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Paul Evans Lighting

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.

Find a collection of authentic Paul Evans furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Paul Evans
Paul Evans Sculptural Floor Lamp in Tessellated Chrome and Brass, 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Sculptural floor lamp, model PE-4014, in tessellated brass and chrome by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American, 1970's. The floor lamps from this series are rare.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans Mixed Metal Skyscraper Table Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Skyscraper mixed metal table lamp with dimmer by Paul Evans. Has been freshly rewired. The dimmer surrounds the stem near the neck and turns clockwise/counter clockwise to adjust the...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Cityscape Brass & Chrome Patchwork Lamp, 1970s
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in St. Louis, MO
Paul Evans Cityscape brass and chrome table lamp for directional, circa 1970s. Has patina to brass and chrome, two small dings. Works. excludes shade.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Brass, Chrome

Cityscape Floor Lamp by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A floor lamp in Cityscape series designed and made by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. In a minimalistic cubic form with chrome and brass patchwork surface, the lamp is one o...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Chrome, Brass

Paul Evans Dual Metal "Cityscape" Floor Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in North Miami, FL
The Paul Evans cityscape floor lamp is patchwork or random tile patterning of the mixed metals of chrome-plated and brass-plated. This Evans floor lamp is iconic. The brass-plated pa...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Chrome, Brass

Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell Table Lamp, Walnut and Pewter
By Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell table lamp, walnut and pewter. Medium scale slender table lamp in walnut with vertical pewter inlays. The lamp measures: 18.5" from the base to th...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Pewter

Cityscape table lamp Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A table lamp in Cityscape series designed and made by Paul Evans for Directional circa 1970s. In a minimalistic cubic letter "T" form with chrome and brass patchwork surface, the lam...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans Studio CBP Copper, Brass, Pewter "Patchwork" Table Lamp, 1960s
By Paul Evans
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Paul Evans Studio Handcrafted CBP Patchwork Table Lamp in Copper, Brass and Pewter. Late 1960's. Featuring Colorful Copper and Brass Patchwork with Pewter splash and round nails as s...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Brushed Aluminum and Polished Steel "Cityscape" Table Lamp, 1970's
By Paul Evans
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Large Cityscape Brushed Aluminum and Polished Steel Tower Table Lamp by Paul Evans. Featuring a rectangular form with Brushed Aluminum and Polished Steel vertical panels. 21H to top...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Paul Evans Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel, Nickel

Cityscape Brass Table Lamp Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A brass patchwork cityscape table lamp designed by Paul Evans for Directional circa 1970s. Model PE-4001, the bespoken lamp showcases an architectural form and stands defying gravity...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Brass

Beautiful Paul Evans Floor Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful Paul Evans Floor Lamp 51" Height without harp or shade Base: 12" x 12" Top: 7" x 7"
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20th Century American Paul Evans Lighting

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Metal

Paul Evans Axis Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Cityscape by Paul Evans Studio for Directional brass and chrome cantilever desk lamp.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans, Sculpted Steel Floor Lamp, USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A fantastic example of an early, commissioned sculptural steel lamp by Paul Evans, the L-shaped lamp’s square obelisk body is formed from rectilinear sections of welded steel with al...
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Steel

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Paul Evans Wall-Mounted "Cityscape" Console in Tessellated Chrome 1970s 'Signed'
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Wall-mounted console table, supporting brackets in tessellated chrome with glass top, by Paul Evans, Cityscape Series, for Directional Furniture, American 1970s (signed “Paul Evans”).
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Karl Springer "J.M.F. Floor Lamp" in Gunmetal Glazierite, 1970s
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Karl Springer Chrome and Brass Swing-Arm Floor Lamp, 1980s
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Karl Springer Chrome and Brass Swing-Arm Floor Lamp 1980s
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Located in New York, NY
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Karl Springer "Bullet Up Light" in Polished Chrome 1970s
By Karl Springer
Located in New York, NY
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Paul Evans "Cityscape" Dining / Game Table 1970s, 'Signed'
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Located in New York, NY
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Elegant Floor Lamp in Gunmetal with Brass Accents, 1980s
Located in New York, NY
Elegant floor lamp in gunmetal with polished brass accents and ball feet, American, 1980s. This lamp is beautifully made. It has been rewired with new sockets. Height is adjustable. ...
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Cedric Hartman Reading Lamp in Chrome and Brass 1980s 'Signed'
By Cedric Hartman
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By Paul Evans
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Paul Evans Cityscape Lamp
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  • Paul Evans Cityscape Lamp
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H 27.75 in. W 19 in. D 19 in.
Cityscape Uplight by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Dorchester, MA
This accent light was designed by Paul Evans for the Cityscape series and features his iconic brass and chrome patchwork.
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Evans-style Bronze Chandelier
By Paul Evans
Located in North Miami, FL
Surprisingly elegant, brutal-style 12-arm chandelier in the manner of Paul Evans. Newly re-wired.
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Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Resin Relief Brutalist Table Lamp, Early 1960s
By Paul Evans
Located in Bainbridge, NY
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By Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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H 32.5 in. W 14 in. L 14 in.
Paul Evans Cityscape Floor Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in National City, CA
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.
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Located in Phoenix, AZ
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  • Paul Evans Cityscape Floor Lamp
  • Paul Evans Cityscape Floor Lamp
H 48.13 in. W 10 in. D 17.88 in.
Paul Evans Style Brutalist Lamp
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Brutalist table lamp in the style of Paul Evans. Glass globe sits upon a pillar of intricate relief design. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer)
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Gorgeous Paul Evans Cityscape Brass and Chrome Patchwork Lamp, Mid-Century
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Cityscape Brass and chrome table lamp by Paul Evans for Directional.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Paul Evans Hanukkah Menorah, "The Simon", For Raymor, 1955
By Paul Evans
Located in Downingtown, PA
Paul Evans Hanukkah Menorah, "The Simon", For Raymor, 1955. (NY85930-cpn) The menorah is made from walnut with brass candleholders. Paul Evan's menorahs were never marked. Referen...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Lighting

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Wood, Walnut

Paul Evans Rare "Cityscape" Desk Lamp in Tessellated Chrome, 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
"Cityscape" table lamp in tessellated polished chrome, model PE-4005, designed by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American, 1970's. The lamps from this series are rare.
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Paul Evans lighting for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Evans lighting is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul Evans lighting collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Paul Evans' original lighting was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by Hansen, Charles Hollis Jones and Knoll. Paul Evans lighting prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $9,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,600 on average.

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