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Paul Evans Decorative Objects

American, 1931-1987
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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Creator: Paul Evans
Paul Evans Brutalist Cocktail Table in Oxidized Steel and Bronze, c. 1970
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning Paul Evans brutalist Cocktail table which was part of the "Sculptured Metal Collection" for Directional. This dramatic cocktail table is comprised of a dark patinated bron...
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Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Stalagmite Coffee Table, Signed and Dated 1979
By Directional, Paul Evans
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A stunning brutalist Paul Evans PE-128 coffee table which was part of the "Sculptured Metal Collection" for Directional. This dramatic cocktail table is comprised of a dark patinated...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Paul Evans & Phillip Lloyd Powell, Very Rare, Walnut and Pewter Bottle
By Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a very rare bottle. Only 5 were made because it was very difficult to make. This one was a gift to one of our clients.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Brutalist Metal Patchwork Box with Insert Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Metal

Paul Evans Freeform Cast Aluminum "Crater" Dish, circa 1960
By Paul Evans
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Paul Evans handcrafted cast aluminium moon crater accessory dish. Bowl. 1960s. Organic. Brutalist. Rarity. Marked 220 to underside.
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Paul Evans & Phillip Lloyd Powell Handcrafted Steel, Brass & Wood Brutalist Bell
By Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early collaborative Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell torch cut metal Hand held Bell, early 1960s. Featuring a hand worked rectangular Iron bell form, circular Brass details with s...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Paul Evans Sculpture
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1960s Vintage Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Paul Evans Welded Steel 1967 Brutalist Cocktail Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Buffalo, NY
Paul Evans welded steel 1967 Brutalist cocktail table. Wonderful patina, class Evans design, retains original glass. Heavy base can hold much larger glass top.
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Paul Evans Decorative Objects

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Paul Evans, Sculpted Bronze Planter, USA
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Sculpture by Paul Evans
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Paul Evans decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Evans decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Paul Evans decorative objects there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. 11 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Evans' original decorative objects were created in the modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Charles Hollis Jones, Austin Productions and Paolo Soleri. Prices for decorative objects by Paul Evans can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$1,400 and tops out at US$12,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,200 on average.

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