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One of the Pair Cityscape Headboard with Lights Paul Evans for Directional

$15,000

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One of the pair canopy style headboard in the Cityscape series designed and crafted by Paul Evans studio for Directional, circa 1975. It fits a queen size bed frame and features overhead illumination and intricate chromed steel patchwork in two subtly contrasting finish. The headboard has a built-in hanging panel on the back and is meant to be hung on the wall from the floor. The five sockets (three shown with light bulbs) take any style of standard bulbs to achieve a desired look. They are on dimmer with control knobs on the side. Signed with incised manufacturer's tag: [Paul Evans].

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 46 in (116.84 cm)Width: 60 in (152.4 cm)Depth: 20 in (50.8 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent with typical age appropriate wear and minor patina on the metal.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU90452247182

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About the Designer

Paul Evans

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 sideboards, credenzas, coffee tables and other 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 for celebrated manufacturer Directional (​​a brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere): 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.

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