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Paul Evans Sculpture Front Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Rare sculpture front cabinet. Welded torch-cut patinated steel, color pigments and 24-karat gold leaf. Bright original color with original slate top and original welded metal base. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Cabinets

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Metal

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  • Paul Evans Sculpture Front Cabinet
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H 36.50 in. W 98.00 in. D 23.00 in.
Two Door Paul Evans Sculpture Front Console
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Sculpture front console by Paul Evans. Early studio piece signed ‘PAUL EVANS 64’ with original slate top. This rare example showcases all of the iconic motifs of this early and studi...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Slate, Bronze

Paul Evans, Sculpture Front Wall-Mounted Cabinet, USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Despite the accessible size and lively surface decoration, very few of this style cabinet were produced by the Paul Evans Studio. With the same welded steel frame in a radial diamond...
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Vintage 1960s American Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Paul Evans Important "Sculpture Front Cabinet", 1979
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
"Sculpture Front Cabinet” in welded and patinated steel, color pigments, 24-karat gold leaf, painted wood with granite top by Paul Evans, American 1979. This piece comes with the ori...
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Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Credenzas

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Granite, Steel, Gold Leaf

Sculpture Front Cabinet by Paul Evans, USA 1969
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A unique two-door Sculpture Front cabinet by Paul Evans, with hand-cleft slate top and yellow lacquer interior with two adjustable shelves. With welded date and signature to the lowe...
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20th Century American Cabinets

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Steel

Unique Paul Evans Sculpture Front Wall Hanging Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Among his many stylistic periods, Paul Evans' sculpture front cabinets are the most prized. An extremely sturdy wood structure is overlaid with raw sheet steel, with a pair of heavy ...
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20th Century American Cabinets

Materials

Slate, Iron, Steel

Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A rare Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans, 1968. An excellent studio piece, this console has four unique massive welded steel doors – boldly decorated with Evans signature abs...
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Vintage 1960s American Cabinets

Materials

Slate, Steel

Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A rare over-sized Sculpture Front console signed Paul Evans, 1965. An exemplary early studio piece, this console has four unique massive 22.5" x 24" welded steel doors – boldly deco...
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Vintage 1960s American Cabinets

Materials

Slate, Steel

  • Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans
  • Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans
  • Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans
  • Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans
H 41.75 in. W 99 in. D 24 in.
Sculpture Front Cabinet signed Paul Evans 77
Located in New York, NY
A rare Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans, 1977. This console has four unique massive welded steel doors – boldly decorated with Evans signature abstract sculptural elements. ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Cabinets

Materials

Slate, Steel

Two Door Sculpture Front Console by Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A Two Door Sculpture Front Console by Paul Evans. USA, 1976. A gorgeous and rare two-door console with the original slate topThese sculpture front consoles were designed and built ou...
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Vintage 1970s American Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Paul Evans 8 Ft. Wall Hanging "Sculpture Front' Cabinet
Located in Pawtucket, RI
An exceedingly rare and beautiful four-door wall hanging "Sculpture Front" cabinet executed by Paul Evans. A fine early example with four hinged doors, single shelf to each interior ...
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Vintage 1960s Credenzas

Materials

Slate, Steel

Wall Hung Sculpture Front Console signed Paul Evans 67
Located in New York, NY
A Wall Hung Sculpture Front Console by Paul Evans. USA, 1967. A rare wall-hung sculpture front console that can also be placed on a custom base with the original Pennsylvania slate t...
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Vintage 1960s American Console Tables

Materials

Steel, Gold Leaf

A Wall Hung Sculpture Front Console Signed by Paul Evans, USA, 1
Located in New York, NY
A rare wall-hung sculpture front console that can also be placed on a custom base with the original Pennsylvania slate top. These sculpture front consoles were designed and built out...
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Vintage 1960s American Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Paul Evans Biography and Important Works

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.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.