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Patchwork Cabinet

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Sculptural and tastefully decorative, Paul Evans’s Patchwork cabinet is an audacious exploration of the several styles for which the furniture maker is known. A sideboard that Evans (1931–87) produced for Directional — a North Carolina furniture manufacturing company that became the catalyst for some of Evans’s most well-known designs — the cabinet’s clean lines and simple silhouette belie the maker’s mid-century influence, while its rough-hewn texture and traditional craftsmanship are nods to brutalism and the American Arts and Crafts movement. An enthusiastic and skilled metalworker, Evans produced the Patchwork collection, which essentially began as wooden boxes, with “patchwork” copper, brass and pewter coming together with nails. The series includes cabinets, sideboards, coffee tables and more.

The New Jersey-born Evans was raised in Pennsylvania, but he left in the 1950s for the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen in New York. Later, he ventured to the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where he studied sculpture, metalwork, furniture design and jewelry-making. Evans found his way back to Pennsylvania, where he eventually began to collaborate with Directional, which produced his Cityscape, Sculpted Bronze, Argente and Patchwork furniture series. In addition to the cabinet, Evans created hundreds of pieces for the Patchwork line from 1964 through the 1970s. Each one is signed and dated, ensuring the authenticity of its handmade nature, a detail upon which the maker was insistent. These pieces, along with the rest of Evans’s work, are still in high demand and count a number of high-profile clients, from famous musicians to design enthusiasts, as collectors.

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Steel

Vintage Patchwork Flip-Top Bar Cabinet by Paul Evans
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Burbank, CA
An exceptional vintage patchwork flip –top bar cabinet designed by iconic designer Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. This studio piece by Paul Evans exemplifies the perfect co...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass, Bronze, Copper, Pewter

Pair of Paul Evans Welded and Patinated Steel Patchwork Side Tables
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Pair of Paul Evans welded and patinated steel side tables top inset with a slate for Studio for Directional.
Category

Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Side Tables

Materials

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 Credenzas

Materials

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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Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Credenzas

Materials

Fiberglass, Wood

Paul Evans Patchwork Copper Sideboard Cabinet w Slate Top for Directional, 1967
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning and rare copper clad sideboard cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional, produced in circa 1967. This incredible piece of design history is fabricated from patinated pieces of ...
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Sideboards

Materials

Brass, Copper, Pewter

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