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 Sculpted Metal Cabinet

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Sculpted Metal Cabinet
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Paul Evans sculpted and welded steel cabinet, model PE40A. Four doors revealing storage with adjustable shelves, interior retains original red lacquer. Three inset original slate top...
Paul Evans Axis Lamp

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Axis Lamp
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Chrome
Cityscape by Paul Evans Studio for Directional brass and chrome cantilever desk lamp.
Paul Evans Pair of Upholstered Stools

By Paul Evans, Jack Lenor Larsen
Paul Evans Pair of Upholstered Stools
Paul Evans, Jack Lenor Larsen
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Maple, Velvet
Cityscape designed by Paul Evans Studio for Directional. Maple burl wood with original Jack Lenor Larsen cotton velvet in great condition.
Paul Evans Brutalist Stalagmite Coffee Table & New Glass Top, circa 1973
Paul Evans Brutalist Stalagmite Coffee Table & New...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Steel, Glass
Outstanding vintage coffee table by celebrated American designer, Paul Evans. Signed and dated (1973) the sculpted metal table resembles a stalagmite. Evans expertise in metallurgy is e...
Paul Evans for Directional, 1971 Patchwork Bar Cabinet

By Directional, Paul Evans
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...
Superb Paul Evans Designed Chrome Cabinet, 1970

By Paul Evans
Superb Paul Evans Designed Chrome Cabinet, 1970
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Cabinets
Chrome
A superb Paul Evans designed chrome-plated steel and lacquered wood two-door cabinet from his Faceted 300 collection for Directional USA, circa 1970. The faceted series was made in ...
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" Shop Display, in Chrome and Glass

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans "Cityscape" Shop Display, in Chrome and...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves
Glass, Chrome
The "Cityscape" style of Paul Evans makes this elegant three shelf unit a beautiful storage or display piece in any setting. Freestanding Mid-Century chrome and glass design allows for ...
1970s Paul Evans Cityscape Wall-Mounted Console

By Directional, Paul Evans
1970s Paul Evans Cityscape Wall-Mounted Console
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Shelves
Glass, Chrome
Two wall brackets with Cityscape chrome-plated steel patchwork cladding support a single 1/2-inch-thick glass shelf. Signed. A new shelf can easily be made to create a longer or shorter...
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Cityscape King-Size Bed Headboard
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Paul Evans cityscape king-size bed headboard.
Paul Evans Floating Cityscape Shelf and Mongolian Sheepskin Stool

By Directional, Paul Evans
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”...
Brass and Wood Sunburst Paul Evans for Directional Large Oval Dining Table

By Directional, Paul Evans
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...
Paul Evans Cityscape Desk from Directional Furniture, PE-7346

By Directional, Paul Evans
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 Faceted Cityscape Brass and Wood Dining Table
Paul Evans Faceted Cityscape Brass and Wood Dining...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
For your consideration is one of the most striking pieces of 1970s design — a faceted dining table by Paul Evans for Directional. Evans was one of the leaders of the American studio ...
Paul Evans Brutalist Stalagmite Base Dining Table ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Dining Room Tables
Bronze, Glass, Resin
A spectacular and very rare sculptural brutalist Paul Evans stalagmite base dining table, model PE102, signed PE70. The bronze and resin composite base is in extraordinary condition and...
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" Executive Desk in Burl Walnut

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans "Cityscape" Executive Desk in Burl Waln...
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
This stunning "Cityscape" executive desk by Paul Evans is an impressive midcentury addition to home or office decor. Vintage burl walnut finish is complimented by patchwork chrome trim....
Paul Evans Double Zig Zag Coffee Table

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Double Zig Zag Coffee Table
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Large double zig zag pedestal coffee table by Paul Evans for Directional. Model PE-11. Sculpted and welded metal patchwork. Bronze patina accented by primary colors. New glass top.
Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Steel
This stunning credenza is from Evans' PE200 Cityscape series and has the most pleasing composition of brass and chrome patchwork.  
Paul Evans Welded Steel Stool, 1967

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Welded Steel Stool, 1967
Paul Evans
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Steel
Paul Evans welded steel rolling stool. Signed PE-67. Newer silk velvet upholstery.
Paul Evans Cube Lounge Chair in Alexander Girard Fabric
Paul Evans Cube Lounge Chair in Alexander Girard F...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
A signed Paul Evans brass and burl wood patchwork cube swivel lounge chair upholstered in Alexander Girard fabric, circa 1970.
Signed Mid-Century Paul Evans Burl Patchwork Dining Table

By Directional, Paul Evans
Signed Mid-Century Paul Evans Burl Patchwork Dinin...
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...
Pair of Paul Evans Cityscape Wall-Mounted Cabinets

By Directional, Paul Evans
Pair of Paul Evans Cityscape Wall-Mounted Cabinets...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Steel
This pair of uncommon wall-mounted Paul Evans cabinets are from the designer's PE 200 Cityscape series. They are covered inside and out in a rich patchwork of brass and chrome.  
Stunning Glass Top Brutalist Coffee Table by Paul Evans for Directional

By Directional, Paul Evans
Stunning Glass Top Brutalist Coffee Table by Paul ...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Glass
This wonderful Mid-Century Modern coffee table features a beautifully patinated metal base with unusual welded detail. A unique base with two pyramids welded together creating an extrem...
Paul Evans Cityscape Mirror

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Cityscape Mirror
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Steel
This wall mirror by Paul Evans is from Paul Evans' "Cityscape" line. The frame is covered in a rich patchwork of brass and chrome, activating the surface and, like the mirror, reflectin...
Paul Evans Welded Steel 1967 Cocktail Table

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Welded Steel 1967 Cocktail Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Steel
Rare Paul Evans welded steel coffee table. Signed "PE 67."
Paul Evans Large Race Track Dining Table, 1970s

By Directional, Paul Evans
On Hold
Paul Evans Large Race Track Dining Table, 1970s
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Burl
Large dining table with leaf in radiating walnut burl and black chrome by Paul Evans for directional furniture, American, 1970s (Signed, “Paul Evans” on base). 92 inches long with le...
Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Steel
This large and dramatic dining table by Paul Evans is from his PE 200 Cityscape series and is covered in a patchwork of brass and chrome. The Parsons table form is 80" long and expands ...
Pair of Armchairs in Tesselated Brass and Chrome by Paul Evans

By Directional, Paul Evans
Pair of Armchairs in Tesselated Brass and Chrome b...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Pair of upholstered arm chairs with frames in tessellated brass and chrome by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, Cityscape Collection, American 1970's (chairs retain original upholst...
Cityscape Cabinet by Paul Evans

By Paul Evans
Cityscape Cabinet by Paul Evans
Paul Evans
Late 20th Century American Cabinets
Brass, Chrome, Wood
A cityscape cabinet in chromed steel and brass with one adjustable shelf and etched signature by Paul Evans (1931-1987). American, Circa 1970's
Paul Evans Welded Coffee Table 'Signed'

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Welded Coffee Table 'Signed'
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Steel
Sculptural welded steel coffee table with coloration by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American, 1967 (signed "PE 67").  
Paul Evans Large Argente Cabinet PE-43

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Large Argente Cabinet PE-43
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Cabinets
Aluminum
Large "Argente" cabinet model PE-43 in welded and patinated aluminum with two full height doors by Paul Evans, American, 1968 (welded signature “Paul Evans 68”on bottom edge). Interior ...
Set of Six Dining Chairs by Paul Evans for Directional

By Paul Evans
Set of Six Dining Chairs by Paul Evans for Directi...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chrome, Velvet
Stunning set of six chrome based dining chairs with biscuit tufted upholstery in a midnight blue velvet. Two of the chairs are slightly wider and are to be placed at the head of the tab...
Large Sculpted Bronze Coffee Table by Paul Evans

By 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.
1973 Paul Evans Floating Cabinet

By Paul Evans
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...
Midcentury Paul Evans Dining Table for Directional

By Directional, Paul Evans
Midcentury Paul Evans Dining Table for Directional...
Directional, Paul Evans
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Stainless Steel, Chrome, Burl
Large burl dining table by Paul Evans for Directional. Cityscape. Included are two 15'' leaves that extent the table to 126''. In beautiful original condition and ready to use. No corro...
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 Sculpted Bronze Floating Cabinet in Argente Finish, 1969

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Floating Cabinet in Arg...
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Cabinets
Bronze, Leather, Epoxy Resin, Slate, Wood
A scarce Paul Evans floating console, model PE-40, in hand-sculptured bronze resin in the argente (silver) finish - - Dorsey Reading estimates that for every ten of the bronze finish ex...
Paul Evans Sculptural Wall Hung Cabinet, PE-42, Early Lacquered Interior, 1967
Paul Evans Sculptural Wall Hung Cabinet, PE-42, Ea...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Slate, Steel, Wood
Signed Paul Evans sculptured metal cabinet, bronze bas relief design. "Deep Relief" Paul Evans Studio for Directional, USA, 1967. Welded and enameled steel, wood, slate. Measure...
1960s Brown Bronze Resin Wall-Mounted Sideboard by Paul Evans

By Paul Evans, Paul Evans Studio
1960s Brown Bronze Resin Wall-Mounted Sideboard by...
Paul Evans, Paul Evans Studio
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Bronze, Epoxy Resin, Slate, Wood
Gorgeous wall-mounted sideboard designed by Paul Evans in 1968, executed in hand-sculptured bronze resin with dramatic, deeply incised designs throughout. The Sideboard features bi-fold...
Paul Evans Burl Wood Cityscape Dining Table

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Burl Wood Cityscape Dining Table
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Stainless Steel, Burl
Amazing vintage Paul Evans Cityscape burl wood and stainless steel dining table. Starburst design. Includes one table leaf extension which is 20 in wide.  
Signed Paul Evans Two Tone Cityscape Table

By Paul Evans
Signed Paul Evans Two Tone Cityscape Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Pedestals
Brass, Chrome
Cubist form Paul Evans cityscape table-pedestal in polished brass and chrome square and rectangle design. Signed Paul Evans this table was designed in the 1970s.
Paul Evans Rare Oversize Sculpted Bronze Coffee Table

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Rare Oversize Sculpted Bronze Coffee Ta...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Composition, Wood
This exceptional coffee table by Paul Evans was a custom order and is the largest we've ever seen of his sculpted bronze series. The architectural base, an arrangement of heavily textur...
Mid-Century Paul Evans Patchwork Coffee Table

By Paul Evans
Mid-Century Paul Evans Patchwork Coffee Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Glass
Mid-Century Paul Evans cocktail or coffee table. A patchwork comprised of patinated copper, brass, and pewter. Original beveled measure 35.5'' square 5/8'' thick glass top. In excell...
Stunning Paul Evans Chrome Loveseat Sofa Directional Mid-Century Modern
Stunning Paul Evans Chrome Loveseat Sofa Direction...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Upholstery, Chrome, Walnut
Stunning chrome clad Paul Evans for Directional loveseat sofa. We love the wide chrome band surrounding the arms and back-super mod indeed! This sofa retains its original fabric in pr...
Sculpture by Paul Evans

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.
Paul Evans Chrome Brutalist Cityscape Table Lamp

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Chrome Brutalist Cityscape Table Lamp
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s Brutalist Table Lamps
Metal
Paul Evans "Cityscape" lamp in all chrome patchwork metal.
Paul Evans Phillip Lloyd Powell Table Lamp Walnut Pewter USA 1950's

By Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
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 Welded Metal Cubes

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Welded Metal Cubes
Paul Evans
Vintage 1960s American Tables
Metal, Slate
A matched pair of cube tables exhibiting a vibrant original surface slate top insert, marked at the base.
King-Size "Canopy Headboard Pe-204" in Chrome by Paul Evans

By Paul Evans
King-Size "Canopy Headboard Pe-204" in Chrome by P...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
King-size "Canopy Headboard PE-204" in chrome with recessed lights and storage compartments by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, Cityscape collection, American, 1970s.
Paul Evans Burl Wooden Pedestal

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Burl Wooden Pedestal
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Pedestals and Columns
Paul Evans burl wooden pedestal.
Paul Evans Directional Backgammon Game Table

By Directional, Paul Evans
Paul Evans Directional Backgammon Game Table
Directional, Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Aluminum, Leather
Paul Evans studio backgammon game table model P.E. 742 from the PE 800 series for Directional. Chrome-plated steel frame with leather board and acrylic playing pieces. Covered by a plex...
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Wall Unit with Smoke Glass Shelves, 1972
Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Wall Unit with Smoke Gl...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Smoked Glass, Resin
Wall unit in sculpted bronze resin with smoke glass shelves by Paul Evans, American 1972 (signed on the bottom of the middle frame "PE 72").
Paul Evans Brutalist Sofa

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Brutalist Sofa
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
This unique vintage love seat features patchwork hammered metal construction, and makes a substantial and impressive addition to any seating situation. Unique leather covered cushions a...
Paul Evans Matching Patchwork Mirror and Console, 1970s

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Matching Patchwork Mirror and Console, ...
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Wall Mirrors
Brass, Copper, Pewter, Slate
Matching "Patchwork" wall-mounted console and mirror in copper, brass and pewter by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American, 1970s. Console has a slate top. Mirror: H 30 inch...
Paul Evans Patchwork Metal and Slate Coffee Table

By Paul Evans
Paul Evans Patchwork Metal and Slate Coffee Table
Paul Evans
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
This stunning Mid-Century table uses a combination of patchwork hammered metal to create a stunning effect. Vintage slate top wonderfully compliments the piece, while low profile caster...
Paul Evans Cityscape Series Illuminated Headboard

By Paul Evans
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 ...
Paul Evans Argente Mirror and Console

By Paul Evans
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...