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Pair of Paul Evans Cityscape Swivel Club Chairs, Signed, 1968

$18,000per set
$48,000per set62% Off


The New York Times said about Paul Evans: "His work is stunningly beautiful, stunningly ugly, stunningly sophisticated and stunningly tacky. The performer Lenny Kravitz who collects Evans pieces narrated a documentary about the life of Paul Evans. In the show, "Paul Evans, Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism" the designer comes across as gregarious, inventive, tireless and troubled. Paul Evans, who spent his childhood in Newtown, PA, trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, suffered a fatal heart attack the day after he retired, at age 55, in 1987. HIs work is iconic and speaks for itself. This pair of chairs, one of which is signed: A original, Paul Evans. The two chairs have some wear marks, especially on the stainless steel plates, there are dents, and scratches, however as you can see on the photos, the damage is not offensive. There are more detail photos available.


  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Both chairs have been cleaned, re-covered and buffed as best as one can. There are scratches and dents in the stainless plaques, the burlwood patches are in good condition. The seat comfort is great, the swivels work excellent and have a memory.
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU989920051412

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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 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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