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Cityscape Dining Table

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The Cityscape dining table created by artist, sculptor and furniture designer Paul Evans (1931–87) is one of the most recognizable examples of brutalist design. Evans, whose favored material was metal, is best known for his 1970s contributions to the American Studio Craft movement as well as his breakthroughs in brutalism. In the early 1950s, Evans studied at Philadelphia’s Textile Institute and then at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, which has counted among its students and faculty Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen and many more towering design figures.


Later in the decade, Evans moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania, not far from the Bucks County town in which he was raised, and joined with woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell in a decade-long partnership. Evans and Powell collaborated on a significant series of pieces, often procuring discarded wood from furniture maker George Nakashima, who had a neighboring studio. In 1964, Evans teamed with North Carolina manufacturer Directional Furniture, for which he designed classic lines, including the 1970s-era Cityscape series, which in addition to the dining table, included a coffee table, floor lamps, a credenza and more. 


Although based in Pennsylvania, Evans found the inspiration for his Cityscape dining table in New York City’s crowded skyline — specifically, in the Art Deco office buildings and stately spires. Beneath the piece’s beveled glass tabletop, in a base fashioned from brass, chromed steel and walnut burlwood, Evans’s decorative clusters of boxy forms echo Manhattan’s blocky building tops and wealth of window glass. It’s clear that the Cityscape series has roots in Evans’s affinity for urban landscapes, but the line’s sculptural attributes rendered the work outlandish in modest living spaces — so much so that a Directional print advertisement characterized the designs as “startling.” 


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Paul Evans Patchwork Walnut Dining Table for Directional, 1970s
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Hamburg, PA
A gorgeous Paul Evans Patchwork "Cityscape" dining table for Directional. This Parsons style extension table is made of walnut burl wood. The table is signed "Paul Evans" on metal ta...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Walnut, Burl

Paul Evans Cityscape Hex-Octagonal Breakfast Table
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Hingham, MA
Hexagonal smoked black glass top on a signed Paul Evans brass and chrome patchwork tiled octagonal pedestal drum base. From his Cityscape Collection for Directional, 1972. Total h...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Brass, Chrome

Paul Evans Olive Ash Burl Wood and Steel Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans olive ash burl wood and steel cityscape dining table, this table has a racetrack top, outer edge Burl Wood inside serving surface metal cladded tiles like base. Dimension...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Ash

Paul Evans “Cityscape” Burl Wood & Chrome Dining Table for Directional
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Striking dining table designed by Paul Evans for Directional in the United States circa 1970’s. This sophisticated design is part of the Cityscape series created by Evans and is said...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table, 1970s, Model-PE631, Midcentury
By Paul Evans
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
A true masterpiece, the "Cityscape" dining table Model No. PE-631 designed and made by the world renowned American designer Paul Evans for Directional, the table dates, circa 1970. T...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural "Cityscape" model PE 209 dining table, by Paul Evans Studio for Directional, signed at leg, circa 1970s. This table expands from 84.25" length to an impressive 114.25" len...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Metal

Paul Evans Glass Top Cityscape Citiscape Signed Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Wayne, NJ
This is a Glamorus Paul Evans glass top cityscape 8 foot dining table. Please note, this is a mirror finish show showing many reflections in photos. The glass is approximate 5/8" thi...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Glass

Paul Evans "Cityscape" Dining Table
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Paul Evans cityscape for Directional dining table with chrome-plated steel and burled wood base and 3/4" beveled glass top Base dimensions: 63 L x 19 D x 28.38 H Glass dimensions...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Paul Evans Chrome Cityscape Dining Table with Rosewood Top
By Paul Evans
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Paul Evans for directional "Cityscape", 84" Parsons style dining table. All chromed metal over wood with refinished rosewood tabletop and additional leaf. Possible length of 99" with...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Paul Evans Cityscape Long Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Chicago, IL
Paul Evans for directional "Cityscape", 84" Parsons style dining table. All chromed metal over wood with additional pair of leaves. Possible length of 114" with both 15" leaves.
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Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables

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Chrome, Metal

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table for Directional
By Directional, Paul Evans
Located in Redding, CT
Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table for Directional with two separate leaves. This amazing and Iconic table designed by Paul Evans will be sure to impress your dinner guests. Stunning ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Chrome

Paul Evans "Cityscape" Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Cityscape" dining table by Paul Evans. Burl wood and brass. Signature is at the base of the table. The base with the glass top measures 30.25" H x 96" W x 48" D.
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Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables

Paul Evans Cityscape Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami, FL
Paul Evans Cityscape dining table in chrome with two leaves.
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Vintage 1970s Saint Pierre and Miquelon Mid-Century Modern Dining Room T...

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Chrome

Paul Evans, "Cityscape" Dining Table, circa 1970
By Paul Evans, Directional
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A large "Cityscape" dining table covered in mirror plates. This dining table was ordered by original owner along with a pair of wall hanging cabinets and eight dining chairs (also av...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Mirror, Wood

Paul Evans Dining Table
By Paul Evans
Located in Stamford, CT
Paul Evans "Cityscape" dining table with glass top, circa 1970s.  
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20th Century Dining Room Tables

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Metal

Paul Evans Burl Wood Cityscape Starburst Dining Table Brushed Steel Chrome
By Paul Evans
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Amazing vintage Paul Evans Cityscape burl wood and brushed metal dining table. Metal base and top piece with burl wood top. Starburst design. Includes 1 table leaf extension which is...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Dining Room Tables

Materials

Metal, Steel

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