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Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Wall Shelving System

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A 120" wide custom chrome "Cityscape" wall-mounted shelving system by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1970s. Four patchwork clad polished chrome vertical supports with eight 1/2 inch thick smoked glass display shelves. Chrome faced desk console with drawer and rosewood veneer top. Very good vintage condition. No rust or pitting, a few minor dings and some small minor areas of scratches. Glass is in excellent condition with no chips or heavy scratches. Smoke glass shelves: 6 shelves have a greenish tint and 2 shelves have brownish tint. Overall this shelving is in very good vintage condition. I would rate this at a 8 out of 10! Perfect for artwork display, bookshelf, etagere and a small writing desk. Additional photos, videos and dimensions upon request. A full condition report can be provided upon request! Measures: Desk 14" D x 35" W x 4" H Vertical Supports 10" D x 3.5" W x 84" H Glass Shelves 11.75" D x 36" W x 0.5" H.  

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Very good vintage condition. Two of the 8 glass shelves do not match in color. Chrome is in very good condition with no rust or pitting. Minor scratches and a few small indentations are present. Glass is in excellent condition.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 84 in. x W 120 in. x D 14 in.H 213.36 cm x W 304.8 cm x D 35.56 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU1543215089721
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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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