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Paul Evans for Directional Dining Chairs in Edelman Leather, Set of Six

$9,700per set
$18,000per set46% Off


Completely restored with Edelman leather, which is the highest quality (and most expensive) leather you can buy, this incredible set of Paul Evans for directional dining chairs includes four (4) side chairs and two (2) captain's chairs and definitely qualify for the term "Fine examples" of this design. Note we have additional leather and chairs if you require a larger set, contact us for details. The labels underneath read "Directional, custom collection", these custom collection chairs were already special when they were first designed by and produced in the 1970s, but now they are even more special with the combined exquisiteness of Edelman Leather and expert craftsmanship in its tailored upholstery. If you don't believe us, see the close up pics in the photo gallery or come in to our showroom to view them in person. The leather is so high quality, Edelman Leather, owned by Knoll group and produced in Italy, is well regarded as being the best of the best and this custom leather is called "Napoli" which is thicker and heavier than most hides, ages the way leather should - where every year it just gets more and more exquisite and beautiful as it gains character through use. The contrasting white thread in the upholstery work gives the look and feel of custom tailored suits. We have additional leather and chairs for more chairs if you require, message us with how many you need and we can custom tailor to suit. These sophisticated dining chairs are also incredibly comfortable. New high quality foam was used, which is a huge improvement that is often missed. After 40 years of use, old foam can become hard and uncomfortable. New high quality foam gives the improvement of better ergonomics, comfort and hygiene. These days, anything by Paul Evans is exceedingly sought after and collected. Demand in his work with directional and his custom studio, have soared over the years and the supply has become increasingly scarce. Some of Paul Evans works have demanded prices over $200,000 and there are no signs of slow down as collectors are now not the only ones searching for Fine examples of his work, designers and architects are now aware and decorating their high-end projects with it. Routinely you will find images in luxury design and interiors magazines of rooms decorated with Paul Evans pieces. Whether you are working with a designer or buying for yourself - this set of chairs will make your room cover-worthy. This set of four side chairs and 2 armchairs by Paul Evans for directional, would be a perfect fit with a Modern, Post-Modern or Mid-Century Modern dining table or conference table. Also consider for contemporary, traditional, transitional, classical and Spanish styled homes for a twist of the unexpected. Chairs can also be used in a corporate environment such as a retail boutique, luxury hotel, upscale restaurant or lobby lounge, member's club, executive office, design studio, creative agency, or fine art gallery. Condition: Excellent restored condition with new Edelman Leather in "Napoli", with contrasting white thread work. Frames are clean and bright. Chairs are ready for immediate use and are magazine-cover-worthy. Labels underneath read "Directional, custom collection" Measurements: Side chairs H 34.5" / D 24" / W 18.5" Seat height 20.5" Arm chairs H 34.5" / D 24" / W 22.5" Seat height 20.5".


  • Creator
    Directional (Manufacturer),Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.5 in. (87.63 cm)Width: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)Depth: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Seat Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Completely restored with new foam and Edelman leather using expert upholstery work (see close up pics). Frames are original, as also the labels under the seats. Frames are clean and bright. Excellent condition ready for your high-end project.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330214135021

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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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Located in Los Angeles, CA

Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such ...

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