Paul Evans for Directional "Cityscape II" Sideboard in Chrome and Brass
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Paul Evans for Directional, 'Cityscape II' sideboard, chromed steel, brass, glass, United States, 1975
A striking sideboard from the “Cityscape II” line, designed by Paul Evans for Directional. The "Cityscape" pieces became one of the most successful and admired designs of Paul Evans, as they have a luxurious, modern look thanks to its choice of materials. This cabinet with three paired doors features a striking variation of brass and chrome faceted pieces. Light reflects on the credenza in an unparalleled manner, creating a dynamic play of light.
The sideboard is signed by Paul Evans himself.
Paul Evans (1931-1987) was among one of the most important American Studio Craft Movement members. Together with artists such as Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima, he helped to make the Philadelphia region a prominent center for the Studio Craft in the late 1960s. Born in Newton, Pennsylvania, Evans studied at a few different institutions such as the Philadelphia Textile Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsman, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Eventually, he was drawn to New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1955 where he collaborated and shared a showroom with Phillip Lloyd Powell until 1966. Powell’s woodwork and Evan’s metal craftsmanship combined into a creative partnership. During this period, he started to create furniture with metal and sculpture by which he manipulated materials to achieve expressive surface effects. In 1964, Evans started working for the Directional Furniture company where he pursued a new phase of his career. Directional offered him new opportunities for selling his work throughout the US and he continuously introduced new lines. However, his line proved to be too expensive and by the end of the seventies, he ended his relationship with the company. It was also throughout the seventies that Evans started to replace these crusty, textured surfaced, that were patinated with paint and acid, with dazzling, reflective metal surfaces that were sometimes mixed with woods. Evans’ oeuvre has an impressive size especially when regarding all pieces were handmade. On March 6,1987, the artist shut down his business and, unfortunately, died the next day due to a heart attack.
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