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Paul Evans Table Lamps

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 sideboards, credenzas, coffee tables and other 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 for celebrated manufacturer Directional (​​a brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere): 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 Cityscape Table Lamp PE-4006
By Paul Evans
Located in Hanover, MA
The most rare model of Paul Evans Cityscape lamp produced by Directional circa 1972 in polished stainless steel and brass mosaic tiles. See attached page from the original catalog;...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Table Lamps

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

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 Table Lamps

Materials

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 Table Lamps

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

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 Table Lamps

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Pewter

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 Table Lamps

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Metal

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 Table Lamps

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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 Table Lamps

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Brass

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 Table Lamps

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Brass, Chrome

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Paul Evans table lamps for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Evans table lamps are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices to choose from in our Paul Evans table lamps collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 9 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Evans' original table lamps were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. Many customers also consider table lamps by Cedric Hartman, Knoll and Les Prismatiques if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Paul Evans table lamps can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $7,500, while pieces like these can sell for $4,600 on average.

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