Paul Evans Furniture

Paul Evans (USA, 1931-1987)

A designer and sculptor, Paul Evans was a wild card of late 20th century modernism. A leading light of the American Studio Furniture movement, Evans’s work manifests a singular aesthetic sense, as well as a seemingly contradictory appreciation for both “folk art” forms and for new materials and technologies.

     Evans’s primary material was metal, not wood, which was favored by his fellow studio designers, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, neighbors George Nakashima and Philip Lloyd Powell. He trained in metallurgy and studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the famed crucible of modern design and art in suburban Detroit. For a time early in his career, Evans also worked at Sturbridge Village, a historical “living museum” in Massachusetts, where he gave demonstrations as a costumed silversmith.

     Evans’s earliest work unites these influences. The pieces that made his reputation are known as “sculpted-front” cabinets: wood cases faced with box-like high-relief patinated steel mounts laid out in a grid pattern. Each mount contains a metal emblem, or glyph, and the effect is that of a brawny quilt.

     Evans’s later work falls into three distinct style groups. His “sculpted-bronze” pieces, begun in the mid-1960s, show Evans at his most expressive. He employed a technique in which resin is hand-shaped, and later sprayed with a metal coating, allowing for artistic nuance in the making of chairs, tables and cabinets. Later in the decade and into the 1970s, Evans produced his “Argente” series: consoles and other furniture forms that feature aluminum and pigment-infused metal surfaces welded into abstract organic forms and patterns.

     Last, Evans's “Cityscape” design series meshed perfectly with the sleek, “high tech” sensibility of the later ’70s. Evans constructed boxy forms and faced them with irregular mosaic patterns that mixed rectangular plaques of chromed steel, bronze, or burlwood veneer. These, like all of Paul Evans’s designs, are both useful and eye-catching. But their appeal has another, more visceral quality: these pieces have clearly been touched by an artist’s hand.

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Pair of 1970s Floating Sofas
H 27 in. W 8 ft. 1 in. D 34.5 in.
Oliver Modern
Terrific Brutalist Dresser By Lane
H 31 in. W 6 ft. 6 in. D 19 in.
Horseman Antiques Inc.
Pair of Brutalist Mirrors after Paul Evans
H 42.5 in. W 19.75 in. D 2 in.
Stamford Modern
Bronzed Resin Four Door Cabinet designed by Paul Evans
H 22.83 in. W 8 ft. 0.1 in. D 20.87 in.
Pair of Side Tables by Paul Evans
H 15.25 in. W 16 in. D 18.5 in.
Archive 20th Century
Italian Olive Wood Desk with Brass Accents
H 29.5 in. W 4 ft. 8 in. D 25.75 in.
Fritz & Hollander
Paul Evans Sofa for Directional
H 28 in. W 7 ft. D 34 in.
Machine Age
Paul Evans  Dual Metal "Cityscape" Floor Lamp
H 4 ft. 3 in. W 12 in. D 12 in.
Vermillion 20th Century Furnishings
Paul Evans Credenza
H 32 in. W 7 ft. 5.5 in. D 18 in.
E.T. Burk
Paul Evans Cityscape Coffee Table
H 16.5 in. W 6 ft. D 26 in.
Again & Again
Burrwood Coffee Table by Paul Evans, Signed, 1970s
H 15.16 in. W 46.26 in. D 46.26 in.
1970's Brutalist Totemic Column Sculptures
H 5 ft. 4 in. W 15 in. D 8 in.
Door Number 3
1970's Brutalist Sculpture Panels
H 6 ft. 6 in. W 15 in. D 1 in.
Door Number 3
Paul Evans Patchwork Wood Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 48 in. D 48 in.
Covet Studio
Pair of Paul Evans Cityscape Console
H 8.75 in. W 4 ft. 7 in. D 10 in.
Covet Studio
Paul Evans Burl Wood Coffee Table
H 16 in. W 36 in. D 36 in.
Modern Drama
Six Rare Cantilevered Dining Chairs by Paul Evans
H 32.5 in. W 18.25 in. D 23.25 in.
Paul Evans Cityscape Style Bar
H 36 in. W 5 ft. D 24 in.
Horseman Antiques Inc.
Cityscape console by Paul Evans
H 33.46 in. W 47.24 in. D 18.11 in.
Regis Royant Gallery
Low Table by Paul Evans
H 15.5 in. W 48 in. D 30 in.
Console by Paul Evans
H 29 in. W 5 ft. D 18 in.
Areaid Inc
Paul Evans Cityscape Coffee Table
H 16.25 in. W 48 in. D 36 in.
Full Circle Modern
A Rare Sculpted Bronze Bench by Paul Evans
H 20 in. W 4 ft. 10 in. D 21 in.
Paul Evans Argente Cabinet
H 6 ft. 4 in. W 36 in. D 21 in.
The Exchange Int
Disc Bar by Adrian Pearsall
H 11 in. Dm 48 in.
Modern Drama
Amazing Paul Evans Stalagmite Sculptures
H 6 ft. 2 in. W 48 in. D 4 in.
Galerie XX
Paul Evans Cube Tables
H 18 in. W 15 in. D 15 in.
Paul Evans Dining Table
H 30 in. W 8 ft. D 4 ft. 11 in.
Pierre Anthony Galleries
Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
H 29 in. W 5 ft. D 41.75 in.
On Hold
Modest Designs
A Sculpted Bronzed Resin Four Door Cabinet by Paul Evans
H 31.5 in. W 7 ft. 0.6 in. D 20.47 in.
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Dining Table
H 30 in. W 6 ft. 10 in. D 44 in.
Tishu Gallery
Mammoth Brutalist Sculpture
H 34 in. W 5 ft. 5 in. D 8 in.
Sold on Dixie
Paul Evans Dining Table, Model No. PE 23
H 29.5 in. W 5 ft. 11.5 in. D 4 ft. 11 in.
Sebastian + Barquet
Coffee Table by Paul Evans
H 15 in. W 5 ft. D 24 in.
Sebastian + Barquet
Paul Evans Cityscape Wall Unit
H 7 ft. W 15 ft. 5 in. D 10 in.
Modern Drama
A Pair of Floor Lamps Designed by Paul Evans
H 35.83 in. W 12.2 in. D 12.2 in.
Holly Johnson Antiques & Interior Design
Floor Light Designed by Paul Evans
H 4 ft. 5.9 in. W 36.22 in. D 13.78 in.
Holly Johnson Antiques & Interior Design
Paul Evans Cityscape Etagere
H 7 ft. 0.4 in. W 4 ft. D 17.05 in.
Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
H 19 in. W 40 in. D 30 in.
Lost City Arts
A Low Wall Cabinet Designed By Paul Evans
H 24.02 in. W 5 ft. 8.5 in. D 18.11 in.
Holly Johnson Antiques & Interior Design
Paul Evans Patchwork Mirror &  Console
H 5 ft. 10 in. W 48 in. D 15 in.
Horseman Antiques Inc.
A Paul Evans Suede and Stainless Steel Four Door Cabinet
H 32.68 in. W 6 ft. 0.4 in. D 20.87 in.
Cityscape Cabinet Paul Evans
H 24 in. W 24 in. D 16 in.
Tishu Miami
Large Sculpture after Paul Evans
H 16 in. W 4 ft. 7.5 in. D 7 in.
S Julian
Paul Evans Cabinet, model no. PE-40A
H 31 in. W 6 ft. D 22 in.
Sebastian + Barquet
Paul Evans Coffee Table
H 18 in. W 42 in. D 42 in.
Modern Drama
Paul Evans Cityscape Wall-Mounted Console
H 12.5 in. W 29.5 in. D 12 in.
Full Circle Modern
Pair of "Cityscape" stools by Paul Evans
H 17.5 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
Sebastian + Barquet
Large Italian Credenza in the Style of Paul Evans
H 30.5 in. W 7 ft. 10.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Horseman Antiques Inc.