Paul Evans was a furniture designer and mixed-metal sculptor in bronze, silver and gold. He first earned public notice with an exhibition that included his work in 1957 at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City. In 1964, he became a designer for Directional Furniture. Evans pieces were frequently signed, and some of the custom items have a signature and a date. Paul Evans’ combination of handcraft and technology anticipated the limited edition art furniture of today. The artist’s relationship with Directional Furniture set a unique standard for creative manufacture by insisting
every piece is made by hand, finished by hand, supervised by the artist at each step of production, one piece at a time.
Born in Newtown, PA, he studied sculpture and silversmithing at several institutions, such as the Philadelphia Textile Institute in Philadelphia, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the School for American Crafstmen in Rochester, NY. In 1952, he attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and then moved to New Hope, PA, to work with his mentor, Phillip Loyd Powell, who studied under George Nakashima. Together, they began a business and creative partnership.