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Paul Evans Pedestals

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 Chrome Cityscape Pedestal Table Base, 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
A chrome cityscape pedestal table base part of Paul Evans Chrome 200 series, also known as the Cityscape collection, for Directional. Perfect as it is as a pedestal but could take t...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Pedestals

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Patchwork Burl Panel Cityscape Cocktail Table by Paul Evans
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Paul Evans pedestals for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Evans pedestals are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of steel and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul Evans pedestal collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Paul Evans' original pedestals were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 1970s. Many customers also consider pedestals by Knoll, Milo Baughman and Charles Hollis Jones if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Paul Evans pedestals can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $18,900 and tops out at $22,500, while pieces like these can sell for $20,700 on average.

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