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Cityscape Dining Table

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The Cityscape dining table created by artist, sculptor and furniture designer Paul Evans (1931–87) is one of the most recognizable examples of brutalist design. Evans, whose favored material was metal, is best known for his 1970s contributions to the American Studio Craft movement as well as his breakthroughs in brutalism. In the early 1950s, Evans studied at Philadelphia’s Textile Institute and then at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, which has counted among its students and faculty Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen and many more towering design figures.

Later in the decade, Evans moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania, not far from the Bucks County town in which he was raised, and joined with woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell in a decade-long partnership. Evans and Powell collaborated on a significant series of pieces, often procuring discarded wood from furniture maker George Nakashima, who had a neighboring studio. In 1964, Evans teamed with North Carolina manufacturer Directional Furniture, for which he designed classic lines, including the 1970s-era Cityscape series, which in addition to the dining table, included a coffee table, floor lamps, a credenza and more. 

Although based in Pennsylvania, Evans found the inspiration for his Cityscape dining table in New York City’s crowded skyline — specifically, in the Art Deco office buildings and stately spires. Beneath the piece’s beveled glass tabletop, in a base fashioned from brass, chromed steel and walnut burlwood, Evans’s decorative clusters of boxy forms echo Manhattan’s blocky building tops and wealth of window glass. It’s clear that the Cityscape series has roots in Evans’s affinity for urban landscapes, but the line’s sculptural attributes rendered the work outlandish in modest living spaces — so much so that a Directional print advertisement characterized the designs as “startling.” 

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Magnificent Signed Paul Evans Burl Chrome Cityscape Dining Table Mid-Century
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent signed Paul Evans burl and chrome Cityscape Dining table. This piece is in very nice vintage condition with only light signs of age. The table is signed with a Paul Eva...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Paul Evans for Directional Patchwork Burl Wood Dining Table, Newly Refinished
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern Parsons extension dining table By Paul Evans for Directional USA, 1970s Burled walnut, in gorgeous patchwork design. Measures: 8...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Burl

Paul Evans Cityscape Long Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans for directional "Cityscape", 84" Parsons style dining table. All chromed metal over wood with additional pair of leaves. Possible length of 114" with both 15" leaves.
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Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables

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Chrome, Metal

Paul Evans Mid-Century Burlwood and Chrome Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Evans mid-century burlwood and chrome cityscape dining table. This table measures: 86.5 wide x 35.5 deep x 29.5 inches high. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Vintage Chrome "Cityscape" Dining Table by Paul Evans for Directional
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Burbank, CA
Exceptional vintage “Cityscape” dining table designed by Paul Evans for Directional in the United States, circa 1970s. This dining table belongs to one of the most coveted lines of d...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Paul Evans Burl Wood Cityscape Starburst Dining Table Brushed Steel Chrome
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Amazing vintage Paul Evans Cityscape burl wood and brushed metal dining table. Metal base and top piece with burl wood top. Starburst design. Includes 1 table leaf extension which is...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Tables

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Metal, Steel

Paul Evans Monumental Burl Wood Parsons Extension Dining Table, Newly Refinished
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional custom monumental Mid-Century Modern Parsons extension dining table or conference table By Paul Evans for Directional, "Cityscape" Collection USA, 1970s ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Burl

Paul Evans "Cityscape" Dining / Game Table 1970s, 'Signed'
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in New York, NY
Chic pedestal dining / game table in walnut burl and chrome with thick glass top by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, Cityscape Series, American 1970's. Signed "An Original Paul ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural "Cityscape" model PE 209 dining table, by Paul Evans Studio for Directional, signed at leg, circa 1970s. This table expands from 84.25" length to an impressive 114.25" len...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Metal

Paul Evans, "Cityscape" Dining Table, circa 1970
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large "Cityscape" dining table covered in mirror plates. This dining table was ordered by original owner along with a pair of wall hanging cabinets and eight dining chairs (also av...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Mirror, Wood

Paul Evans Glass Top Cityscape Citiscape Signed Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Wayne, NJ
This is a Glamorus Paul Evans glass top cityscape 8 foot dining table. Please note, this is a mirror finish show showing many reflections in photos. The glass is approximate 5/8" thi...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Glass

Paul Evans Burl Wood Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Amazing vintage Paul Evans Cityscape burl wood and stainless steel dining table. Starburst design. Includes one table leaf extension which is 20 in wide.  
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Stainless Steel

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Paul Evans Cityscape dining table in chrome with two leaves.
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Vintage 1970s Saint Pierre and Miquelon Mid-Century Modern Dining Room T...

Materials

Chrome

Magnificent Signed Paul Evans Burled Wood and Chrome Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent signed Paul Evans burled olive wood and chrome cityscape dining table with three 22" W leaves. Big and bold patches of olive wood contrast nicely with the chrome patchwor...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Signed Paul Evans Octagonal Cityscape Pedestal Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Signed Paul Evans octagonal cityscape pedestal dining table  Table is showing reflection from floor.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Paul Evans Cityscape Hex-Octagonal Breakfast Table
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Hingham, MA
Hexagonal smoked black glass top on a signed Paul Evans brass and chrome patchwork tiled octagonal pedestal drum base. From his Cityscape Collection for Directional, 1972. Total h...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass, Chrome

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