Paul Evans Chromed Steel Cityscape 'PE-204' King Headboard with Lights & Storage For Sale
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Paul Evans Chromed Steel Cityscape 'PE-204' King Headboard with Lights & Storage

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Iconic midcentury Paul Evans for Directional work. The PE-204 is as much sculpture as it is anything else - headboard, nightstands, light fixture, canopy, etc. Paul Evans reached the pinnacle of his career with the iconic 1970-1971 Cityscape collection. PE-204 was the cornerstone masterpiece of the collection. It’s important to note that Paul Evans pieces, whether for Directional or his own line, were always handmade and unique. There are no two identical signed Paul Evans pieces from any collection or series. Along with signature, another clue as to the authenticity of a pe cityscape piece is the lack of pattern in the placement of exterior plates. In fact, not one single plate size / finish is duplicated on each item. The metal, or in some cases wood, plates were cut, finished and fashioned by hand as production went along, specifically for a particular piece and as the designer dictated. Dimensions: 104" W × 20" D × 86" H.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Fair vintage condition. age appropriate wear and patina. Some pitting and scratches. nicks and scuffs on the bottom near the floor as well. Some loose tiles. Signed.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages.
  • Dimensions
    H 86 in. x W 104 in. x D 20 in.H 218.44 cm x W 264.16 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU4190312638952
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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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