Mid-century sculptor/designer Paul Evans worked with metal in a way no other designer had ever done before or since, arranging metal panels into rich quilt patterns. According to Jeffrey Head, Evans created no more than 75 pieces in these angular forms, turning intricate textures into his own signature expression, a mode that corresponded with the Brutalist Architecture that was sweeping America. I will host Jeffrey in my program Collecting Design next week.
From geometric compositions, Evans progressed to furniture in giant stylized S-curves, introducing movement to the otherwise static, heavy forms. But it was not until 1964, when he began his collaboration with the Directional Furniture Company, that Evans became nationally known. He designed no less than 12 furniture collections during an 18-year partnership. For the various collections Evans designed throughout his career, watch the video above.