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Paul Evans for Directional Brass and Chrome Cityscape Desk Elements, circa 1970s

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A fantastic pair of Paul Evans 'Cityscape' desk accessories, retailed by Directional in the 1970s, in excellent bright and clean chrome and brass with a mirrored like surface, perfect for a collector or executive client. This incredible duo would be a wonderful gift, consider as a fathers or mother’s day gift, or a gift for your favourite client. Interior designers, these are a rare find, pick them up before your competition does! This pair of accessories consist of a memo (note paper) holder and a business card holder. The notepad memo holder can be adjusted underneath to fit different thicknesses of note pads, and the business card holder has a large size open space that can accommodate different sizes of business cards including oversized ones or can also double as a note-sized paper holder or even a place for paper clips or other small misc. office supplies. Both are excellent paperweights with soft felt underneath so they won't scratch your desk top. Consider pairing with a Mid-Century Modern, contemporary or Postmodern desk and chairs such as the Eames time life or soft pad chair. Measurements: Card holder 4.5" W, 6.5" D, 2" H Memo holder 5" W, 7" D, 2.5" H Condition: Very good condition with only minor light wear. For their age, these are in exemplary condition and ready for immediate use.

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  • Dimensions
    H 2.5 in. x W 5 in. x D 7 in.H 6.35 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 17.78 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1330216072212
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About Paul Evans (Designer)

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 Philip 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 cabinets. 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 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.

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