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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 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: 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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Cityscape Dining Table
Cityscape Dining Table
Cityscape Coffee Table
Cityscape Coffee Table
Patchwork Table
Patchwork Table
Stalagmite Coffee Table
Stalagmite Coffee Table
Modern Brutalist Sculptural Welded Steel & Bronze Dining Table Paul Evans 1970s
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a stupendous and iconic, glass topped dining table, on sculpturally welded steel and bronze bases, by Paul evans for Directional, circa the 1970s. In excell...
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1970s Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Bronze, Steel

Paul Evans Round Stalagmite Coffee Table in Sculptured Bronze 1969 (Signed)
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Round stalagmite coffee table in sculpted bronze by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American 1969 (signed "PE 69"). This piece was created from a mixture of epoxy resin and san...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Bronze

Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Evans Rare sculpted metal dining table Paul Evans Studio gilt, welded and patinated steel, glass Measures: 29 ¾ x 98 x 48 in. (75.6 x 248.9 x 121.9 cm).  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans

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Metal

  • Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Dining Table
  • Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Dining Table
  • Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Dining Table
  • Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Dining Table
H 29.75 in. W 48 in. D 98 in.
Signed Paul Evans Octagonal Cityscape Pedestal Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Signed Paul Evans octagonal cityscape pedestal dining table  Table is showing reflection from floor.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans

Paul Evans, Dining Table, Model PE 24
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Sculpted steel, model PE 24 dining table bases by Paul Evans for Directional. The bases feature Paul Evans masterful designs, polychrome technique and patchwork. Glass top is not inc...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Steel

  • Paul Evans, Dining Table, Model PE 24
  • Paul Evans, Dining Table, Model PE 24
  • Paul Evans, Dining Table, Model PE 24
  • Paul Evans, Dining Table, Model PE 24
H 28 in. W 22 in. D 22 in.
Early Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Throne Chair, Signed and Dated, 1969
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Culver City, CA
One of the most recognizable and important names in the American studio craft movement of the 1960's and 70's, Paul Evans was a groundbreaking pioneer in brutalism. Collaborating as ...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans

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Bronze

Signed Paul Evans Directional Metal & Burl Wood Patchwork Slate Top End Table
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Signed Paul Evans for Directional large patchwork end table on castors. This is uncommon with the combination of dark gray / pewter colored steel and burl wood til...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Slate, Metal

Early Paul Evans "Crown of Thorns" Dining Table, Signed and Dated, 1968
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Culver City, CA
One of the most recognizable and important names in the American studio craft movement of the 1960's and 70's, Paul Evans was a groundbreaking pioneer in brutalism. Collaborating as ...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans

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Bronze, Steel

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Sculpted Bronze Dining Table and Eight Armchairs
Sculpted Bronze Dining Table and Eight Armchairs
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Forged-Front Cabinet
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Argente Armoire Cabinet
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Paul Evans furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Evans' furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul Evans collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 321 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Paul Evans were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Karl Springer, Mastercraft and Charles Hollis Jones. Paul Evans furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $425,000, while pieces like these can sell for $11,000 on average.

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