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Eight Signed Paul Evans Original Cityscape Dining Chairs Chrome, Directional

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Fabulous and rare set of eight Mid-Century Modern original PE-240 Paul Evans iconic city scape dining room side chairs for Directional, circa early 1970s, new hope, PA. Original paper labels on bottom of seats of all eight chairs “Paul Evans, Inc”. One chair featuring signed chrome tile etched “An Original Paul Evans”. These amazing and sculptural dining chairs have been professionally reupholstered featuring very lush and soft high-end Kravet Couture Chenille fabric! The grey toned fabric is luminous and extremely durable. All eight chairs also restored with all new seat cushions and back cushions so these are extremely comfortable to sit in. Finishing details include handsome piping in same couture fabric on seats and all-original chromed steel/metal tiles on sturdy wooden frames. Original casters make these chairs easy to move, spin and roll around in. These multifunctional chairs are the perfect size and can also be used as unique lounge seating for your living room or lounge. The perfect match for art collectors and those with the most discerning taste. Seat depth: 18.5 inches.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Some small dings/dents to metal frames. Chrome mostly clear, shiny and bright with some light patina. Some minor peeling to chrome panels. Should be easy to have panels glued down. All new foam cushions and upholstery.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 34.75 in. x W 19.5 in. x D 26 in.H 88.27 cm x W 49.53 cm x D 66.04 cm
  • Seat Height
    18.25 in. (46.36 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Lambertville, NJ
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Reference Number
    LU1149213310612
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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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