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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
Sculpted Bronze Mirror and Wall Mounted Console by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Sculpted bronze mirror and wall mounted console by Paul Evans Both pieces are signed and dated PE72 Slate top attached to the console Exceptional abstract forms, solid volume and pow...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Slate, Bronze

Paul Evans Sculped Bronze Skyline Dining Table, USA, 1969
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Miami, FL
Paul Evans sculped bronze skyline dining table, Iconic and early brutalist model, signed PE69 Exceptional abstract form texture, solid volume and powerful shapes Retains original 3/4...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Steel

Welded and Patinated Steel Wall Cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Polychrome Welded and patinated steel wall cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional. One shelf included inside.
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans

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Steel

Paul Evans Brutalist Coffee or Cocktail Table
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Southampton, NJ
Paul Evans for Directional Brutalist welded steel coffee table base having abstract geometric pattern designs colored with acid pigments in red, blue and yellow. Signed PE72 In ph...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans

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Steel

Paul Evans Deep Relief Sideboard, Brutalist, Sculptural, Monumental, Mid-Century
By Paul Evans
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid Century Paul Evans deep Relief sideboard, Credenza or Console Table. Paul Evans handcrafted "Deep Relief" Brutalist sideboard with welded and polychromed steel doors in shad...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Slate, Bronze, Steel

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.
Magnificent Signed Paul Evans Burl Chrome Cityscape Dining Table Mid-Century
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent signed Paul Evans burl and chrome Cityscape Dining table. This piece is in very nice vintage condition with only light signs of age. The table is signed with a Paul Eva...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Chrome

Paul Evans Set of Four Dining Chairs ‘PE-105/106’ in Sculpted Bronze and Fabric
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, dining chairs from the series PE-105/106, sculpted bronze, steel, fabric, United States, circa 1965 Stunning example of Paul Evans designs for Direct...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans

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Bronze, Steel

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Sculpted Bronze Dining Table and Eight Armchairs
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Skyline Table
By Paul Evans
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Argente Armoire Cabinet
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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