My venture into studio furniture was the result of my enthusiasm for furniture design and my education as a sculptor. My furniture designs, while typically functional in nature, are sculptural expressions in wood. I have tried for years to focus my designing efforts into an easily identifiable style but that goal has been elusive. Regardless of my intentions, the language of my design style was continually changing. Since custom designed commission work is the majority of my work, I realized that the ability to easily move among disparate design styles is an asset that I should nurture. Now I love the evolution of style and look forward to the journey.
The muses from which I draw inspiration are as varied as the resulting mix of styles. The flowing lines of Art Nouveau, the emphasis on joinery in the Arts and Crafts Movement, the streamlined proportions of Art Deco, the delicacy of Asian art and furniture, and the simplicity and color found in contemporary styles are all influences in my furniture and my art. And, of course, there is nature, the alpha dog of inspiration. I have lived and worked in the forested area of south central Indiana for 30 years and am still awed by the beauty of my surroundings.
You can see more samples of my work on my website, www.mevansdesign.com.