Paul Evans, ‘Paul Evans, Mirror Polished Steel 4 Cylinder Credenza, USA, 1981’, 2016, Todd Merrill Studio

A mirror polished steel cylindrical credenza designed in 1981 by Paul Evans for the Paul Evans Showroom in New York, the credenza features a unique design with ample storage space. Made with plexiglass, wood, and laminated interiors, the cylindrical console is aesthetically and practically innovative; the central cylindrical sections open to reveal stunning gold veneer interiors with three tiers of shelving while the two outer sections are split into an upper and lower section with a single central red velvet shelf. The credenza is topped with a smoke colored plexiglass. A wonderful example of Evans’ architectural and futuristic furniture pieces created at the end of his prolific career, the shimmering piece meets voluminous proportions while its surface is reflective of the glamour of the 1980s.

31″ H x 81″L x 20.25″D.

About Paul Evans

A former metalworker, Paul Evans set up his own design studio in 1955 and, over the course of decades, became known for his sculpture, furniture, and contributions to the American Studio Craft Movement in the ’70s. The musician Lenny Kravitz once called Evans’s work, which he collects, “stunningly beautiful, stunningly ugly, stunningly tacky, stunningly sophisticated.” His career is divided into phases, each of which is defined by different styles and materials—the latter of which have included copper, bronze, pewter, sculpted steel, and argente. Hallmarks of his work include high relief, abstractly patterned surfaces, combining gilding, gnarled wood, and metal filigree. He also embraced and pioneered the integration of technology into design, including features such as remote-controlled doors and shelves in his creations.

American, 1931-1987, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, based in New Hope, Pennsylvania