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Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio Custom-Made ‘Patchwork’ Sofa

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Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio, welded and enameled pewter, copper, and bronze, reupholstered in Driessen Leder “Nairobi Green", United States, 1971 Designed by Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio in 1971, this sofa is custom-designed and certainly serves as a work of art in its own right. This piece exemplifies Evans’s idiosyncratic way with welding and constructing. Evans departed from the traditional values of the designer-craftsman, which prioritize respect for materials and functional simplicity. Instead, he showed a keen interest in manipulating materials and creating artificial aging effects. However, he maintained a strong belief in the importance of the craftsman's expertise and ingenuity as the foundation for innovation and replication. The emphasis on surface treatment became the defining characteristic of his furniture designs. As Evans articulates the essence of his oeuvre, handmade product should bear the mark of the hand. Mere good lines are insufficient, as those can be industrially produced. Furniture ought to embody detail and richness. The sofa’s framework is assembled from pewter, copper, and bronze sheets, skillfully welded together in a patchwork effect and artfully enameled. Welding involves joining two metal pieces by heating them to their melting points, causing bonding at the joint face and the formation of a welding seam. This process utilizes heat and/or pressure, with the option of adding metal as needed. The geometric design with thin-gauge brazed metal angular shapes is joined by smoothly applied patches with a natural outline. The sofa revolves around a palette of naturalistic brown shades, adding to its allure and artistic charm. This design serves as a wonderful example of Evans's groundbreaking and artistic design methodology. Paul Evans (1931-1987) was among one of the most important American Studio Craft Movement members. Together with artists such as Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima, he helped to make the Philadelphia region a prominent center for the Studio Craft in the late 1960s. Born in Newton, Pennsylvania, Evans studied at a few different institutions such as the Philadelphia Textile Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsman, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Eventually, he was drawn to New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1955 where he collaborated and shared a showroom with Phillip Lloyd Powell until 1966. Powell’s woodwork and Evans's metal craftsmanship combined into a creative partnership. During this period, he started to create furniture with metal and sculpture by which he manipulated materials to achieve expressive surface effects. In 1964, Evans started working for the Directional Furniture company where he pursued a new phase of his career. Directional offered him new opportunities for selling his work throughout the US and he continuously introduced new lines. However, his line proved to be too expensive and by the end of the seventies, he ended his relationship with the company. It was also throughout the seventies that Evans started to replace these crusty, textured surfaced, that were patinated with paint and acid, with dazzling, reflective metal surfaces that were sometimes mixed with woods. Evans’s oeuvre has an impressive size especially when regarding all pieces were handmade. On March 6, 1987, the artist shut down his business and, unfortunately, died the next day due to a heart attack.
  • Creator:
    Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 31.11 in (79 cm)Width: 98.82 in (251 cm)Depth: 35.44 in (90 cm)Seat Height: 17.72 in (45 cm)
  • Style:
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1971
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftspeople in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. Check ‘About the item’ or ask our design specialists for detailed information on the condition.
  • Seller Location:
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 501106451stDibs: LU933139194842
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