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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 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 — 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
Paul Evans Directional Dining Table Signed, PE70
By Paul Evans
Located in New Rochelle, NY
You are viewing a signed (PE70) dining table in exceptional condition from 1970. We believe it is one of the finest examples of this dining table on 1st Dibs or available anywhere. T...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Metal

Paul Evans Cityscape Cocktail Table
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Southampton, NJ
An original Paul Evans Cityscape cocktail table having 3/4” thick tempered glass top. In fabulous original condition. The chromed and brassed steel is clean and scratch free. The gla...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Steel

  • Paul Evans Cityscape Cocktail Table
  • Paul Evans Cityscape Cocktail Table
  • Paul Evans Cityscape Cocktail Table
  • Paul Evans Cityscape Cocktail Table
H 15.5 in. W 60 in. D 36 in.
Pair of Paul Evans Brutalist Side Tables
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of sculptural side tables in the Brutalist style by Paul Evans. These tables are both signed and dated 1971. An iconic design.
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1970s Vintage Paul Evans

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Metal

  • Pair of Paul Evans Brutalist Side Tables
  • Pair of Paul Evans Brutalist Side Tables
  • Pair of Paul Evans Brutalist Side Tables
  • Pair of Paul Evans Brutalist Side Tables
H 18.75 in. W 14.25 in. D 14.25 in.
Stunning Signed Paul Evans Burl Cityscape Dining Console Table Mid-Century
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning signed Paul Evans burl and chrome Cityscape dining table. We currently show a smaller piece of glass on this making it ideal to use as a small dining or console table. We ha...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Cabinet in Chrome and Burl Patchwork
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Highland, IN
This stunning credenza by Paul Evans studio for Directional is from Evans' PE 400 Cityscape series and has the most pleasing composition of walnut burl and chrome patchwork. Of parti...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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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 Mid-Century Burlwood and Chrome Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Evans mid-century burlwood and chrome cityscape dining table. This table measures: 86.5 wide x 35.5 deep x 29.5 inches high. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Chrome

Modern Cityscape Style Coffee Table after Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful mid-century coffee table features a wonderful design of brushed steel and chrome after Paul Evans Cityscape style. A thick rectangular glass top offers a large area fo...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Sculpted Bronze Dining Table and Eight Armchairs
Sculpted Bronze Dining Table and Eight Armchairs
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Sculpted Bronze Dining Table and Eight Armchairs
By Paul Evans
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Bronze, Metal, Organic Material, Resin, Wood
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Forged-Front Cabinet
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Metal, Slate, Stone, Bronze, Glass, Mirror, Steel, Wood
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By Paul Evans
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Metal, Bronze, Burl, Chrome, Wood
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Argente Armoire Cabinet
Argente Armoire Cabinet
Average Price
$165,000
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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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