Designer notes: Paul Evans

The 1970s are regarded as a time where Not Much Happened in the world of furniture design, which just makes the few good things there were stand out more. I very much like US designer Paul Evans’ Cityscape series, which was designed early on in the decade; this etagere is on sale through Todd Merrill Antiques, which seems to be top dog for dealing in Evans’ work. I imagine this kind of stuff in the offices of CEOs in the World Trade Center when it first opened its doors – they are almost exactly parallel in date. In fact, the name suggests that Evans was probably influenced by the shiny monolithic office buildings that were dramatically altering skylines all over American cities. It’s made from patchwork chrome (Evans was a sculptor and metalworker by training) thus making it a distant cousin of the disco-ball, and structurally it has an in-your-face solidity that directly contrasts with the constantly changing reflective surface. I would pair it with a lairy geometric wallpaper of about the same period, such as Hicks’ Hexagon, but the mirrored finish and simple shape mean it could fit in with all kinds of eclectic schemes.

I love the way you can see the reflections of the New York sidewalk where it was photographed...

I love the way you can see the reflections of the New York sidewalk where it was photographed...

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