Paul Evans and 4 Iconic Dining Tables

A brief look into Paul Evans and a few of my favourite dining tables.

Considered by some as the wild card of modernist furniture Paul Evans created some truly unique and striking pieces of furniture and sculpture in the mid 20th Century.

Evans started his career creating smaller items, accessories and metal sculptures. In 1959 Evans collaborated with Dorsey Reading, this partnership created the indisputably recognisable “patchwork” cabinets, incorporating organic/biomorphic forms and abstract motifs clad onto wooden carcasses. An early client of Evans cited that he was “not interested in making a quiet statement” the furniture created (often bespoke) was made to challenge the audience in terms of taste and produce a profound effect.

In 1964 Evans moved on from his partnership with Reading to forge new alliances with the Directional furniture company, this altered both the scope of the work and the nature of his furniture production. This relationship would last and flourish for 15 years. The first delivery of furniture to Directional included six steal base geometric design coffee tables that sold out within one week.

Evans grew and grew in popularity with Directional. Creating the cityscape collection, a very different look to the earlier pieces, the heavily textured surfaces of earlier work were replaced with prolific lines and smooth reflective surfaces. He also created a range called “Corrugate” for the young individual who had an eye for design but wasn't ready to commit in life be it to furniture, lifestyle, or a partner. Corrugate was disposable functional and aesthetically pleasing.
In 1979 Evans parted ways with Directional in order to pursue a line of furniture made from malleable aluminum composite. His parting from Direction was the start of much more Avant-garde furniture design, which proved to be significantly less commercially successful.

4 Of the Best Styles Of Paul Evans Dining Tables


Paul Evans dining table (PE 23) epitomizes the artist’s distinct approach to creating innovative forms and highly sculptural studio furniture pieces. Made of welded steel, the table base features braised brass decoration, throughout. From Tod Merril


Our example of a rare Paul Evans olive ash burl wood and polished brass extending dining table, circa 1973. Designed as part of the burl and metal 400 series by the Directional furniture company, USA. From Guinevere


Stalagmites were the design inspiration for the base of this Paul Evans’ dining table, named after them. On the sculpted bronze serpentine stalagmite base rests a thick plate glass top, that seems to float over a sculptural, organic inspired base. Designed by Paul Evans for Directional. From Galerie L'Eclaireur Paris


Paul Evans designed faceted dining table base from his faceted 300 collection for Directional, USA, circa 1970. From Talisman London