Paul Evans Brutalist Sculpted Bronze Stalagmite Table, Signed and Dated 1970 For Sale
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Paul Evans Brutalist Sculpted Bronze Stalagmite Table, Signed and Dated 1970


A stunning brutalist Paul Evans PE-128 coffee table which was part of the "Sculptured Metal Collection" for Directional. This dramatic cocktail table is comprised of a dark patinated bronze over steel base in a stalagmite formation, presenting an arresting composition. The bronze peaks and troughs support a circular glass top. This occasional table features the incised signature and date "PE70" by the artist, which can be seen in the photo gallery and denotes the production year of 1970. This is an incredible option for both designers and collectors alike. The advantages of this coffee or cocktail table over other options is great. It provides a functional use as a coffee table yet it is also a work of art. The hard metal material makes it resilient to damage, so it's a great option for those with kids or pets or in high-traffic areas such as a boutique hotel or creative office. The rarity of the table, and the fact that it is signed and dated make it an excellent investment for collectors. And the popularity of the brutalist style and Paul Evans makes this an attractive option for the designer who is looking to create a magazine cover worthy room. This impressive piece would be a great conversation starter as part of a classic, contemporary or mid-century modern living room, den, man/woman cave, family room, office or bedroom. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Measurements: 16" height x 42" diameter Glass thickness 0.75". Base in excellent condition. Glass has age appropriate wear.


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  • Condition Details
    Base in excellent condition. Glass has age appropriate wear. Should you wish to have a new top fabricated please contact us for details.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 16 in. x Dm 42 in.H 40.64 cm x Dm 106.68 cm
  • Diameter
    42 in. (106.68 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
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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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