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Paul Evans

American, 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 sideboards, credenzas, coffee tables and other 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 Phillip 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 case pieces. Later in the decade and into the 1970s, Evans produced his Argente series for celebrated manufacturer Directional (​​a brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere): 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 — a milestone in the history of brutalist design — 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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Patchwork Table
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Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
Stalagmite Coffee Table
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Set of Six Paul Evans Cantilevered Dining Chairs for Directional, 1970s
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Mid-Century Modern set of 6 Paul Evans cantilevered dining chairs for Directional. This set includes two armchairs and four side chairs. These ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Stainless Steel

Paul Evans for Directional Set of Eight Dining Chairs
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of eight dining chairs designed by Paul Evans and produced by Directional. Two armchairs and six side chairs, all expertly reupholstered a grey Maharam fabric. Great style and co...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Paul Evans Cityscape Keep Safe Box
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans Cityscape Keep Safe Box, not many of these were produced, interior plastic laminite. Dimensions: 5" wide 5" deep 3" high
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans

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Steel

Magnificent Paul Evans Cityscape PE 204 Chrome Brushed Chrome Queen Headboard
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Queen-size "Canopy Headboard PE-204" in chrome and brushed chrome with recessed lights and storage compartments by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, Cityscape collection, America...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Chrome

Paul Evans Studio for Directional Argente Unique Dining Table
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans Studio for Directional Argente Unique Dining Table Welded and patinated aluminum with 3/4" glass Welded signature and date to base ‘Paul Evans 73’. Sold with a digital c...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans

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Aluminum

Paul Evans, Phill Powell, Unique Wall Hanging Cabinet, 1960s
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Unique wall - hung cabinet, collaboration between two great American studio artists - Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell. Upper part showcases Evan's brutalist torch-cutting, welding and enameling technics, and the lower, Powell's wood gilding, resulting in a harmonious creation that would be a center piece in any elegant home. The white lacquered shelves...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans

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Metal

Paul Evans for Directional 'Cityscape' Floor Lamps
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, 'Cityscape' floor lamps, model PE-4010 from the PE200 series, chrome-plated steel, brass, United States, circa 1975 This unique pair of floor lamps from...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Brass, Steel, Chrome

Paul Evans Studio Wall Mounted Space Console
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans Studio Wall Mounted Space Console, Paul Evans Studio 1965c. Stainless steel case with leather drawer front. Very few of these were produced. (Craig Ellwood Painting pictur...
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1960s American Space Age Vintage Paul Evans

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Stainless Steel

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The Cityscape dining table created by artist, sculptor and furniture designer Paul Evans (1931–87) is one of the most recognizable examples of brutalist design. Evans, whose favored material was metal, is best known for his 1970s contributions to the American Studio Craft movement as well as his breakthroughs in brutalism. In the early 1950s, Evans studied at Philadelphia’s Textile Institute and then at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, which has ...
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Paul Evans furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Paul Evans furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paul Evans furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Paul Evans were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Widdicomb Furniture Co., Mastercraft, and Harvey Probber. Prices for Paul Evans furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $713 and can go as high as $220,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $11,832.

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