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Paul Evans Wall Decorations

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
Mid Century Paul Evans Wall Mirror & Console Table Shelf in Brass & Chrome
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design combination, a cityscape wall shelf and mirror designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features fine heavy construction with brass & chrome clad patchwork ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Wall Decorations

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Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Floating Shelf or Console Table Glass & Chrome
By Paul Evans
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design, a cityscape wall shelf designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features fine heavy construction with chrome clad patchwork design. Includes two L shaped w...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Wall Decorations

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Mid Century Paul Evans Cityscape Floating Shelf or Console Table Chrome & Brass
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An incredible design, a cityscape wall shelf designed by Paul Evans in the 1970's. The set features Fine heavy construction with brass & chrome clad patchwork design. Includes two L ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Wall Decorations

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Patchwork Wall Console, Signed
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique vintage wall mount console makes a unique display shelf in a variety of interiors. Cityscape design makes this patchwork chrome wall shelf perfect for storage, display, o...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Wall Decorations

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Chrome

Paul Evans Console for Directional Brutalist Sculpted Bronze & Glass Wall Mount
By Paul Evans, Directional
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1960s sculpted bronze wall mount console designed by Paul Evans and produced by Directional. New glass top. Original wall mount brackets.
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Paul Evans "Cityscape" Display Shelf in Chrome and Glass
By Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The "Cityscape" style of Paul Evans makes this elegant three-shelf unit a beautiful storage or display piece in any setting. Freestanding Mid-Century chrome and glass design allows f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paul Evans Wall Decorations

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Rare and Early Walnut Wall Hanging Cabinet by Paul Evans and Phillip Powell
By Paul Evans
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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 Wall Decorations

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Metal

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Paul Evans wall decorations for sale on 1stDibs

Paul Evans wall decorations are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Paul Evans wall decorations collection, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Paul Evans' original wall decorations were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider wall decorations by Leroy Neiman, Silas Seandel and George Nelson. Paul Evans wall decorations can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,900 and tops out at $31,500, while pieces like these can sell for $5,850 on average.

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