Paul Evans (USA, 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 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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Paul Evans Cityscape Coffee Table
Paul Evans Cityscape Coffee Table
Modern Drama
Paul Evans Cityscape Coffee Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass and chrome patchwork coffee table. Designed by Paul Evans for his Cityscape line.
Paul Evans Brass Étagère Bookcase
Paul Evans Brass Étagère Bookcase
On Hold
Modern Drama
Paul Evans Brass Étagère Bookcase
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
Brass, Glass
Brass clad étagère by Paul Evans. Brass is in excellent condition with smoked glass shelves. Signed "Paul Evans."
Large Sculpted Bronze Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Large sculpted bronze coffee table by Paul Evans. Base is signed and dated 1973.
Rare Paul Evans Cityscape Ètagerè
Rare Paul Evans Cityscape Ètagerè
New Order Modern
Rare Paul Evans Cityscape Ètagerè
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Shelves
Smoked Glass, Steel, Wood
Paul Evans ètagerè for Directional in rare gunmetal finish steel over wood with seven smoked glass shelves. Signed: Paul Evans.
Set of Six Cantilevered Dining Chairs by Paul Evan...
Directional, Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of six cantilevered dining chairs by Paul Evans for Directional. Chairs are labeled with Directional tags. Captain: 24" D x 23" W x 34.5" H x 19" seat height.
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard
Classic Modern Design
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Paul Evans cityscape king-size bed headboard.
Stalagmite Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Stalagmite Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Space Modern
Stalagmite Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Signed Stalagmite coffee table by Paul Evans for Directional. Bronzed steel and glass. Impressed mark PE68
Rare 1982 Paul Evans Dining Chairs
Rare 1982 Paul Evans Dining Chairs
FS20
Rare 1982 Paul Evans Dining Chairs
Paul Evans
American Dining Room Chairs
A set of four upholstered dining chairs on casters by Paul Evans. These amoeba form chairs were produced towards the end of Paul Evans career in Plumsteadville, 1982. All chairs retain ...
1973 Paul Evans Floating Cabinet
1973 Paul Evans Floating Cabinet
FS20
1973 Paul Evans Floating Cabinet
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Cabinets
A stunning Paul Evans cabinet or credenza adorned in figural burl veneer and mirrored chrome tiles at the back. The cabinet is lifted from the ground on a well proportioned platform bas...
Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Lost City Arts
Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A well executed and designed table by Paul Evans. The table is comprised of hammered sheets of mixed metal, copper, tin, steel. The metals are burnished and scratched revealing surface ...
Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell, Studio Bar Ca...
Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
Vintage 1960s American Cabinets
Gold Leaf, Steel, Walnut, Clay, Gold
A custom commissioned bar cabinet and serving-shelf unit designed and handmade collaboratively by Phil Powell and Paul Evans, circa 1964. This is a fantastic and rare piece that represe...
Signed Paul Evans "Cityscape" Side or Accent Table...
Paul Evans
Late 20th Century American Modern Side Tables
Brass, Chrome
A signed Paul Evans "Cityscape" chrome and brass patchwork side or accent table, circa 1970. Rare size and design. Wear consistent with age and use.
Paul Evans Cityscape Desk from Directional Furnitu...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Steel, Walnut
Walnut Cityscape desk by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture. Although unsigned, this desk is documented to be item PE-7346. Each side has two storage drawers and a file drawer. Left s...
Paul Evans for Directional Faceted Credenza, circa...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Lacquer, Sheet Metal
Paul Evans for Directional faceted credenza, circa 1970s. Yellow lacquer top with a few spots. Rare piece in original condition.
Paul Evans Brutalist Coffee Table
Paul Evans Brutalist Coffee Table
Modern Retro Finds
Paul Evans Brutalist Coffee Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Glass, Steel
A Stunning early Paul Evans bronze resin over steel with 3/4'' glass top coffee table, signed and dated "PE67".
Paul Evans Patchwork Mirror and Console
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Bronze, Pewter
Paul Evans wall-mounted mirror and console with slate top. Manufactured by Directional.
Pair of Paul Evans Lounge Chairs
Pair of Paul Evans Lounge Chairs
Oliver Modern
Pair of Paul Evans Lounge Chairs
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Burl
Rare pair of Paul Evans swivel lounge chairs. Patchwork design of walnut burlwood veneer and chrome panels. Original upholstery. Signed. Please email for additional images and more d...
Early Paul Evans Studio Cabinet, circa 1963
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Felt, Slate, Steel, Wood
Paul Evans. Wall mounted cabinet. New Hope, PA, circa 1963. Welded steel, slate, wood, felt. Four bi-fold doors, single slate top, two removable/adjustable interior shelves. ...
Paul Evans Dining Table for Directional, Olive Ash...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Burl
Paul Evans. Dining table, USA, 1970s. Olive ash burl. Signed with brass plaque. Dimensions: 29 1/2" x 96" x 44", expands with two leaves: 22", 44".
Paul Evans "Argente" Custom 96" Wall Unit, 1972
Paul Evans "Argente" Custom 96" Wall Unit, 1972
The Exchange Int
Paul Evans "Argente" Custom 96" Wall Unit, 1972
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Glass, Metal, Steel
Paul Evans "Argente" Triple Pilaster columns. Model PE119. USA, circa 1972. Welded steel, metal, glass. 55.25 H x 10.25 W (each) x 2.5 D in. 140.3 H x 26 W x 5.7 D cm. Overall...
Sculpted Bronze Wall Mounted Console Shelf with Sl...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Epoxy Resin, Slate
Wall-mounted sculpted bronze console shelf with slate top by Paul Evans, dated 1974. Shown with Paul Evans single seat bench for scale only.
Sculpted Bronze Brutalist Single Bench by Paul Eva...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Benches
Epoxy Resin, Upholstery
Sculpted bronze single seat bench, model PE 148, by Paul Evans, dated 1974. Original upholstery. Pictured with an Evans wall mounted console to show scale.
Sculpted Bronze Brutalist Bench by Paul Evans, Dat...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Benches
Epoxy Resin, Upholstery
Sculpted bronze bench by Paul Evans, dated 1974. This bench, a 16" wider "special" order of the model PE 148 bench, is particularly rare. Original upholstery.
Paul Evans Sculpture Front Wall Cabinet
Paul Evans Sculpture Front Wall Cabinet
Modern Drama
Paul Evans Sculpture Front Wall Cabinet
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Steel
Paul Evans "sculpture front" wall cabinet with welded signature Paul Evans 64 and Dorsey Reading's fabrication mark. Lacquered and gilt steel. Executed by Paul Evans Studio, New Hope, P...
Paul Evans Forged Steel and Slate Coffee Table
Paul Evans Forged Steel and Slate Coffee Table
Modern Drama
Paul Evans Forged Steel and Slate Coffee Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Giltwood, Slate, Steel
Rare and early coffee table by Paul Evans. Sculpture base of made of forged steel. Slate top with gold leaf apron. Welded signature to underside of base: "Paul Evans 67".
Paul Evans Brass Cityscape Sofas
Paul Evans Brass Cityscape Sofas
Modern Drama
Paul Evans Brass Cityscape Sofas
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass
Glamorous pair of brass Cityscape settees by Paul Evans. Paul Evans studio, circa 1978. Model PE 248-love sofa.
Paul Evans Signed Studio Zig Zag Coffee Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Beautiful patchwork original coffee table by Paul Evans signed PE 69 has gorgeous finishes characteristic of Paul Evans with some primary colors (red, yellow, blue) faint finishing. The...
Spectacular Four-Poster King-Size Bed by Paul Evans
Spectacular Four-Poster King-Size Bed by Paul Evans
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Spectacular Four-Poster King-Size Bed by Paul Evan...
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Paul Evans Cityscape for Directional four-poster king-size bed. Chrome patchwork frame with concealed inner curtains rails, signed Paul Evans.
Steel Sculpted Pyramid Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel
Steel sculpted pyramid coffee table 1971 by Paul Evans.
Pair of Cityscape Nightstands or Side Tables by Pa...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Modern Night Stands
Brass, Chrome, Wood
Pair of larger version of the iconic Paul Evans Cityscape "C"-shaped nightstands or side tables with single drawer in chrome and brass patchwork for Directional Furniture. Versatile des...
Very Rare Brass Bottom Directional Cityscape Desk ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Burl
Heavily discounted. Beautiful and extremely rare brass and burl wood Directional desk by Paul Evans, Cityscape series, 1950s, USA. One owner.
Paul Evans, Studio Gilt Steel and Stone Low Table,...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s Center Tables
An early studio low or center table by Paul Evans featuring the artist’s handmade gilt steel work. The original, unpolished travertine round top offers a striking contrast to the impres...
Paul Evans, Unique Studio Steel Disc Bar, USA, 196...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Steel
This powerful wall-mounted sculpture and bar is the first ever Disc Bar created by Paul Evans. Signed and dated 1968, it is the very piece that inspired his Disc Bar series for Directio...
Monumental Trio of Brutalist Candlesticks in the m...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Candle Holders
Steel
Monumental Trio of Brutalist Candlesticks in the manner of Paul Evans. Condition is excellent. Dimensions: 5.5" x 4.25" x 19". 7.5"x 5" x 19". 9" x 8" x 19". We offer free reg...
Rare Table Lighter and Ashtray Smoking Set by Paul...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
Brass, Copper, Pewter
Rare Table Lighter and Ashtray Smoking Set by Paul Evans, 1970s. We offer free regular deliveries to NYC and Philadelphia area. Delivery to DC, MD, CT and MA are available if schedul...
Set of Six Chrome Cantilever Dining Chairs by Paul...
Directional, Paul Evans
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chrome
Mint set of six chrome cantilever dining chairs by Paul Evans for Directional. These are the true epitome of chrome dining chairs. The sleek lines and gorgeous upholstery job makes them...
Pair of Cityscape Benches by Paul Evans for Direct...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Chrome, Steel
A pair of benches designed by Paul Evans (1931-1987) for Directional, circa 1970s. Model PE244, these benches were made of patchwork of contrasting polished and brushed chromed steel, s...
Paul Evans Bar
Paul Evans Bar
The Silver Fund
Paul Evans Bar
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Bog Wood, Metal
This beautiful Paul Evans bar is constructed of wood with stripes of black lacquer and brushed metal, circa 1970s.
Rare Paul Evans Brass Cityscape Extendable Dining ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Dining Room Tables
A rare Paul Evans designed brass extendable dining table from his Cityscape Collection for Directional signed 1970s. Each leaf 38cm wide.
Exceptional Paul Evans for Directional Burl Dining...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Burl, Steel
Fine and rare expandable burl wood dining table designed by Paul Evans. No expense was spared in the craftsmanship and construction of this table. The burl wood has been expertly restor...
Paul Evans Column in Brass and Steel
Paul Evans Column in Brass and Steel
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Paul Evans Column in Brass and Steel
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Pedestals and Columns
Brass, Steel
1970s Paul Evans column covered by brass and steel layers.
Paul Evans Matched Pair of Cabinets, PE-40A & PE-3...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Gold Leaf, Paint, Slate, Steel, Wood
Paul Evans. Signed horizontal cabinet on plinth base with wall-hung cabinet. Single estate ownership. USA, circa 1972. Measures: 22 D x 72 W x 31 H in. 13.25 D x 24 W x 37 H i...
1977 Paul Evans for Directional Cityscape Benches,...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Benches
Brass, Velvet
Pair of Paul Evans for Directional Furniture Cityscape benches. Polished brass patchwork design. Newly upholstered in navy velvet. Benches retain original Paul Evans labels, circa 1977....
Studio-Made Pedestal Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Crescent-shaped base of welded and patinated steel. Abstract patterns and colors, signed, "PE 68." Circular glass top.
Paul Evans Signed Cityscape Burl and Chrome Monume...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Chrome, Burl
Paul Evans signed gigantic coffee table from the cityscape series. Consisting of burl patchwork with chrome patchwork base. Smooth rounded corners with gorgeous pattern throughout.
Large Cityscape Cabinet Designed by Paul Evans
Large Cityscape Cabinet Designed by Paul Evans
Sputnik Modern
Large Cityscape Cabinet Designed by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s Credenzas
A rare six-door chrome and burl patchwork cityscape cabinet deigned by Paul Evans.
Fabulous Mirror Polished Paul Evans Cityscape Cred...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Fabulous mirror polished credenza by Paul Evans for Directional, circa mid-1970s. This example has interspersed chrome squares and rectangles with patinated wood drawer pulls. The chest...
Paul Evans Brutalist Patchwork Wall Mount Shelf wi...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Metal, Slate
Stunning 5 foot long Paul Evans wall mount shelf with heavy slate top. This piece is an exceptional example of his patchwork Brutalist line. Displays beautifully with nice colors of bra...
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Series Bookshelf In The...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
A Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Series bookshelf with smoked glass shelves. Signed "PE 69" on the base of the central stanchion. Paul Evans was a major figure in the foundation of the Br...
Stunning Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
Stunning Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
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Stunning Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Incredible burlwood and chrome patchwork cityscape table by the iconic Paul Evans signed. The cityscape series was designed with the inspiration of the New York City skyline. A very rar...
Large Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Large Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Sputnik Modern
Large Patchwork Coffee Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
The largest of the patchwork tables with inset slate top. Designed by Paul Evans for Directional.
Sculpted Bronze Dining or Game Table by Paul Evans...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Game Tables
A nicely proportioned game table with sculpted bronze frame and inset walnut top. An uncommon form.
Paul Evans Brutalist Style Bookends
Paul Evans Brutalist Style Bookends
Cain Modern
Paul Evans Brutalist Style Bookends
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookends
Metal, Wood
Brutalist style bookends designed and manufactured by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1960s. The pieces are in very good original condition, they show wear, the bottoms are not cladd...
Paul Evans Credenza
Paul Evans Credenza
CONVERSO
Paul Evans Credenza
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Lucite, Metal
Evans four-door cityscape cabinet, concealing two adjustable shelves with one pull-out drawer.
Paul Evans Dining Table
Paul Evans Dining Table
CONVERSO
Paul Evans Dining Table
Directional, Paul Evans
American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Acrylic, Brass
Paul Evans for Directional, brass cityscape body with white acrylic top.
Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Mirror Console
Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Mirror Console
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Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Mirror Console
Paul Evans
Late 20th Century American Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
Mirror, Wood
Chrome mirror console by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. This was a very hard piece to photograph and updated pictures will be added this week.
Set of Six Paul Evans for Directional Dining Chair...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Chairs
Suede
Set of six suede Paul Evans dining chairs with chromed steel cantilevered base. Two armchairs. Four side chairs. By Directional. Side chairs are 19" W.
Paul Evans Citywork Patchwork Wall Console, Signed...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Chrome
This unique vintage wall mount console makes a unique display shelf in a variety of interiors. Cityscape design makes this patchwork chrome wall shelf perfect for storage, display, or a...
Sculpted Bronze Bench by Paul Evans
Sculpted Bronze Bench by Paul Evans
Sputnik Modern
Sculpted Bronze Bench by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Benches
A sculpted bronze stool designed by Paul Evans in original red velvet.
Exceptional Cubist 'Cityscape' Coffee Table by Pau...
Paul Evans
20th Century American Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Burl, Glass
Outstanding sculptural cocktail table from the Cityscape Series by Paul Evans. Table features cubist base with rare patchwork design in burled wood veneer offset by striking polished ch...