Paul Evans Patchwork Cabinet
Paul Evans Studio for Directional, patchwork cabinet model PE-302, patinated copper, steel, brass, slate, United States, circa 1960.
Raw and robust small sideboard designed and produced by Paul Evans for Directional furniture. The wheeled sideboard is made of copper, steel and brass and contains a slate top. Evans’ interest in working with metal was already clear early in his career. He followed the Metalcrafts Program a the School for America Craftsmen. He also followed courses in jewelry design which is greatly visible in the structured, sculptural pieces such as this credenza. The Patchwork line, to which this sideboard belong, came into existence when Evans started to collaborate with Directional Furniture in 1964. This line with copper, brass and pewter was very popular at the time and together with Directional, Evans created about 800 unique Patchwork items.
Paul Evans (1931-1987), raised a Quaker, was a protagonist of American Craft-based postwar art and design. He is known for working between the boundaries of art, Craft and furniture design. It is almost impossible to put Paul Evans into a certain stylistic corner. He is slick and shiny at one moment, whilst at the other being robust and rough. Evans only definite characterization is the fact that he offered a handmade, bold reaction to the machine aesthetic.