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Paul Evans for Directional Patchwork Copper Coffee Table with Slate Top, 1970s

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Stunning Brutalist copper clad coffee table by Paul Evans for Directional, produced in the early 1970s. This incredible piece of design history is fabricated from patinated pieces of copper, brass, and pewter which have been welded and nailed in a patchwork style pattern resting on top of a patinated metal base. The top has been fitted with an inset slate stone. The fusion of these exterior materials formulates an exemplary piece which would be a welcome addition to any design lovers collection. We also carry other Paul Evans designs, including Cityscape, Deep-Relief, and Sculpted Metal Collections. Contact us for more information. This eye-catching brutalist cocktail table would be a great addition as part of a classic, contemporary, post-modern, art deco or mid-century modern living room, den, man (or woman!) cave, family room, office or bedroom. We have the matching cabinet, cafe table, console table and mirror to this collection / set. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Measurements: Height 15 1/2 x width 54 x depth 19 inches Condition: Very good vintage condition with very patina from age and use. Small chip to one edge of slate top. Sturdy and structurally sound. Presents very well and ready for immediate use.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition, sturdy and structurally sound. Small chip to one edge of slate top. Presents extremely well and ready for immediate use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 15.5 in. x W 54 in. x D 19 in.H 39.37 cm x W 137.16 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330215473242
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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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