Paul Evans, ‘Paul Evans, Custom Cloud Pillow Sofa, USA, 1979’, 1979, Todd Merrill Studio

This extra-wide, racetrack shaped-sofa is a rare pre-curser to the final creations made in the 80s at the end of Evan’s prolific career. Made with architectural and futuristic furniture elements, the voluminous sofa features crescent shaped arm rests and two oversized throw cushions. An under-lit component and recessed chrome base creates a cantilevered, floating effect.
By 1980, Evans had ended his partnership creating unique furniture for Directional to purse his desire to experiment with modular pieces. He opened a New York City retail showroom at 306 East 61st Street in the Interior Design Building, displaying an array of electronically operated designs and Alucobond furniture. This was a custom piece made in 1979 and has been newly upholstered.The sofa is pictured in Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, published for the artist’s double museum retrospective at the Cranbrook Museum of Art and James A. Michener Art Museum in 2014. (See: Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, Constance Kimmerle Ed. p. 30)

36″ H x 100″L x 64″D. Seat height 20’H

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