H 214 x W 122 x D 46 cm
A 1970s American brass "Cityscape" bookcase with three smoked glass shelves and one brass shelf, designed by Paul Evans (1931 – 1987), the bookcase is made with plated metal quadrilaterals and is signed “An Original Paul Evans”.
Paul Evans was an American residential furniture designer, sculptor, and artist, who is renowned for his contributions to American furniture design and the craft movement of the 1970s, and for his work with the influential American manufacturer Directional Furniture. His creations of metal sculpted furniture set him apart. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania, working with mentor Phillip Lloyd Powell, who studied under George Nakashima.
Evans began in the 1950s, making copper chests and followed with sculpted steel-front cabinets. He had a two-man show in 1961, at America House, an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York (now named the Museum of Arts & Design). In 1964, Evans became the designer for furniture manufacturer Directional Furniture, with whom, he introduced several series of furniture lines; the Argente series, Sculpted Bronze series, and the popular Cityscape series.
Evans pieces were almost always signed, and his combination of handicraft and technology anticipated the limited edition art furniture of today. The artist's relationship with Directional Furniture set a unique standard for creative manufacture, by insisting each piece is made and finished by hand, supervised by the artist at each step of production, one piece at a time.
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