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Paul Evans Faceted Burl and Brass Credenza, 1965

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Exceptional credenza model PE-366, faceted in walnut burl and brass with brown fiberglass top, by Paul Evans for Directional Furniture, American 1965. This is an exceptional and iconic example of Paul Evans’ work. The model number PE-366 and date marked on the back of a shelf. Reference: Paul Evans, Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism by Constance Kimmerle, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2014, an example of this cabinet is shown on page 188 and 189.

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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.5 in. x W 84 in. x D 24 in.H 82.55 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 60.96 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    credenza61
  • Reference Number
    LU78386900123
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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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