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Paul Evans Chairs

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 Set of Four Dining Chairs ‘PE-105/106’ in Sculpted Bronze and Fabric
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, dining chairs from the series PE-105/106, sculpted bronze, steel, fabric, United States, circa 1965 Stunning example of Paul Evans designs for Direct...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Chairs

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Bronze, Steel

Paul Evans for Directional Pair of Armchairs ‘PE-105’ in Sculpted Bronze
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, pair of armchairs from the series PE-105, sculpted bronze, steel, fabric, United States, circa 1965 Stunning example of Paul Evans designs for Direct...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Chairs

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Bronze, Steel

Set of Six Paul Evans Cantilevered Dining Chairs for Directional, 1970s
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Hamburg, PA
A Mid-Century Modern set of 6 Paul Evans cantilevered dining chairs for Directional. This set includes two armchairs and four side chairs. These comfortable chairs have sleek modern ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Single Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Armchair, Late 1960s
By Paul Evans
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A single 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 bor...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Paul Evans Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Upholstery

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 Chairs

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Chrome

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 Chairs

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Metal

Rare Pair of Paul Evans Velvet Upholstered Chairs, 1977
By Paul Evans
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A rare pair of chrome cantilevered chairs, designed by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, Collection 77, USA, 1977. Paul Evans was born in Pennsylvania in 1931. He studied sculp...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Paul Evans for Directional Dining Chairs in Edelman Leather
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Completely restored with Edelman leather this incredible pair of Paul Evans for Directional dining chairs are exquisite. Condition: Excellent restored condition with new Edelman...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Rare Set of Ten Paul Evans Mahogany and Leather Chairs
By Paul Evans
Located in Hollywood, 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 Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

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Paul Evans chairs for sale on 1stDibs

The Paul Evans chairs are 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 collection of chairs, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 7 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Evans' original chairs were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Kipp Stewart, James Mont and Florence Knoll. Prices for Paul Evans chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$3,500 and tops out at US$39,600, while pieces like these can sell for US$9,450 on average.

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