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Paul Evans (USA, 1931–87)
Paul Evans (USA, 1931–87)

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 Bench, Sculpted Bronze, Signed
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in New York, NY
Paul Evans bench, sculpted bronze, signed. Large chunky Sculpted Bronze series bench made for Directional Furniture - (Evans Studio Catalogue #: PE -148). The frame is composed of a ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Set of Eight Brutalist Sculpted Bronze Dining Chairs by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Set of eight Mid-Century Modern brutalist sculpted bronze dining chairs by Paul Evans This extremely rare to find set is comprised of: Two armchairs (Model PE 105) and six side chair...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal, Bronze

Pair of Brutalist Sculpted Bronze Armchairs by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Brutalist sculpted bronze armchairs by Paul Evans Exceptional abstract form texture and powerful shapes Retains original fabric, Complimentary in-house upholstery, you ju...
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1970s North American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Steel

Paul Evans Studio for Directional Patchwork Lounge Chair
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans Studio for Directional patchwork lounge chair patinated steel, copper reupholstered with Italian Boucle.
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal, Copper, Steel

Paul Evans Set of 6 Rare Patchwork Dining Chairs 1967 'Signed'
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 rare Patchwork dining chairs in welded copper, steel and brass with new leather upholstery by Paul Evans, Paul Evans Studio 1967 - each chair signed “Paul Evans 67”. These h...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Brass, Copper, Steel

Paul Evans Sculptural Armchair in Steel, Bronze and Red Upholstery
By Paul Evans
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans, sculptural armchair, steel, bronze, red velvet upholstery, United States, 1967 This handcrafted armchair by Paul Evans shows the artistic qualities Evans is known for. S...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze, Steel

Paul Evans Cityscape Brass and Upholstered Parsons Bench, 1973
By Paul Evans
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stunning Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Parsons bench By Paul Evans "Cityscape" Collection USA, 1973 Brass-plated steel, with tufted ivory upholstered seat....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Brass

Paul Evans for Directional Dining Chairs in Edelman Leather, Set of Six
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Completely restored with Edelman leather, which is the highest quality (and most expensive) leather you can buy, this incredible set of Paul Evans for directional dining chairs inclu...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Armchairs, Late 1960s
By Paul Evans
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A pair of sculpted bronze resin over steel armchairs designed by Paul Evans for Directional in Original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric, model number PE 105, late 1960s Paul Evans was bo...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Pair of Paul Evans Cityscape Swivel Club Chairs, Signed, 1968
By Paul Evans
Located in San Francisco, CA
The New York Times said about Paul Evans: "His work is stunningly beautiful, stunningly ugly, stunningly sophisticated and stunningly tacky. The performer Lenny Kravitz who collect...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Stainless Steel

Paul Evans for Directional Wrap-Around Corner Bench and Cabinet, circa 1970
By Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This unique custom piece was fabricated by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970, is part of the 'Sculptured Metals Collection" and is quite versatile - functions as both a bench an...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal

Paul Evans Stool
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Evans Studio patchwork stool, welded steel polychromed and painted with curly lambs wool reupholstered.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Steel

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Lounge Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare lounge chairs by Paul Evans, circa 1968. Sculpted bronze frames with new mohair upholstery. Will be accompanied with “Certificate of Authenticity” by Dorsey Reading.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Bench
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Sculpted bronze bench by Paul Evans. New black leather upholstery. Signed “PE 69”.   
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Paul Evans Set of 6 Rare and Important Dining Chairs, 1969 'Signed'
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important set of 6 sculptural dining chairs in bronzed resin with upholstered seats by Paul Evans, American 1969 (signed "PE 69" in resin). This model of dining chair is ver...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Set of Six Signed Paul Evans Dining Chairs, 1982
By Paul Evans
Located in Hamburg, PA
A unique set of six Paul Evans upholstered dining chairs in grey linen. Each chair has a set of chrome casters. The chairs are in very good condition with some signs of minor use or ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery

Paul Evans PE-106 Upholstered Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A set of 6 Paul Evans dining chairs. 2 armchairs and 4 side chairs Original surface and upholstery. Bronzed resin over steel.
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1960s North American Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal

Paul Evans, Forged Steel Lounge Chairs, USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A superb example of Paul Evans’ forged metal techniques, this unique pair of chairs features hand-sculpted bases formed from forged, welded, patinated and polychromed steel. Each has...
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Steel

Paul Evans, Sculpted Steel Bench, USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
The technique Evan’s used to create this sculpted steel bench combines welded steel, decorative brass braising, and polychromed enamel. This vivid treatment, which resulted in vibran...
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Steel

Set of Six Paul Evans Dining Chairs, 1982
By Paul Evans
Located in Hamburg, PA
A plush set of six Signed/Labeled/Marked Paul Evans dining chairs on wheels. These chairs are extremely comfortable. The chairs are structurally sound. You may be able to use for a w...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Leather, Suede

Paul Evans Cityscape Sofa/Settee
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Paul Evans Cityscape sofa from the 200 series. Manufactured by Directional Furniture circa 1970 Older, clean reupholstery in Ultrasuede.
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome

Set of Six Dining Chairs by Paul Evans for Directional, Mid-Century Modern
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Set of six dining chairs, two armchairs and four side chairs from Paul Evans for Directional. Stainless steel and new charcoal-gray wool upholstery. Measures: Side chairs are 19" wid...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Stainless Steel

Rare Sculpted Bronze Armchair by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare sculpted bronze armchair, by Paul Evans upholstered with pale blue velvet fabric, USA.         
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Pair of Midcentury Brutalist Sculpted Bronze Patinated Paul Evans PE105 Chairs
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Hudson, NY
Pair of highly collectable Paul Evans sculpted bronze armchairs. Epoxy with applied bronze over steel frame with upholstery. All original chairs.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze, Steel

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Set of eight sculptural "Cityscape" dining chairs, designed by Paul Evans Studio for Directional, signed with label underneath one chair, circa 1970s. They have been reupholstered in...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal

Cityscape Fabric Desk Arm Side Chair with Castors by Paul Evans Inc
By Paul Evans
Located in Wayne, NJ
Chrome cityscape fabric desk arm side chair with castors by Paul Evans Inc. Has a metallic stripe on fabric. May work well as a vanity chair also, but check arm height, compared to y...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal

Paul Evans Benches, Sculpted Bronze, Signed
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Sculpted bronze benches by Paul Evans. Pair of sculpted bronze benches with a gray black patterned upholstered seat cushions. Model number: PE-112. Both benches signed “PE 69” on in ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Bronze

Paul Evans, "Cityscape" Group of Eight Dining Chairs, White Fabric, circa 1970
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
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 chai...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Mirror, Wood, Fabric

Cantilevered Dining Chairs by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in New London, CT
Set of six flat bar cantilevered dining chairs: two arms and four sides, from Paul Evans' collection 77 for Directional. Chromed steel and new burnt orange upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome

Cityscape Leather Desk Chair with Castors by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful cityscape chair in chrome and brass patchwork made by Paul Evans studio for Directional, circa 1974. The chair is supported by exposed legs that extend to the back, givin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Brass, Chrome

Brutalist Modern Loveseat by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique vintage love seat features patchwork hammered metal construction, and makes a substantial and impressive addition to any seating situation. Unique leather covered cushion...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

Pair of "Cityscape" Settees Designed by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of outstanding "Cityscape" settees designed by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970. Sofas are in very good condition with new foam and deep button-tufted Casamance upholstery...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery

Paul Evans Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Manchester, MA
A wonderful set of six Paul Evans chrome cantilever dining chairs. There are two arm chairs and four side chairs. Two have been newly upholstered in a contemporary cotton fabric simu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome

Rare Set of Ten Paul Evans Mahogany and Leather Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Comprised of two arms and eight sides, the tufted leather upholstered seat above square flat slatted backs and legs on large casters- labels to underside Paul Evans, Paul Evans studi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Leather, Mahogany

Set of Six SuedePaul Evans for Directional Dining Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of six suede Paul Evans dining chairs with chromed steel cantilevered base. Two armchairs. Four side chairs. By Directional. Side chairs are 19" W.
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Suede

Magnificent Paul Evans for Directional Biscuit Tufted Party Sofa Midcentury
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent Paul Evans for Directional biscuit tufted party sofa. We have never seen this particular model from Paul Evans before but do have the original catalog photo-see photos. T...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery

Magnificent Paul Evans Directional Biscuit Tufted Party Loveseat Sofa Modern
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent Paul Evans for Directional biscuit tufted party loveseat sofa. We have never seen this particular model from Paul Evans before but do have the original catalog photo-see ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Seven-Piece Signed Paul Evans Sectional Sofa
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazing super rare seven-piece sectional sofa by Paul Evans. Unusual large random tubular tufted sections give this huge sofa a fabulous modern overall look. Upholstered in the first...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery

Stunning Paul Evans Chrome Loveseat Sofa Directional Mid-Century Modern
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome

Paul Evans for Directional Set of Eight Dining Chairs
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of eight dining chairs designed by Paul Evans and produced by Directional. Two armchairs and six side chairs, all expertly reupholstered a grey Maharam fabric. Great style and co...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Paul Evans Set of Eight Cityscape Dining Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
A complete set of eight inclusive of two armchairs. Almost all eight of these are signed with labels to underside. White leather shows wear but should be restorable to retain origina...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Seating

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Upholstery

Sculpted Bronze Chair by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare sculpted bronze chair, model P E 105 by Paul Evans.
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Metal

Paul Evans Set of Eight Dining Chairs Arm Side Chrome Cantilever
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Amazing set of eight Paul Evans chrome cantilever dining chairs, includes two arm chairs and six side chairs. These have been newly upholstered in a Clarence House fabric. Dining tab...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome

Pair of Cityscape Benches by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of benches designed by Paul Evans (1931-1987) for Directional, circa 1973. Model PE244, these benches feature a stunning patchwork of contrasting polished and brushed chromed ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome

Set of Four Chrome Cityscape Chairs by Paul Evans for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Tempe, AZ
A stunning and rare set of 4 chrome cityscape chairs by Paul Evans for Directional. This matched set of PE-241 arm chairs are upholstered in a supple black matte ultrasuede and featu...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Seating

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Chrome