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Combining brass, copper and pewter so that it takes the form of an irregularly welded collage may not seem like a sophisticated technique, yet it yielded a striking outcome in the Patchwork mirror designed by New Jersey-born Paul Evans (1931–87). The revered furniture maker, sculptor and master of the American Studio Craft movement designed this mirror as part of his 1960s-era Patchwork series for North Carolina manufacturer Directional Furniture.


Evans’s Patchwork mirror is indicative of an evolution of his experimentation in silversmithing and sculpture since his days as a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and elsewhere. The emphasis on handicraft was also part of a larger trend in postwar American design that saw furniture makers reject industrial and mass-produced objects in favor of historic craft methods. As demonstrated in the patinated, rough and asymmetrical metallic surfaces that characterize some of his designs, Evans was additionally inspired by brutalism, and his Cityscape dining table — also for Directional — is an oft-cited example of brutalist design.


Evans was a pioneer in combining unusual materials and welding techniques to produce innovative cabinets, tables and more over the years. The Patchwork mirror was part of many similarly groundbreaking lines that he created for Directional — in fact, Evans opened a second workshop when his fruitful relationship with the manufacturer began to take shape. Bold and expressive, the series’ unique mirror — the frame of which sees an incorporation of distressed, nailed-on copper and brass “patches” with hot-poured pewter accents — blurs the boundaries between sculpture and design, distinguishing the maker’s hand-forged work from the very popular minimal and functional furniture of the era.


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Paul Evans Cityscape Catch All Container Planter Box- Brass Steel Mirror 1970s
By Paul Evans
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Mid-Century Modern catch it all cityscape container planter box by Paul Evans, directional, 1970s. Patchwork design in brass with stainless steel mirror. No lab...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

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Brass, Stainless Steel

Paul Evans Patchwork Console and Mirror, circa 1970s
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning 1970s Paul Evans for Directional patchwork console and mirror. Each piece is clad in nailed-on patinated copper, brass and pewter panels arranged in a patchwork pattern. The...
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Vintage 1970s American Shelves

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Slate, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Pewter

Midcentury Paul Evans Patchwork Mirror
By Paul Evans
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
This midcentury Paul Evans mirror is in wonderful condition. Beautifully crafted and patinated work of art consisting of steel, brass, copper, and pewter. Model PE17.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass, Copper, Steel, Pewter

Paul Evans for Directional, Patchwork Mirror and Console
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Paul Evans Wall-mounted console, model PE 17 and mirror, model PE 18 Paul Evans Studio for Directional, USA, circa 1970 Welded and enameled steel, welded and enameled copper, slat...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Slate, Metal, Steel, Copper

Paul Evans Patchwork Mirror and Wall-Mounted Console
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Paul Evans patchwork mirror and wall-mounted console. The dimensions of the console is 5-5/8" H x 36" W x 13-1/8", D and the mirror is 24-1/8" H x 20-1/8" W x 1-1/2" D.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

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Slate, Metal

Paul Evans Bold Patchwork Mirror in Copper, Brass and Pewter
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully crafted patchwork mirror in patinated and copper, brass, and pewter by American Craft movement master Paul Evans. Poised between handicraft and industrial design, this ...
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Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Wall Mirrors

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Copper, Brass and Pewter Wall Mirror
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Stockton, NJ
A Paul Evans for Directional wall mirror. Frame comprised of copper, brass and pewter patchwork.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors

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Brass, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Patchwork Wall-Mounted Mirror and Console
By Paul Evans
Located in Peabody, MA
Wall-mounted patchwork metal clad console shelf with slate top by Paul Evans for Directional with matching mirror, circa 1970s. Shelf measures 60" long x 13" deep x 6.5" high. ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Slate, Metal