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Paul Evans for Directional #PE-114 Sculpted Bronze Cafe Dining Table, circa 1968



A stunning and incredibly rare Model PE-114 Paul Evans sculpted bronze cafe dining table (also works excellent as a game table or center table) which was part of the "Sculptured Metals Collection" for Directional in the 1960s and 1970s, this particular rare design was featured in their 'Sculptured Metals' catalogue in 1968 as shown in the photos of this listing. This dramatic Paul Evans brutalist dining table is comprised of a dark patinated bronze structure which has been artistically sculpted over a steel base. The textured bronze flared cabriole legs support an inset square walnut top which has been refinished in a beautiful deep brown French Polish finish. Some of the photos it is difficult to see the top due to the overhead lighting making the top appear reflective. You can see in the close up photos it has a beautiful wood grain with a nice French Polish lacquered coat on top. 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 dining, center or game table yet it is also a work of art, highly sought after by art and design collectors. The hard metal material 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. The rarity of this brutalist table make it an excellent investment for collectors. And the popularity of the brutalist style and Paul Evans in particular makes this an attractive option for the designer who is looking to create a magazine cover worthy room. The PE-100 series of Sculpted Bronzes resulted in national attention prompting Paul Evans along with Directional Furniture 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 movement and is considered top in his field. Other notable designers were inspired by him to create Brutalist designs in his style, such as Adrian Pearsall, Daniel Gluck, Silas Seandel, C. Jere, 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 with plenty of on-trend and classic Brutalist style. This impressive Paul Evans for Directional Sculpted Bronze breakfast table would be a great conversation starter as part of a classic, contemporary or mid-century modern living room, den, man/woman cave, family room, office or bedroom. 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. Use as a breakfast table, cafe table, center table, game table, dining table or a freestanding sculpture. MEASUREMENTS: H 29.5" x W 36.5" x D 36.5" The wood table top is W 29.5" x D 29.5" CONDITION: Excellent condition. Wood top has been refinished with a French Polish. Sculpted bronze is in excellent vintage condition with only very light wear. Incredible showroom condition, ready for immediate use in any high-end interior.


  • Creator
    Directional (Retailer),Paul Evans (Designer, Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)Width: 36.5 in. (92.71 cm)Depth: 36.5 in. (92.71 cm)
  • Style
    Brutalist (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Excellent condition. Walnut top has been refinished with a French Polish finish. 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: LU1330220846582

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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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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