hallmarks of his work include high relief, abstractly patterned surfaces, combining gilding, gnarled wood, and metal filigree. He also embraced and pioneered the integration of technology into design, including features such as remote-controlled doors and shelves in his creations.

American, 1931-1987, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, based in New Hope, Pennsylvania