Paul Evans Sculptural Armchair in Steel, Bronze and Red Upholstery
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Paul Evans, sculptural armchair, steel, bronze, red velvet upholstery, United States, 1967
This handcrafted armchair by Paul Evans shows the artistic qualities Evans is known for. Strong lines create a highly sculptural chair with a haptic surface in bronze. A tripod base consisting of three L-shaped legs lift the chair up. The legs feature only one straight side and two curved lines so that the base has a dynamic appearance. With the use of steel and bronze Evans designed a sculptural chair with Brutalist touches, especially due to the roughly crafted edges. Decorative lines structure the surface. The tilted seat and round backrest that flows over into the armrest accompanies the chair. The round backrest as well as the seat cushion are upholstered in a velvet fabric in a sophisticated red color shade. The seat features tufted details. Signed by the artist.
Paul Evans (1931-1987) interest in the haptic quality of this designs was visible from early in his career and mostly realized with metal and chrome in his designs. In 1950 Evans started attending the School for American Craftsman. Five years later he started sharing his showroom with Phillip Lloyd Powell and together they collaborated until 1966. Powell’s woodwork and Evan’s metal craftsmanship combined into a creative partnership. In 1964 Evans starts working together with the Directional Furniture Company. In the early 1970s Evans published his ‘Cityscape’ furniture line. In 1974 Evans introduced the PE 400 series consisting of wooden burl in contrast with metal. The development within his oeuvre is clearly seen in the change from mostly metal based works towards pieces working with the effect of chrome surfaces capturing the disco aera towards the PE 400 series where Evans developed the popular Cityscape series l and ll into a three-dimensional design with the contrast between natural wood and chrome surfaces. In contrast features the ‘Patchwork Series’ more flat surfaces in use of copper, brass and other metals creating a unique pattern. Evan’s oeuvre has an impressive size especially when regarding the fact that all pieces were handmade.
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