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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Rare Paul Evans Patchwork Wall-Hanging Cabinet, 1968
Adam Edelsberg
Rare Paul Evans Patchwork Wall-Hanging Cabinet, 19...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Extremely rare Paul Evans patchwork wall-hanging cabinet. Cabinet with two pieces of original slate and two bi-fold doors. Interior with original red paint, two shelves and a single dra...
Paul Evans Metal Patchwork Square Table
The Proposition
Paul Evans Metal Patchwork Square Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Bronze, Copper, Pewter, Slate
Listed here is a cube table, with a slate top and a patchwork of bronze, copper and pewter around the sides. It was built with hidden casters for greater mobility.
Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza/Console in Antique B...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Metal, Wood
Probably one of two or three of these pieces have been produced. Paul Evans signed Cityscape credenza/console. It is stunning. The photos reflect imperfections in the floor. This piece ...
Custom Cloud Pillow Sofa by Paul Evans, USA, 1979
Todd Merrill 20th Century
Custom Cloud Pillow Sofa by Paul Evans, USA, 1979
Paul Evans
Late 20th Century American Sofas
This extra-wide, racetrack shaped-sofa is a rare pre-curser to the final creations made in the 1980s at the end of Evan’s prolific career. Made with architectural and futuristic furnitu...
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.
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.
Paul Evans Cityscape Floor Lamp
Ambianic
Paul Evans Cityscape Floor Lamp
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Brass
For your consideration a vintage floor lamp by Paul Evans, Cityscape series. Chrome-plated with brass-plated tiles. Unsigned. Shade not included in the sale, prop only.
Sculpted Bronze Brutalist Coffee Table by Paul Eva...
Directional, Paul Evans
20th Century Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Resin
Authentic sculpted bronze Brutalist coffee table by Paul Evans for Directional, signed and dated PE '73. Part of the Sculpted Bronze Series, this table is part of one of the most hig...
Fabulous Paul Evans Metal Patchwork Coffee Table w...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Very handsome Paul Evans patchwork metal coffee table. The top has a textured piece of heavy slate in wonderful vintage condition. The base is a variety of metals patchworked together t...
Paul Evans Burled Patchwork Cityscape Credenza Dir...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Burl, Wood
Outstanding Paul Evans burled patchwork cityscape long low credenza on ebonized plinth base. The original owner had this piece custom-made by Paul Evans and had a photo of herself stand...
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.
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...
Exceptional Burl Wood and Tessellated Chrome Crede...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Exceptional four-door credenza in burl wood and tessellated chrome by Paul Evans for directional furniture, American 1970s.
Signed Paul Evans Cityscape Extra Long Burl and Ch...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Enormous Paul Evans Cityscape dining table that is signed and manufactured by Directional. Its 7' long without the leaves and a whopping 9'5" with the leaves. The top is patchwork burl ...
Paul Evans Dual Metal "Cityscape" Floor Lamp
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Paul Evans Dual Metal "Cityscape" Floor Lamp
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Floor Lamps
Brass
The patchwork or random tile patterning of the mixed metals of chrome-plated and brass-plated cityscape Paul Evans floor lamp is iconic. The brass-plated parts are worn in color tone...
Chrome Cityscape Mirror by Paul Evans for Directio...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Chrome
Chrome cityscape mirror by Paul Evans, signed,circa 1970. We offer free delivery to NYC and Philadelphia area. Delivery to DC, MD, CT and MA are available if schedule permits please ...
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 Chrome Mirrored Bed and Desk, USA, circa 1980
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Paul Evans Chrome Mirrored Bed and Desk, USA, circ...
Paul Evans
Beds
Designed to float in the middle of a room, this bed with desk is an unusual and highly functional custom design. A large full-mirrored chromed steel king-size headboard is attached to a...
Paul Evans Welded Steel Dining Table, USA, 1965
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
A very rare Paul Evans dining table (PE 23), of welded steel with braised brass decoration. Can support a very large glass top of up 10ft x 5ft or a round top of 6-8ft in diameter. E...
Dramatic Paul Evans Burl Wood and Chrome Cityscape...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Burl, Chrome
Incredible burled wood and chrome Cityscape dining table by Paul Evans. Paul Evans designed this line of furniture to mimic the New York City skyline. This incredible piece holds a thic...
Paul Evans, Set of Three Custom Polished Steel Cyl...
Paul Evans
American Cabinets
Steel
This unique set of three monumental polished steel semi-cylindrical cabinets is a wonderful example of Evans’ architectural and futuristic furniture pieces created at the end of his pro...
Large Paul Evans Floating Console
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Large Paul Evans Floating Console
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Metal, Slate, Wood
Large Paul Evans floating console, 8 feet in length, Wall-mounted console of patchwork patinated metals with conforming slate top. Measures: 96" W x 13 D x 6.5" H.
Brutalist Signed 1974 Rare Paul Evans Stalagmite C...
Paul Evans
20th Century American Brutalist Console Tables
Bronze, Steel
Signed half circular console table made of bonze over steel with rectangle glass top by Paul Evans designer and sculptor, the glass top can be removed and replace with a different shape...
Patchwork Table or Pedestal by Paul Evans
Las Venus by Kenneth Clark
Patchwork Table or Pedestal by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
An example from Paul Evans Patchwork series, this piece has Evan's signature mixed metals of steel, copper, and bronze. The metals are welded and riveted and patinated to a wonderful ef...
Patchwork Series Table by Paul Evans
Las Venus by Kenneth Clark
Patchwork Series Table by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
An example from Paul Evans Patchwork Series, this piece has Evan's signature mixed metals of steel, copper, and bronze. The metals are welded and riveted and patinated to a wonderful ef...
Paul Evans, Welded Steel Deep Relief Console, USA,...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Credenzas
An outstanding example of an Evans' welded steel sculptural designs, this unique console is rendered in a polychrome steel, patinated bronze, cleft slates and wood. Exquisite jewel-tone...
Paul Evans & Philip Lloyd Powell Table Lamp Walnut...
Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Evans & Powell table lamp in walnut with pewter inlay. 18.5" to the top of wood base. Rewired with French twist cord and double cluster socket assembly in satin nickel for immediate us...
Collection of Three Accessories by Paul Evans for ...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Barware
Copper, Steel, Brass
Lot includes lidded box, lighter and candleholder.
Paul Evans "Cityscape" Bar
Galerie XX
Paul Evans "Cityscape" Bar
Paul Evans
Late 20th Century Dry Bars
A great example. Provenance-The William Stewart Collection.
Pair of Paul Evans Welded Polychromed End Tables, ...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
A wonderful pair of Paul Evans cube end or occasional tables with inset slate tops. The tables feature Evans trademark welding techniques along a rich, colorful steel surface. Braised b...
Paul Evans Ice Box Executed in Hand Worked Copper ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Barware
Copper
A Paul Evans ice box. Executed in hand worked copper plates with solder splashed Brutalist design. Purchased from a New Hope home.
Cube Tables Model PE 20, Pair by Paul Evans for Di...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Side Tables
Copper, Slate, Steel
Cube tables model PE 20, pair by Paul Evans for Directional.
Early Sculpted Bronze Coffee Table by Paul Evans, ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Resin, Wood
Early and magnificent version of Paul Evans iconic sculpted bronze coffee table for Directional, signed and dated PE '70. The sculpted bronze series features Evans' signature Brutalist ...
Lane "Prism" Brutalist Dresser by Paul Evans, circ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Furniture
Walnut
This dresser was made by the Lane Furniture Company in the 1960s. Part of their "Prism" series. It is designed the Paul Evans "Brutalist" style. It measures 24.75" deep x 31" high x 80"...
Paul Evans 'Cityscape' Wall Unit
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Paul Evans 'Cityscape' Wall Unit
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Brass, Chrome, Smoked Glass, Wood
Wall console 'Cityscape', in brass, glass, wood and metal by Paul Evans, United States, 1970s. Striking wall unit made of brass and chrome from the 'cityscape' collection. Equipped...
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...
Paul Evans Pyramid Cocktail or Coffee Table, PE 14...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Glass, Steel
Paul Evans cocktail table. Paul Evans Studio for Directional, USA, 1973. Welded and enameled steel, bronze and glass. High colored welded cocktail table and signed {Paul Evan...
Large Paul Evans Cityscape Extendable Dining Table, circa 1970
Talisman
Large Paul Evans Cityscape Extendable Dining Table...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Dining Room Tables
Brass
A large Paul Evans burr and brass extendable dining table from his Cityscape collection for Directional, USA, circa 1970. Width without leaves 185 cm.
Custom Paul Evans Sectional Sofa with Integrated T...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
A large sectional sofa with original labels, featuring six seating modules and five table pieces, three of which fit together to form a corner piece and one of which has a custom-fitted...
Four-Poster King-Size Bed by Paul Evans
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Four-Poster King-Size Bed by Paul Evans
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.
Pair of Paul Evans Painted Steel and Bronze Occasi...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
Pair of PE-20 cube tables with inset slate top, oxidized steel and bronze. Both table bases have been restored by Dorsey Reading, Paul Evan's former shop manager.
1970s Paul Evans for Directional Cityscape Table L...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Table Lamps
An original Paul Evans burl wood and chrome Cityscape lamp. Very chic and modern new custom-made light tan linen square shade. (Shade 18' x 18") Orig chrome finial. From a vintage celeb...
Paul Evans 400 Olive Burl Cabinet, 1970
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Paul Evans 400 Olive Burl Cabinet, 1970
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Burl
Paul Evans cabinet. Paul Evans Studio for Directional, USA, circa 1970. Olive burl, gel coat fiberglass. Measures: 94.5 W x 21.25 D x 32.5 H inches.
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.
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
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...
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.
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 ...
Paul Evans Brass Étagère Bookcase
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."
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 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...
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...
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 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.
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.
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...
Paul Evans Brutalist Coffee Table
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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 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.
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.