As a young man Keith Evans loved to hang around his father’s studio in Bucks County, PA, watching him design and build furniture, and helping wherever he could. His father, the late contemporary furniture designer and sculptor Paul Evans had trained at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rochester Institute of Technology. Keith studied engineering at Lehigh University for two years only to find that he enjoyed the experimental side of engineering more than the traditional side. During summers Keith worked in the factory with his father and in the early 1980’s the two combined their design and engineering talents to produce “James Bond” style: electro-mechanical furniture and wall units.
The original pieces had doors that “zoomed” back into hidden pockets, tops that opened “like a B-52 bomber” to expose lighting components, cabinets that dropped down from the ceiling, televisions that glided in and out. Nothing was beyond the scope of their combined imaginations, and theirs was among the first electronic furniture.
The doors to Zoom Manufacturing Corporation were opened in Canonsburg in 1993. Keith is a designer who has been greatly influenced by the mid-century design of Paul Evans. Keith prefers the straight, elegant lines of contemporary design but customers looking for the quality of custom made furniture come from all venues and he has designed cabinetry from sleek contemporary laminates to old world ornate, hand carved wood with 12 coats of lacquered finish.
Zoom Corporation also works closely with many local designers/decorators who are looking for that one of a kind piece of furniture, fireplace surround, newel post or an entire kitchen or bath.
When Zoom Corporation says that Keith takes the product from beginning to end – they mean it. Keith designs (or collaborates with a designer/Decorator), engineers, builds (with the help of a shop foreman), installs and services the product. He is religiously on the job site, even if he is using a subcontractor – he is there to oversee them. It is his name on the product and he wants to make sure that the customer is getting the best product and service possible.