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Paul Evans Cabinets

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 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 — 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 Cityscape Cabinet in Chrome and Burl Patchwork
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Highland, IN
This stunning credenza by Paul Evans studio for Directional is from Evans' PE 400 Cityscape series and has the most pleasing composition of walnut burl and chrome patchwork. Of parti...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Steel

Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza, American, circa 1960s. Executed in beautifully burled maple and aluminum. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, cabinet, buffet...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Aluminum, Metal

Italian Sottsass Post-Modern Brutalist Paul Evans Lift Chest
By Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano, Paul Evans
Located in Forney, TX
A magnificent Italian designed, exceptionally executed, entirely handmade, showing high quality and sophisticated elegance of execution, having a rich, luxurious and whimsical presen...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Paul Evans Cabinets

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Metal, Steel

Paul Evans Cityscape Mid Century Burl Wood Floating Display Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Evans cityscape Mid Century burl wood floating display cabinet Measures: 24.5 wide x 13.75 deep x 48.25 inches high This price includes getting this piece in what we call res...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Burl

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Cityscape Mirrored Cabinet and Mirror, Vanity
By Paul Evans
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Patchwork Cityscape Mirrored Cabinet and Mirror. This custom cabinet signed on the mirror, Paul Evans, is simply stunning and a fine addition to your ho...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Cabinets

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Metal

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Brutalist Sideboard, USA, 1969
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Miami, FL
Paul Evans Brutalist sculpted bronze cabinet Sculpted-bronze series cabinet, Exceptional abstract forms, solid volumes and powerful brutal shapes, Two bi-fold doors concealing s...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Bronze

Paul Evans Studio Wrap-Around Corner Bench and Cabinet, c 1970, Authenticated
By Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This unique and authenticated custom piece was fabricated by Paul Evans and Dorsey Reading as what they considered a 'Studio' piece for Paul Evans Studio, circa 1970, is part of the ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Metal

Paul Evans Rare and Large Argente Studio Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Evans Argente cabinet Paul Evans Studio USA Welded aluminum, lacquered wood, felt, leather, welded steel Measures: 80 H × 36.5 W × 21.5 D in The cabinet features t...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Aluminum

Paul Evans Cityscape Console in Burl Wood and Chrome
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Dallas, TX
1975 Paul Evans Cityscape console in burl wood and chrome. Beautiful console featured in Paul Evans book.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Cabinets

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Wall Hung Cabinets Set of Three
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early set of three cabinets with finished interiors. All shelves and mounting cleats are present. Signed Paul Evans.  
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Chrome

American Modern Burl Walnut and Chrome Two-Door Cabinet, Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Hollywood, FL
Part of the cityscape series.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

Rare Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Brutalist Sideboard, USA, 1968
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Unique custom "sculpted bronze" brutalist cabinet by Paul Evans, USA circa 1968 Exceptional abstract forms, solid volumes and powerful brutal shapes, Two bi-fold doors concealing st...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Paul Evans Cabinets

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Slate, Bronze

Paul Evans Deep Relief Cabinet Designed in Metal
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional Paul Evans signed and dated 1972 handcrafted “Deep Relief” Brutalist sideboard/cabinet made of brushed polychrome steel, slate, and wood. This a truly unique and moder...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Slate, Steel

Paul Evans Patchwork Copper Sideboard Cabinet w Slate Top for Directional, 1967
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning and rare copper clad sideboard cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional, produced in circa 1967. This incredible piece of design history is fabricated from patinated pieces of ...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

Rare American Modern Steel Front and Vermont Slate 2 Door Credenza, Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Hollywood, FL
A beautiful 2 door cabinet manufactured by Paul evens and signed 1969. The two textured and dimensional doors have a Brutalist treatment with very subtle coloration in greens, reds a...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Slate, Steel

Sculpted Front credenza sideboard by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning sculpted-front credenza cabinet by Paul Evans, model PE 40A, made in 1974 in his studio for Directional. Constructed from welded steel on the front, patchwork metal siding...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Slate, Steel

Paul Evans Mid Century Burl Wood Floating Display Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Evans Mid Century burl wood floating display cabinet. Measures: 24.5 wide x 13.75 deep x 48.25 high. Veneer Loss. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call Restored ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Wood

Paul Evans Wall-Mounted Deep Relief Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio, deep relief, wall-mounted sideboard model PE-19, welded and patinated steel, slate and darkened wood, United States, circa 1972 Paul Evans 'Deep ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Steel

Pair of Paul Evans Six-Door Steel Cityscape Cabinets, 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A pair of chromium polished steel cabinets, with three pairs of doors each concealing shelved interiors on either side flanking a cupboard with a single steel decorated drawer split ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Steel

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze 2-Door Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Paul Evans sculpted bronze cabinet Incised signature and date Original surface, grain painted interior and shelf.
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Resin

Cityscape Cabinet, 1970’s, By Paul Evans (usa, 1931-1987
By Paul Evans
Located in Paris, FR
Cityscape cabinet, 1970’s, by Paul EVANS (USA, 1931-1987 Geometrical chromed steel plated work on wood structure. Opening with two doors on a black inside with shelf. Canted jambs....
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Chrome, Steel

Midcentury Paul Evans Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Gorgeous vintage modern Paul Evans credenza features spacious storage cabinets, three drawers, chrome top and sides, and burl wood doors. Signature is located on the inside foot unde...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Burl

Important Welded Polychrome and Gilt Steel Cabinet by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Important welded polychrome and gilt steel cabinet by Paul Evans, inset with slate top. Welded signature.    
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Steel

Vintage Paul Evans Cityscape Bar Cart Pe 200 Series for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful signed Mid-Century Modern bar cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional. A wonderful patchwork design with a flip top and two cabinet doors below. Sleek case piece that looks g...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenza for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning vintage modern cabinet features the iconic patchwork design by Paul Evans. The cityscape burl wood and chrome design is sure to complement any setting. A versatile case...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Chrome

1973 Paul Evans Floating Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
A stunning Paul Evans cabinet or credenza adorned in figural burl veneer and mirrored chrome tiles at the back. The cabinet is lifted from the ground on a well proportioned platform ...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

Midcentury Paul Evans Brutalist Sideboard for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An iconic vintage modern design by Paul Evans with an elaborate chrome patchwork design. This stylish case piece boasts a spacious black interior hidden behind four cabinet doors. A ...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Chrome

Rare and Early Walnut Wall Hanging Cabinet by Paul Evans and Phillip Powell
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
An early wall hanging walnut cabinet crafted in collaboration between Paul Evans (1931 - 1987) and Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919 - 2008) when they shared a studio and showroom in New Ho...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Metal

Paul Evans Custom Cabinet or Coffee Table
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A great early form, consisting of patinated copper, bronze and pewter. Original red painted interior.
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Bronze, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans, Argente Wall Mounted Cabinet 'PE-39', USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
This hanging cabinet (signed PE 1967) was acquired from a New York collector, along with a corresponding console, and represents the finest condition and preservation possible. Both ...
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Aluminum

Paul Evans, Sculpture Front Wall-Mounted Cabinet, USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Despite the accessible size and lively surface decoration, very few of this style cabinet were produced by the Paul Evans Studio. With the same welded steel frame in a radial diamond...
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1960s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Steel

Paul Evans Sculpture Front Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Rare sculpture front cabinet. Welded torch-cut patinated steel, color pigments and 24-karat gold leaf. Bright original color with original slate top and original welded metal base. T...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Cabinets

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Metal

Paul Evans, Argente Wall Cabinet, USA
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Paul Evans’ technically intensive Argente Series, which was produced from 1967 through the 1972, was an experimental process using 1/8 inch thick aluminum sheets. Blackened with ink,...
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2010s American Paul Evans Cabinets

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Aluminum

Paul Evans cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Paul Evans cabinets are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Paul Evans cabinets there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 36 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original cabinets by Paul Evans were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider cabinets by Florence Knoll, Dunbar and Milo Baughman if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Paul Evans cabinets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $4,200 and tops out at $425,000, while pieces like these can sell for $28,000 on average.

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