Like the city his glorious "Cityscape" series is named after, Paul Evans Furniture is a lesson in contradictions: Innovative yet inherent of the past; Barbaric yet disarmingly beautiful.
Like Harry Bertoia—who also had ties to Cranbrook Academy of Art—Paul Evan was, at his core, a metalworker. Though wood frequently made appearances in his work, he routinely opposed it with the presence of metal. Prime examples of this include his much applauded "Cityscape" series for Directional. In these Paul Evan pieces, variegated sizes of bronze, chrome, and burl plates were adhered to credenza fronts, table bases, and the like. The result? Yet another contradiction—simply stunning.