How To: Inexpensively Create Paul Evans Inspired Furniture

How To: Inexpensively Create Paul Evans Inspired Furniture

Keehnan Konyha
Oct 3, 2008

We've always had a soft spot for Paul Evans' Sculpted Bronze series for Directional, begun in the mid 1960s. While we've found "inspired" pieces at local thrift and junk shops from time to time, they usually post-date the period by a good decade, and are never actually constructed with the metals Evans was so known for.

Inspired by recent creative uses of caulking and plaster we've seen online, we started to wonder just how difficult it would be to create your own Evans work at home...

The focus of the Bronze series was hand-sculpted metal, imperfections and all. Looking at these pieces, we think that you could easily create facimilies at home, using simple materials: caulking, plaster, and metallic paint.

Taking any piece of furniture and using the caulking or plaster to create raised designs would be easy. You could also use spray foam insulation for bigger details. After drying, all you would need is a metallic paint, preferably one suited for plastics.

As Evan's work for Directional was made by hand, finished by hand, and supervised by the artist at each step of production one piece at a time, we think customizing your own furniture this way - individually, and hand-crafted - is after the same spirit.

All images via 1stDibs and Todd Merril

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