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Paul Evans for Directional Expandable African Burl Mahogany Dining Table, c 1980

$11,000

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A stunning Model PE-411 Paul Evans double expandable pedestal dining table (also works excellent as a game table or center table) for Directional in the early 1980s. This particular table was previously authenticated by Dorsey Reading who worked with Paul Evans for many years. It's unique octagonal shape makes it a prime candidate for someone looking for the epitome of luxury designer card tables... for those who love Poker and Texas Hold'em. For smaller games use without the leaf, with larger groups add the leaf for more players. The highly glossy piano finish gives it a reflective surface, perfect to peek at your cards without showing your hand to others in the room. And the hard lacquer allows you to serve drinks without worrying about damage to the gorgeous highly figured African Mahogany underneath. Made from piano finish black lacquered wood and beautifully burled Khaya "Crotch" Mahogany (African Mahogany) this beautiful Paul Evans dining table has been expertly and fully restored with a deep glossy French Polish giving it a hard protective surface with its smooth glass-like finish. This table is very heavy, a great indicator of its incredible quality of materials and craftsmanship. This is an incredible option for both designers and collectors alike. The advantages of this Paul Evans for Directional coffee table over other options is great. It provides a functional use as a expandable dining, center or game table yet it is also a work of art, highly sought after by art and design collectors. The hard French Polish lacquer makes it resilient to damage, so it's a great option for those with kids or pets or in high-traffic areas such as a boutique hotel or creative office. And the popularity of Paul Evans in particular makes this an attractive option for the designer who is looking to create a magazine cover worthy room. Paul Evans success along with Directional Furniture prompted him to open a showroom boutique on Beverly Avenue in Los Angeles and another in Miami, Florida. Along with a national advertising campaign in interior and lifestyle magazines which linked him to the national fashion world, later led Evans (in 1970) to create the Cityscape Collection of smooth mirror-like furniture serving as a stark contrast to the highly successful Sculptured Metals collection. Paul Evans leads other designers in the Brutalist and 20th Century Modern movement and is considered top in his field. Other notable designers were inspired by him to create designs in his style, such as Adrian Pearsall, Milo Baughman, Silas Seandel, Bernhard Rohne and more. For long term investment value, many collectors are buying and holding Paul Evans work, and doing it in style. Interior designers who select Paul Evans for their clients are bringing them a smart and sound investment. This impressive PE-411 Paul Evans for Directional dining table would work great in a Post-Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Space Age Mod, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Zen / Minimalism room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Hollywood Regency, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. MEASUREMENTS: H 29.75" x W 79.5" x D 55.5" (without 24" leaf) H 29.75" x W 55.5" x D 55.5" CONDITION: Excellent condition. Fully restored with gorgeous French Polish. See description for more details. Incredible showroom condition, ready for immediate use in any high-end interior.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Designer, Maker),Directional (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.75 in. (75.57 cm)Width: 79.5 in. (201.93 cm)Depth: 55.5 in. (140.97 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredWood,Burl
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1980
  • Condition
    Refinished. Excellent condition. Fully restored with gorgeous French Polish. See description for more details. Incredible showroom condition, ready for immediate use in any high-end interior.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330221693322

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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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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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