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Paul Evans for Directional Wrap-Around Corner Bench and Cabinet, circa 1970



This unique custom piece was fabricated by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970, is part of the 'Sculptured Metals Collection" and is quite versatile - functions as both a bench and a storage cabinet. It can be floated in the room around a coffee table and used as bench seating. Or it can wrap around a corner wall so that you have seating on both sides. Interior designers - think of all the times you have a blank corner with two different facing sides - now you can fill both spaces with one unique and rare piece. Also consider creating a custom base for this and making it a wrap-around console table / credenza. A custom base can be made out of lucite if you want it to "float" or made of steel to match the rest of the piece. Crafted from heavy steel panels welded together in an artistic form, this floor bench corresponds with the PE-39 and PE-40 cabinets and the PE-11 and PE-13 cocktail tables. The two cabinet doors on this bench feature signature Paul Evans designs on the door panels. The two pieces can come apart for easier transportation and easily connect back together. For those with the matching credenza cabinet or coffee table - get this unique one-off piece to complete your matching set! This Paul Evans for Directional wrap-around corner bench with built-in cabinets would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. MEASUREMENTS: Section #1: H 19.25" x W 52.75" x D 22.5" Section #2: H 19.25" x W 31.25" x D 15.75" (overall) H 19.25" x W 52.75" x D 59.5" CONDITION: Good vintage condition with light patina and wear.


  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)Width: 52.75 in. (133.99 cm)Depth: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Seat Height: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Good vintage condition with light patina and wear.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330221876352

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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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