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Paul Evans Sideboards

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.

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Creator: Paul Evans
Modernist Patchwork Burl Credenza By Paul Evans For Directional
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Paul Evans Deep Relief Cabinet Designed in Metal
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Large Paul Evans for Paul Evans Studio Deep Relief Sideboard
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Sideboards

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Steel

Vintage "Cityscape" Sideboard by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
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An incredible and rare vintage "Cityscape" sideboard by Paul Evans. Mixed metals form a geometric pattern along the sideboard's exterior, and four doors open to reveal spacious compa...
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Paul Evans Sideboards

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Paul Evans Deep Relief Sideboard, Brutalist, Sculptural, Monumental, Mid-Century
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Mid Century Paul Evans deep Relief sideboard, Credenza or Console Table. Paul Evans handcrafted "Deep Relief" Brutalist sideboard with welded and polychromed steel doors in shad...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Sideboards

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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 Sideboards

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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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Chrome, Steel

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 with adjustable shelves, ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Sideboards

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Brass

Sculpted Front credenza sideboard by Paul Evans
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Sideboards

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Slate, Steel

Pair of Paul Evans Six-Door Steel Cityscape Cabinets, 1970s
By Paul Evans
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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 Sideboards

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Steel

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 Sideboards

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Slate, Iron

Custom Order Paul Evans Steel and Leather Cabinet, Late 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
Paul Evans cabinet dating from the mid-1970s was custom made with stitched brown leather sides and base. The top and doors are brushed steel with steel handles. The purchaser will h...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Sideboards

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Steel

Brutalist Evans Patchwork Credenza Server
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Large and slick, Evans patchwork credenza, four doors open to Revel storage space, dark brown fiberglass plinth base and top. Patchwork veneer front and sides. Paul Evans design for ...
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Sideboards

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Fiberglass, Wood

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 Sideboards

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Chrome

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Paul Evans sideboards for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Paul Evans sideboards are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Paul Evans sideboard collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 18 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Evans' original sideboards were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. Many customers also consider sideboards by Herman Miller, George Nakashima and Calvin... The prices for Paul Evans sideboards can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $5,756 and tops out at $116,000, while pieces like these can sell for $29,200 on average.

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