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Rare Pair of Reupholstered Armchairs in Burgundy Mohair by Paul Evans

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Paul Evans, pair of armchairs, steel and upholstery, United States, 1960s  A rare pair of highly sculptural armchairs by Paul Evans. The base consists of a torch-cut, welded, polychromed and patinated steel as the foot. The base flows over in a tripod that support the armrests and seat. The armrests and seat are angular shaped, a striking combination with the organic base. The chairs are upholstered in a high quality purple mohair fabric by the experienced craftsmen in our in-house atelier. The are experts in restoring and reupholstering historical and design furniture. With attention fot the original, they maintain the authenticity and value of the piece. Provenance available upon request. Paul Evans (1931-1987) was a protagonist of American craft-based post-war 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 hand-made, bold reaction to the machine aesthetic.  

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  • Dimensions
    H 25.99 in. x W 25.6 in. x D 20.08 in.H 66 cm x W 65 cm x D 51 cm
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Seller Reference Number
    45012579
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU933117865401
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About Paul Evans (Designer)

A designer and sculptor, Paul Evans was a wild card of late 20th century modernism. A leading light of the American Studio Furniture movement, Evans’s work manifests a singular aesthetic sense, as well as a seemingly contradictory appreciation for both “folk art” forms and for new materials and technologies.

     Evans’s primary material was metal, not wood, which was favored by his fellow studio designers, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, neighbors George Nakashima and Philip Lloyd Powell. He trained in metallurgy and studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the famed crucible of modern design and art in suburban Detroit. For a time early in his career, Evans also worked at Sturbridge Village, a historical “living museum” in Massachusetts, where he gave demonstrations as a costumed silversmith.

     Evans’s earliest work unites these influences. The pieces that made his reputation are known as “sculpted-front” cabinets: wood cases faced with box-like high-relief patinated steel mounts laid out in a grid pattern. Each mount contains a metal emblem, or glyph, and the effect is that of a brawny quilt.

     Evans’s later work falls into three distinct style groups. His “sculpted-bronze” pieces, begun in the mid-1960s, show Evans at his most expressive. He employed a technique in which resin is hand-shaped, and later sprayed with a metal coating, allowing for artistic nuance in the making of chairs, tables and cabinets. Later in the decade and into the 1970s, Evans produced his “Argente” series: consoles and other furniture forms that feature aluminum and pigment-infused metal surfaces welded into abstract organic forms and patterns.

     Last, Evans's “Cityscape” design series meshed perfectly with the sleek, “high tech” sensibility of the later ’70s. Evans constructed boxy forms and faced them with irregular mosaic patterns that mixed rectangular plaques of chromed steel, bronze, or burlwood veneer. These, like all of Paul Evans’s designs, are both useful and eye-catching. But their appeal has another, more visceral quality: these pieces have clearly been touched by an artist’s hand.

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Established in 2007, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’...

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