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Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Suite, Eight Chairs Table, Featured in Arch Digest

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This listing is for a Dining Suite in desirable chrome cityscape and white leather. Includes a dining table (not pictured at this moment) with two armchairs and six side chairs. Dining table is signed and the chairs still have attached labels on underside. All original. Beautiful white leather that is in as-is vintage condition and will be worth restoring where necessary. Please contact directly to discuss condition in further detail. The dining table is the parsons form in matching chromed cityscape and in beautiful condition as the top was preserved under glass. The Table comes with one leaf. I would highly suggest using the one the fabricate a few more to take advantage of the full length of the table. However, one leaf goes a long way as it sits. It is long enough to fit comfortably all eight chairs. Some of the chrome panels on the chairs have some wear from general use. Dings, light scratches. overall, quite nice. Dimensions: 84" x 40" just over 29" height. The leaf is 15" wide. Existing rails can take up to two leaves. So the total length would be 114" with two leafs in place.  

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 84 in. x D 40 in.H 73.66 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 101.6 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Sold As
    Set of 9
  • Reference Number
    LU97861008252
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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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