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Paul Evans Desks and Writing Tables

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
1970s, Paul Evans Studio for Directional Cityscape Executive Desk
By Paul Evans, Directional
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Paul Evans Cityscape Burl, Chrome, and Glass Skyline Dining Table
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Paul Evans Brutalist Skyline Dining Table
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Paul Evans brutalist sculpted bronze dining table with 48" x 96" x 3/4" thick glass top. With smaller glass top can be used as a desk. Signed PE70 Only base is 65" x 27".
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1970s American Brutalist Vintage Paul Evans Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Very Rare Brass Bottom Directional Cityscape Desk by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Heavily discounted. Beautiful and extremely rare brass and burl wood Directional desk by Paul Evans, Cityscape series, 1950s, USA. One owner.
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Brass

Paul Evans Scuplted Bronze Gesso Brutalist Skyline Dining Table Signed PE 77
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Paul Evans dining table. Sculpted bronze resin over wood frame. Marked PE 77.
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Paul Evans "Cityscape" Executive Desk in Burl Walnut
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning "Cityscape" executive desk by Paul Evans is an impressive midcentury addition to home or office decor. Vintage burl walnut finish is complimented by patchwork chrome tr...
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Paul Evans desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Paul Evans desks and writing tables are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paul Evans desks and writing tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 7 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Paul Evans' original desks and writing tables 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 desks and writing tables by Mastercraft, Leon Rosen and Karl Springer. Prices for Paul Evans writing tables and desks can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $9,000 and tops out at $32,500, while pieces like these can sell for $24,250 on average.

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