James Evanson (1946 – 2022) American furniture and lighting designer

James Evanson stools
James Evanson stools

James Evanson, an American artist, architect, and furniture designer based in New York and Santa Fe, was born in 1946. Evanson has been at the forefront of the “functional art” movement worldwide. His work has travelled worldwide since his first exhibition in 1979 at the Art et Industrie Gallery in New York. For the Memphis Collection in Milan, new work was created just for the occasion. The “Lighthouse” lamps gained international acclaim and became an icon of the 1980s. The ID Annual Design Review chose Evanson’s “Comet Club” barstool. Evanson’s most recent work has focused on the aesthetics of kiln-formed glass.


Evanson was born in Montana and acquired early instruction as a cabinetmaker, carpenter, and draughtsman from his father. He got an architecture degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star as a combat helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.

Evanson has spoken at Yale University, Pratt Institute, and the Rhode Island School of Design, among other places. He has taught at SUNY Purchase, New York City’s Parson’s School of Design, and the Art Institute of New York City.

James Evanson Table Lamp
James Evanson Table Lamp

Evanson Studios, Owner 1974 to PRESENT

Architect with a licence. He founded a design and art studio to create and build glass art, functional art, silkscreens, graphics, light fittings, interior design, single-family homes, and other projects.

Evanson Showroom from 1997 to 2012.

He co-founded a high-end furniture dealership in Manhattan with his wife, Lisa, to conceive, produce, and sell original designs “to the trade.” The clients were Michael Douglas, the Bill Clinton Library, the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Brooks Brothers, Nelson Rockefeller Jr, and Patricia Hearst.


James EvansonJames Evanson 18 Aug 2022, Thu Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Newspapers.com


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London : Thames and Hudson. (1988, January 1). Masque Chair by James Evanson. Internet Archive. Retrieved September 27, 2022, from https://archive.org/details/internationaldes0000unse_a4f7/page/24/mode/2up?q=%22James%2BEvanson%22

Porcelli, L. V. (1991, January 1). City View Lighthouses. Internet Archive. Retrieved September 27, 2022, from https://archive.org/details/internationallig0000porc/page/56/mode/2up?q=%22James%2BEvanson%22


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