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Paul Evans Furniture

Paul Evans (USA, 1931–87)
Paul Evans (USA, 1931–87)

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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One of the Pair Cityscape Headboard with Lights Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
One of the pair canopy style headboard in the Cityscape series designed and crafted by Paul Evans studio for Directional, circa 1975. It fits a queen size bed frame and features over...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Chrome

Cityscape Coffee Table Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Wood

Cityscape Leather Desk Chair with Castors by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Leather, Chrome, Wood

Rare Model Cityscape Coffee Table by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Burl

Cityscape Multifaceted Dining Console Table Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
One of the most striking designs from Cityscape series by Paul Evans, this multifaceted table base from PE 300 series features a combination of brass and walnut burls panels and indi...
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1970s American American Craftsman Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass

Cityscape Brass Table Lamp Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Cityscape Benches by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Fabric, Chrome, Wood

Cityscape Table Base by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Glass, Chrome, Wood

Cityscape Table by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Burl Wood Patchwork Table by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fantastic cube cityscape side table by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. Made of patchwork of burl wood with dramatic grains, in contrast with high glossy black lacquered top ...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Wood, Burl

Sculpted Bronze Coffee Table by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fantastic sculpted bronze coffee table by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1973, signed and dated. The table belongs to the sculpted bronze series, one of the most desirable serie...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Bronze

Exceptional Sculpted Bronze Dining Table by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Substantial Brutalist dining table base by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1977. Iconic "sculpted bronze" series, with handcrafted surface texture and abstract blocking design that...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Bronze

Cityscape Dining Table Base by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
An unusual table as part of the cityscape series by Paul Evans for Directional. Constructed with chrome plated cubes and lacquered surface and it is currently shown with a 42 by 84 g...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Chrome

Rare and Early Walnut Wall Hanging Cabinet by Paul Evans and Phillip Powell
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
An early wall hanging walnut cabinet crafted in collaboration between Paul Evans (1931 - 1987) and Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919 - 2008) when they shared a studio and showroom in New Ho...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Metal

Sculpted Front credenza sideboard by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning sculpted-front credenza cabinet by Paul Evans, model PE 40A, made in 1974 in his studio for Directional. Constructed from welded steel on the front, patchwork metal siding...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Slate, Steel

Illuminated Cityscape Corner Table by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A triangular corner side table in the "Cityscape" series made by Paul Evans studio for Directional, circa 1975. The table was a custom piece with built-in illuminated underneath. It ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Cityscape Floor Lamp by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Cityscape table lamp Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Chrome

Curvilinear Dining Table with extension Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass, Fabric, Wood, Burl

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare dining table in the sculpted bronze series by Paul Evans for Directional. Studio crafted in New Hope, PA, circa 1970s. Paul Evans was known for crafting fine furniture by usin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Bronze, Enamel, Steel

Sculpted Steel Coffee Table Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A beautifully crafted coffee or cocktail table by Paul Evans for Directional circa 1967, Model no PE12-42. The base feature four triangular shapes converging at the center to form an...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Steel

Cabinet Credenza Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans
By Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
From the early collaboration between two New Hope craftsmen Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans, came this stunning piece of furniture that epitomizes their individual artistic aesth...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Slate, Iron

Cityscape wall unit with display shelf Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A custom made large wall unit by Paul Evans Studio for Directional. It consists of four portals with cityscape brass and chrome patchwork that support eight smoke glass shelves and a...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Brass

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Curvilinear Dining Table with extension Paul Evans for Directional
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Cityscape slate top coffee side occasional table Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cityscape coffee table by Paul Evans Studio for Directional. All chromed steel plate patchwork contrast the set in black slate top. It is of a very versatile size which can functio...
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1970s Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Slate

Cityscape table Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
The two L shape pedestals was designed by Paul Evans circa 1970s for Directional as table bases. They are clad in chrome patchwork veneer and signed as "an original Paul Evans". The ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

Dining table with welded steel base Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A beautifully hand crafted dining table by Paul Evans Studio circa 1968. It consists of two crescent shape pedestal welded with steel and decorated with bronze patchwork and surface ...
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Cityscape Table with Leaf by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Cityscape extension table designed by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. Clad completely in chromed steel patchwork, the table features an octagonal top and is raised on twin...
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Sculptured Steel Dining Table Bases Paul Evans Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Model PE-24 dining table belongs to the sculptured steel series, which Paul Evans designed and produced for Directional dating back to late 1960s. The signature design features free ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Furniture

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Bronze, Steel

Chrome And Brass Cityscape Desk Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A desk with two drawers designed by Paul Evans Studio for Directional circa 1975. It is veneered in patchwork of chrome-plated steel and brass. It has a versatile design with all sid...
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H 29.5 in. W 48 in. D 20 in.
Paul Evans Cityscape Side Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A small side pedestal table by Paul Evans for Directional circa 1970s. Cityscape series with chrome and brass patchwork and a cutout design on the base. Signed with plague "an origin...
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  • Paul Evans Cityscape Side Table
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H 18 in. W 11.5 in. D 11.5 in.
Rare Sculpted Pyramid Coffee Table by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
One of the most desirable model studio made by Paul Evans for Directional circa 1960s, the pyramid table (both dining and coffee) were made with 13 patinated and enameled pyramids li...
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Large Extention Dining Table Patch Burl Wood Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large extension dining table by Paul Evans from Directional. It is an artistically display of the patchwork of burl veneers that is the signature of the Paul Evans' style. It still...
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Chrome

Large wood and chrome patchwork executive desk Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A cityscape executive desk with an impressive size by Paul Evans for Directional. Olive burl wood patchwork surface on chrome veneered double pedestal support. It features two centra...
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Illuminated Cityscape King Headboard by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning brass headboard frame by Paul Evans studios for Directional, circa 1975. Part of cityscape series, this headboard frame features brass veneer patchwork with subtle contras...
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Pair of Cityscape Cabinets or Nightstands by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful matching pair of cabinet or nightstands in Cityscape chrome and brass patchwork patter by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. Both have finished patchwork veneers on...
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