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Brutalist Coffee Table by Paul Evans, Signed and Dated C. 1968

$10,500

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Outstanding brutalist cocktail table with sculptural welded steel base and thick rectangular glass top. The base is comprised of two welded horizontal pyramids with abstract designs and patterns with acid and pigment details in random hues of red, blue, and yellow over blackened bronze and patinated steel. The base is a gorgeous sculpture, and a great example of art meets functionality. Signed PE 68.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in (40.01 cm)Width: 58 in (147.32 cm)Depth: 24 in (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Brutalist (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bronze,Enamel,Steel,Burnished,Hand-Painted,Patinated,Welded
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1968
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Great condition with minimal signs of wear consistent with age.
  • Seller Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU911031234052

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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 sideboards, credenzas, coffee tables and other 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 Phillip 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 case pieces. Later in the decade and into the 1970s, Evans produced his Argente series for celebrated manufacturer Directional (​​a brand known to vintage mid-century modern furniture collectors everywhere): 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 — a milestone in the history of brutalist design — 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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