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 Important and Rare Welded Coffee Table,...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel
Important and rare coffee table, welded and patinated steel with color pigments, gold and glass top by Paul Evans, American 1973 (signed “Paul Evans 73’ on side). This is an exceptional...
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Stalagmite Dining Table
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Stalagmite Dining Table...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Large sculpted bronze and steel serpentine shape dining table by Paul Evans, signed P.E. 70. Model PE 102.
Paul Evans for Directional Center or Dining Table
Paul Evans for Directional Center or Dining Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Dining Room Tables
Steel, Glass
Paul Evans for Directional Model PE 46 welded steel geometric center or dining table with thick round clear glass top. Signed and dated PE 68 on the lower base. Nice patina and colorati...
Paul Evans Argente Mirror and Console
Paul Evans Argente Mirror and Console
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Aluminum
Rare Paul Evans argente mirror and console with slate top. Console is wall-mounted. Both pieces are signed. Dated 1972. Please inquire for additional images. Mirror measures 30 inches X...
Early Example Paul Evans Directional Dining Table ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Metal, Wood
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. Ther...
Paul Evans Style Chrome ‘C’ Shaped Bedside Table, ...
Paul Evans
Late 20th Century American End Tables
Chrome
A brushed aluminium and chrome ‘C’ shaped bedside table in the manner of Paul Evans with a single drawer, 1980s. NB: These items are subject to a further discount over and above the ...
Paul Evans Brass and Glass "Cityscape" Brutalist C...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A vintage brass coffee and cocktail table with square glass top, produced by Paul Evans in the 1970s in his iconic 'cityscape' style of tiled brass plates and sharp architectural lines....
Brass and Wood Sunburst Paul Evans for Directional...
Directional, Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Wood
Stunning dining table by Paul Evan with beautiful sunburst brass and wood design. The wood and brass positively glow, circa 1970s. Table presents very well despite wear consistent wi...
Rare Cityscape Burlwood and Brass Console by Paul ...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Brass, Wood
Rare and fantastic console from the Cityscape collection by Paul Evans for Directional, 1970s. Faceted forms in burl wood and polished brass create a dramatic sculptural quality. Finish...
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Paul Evans cityscape king-size bed headboard.
Set of Six Chrome Cantilever Dining Chairs by Paul Evans for Directional
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...
Sculpture by Paul Evans
Sculpture by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Modern Sculptures
Steel
Important sculpture by Paul Evans, in welded and color enameled steel, New Hope, USA, 1965. Letter of Authenticity from Dorsey Reading and Provenance available on request.
Set of Three Paul Evans for Directional Shelf Brac...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Brackets
Chrome
Highly versatile set of three Paul Evans shelf brackets. These brackets are part of his iconic Cityscape collection for Directional. The set comes with three thick glass shelves. Each m...
Signed Paul Evans Cityscape Pedestal Cabinet or En...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
A nice Signed Paul Evans small cabinet with a floating shelf on interior. This can be used as a single End table or nightstand as well. Or can serve as a Pedestal cabinet for sculpture....
Paul Evans Floating Cityscape Shelf and Mongolian Sheepskin Stool
Paul Evans Floating Cityscape Shelf and Mongolian ...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Sheepskin, Glass, Chrome
Floating shelf and stool set designed by Paul Evans for Directional USA, circa 1970s chrome and glass with the stool reupholstered in Mongolian sheepskin shelf 12 ½” H x 46”...
Paul Evans Patchwork Mixed Metals Hinged Brutalist-Like Monumental Box
Paul Evans Patchwork Mixed Metals Hinged Brutalist...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1950s American Boxes
This sculptural Paul Evans box of mixed metals of brass and copper is in patchwork form. It is in monumental form and has brass hinged cover. The inside is in burgundy velvet lining. T...
1970s Paul Evans Brushed Aluminium and Polished St...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Steel, Nickel
Large 1970s architectural Paul Evans cityscape brushed aluminium and polished steel lamp. Featuring a rectangular form on square base with brushed aluminium and reflective polished stee...
Paul Evans Cityscape Burl and Brass Coffee Cocktai...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Paul Evans burl and brass coffee sofa table marked Paul Evans piece, the base alone measures 30.50" x 32". It has a nice .75" glass thickness.
Paul Evans Custom Patchwork Dining Table
Paul Evans Custom Patchwork Dining Table
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Copper, Pewter
An amazing vintage Paul Evans custom patchwork dining table. It has two large 24" wide leaves. Table as configured with the two leaves installed measures 102" wide x 54" deep. Table can...
Paul Evans Faceted Burl and Brass Credenza, 1970s
Paul Evans Faceted Burl and Brass Credenza, 1970s
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Credenzas
Brass, Burl, Lacquer
Exceptional credenza model PE-366, faceted in walnut burl and brass with brown lacquered top, by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American 1970s. This is an exceptional and iconic ...
Paul Evans Matched Pair Of Sculpted Bronze Floatin...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Cabinets
Bronze, Epoxy Resin, Slate, Wood
* cabinets also available individually. Please inquire with Satyricon. A gorgeous, matched pair of wall-mount cabinets by Paul Evans, 1971, executed in hand-sculptured bronze resin wit...
Paul Evans, "Cityscape" Group of Eight Dining Chai...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Mirror, Wood
A set of eight "Cityscape" dining chairs in mirror sheet metal and fabric. The group consists of two armchairs and six regular chairs, all mounted on castors. This set of dining chairs ...
Paul Evans Deep Relief Cabinet
By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Deep Relief Cabinet
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Modern Cabinets
Enamel, Steel, Slate, Wood
Deep relief wall cabinet with two doors revealing storage by Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987). The cabinet may be wall mounted (original) or placed on the base (as photographed in the o...
Paul Evans for Directional, 1971 Patchwork Bar Cabinet
Paul Evans for Directional, 1971 Patchwork Bar Cab...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Copper, Pewter
Designed by Paul Evans for Directional. Patchwork mixed metals cabinet consisting of Copper, Brass and Pewter. Black interior with flip-top and two cabinet doors with shelves. On caster...
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Stainless Steel Walnut Charger
By Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans Studio
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Stainless Steel Wa...
Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans Studio
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Stainless Steel, Walnut
A late 1950s stainless steel and walnut 17.5" diameter. Charger or centerpiece tray designed by Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans for their in house workshop.
Paul Evans Cityscape Side Tables Patchwork Gunmeta...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Side Tables
Steel
Paul Evans cityscape side tables patchwork gunmetal chrome signed, USA, 1970s. Identified by Dorsey Reading as PE-219. Rare elongated pair in original condition with some wear to the pl...
Paul Evans Burl Wood and Chrome Dining Table for Directional, circa 1970s
Paul Evans Burl Wood and Chrome Dining Table for D...
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Walnut, Burl
Iconic Paul Evan's dining race track dining table in dark matched burl top, with chrome base. The dark burl and highly stunning polished top, while designed almost 50 years ago is ve...
1970s Paul Evans Slate-Top Patchwork Coffee Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Bronze, Copper, Steel, Pewter, Slate, Wood
Brutalist patchwork coffee table by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970, is clad in nailed-on panels of patinated copper, brass and pewter with an inset top of thick, natural cleft s...
Patchwork Burl Panel Cityscape Cocktail Table by P...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel, Chrome, Burl
A large cocktail table from the cityscape collection with a patchwork pattern of veneers in burl wood to the top and polished chrome and brushed steel to the base. Signed Paul Evans to ...
Paul Evans Hand Hammered and Patinated Copper Stud...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Copper, Glass
A sculptural hand-hammered verdigris copper coffee table with the original 3/4 in glass.  
Paul Evans Welded Steel Cube Table
Paul Evans Welded Steel Cube Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Steel, Paint
Paul Evans welded steel cube table. Welded designs with painted colors or red, blue and gold. Slate top. Signed "PE 73".
Paul Evans Cityscape Desk from Directional Furniture, PE-7346
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 Burl Wooden Pedestal
Paul Evans Burl Wooden Pedestal
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Pedestals and Columns
Paul Evans burl wooden pedestal.
Paul Evans, "Cityscape" Dining Table, circa 1970
Paul Evans, "Cityscape" Dining Table, circa 1970
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mirror, Wood
A large "Cityscape" dining table covered in mirror plates. This dining table was ordered by original owner along with a pair of wall hanging cabinets and eight dining chairs (also avail...
Paul Evans Cityscape Cocktail Coffee Table 1970s M...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Chrome
Mid-Century Modern cityscape coffee table by Paul Evans has a square glass top with chrome and brass base. Measurement of glass on is 36 inches by 36 inches Measurement of base is 29 ...
Paul Evans for Directional Cityscape Wall-Mounted ...
Directional, Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Stainless Steel, Chrome
Paul Evans for Directional Cityscape wall-mounted cabinet with two bi-folding doors. Etched signature to underside. Hangs on the wall by a cleat which is provided. In unusually fine ori...
Paul Evans Cityscape Series Illuminated Headboard
Paul Evans Cityscape Series Illuminated Headboard
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Spectacular head board from Paul Evans cityscape series! The bed frame is veneered and composed of a patchwork of chrome and brass metal work. Two lamps illuminate from above and there ...
1974 Paul Evans Cantilevered Burled Walnut and Chr...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Chrome, Walnut
Salvaged out of Miami, this is an attractive desk with burled walnut veneer and a lacquered finish. Designed by American furniture designer and sculptor Paul Evans. The inset interior c...
Paul Evans, Brass Colored Sculpted Coffee Table, Studio, 1970
Paul Evans, Brass Colored Sculpted Coffee Table, S...
Paul Evans, Paul Evans Studio
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Resin, Wood
A Brutalist coffee table base made by Paul Evans in his studio in 1970. Rare execution in light brass color. Bears the signature "PE 70" Upon this base, a clear glass top is placed. ...
Paul Evans, Wallhanging Pair of Mirrored "Cityscap...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mirror, Wood
A pair of wallhanging "Cityscape" cabinets. These cabinet where ordered as a pair by original owner along with a Cityscape dining group consisting of a table and eight dining chairs (al...
Paul Evans for Directional "Cityscape" Jewelry Dre...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Boxes
Brass, Fabric, Chrome, Wood
Scarce Paul Evans for Directional Cityscape brass and chrome accessory box. With black felt interior.
Signed Midcentury Paul Evans Burl Patchwork Dining...
Directional, Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Burl
Top of the line handcrafted burlwood table. Other designers produced burl Parsons tables such as Milo Baughman and Leon Rosen however, Paul Evans added his signature patchwork design th...
Paul Evans Cityscape Side Table
Paul Evans Cityscape Side Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Stainless Steel
'C' shaped Paul Evans Cityscape side table, covered in polished steel and brass tiles.
Paul Evans 23 kt Gold Leaf Trim Cabinet, 1965
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Metal, Steel, Felt, Wood, Giltwood
Early Paul Evans two-door cabinet with 23 karat gold leaf trim USA, 1965 Welded signature and date Paul Evans 65 Measures: 75 x 43 x 20 in Bronzed steel, wood, 23 karat gold leaf, gi...
Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Slate Top Tables for Dir...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Bronze, Slate, Steel
Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Slate Top Tables for Directional USA 1960's. Paul Evans for Directional PE-20 Sculpted Metal Collection tables with inset slate top, oxidized steel and bronze....
Paul Evans for Directional 1967
By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans for Directional 1967
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Signed PE and dated 1967, one of Paul Evans most dynamic creations formed of two tilted pyramids made of welded steel with raised designs combined with acid etched and colored decoratio...
Paul Evans Deep Relief Wall Cabinet
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Modern Cabinets
Enamel, Steel, Slate, Wood
Deep relief wall cabinet with two doors revealing storage by Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987). The cabinet may be wall mounted (original) or placed on the base (as photographed in detai...
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Resin Relief Brutalist ...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Table Lamps
Bronze
Heavily sculpted early studio piece by Paul Evans in bronze resin. Shade shown for display only. (Shade size 12H x 15W). Sculptural. Brutalist. Architectural. Three dimensional relief. ...
Paul Evans Cityscape Table Lamp
Paul Evans Cityscape Table Lamp
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Paul Evans "Cityscape" table lamp. Patchwork of brass and chrome metal tiles.
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Stainless Steel Walnut Ash Receiver
By Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans Studio
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Stainless Steel Wa...
Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans Studio
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
Stainless Steel, Walnut
A late 1950s stainless steel and walnut ash receiver designed by Phillip Llyod Powell and Paul Evans for their in house workshop.
"Cityscape" Chrome-Plated Steel and Burl Maple Woo...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Maple
A Mid-Century Modern chrome-plated steel and burl maple wood extendable dining table, attributed to Paul Evans Cityscape Line for Directional, circa 1975. In 1971 Paul Evans developed...
Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Coffee Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Chrome
We are proud to offer this polished chrome patchwork coffee table. Designed by Paul Evans for Directional, from the Cityscape line. Fully restored. Polished top with new chrome panels o...
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Table Lamp Walnut Pewter USA 1950's
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Table Lamp Walnut ...
Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Pewter, Walnut
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd PowellTable Lamp Walnut Pewter USA 1950's. Paul Evans, metal sculptor, and woodworker Powell collaborated and shared a retail home furnishings showroom in New H...
Paul Evans Mixed Metal Sideboard Cabinet
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Copper, Steel, Pewter
Paul Evans cabinet, model PE 32 Paul Evans Studio for Directional, circa 1970. Patinated steel, pewter, and copper. Slate top.  
Burr and Chrome Paul Evans Cityscape Extendable Di...
Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century Dining Room Tables
A Paul Evans (1931-1987) designed Burr and Chrome Extendable Dining Table produced for Directional 1970s Part of his Chrome 200 series most commonly known as the Cityscape Collection, ...
Very Rare and Early Cast Bronze Enamel Tray by Pau...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Bronze, Enamel
Very Rare and Early Cast Bronze Enamel Tray by Paul Evans Studio, New Hope 1956. The only other example of this piece we have seen is documented in the Paul Evans book. Excellent vintag...
Early Wall-Mounted Cabinet by Paul Evans
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Early Wall-Mounted Cabinet by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Bronze, Steel, Wood
A magnificent example of Evan's artistry. This early wall-mounted cabinet is torch-cut patinated steel with a polychromed interior with a giltwood drawer with a bronze pull. Unsigned.
Paul Evans Dining Table, Cityscape Burled Wood and...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Stainless Steel, Walnut
This incredible dining table was designed by Paul Evans in the 1970s as part of the “Cityscape” line. The top is a highly figured burled wood grain in a sunburst pattern with an ebonize...