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Patchwork Cabinet

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Sculptural and tastefully decorative, Paul Evans’s Patchwork cabinet is an audacious exploration of the several styles for which the furniture maker is known. A sideboard that Evans (1931–87) produced for Directional — a North Carolina furniture manufacturing company that became the catalyst for some of Evans’s most well-known designs — the cabinet’s clean lines and simple silhouette belie the maker’s mid-century influence, while its rough-hewn texture and traditional craftsmanship are nods to brutalism and the American Arts and Crafts movement. An enthusiastic and skilled metalworker, Evans produced the Patchwork collection, which essentially began as wooden boxes, with “patchwork” copper, brass and pewter coming together with nails. The series includes cabinets, sideboards, coffee tables and more.


The New Jersey-born Evans was raised in Pennsylvania, but he left in the 1950s for the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen in New York. Later, he ventured to the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where he studied sculpture, metalwork, furniture design and jewelry-making. Evans found his way back to Pennsylvania, where he eventually began to collaborate with Directional, which produced his Cityscape, Sculpted Bronze, Argente and Patchwork furniture series. In addition to the cabinet, Evans created hundreds of pieces for the Patchwork line from 1964 through the 1970s. Each one is signed and dated, ensuring the authenticity of its handmade nature, a detail upon which the maker was insistent. These pieces, along with the rest of Evans’s work, are still in high demand and count a number of high-profile clients, from famous musicians to design enthusiasts, as collectors.

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Paul Evans Patchwork Copper Flip-Top Dry Bar Cabinet for Directional, circa 1967
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare patchwork copper flip topdry bar by Paul Evans was crafted in the mid-1960s by Directional. A collectors item and piece of design history, this stunning liquor cabinet was ...
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist Dry Bars

Materials

Brass, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Cityscape Six Door Credenza
By Paul Evans
Located in Hingham, MA
Paul Evans large sideboard buffet from his Cityscape collection for Directional Furniture circa 1972. Rectangular case on recessed plinth base with six doors, all clad in chrome and...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Exceptional Patchwork Flip-Top Bar Cabinet by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Burbank, CA
A stunning example of Paul Evans patchwork series for Directional. This studio piece by Paul Evans exemplifies the perfect combination of modernist design and superior metal craftsma...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass, Bronze, Copper, Pewter

Paul Evans Patchwork Copper Cabinet with Slate Top for Directional, 1967
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Vintage 1960s American Brutalist

Materials

Brass, Copper, Pewter

Mid-Century Modern Paul Evans Directional Slate Top Copper Patchwork Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a luxe looking cabinet credenza, with a removable slate top on patchwork copper and steel sides, by Paul Evans for Directional, circa 1960s. In excellent vi...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Copper, Steel

Model PE-40A Brutalist Patchwork Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Brutalist cabinet composed of poly-chromed, welded steel with inset slate top by Paul Evans for Directional. Signed. Model PE-40A.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Slate, Steel

Paul Evans Early Wall-Mounted Torch Cut Metal Patchwork Cabinet, USA 1960s
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
A magnificent example of Evan's artistry. This early wall-mounted cabinet is torch-cut patinated steel with a polychromed interior with a giltwood drawer with a bronze pull. Unsigned.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Bronze, Steel

Brutalist Evans Patchwork Credenza Server
By Paul Evans
Located in New York, NY
Large and slick, Evans patchwork credenza, four doors open to Revel storage space, dark brown fiberglass plinth base and top. Patchwork veneer front and sides. Paul Evans design for ...
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Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Credenzas

Materials

Fiberglass, Wood

Stylish Patchwork Cabinet by Paul Evans
By Paul Evans
Located in Montreal, QC
Stylish two door cabinet by Paul Evans for Directional , the top fitted with an inset slate stone , the case executed in a typical nailed patchwork of patinated copper, brass and pe...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Brutalist Cabinets

Materials

Brass, Copper, Pewter