Paul Evans (1931-1987) was an iconic American furniture designer, sculptor, and artist who is famous for his contributions to the American Craft Movement of the 1970s and for his work with the influential American manufacturer Directional Furniture. Paul Evans’ Brutalist-inspired sculpted metal furnishings distinguish him from others in the world of design.
Todd Merrill Studio presents an unprecedented collection of original Paul Evans Studio “Argente Series” works from distinguished private collections. Paul Evans, one of the most recognizable and versatile figures in the American Craft Movement of the post-war period, and arguably the most collectible American furniture designer of the late 20th Century, produced a distinctive line of aluminum Studio and commercial works under the title “Argente” (French for silver) from 1965 to 1972. The works are characterized by the juxtaposition of opaque black and reflective silver populated by pictographic “drawings” and patterns. Due to their high production cost, as well as inherent difficulties in producing the line, which created a dangerous studio environment, “Argente” is one of Evans’ shortest-lived, and has become the most highly sought-after series of works.
This catalog documents this incredible collection and the uniqueness of the designer and the Argente series.