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Paul Evans Cityscape Cubist Dining Chairs Mid-Century Modern Boucle Fabric 1970s

$16,900per set


Set of 6 Iconic Paul Evans Directional Cityscape Cubist Mid-Century Modern dining chairs. Includes Two PE241 arm chairs, Four PE240 armless side chairs. Back and seat cushions are soft and comfortable. Features sturdy wooden chair frame with original caster wheeled bases which can be removed if desired. Base, skirt and legs of chair bases are covered in all original brushed brass/gold tone metal tiles methodically and artistically pieced together to create that iconic cityscape mosaic illusion. The reflective metallic tiles show beautiful patina. These brutalist style sculptural chairs can be grouped together and used for dining room/kitchen or as all occasion seating options for the lounge, living room, office or den. Professionally re-upholstered with high-end curly ivory bouclé fabric by Barbara Barry for Kravet. This neutral and textural fabric updates these iconic chairs to make this set even more of a showstopper! You and your guests will never want to stop running your fingers through the textured fabric! Circa 1970’s. Paul Evans, Inc. paper manufacturers label dated 1977 located underneath seat cushion. Measurements: Arm Chairs: Height 34". Width 21.5". Depth 26". Arm height 25". Seat height 19". Seat width 16". Seat depth 18". Height of wheels 2.5". Side Chairs: Height 34". Width 19". Depth 26". Seat height 19" Seat width 19". Seat depth 18". Height of wheels 2.5".


  • Creator
    Barbara Barry (Designer),Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Width: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Depth: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Seat Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. New upholstery. Professionally reupholstered. Patina, finish wear, oxidation, and some dings to metal bases of all six chairs.
  • Seller Location
    Lambertville, NJ
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1149224344202

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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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