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Paul Evans Credenzas

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 'PE-19' Deep Relief Floating Wall Cabinet with Slate Top, 1964
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning 'PE-19' Deep Relief floating wall cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional, produced in 1964, signed and dated 'PE 64'. This incredible collectors piece is fabricated from patinated segments of enameled steel which have been welded with applied textures and patterns with a slate top and two cabinet doors which open to reveal a stained red wood interior with adjustable shelf. The fusion of these exterior materials formulates an exemplary piece which would be a welcome addition to any design connoisseurs collection. We also carry other Paul Evans designs, including Cityscape, Patchwork Copper and Sculpted Metal Collections. Contact us for more information or see our other listings for more details. This Paul Evans PE19...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Steel

Paul Evans 'PE-32' Patchwork Copper Cabinet with Slate Top for Directional, 1968
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning 'PE-32' copper clad bar cabinet on casters by Paul Evans for Directional, produced in 1968 per original receipt which we have a copy of...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Burl and Chrome Cityscape Credenza, Directional, Signed, 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in Culver City, CA
This credenza is absolutely stunning! Paul Evans Cityscape line is a furniture collection that was designed by American sculptor and furniture designer Paul Evans in the 1970s. The Cityscape line is characterized by its geometric forms, mixed materials, and bold, textured finishes. Paul Evans was renowned for his innovative use of metals and his mastery of the sculpting and welding techniques required to create these types of unique designs. He combined different materials like burl and chrome-- in this piece to create stunning pieces of furniture that were functional works of art. Paul Evans Cityscape line pieces are highly sought after by collectors and design enthusiasts alike, and are considered iconic examples of Mid-Century Modern furniture design. Paul Evans (1931-1987) was an American artist, sculptor, and furniture designer who is best known for his unique and highly sought-after modern and Brutalist furniture designs from the mid-20th century. Born in Pennsylvania, Evans began his career as a metalworker, first studying at the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, New York and later at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He then went on to work for several different furniture manufacturers before eventually founding his own studio in the mid-1950s. Throughout his career, Evans was known for his innovative use of metals and his mastery of sculpting and welding techniques. He created furniture that was both functional and artistic, with a strong emphasis on texture and surface treatments. His signature designs often featured geometric forms, mixed materials, and bold finishes, and were highly influential in the development of Mid-Century Modern design. Evans' work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His furniture is highly sought after by collectors and design enthusiasts, and remains an important part of the Mid-Century Modern design movement. This credenza would look incredible in any Mid-Century Modern, modern or contemporary environment. We currently have this credenza paired with a Milo Baughman burl dining table. When this piece is in the room, it steals the show. We had this piece featured in our booth at Round Top with a Rafael Raffel...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Burl and Chrome Cabinet Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Roanoke, VA
Gorgeous 1970s cityscape credenza by Paul Evans. The unusual shape and mix of burl and chrome make this piece a total showstopper. Credenza has four cabinets with shelving in each fo...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans Studio Welded Front Wall-Hung Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans Studio Welded Front Wall-Hung Credenza, angular vertical welds with carefully chosen colors used to highlight these welds. The front doors of the credenza are not only fun...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Metal

Paul Evans for Directional ‘Cityscape' PE280 Sideboard in Steel and Brass
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, 'Cityscape PE280' sideboard, from the PE200 series, chrome-plated steel, brass, United States, circa 1975 This sideboard from the 'Cityscape' (PE 200) l...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Steel

Rare "Patch Work" Copper Credenza by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare "Patch Work" credenza by Paul Evans, the six patinated acid copper doors over a typical copper/peweter patchwork structural base, walnut cabinetry work, the top inset with three...
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1970s American Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Copper

"Deep Relief Credenza" by Paul Evans Signed and Dated, 1972
By Paul Evans
Located in Hamburg, PA
An incredible hand-crafted "Deep Relief Sculpted Credenza" by Paul Evans. Signed and Dated "Paul Evans 72". This amazing brutalist sideboard has a di...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Steel

Important Welded Steel Deep Relief Sculpted Credenza by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Important welded steel 4 door "Deep Relief Sculpted Credenza" with hand-painted enamels on doors inset with two slate tops The interior red painted w...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Steel

Paul Evans Directional Patchwork Credenza, c 1970's
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Spectacular Post Modern, Brutalist school credenza, designed by Paul Evans for Directional c. 1970's. The sideboard features a large rectangular cabinet with patchwork burl veneer, w...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans Rare Large "Deep Relief Credenza" 1968 (Signed and Dated)
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important hand-welded steel 4 door "Deep Relief Sculpted Credenza" with hand-painted enamels on doors and 3 cleft slate tops by Paul Evans,...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Steel

Spectacular Signed Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
A chromium polished steel cabinet with three pairs of doors each concealing shelved interiors on either side flanking a cupboard with a single steel decorated drawer split into compa...
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Mid-20th Century American Paul Evans Credenzas

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Steel

Modernist Patchwork Burl Credenza By Paul Evans For Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning, modernist, patchwork burl, credenza by Paul Evans for Directional features a high sheen laminate finish with 48 inch wide, gunmetal steel center doors and two 16 inch wide ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenzas

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Steel

Wonderful Paul Evans Cityscape Mid-Century Chrome Sideboard Buffet Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Scrumptious signed Paul Evans cityscape credenza. This piece is quite unique with the puzzle door hinges and the chocolate brown fibreglass top and plinth bottom. There is a signatur...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Excellent Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Credenza Mid-Century Modern
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Excellent Paul Evans chrome Cityscape credenza. This piece is in remarkable condition because it was covered with a piece of glass for the last ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans CityScape Sideboard for Directional Brass Tiles & Burl Wood Doors
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in St. Louis, MO
Rare 1970s Paul Evans Cityscape sideboard with waterfall ends for Directional with brass tiles and book matched Burl wood doors. Interior laminated in black...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass

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 Credenzas

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenza for Directional
By Paul Evans, Directional
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 co...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Patchwork Burlwood Credenza
By Paul Evans, Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in Houston, TX
Paul Evans Cityscape patchwork burlwood credenza. This stunning long mid-century Paul Evans for Directional credenza or chest is comprised of cabine...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Wood

Paul Evans Floating Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern credenza by Paul Evans for "Directional". Burl walnut veneer patch work panels with metal patch work base. Signed on the left side base. (Please confirm item loca...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans Burl Wood Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning burl wood patchwork credenza with chrome cabinet. Floating style sideboard with drawers, chrome cabinet with adjustable shelves. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

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 Credenzas

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Burl

Rare Brutalist "Sculpted Bronze" Cabinet by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
"Sculpted bronze" buffet by Paul Evans for Directional the front fitted with four panel doors and the top fitted typical slate slabs, the inside featuring adjustable shelves. Signed:...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Bronze, Metal

Paul Evans Cityscape Console in Burl Wood and Chrome
By Paul Evans, Directional
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 Credenzas

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Chrome

Cabinet Credenza Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans
By Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
From the early collaboration between two New Hope craftsmen Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans, came this stunning piece of furniture that epitomizes their individual artistic aesth...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Iron

Paul Evans Stunning 4 Door Credenza in Walnut Burl 1973
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
4 Door credenza with bi-fold doors in tessellated walnut burl with adjustable shelves in interior by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American 1973. This piece has felt lining o...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

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Set Paul Evans for Directional Chrome Brass Cityscape Shelf Brackets Console
By Paul Evans
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Stunning set signed Paul Evans for Directional shelf brackets or console tables. The glass is not pictured but is included and is 12" w x 48" l and is brand new. This set is truly fa...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome Tile Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Style Credenza, circa 1970s
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Brilliant Brutalist Walnut Pedestal Credenza Paul Evans Style Mid-Century Modern
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Midcentury Paul Evans Brutalist Sideboard for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
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Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio Early and Rare Loop Cabinet in Copper
By Paul Evans
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio, ‘Loop’ wall-mounted cabinet, welded copper with applied verdigris patina, steel, brass, painted wood, United States, circa 1968 Made around 1968, t...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Copper, Steel

Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Walnut Burl Patchwork 3 Door Credenza Cabinet
By Thayer Coggin, Milo Baughman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is a super rare and extremely elegant Milo Baughman cabinet in a style people often refer to as floating and patchwork. The 3 door cabinet is constructed of square tiles in waln...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Paul McCobb for Directional Mahogany, Brass, and Leather Credenza, Refinished
By Calvin Furniture, Directional, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sliding door sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Paul McCobb for Directional and produced by Calvin Furniture USA, 1950s Mahogany, with brass ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass

Paul Evans Burl Wood Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning burl wood patchwork credenza with chrome cabinet. Floating style sideboard with drawers, chrome cabinet with adjustable shelves. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Paul Evans Burl Wood Credenza
Paul Evans Burl Wood Credenza
H 30 in W 84 in D 23 in
Paul Evans Flip Top Cityscape Bar Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Step back in time with this authentic, vintage Paul Evans Cityscape bar cabinet from the 1970s. This striking piece combines the distinct aesthetic of Paul Evans with the practicalit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenzas

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Burl

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 Credenzas

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Cabinet, 1970
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Cabinet, 1970
Paul Evans Cityscape Cabinet, 1970
H 27 in W 35.98 in D 24 in
Paul Evans Wavy Front Wall Mounted Cabinet, 1973
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Rare wavy front wall-mounted cabinet deigned by Paul Evans Very rare sideboard sculpture, welded, polychromed and patinated steel, colored pigments, gold leaf, retaining original bright and colorful patina. Original slate stone top, 4 handcrafted steel doors that make undulating connections, concealing shelves and drawers on each side Welded signature under right door reads "Paul Evans 73”. A powerful and iconic example of Paul Evans's desired brutal cabinets...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Steel

Previously Available Items
Paul Evans Cityscape Chrome & Brass Credenza for Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
A Paul Evans Cityscape chrome & brass credenza for Directional. This monumental piece from Paul Evans is from his legendary Cityscape series for furniture manufacturer Directional. T...
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Mid-20th Century Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans, Deep Relief Cabinet, 1970
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Handcrafted Deep Relief cabinet designed and fabricated by America studio artist Paul Evans in 1970. Polychromed steel doors containing shades of gold, ...
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1970s American American Craftsman Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Steel

Paul Evans Iconic Artisan 4 Door Credenza 1968
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Stunning 4 door credenza model PE-40A in hand-welded steel with hand-painted polychrome enamels and gilding featuring bi-fold doors with red colored interior and cleft slate tops by ...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Enamel, Steel, Gold

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze Cabinet Signed PE75
By Paul Evans
Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Paul Evans sculpted bronze cabinet signed PE75. This piece has a finished back & hidden castors. A exceptional example in very good original condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenzas

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Bronze

Paul Evans Sculpted Bronze and Resin Wall Mounted Credenza, Signed and Dated '71
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Culver City, CA
One of the most recognizable and important names in the American studio craft movement of the 1960's and 70's, Paul Evans was a groundbreaking pioneer in brutalism. Collaborating as ...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Bronze

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 Credenzas

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Chrome "Cityscape" Credenza by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in San Antonio, TX
Stunning Paul Evans for Directional "Cityscape" sideboard made of chrome on wood. Inspired by the Manhattan skyline, this striking reflective credenza features ample space for storag...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Credenzas

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Chrome

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 u...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Aluminum, Metal

Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza
Paul Evans Cityscape Credenza
H 31 in W 113.5 in D 21.5 in
Paul Evans Important Sculpted Bronze Wall Cabinet 1969 'Signed'
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important large sculpted bronze wall cabinet with enameled steel elements and 3 cleft slate top pieces by Paul Evans Studio for Direction ...
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1960s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Slate, Bronze, Enamel, Steel

Large Brass and Chrome Cityscape Sideboard by Paul Evans, USA, 1970's
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Large brass and chrome sideboard by Paul Evans from the Cityscape Collection for Directional, circa 1970's All chrome and brass tiles mosaic patchwork, Rare design combines on: Eith...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans for Directional "Cityscape II" Sideboard in Chrome and Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paul Evans for Directional, 'Cityscape II' sideboard, chromed steel, brass, glass, United States, 1975 A striking sideboard from the “Cityscape II” line, designed by Paul Evans fo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Credenzas

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Brass, Chrome

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 ...
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Bronze

Paul Evans credenzas for sale on 1stDibs.

Paul Evans credenzas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paul Evans credenzas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original credenzas by Paul Evans were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider credenzas by John Widdicomb, Milo Baughman, and Drexel. Prices for Paul Evans credenzas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,250 and can go as high as $125,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $25,000.

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