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George Nakashima Furniture

George Nakashima (USA, 1905-1990)

A master woodworker and M.I.T.-trained architect, George Nakashima was the leading light of the American Studio furniture movement. Along with Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, and Wendell Castle, Nakashima was an artisan who disdained industrial methods and materials in favor of a personal, craft-based approach to the design. What sets Nakashima apart is the poetic style of his work, his reverence for wood and the belief that his furniture could evince — as he put it in the title of his 1981 memoir — “The Soul of a Tree.”

     Born in Spokane, Washington, to Japanese immigrants, Nakashima traveled widely after college, working and studying in Paris, Japan and India, and at every stop he absorbed both modernist and traditional design influences. The turning point in Nakashima’s career development came in the United States in 1942, when he was placed in an internment camp for Asian-Americans in Idaho. There, Nakashima met a master woodcarver who tutored him in Japanese crafting techniques. A former employer won Nakashima’s release and brought him to bucolic New Hope, Pennsylvania, where Nakashima set up a studio and worked for the rest of his life.

     Nakashima’s singular aesthetic is best captured in his custom-made tables and benches — pieces that show off the grain, burls and whorls in a plank of wood. He left the “free edge,” or natural contour, of the slab un-planed, and reinforced fissures in the wood with “butterfly” joints. Almost all Nakashima seating pieces have smooth, milled edges. Nakashima also contracted with large-scale manufacturers to produce carefully supervised editions of his designs. Knoll has offered his “Straight Chair” — a modern take on the spindle-backed Windsor chair — since 1946; the now-defunct firm Widdicomb-Mueller issued the Shaker-inspired “Origins” collection in the 1950s.

     Nelson Rockefeller in 1973 gave Nakashima his single largest commission: a 200-piece suite for his suburban New York estate. Today, Nakashima furniture is collected by both the staid and the fashionable: his work sits in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in the homes of Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and the late Steve Jobs.

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Twelve Drawer Origins Chest by George Nakashima
H 32 in. W 8 ft. 11 in. D 22 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
Conoid Style Low Table
H 13 in. W 5 ft. 8.8 in. D 27.5 in.
Wyeth
Origins Wall Mirror by George Nakashima
H 46 in. W 37.5 in. D 5 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
George Nakashima Live Edge Wall Shelf
H 39 in. W 13 in. D 11 in.
Lillian Nassau LLC
George Nakashima 1961 Sofa with Arms
H 33 in. W 8 ft. 6 in. D 36 in.
1950
Cantilever Walnut Desk
H 28.5 in. W 4 ft. 7.3 in. D 28 in.
Stellar Union
George Nakashima Round Dining Table
H 29 in. Dm 4 ft. 6 in.
On Hold
J.F. CHEN
Four Grass Seated Chairs, George Nakashima
H 26 in. W 24.25 in. D 18.5 in.
Fat Chance
George Nakashima Lounge Chair
H 33 in. W 23.5 in. D 25 in.
Sputnik Modern
Rare Drop Leaf Table Desk by George Nakashima
H 28.75 in. W 5 ft. 2 in. D 5 ft. 2 in.
20CDesign.com
George Nakashima Coffee Table
H 13.39 in. W 7 ft. 1 in. D 31.5 in.
Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
George Nakashima Conoid dining chairs
H 25.5 in. W 20.75 in. D 22 in.
The Exchange Int
George Nakashima Mirror
H 43.5 in. W 4 ft. 4 in. D 5 in.
CONVERSO
Set of Five Barstools by George Nakashima
H 39 in. W 19.5 in. D 19 in.
Sputnik Modern
George Nakashima Dresser for Widdicomb
H 23.25 in. W 6 ft. 4 in. D 22.5 in.
The Swanky Abode
Walnut Trestle Table
H 27.75 in. W 4 ft. 1 in. D 29 in.
Stellar Union
Curved George Nakashima Sideboard for Widdicomb in Walnut
H 25.2 in. W 5 ft. 8.1 in. D 20.47 in.
Bloomberry
Bench by George Nakashima
H 20 in. W 9 ft. 6 in. D 12.25 in.
Sam Kaufman Gallery
Pair Nakashima grass seat dining chairs
H 27.5 in. W 22 in. D 19 in.
Palm Beach Vintage
Tall Chest of Drawers by George Nakashima
H 4 ft. 5.8 in. W 39.5 in. D 21.5 in.
Wyeth
Organic Walnut Cocktail Table
H 16 in. W 36 in. D 30 in.
Carling Nichols
American Walnut Coffee Table
H 13 in. W 4 ft. 9 in. D 20.75 in.
Ambianic
George Nakashima Double Pedestal Desk
H 29 in. W 6 ft. 11 in. D 38.5 in.
J.F. CHEN
Walnut Wepman Table by George Nakashima
H 22 in. W 28 in. D 23 in.
Lost City Arts
Organic Design Cabinet by George Nakashima
H 4 ft. 1.3 in. W 26 in. D 22.25 in.
Wyeth
Reclining Chaise Longue after Nakashima
H 35 in. W 5 ft. 1 in. D 26 in.
S. Julian
George Nakashima Lounge Chair
H 41 in. W 32 in. D 38 in.
LUNA
Slab II Coffee Table by George Nakashima, 1962
H 13 in. W 5 ft. 2 in. D 21 in.
Moderne Gallery
Custom Dining Table by George Nakashima
H 28 in. W 4 ft. 6 in. D 36 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
George Nakashima Occasional Table
H 21 in. W 29.5 in. D 21.25 in.
Galerie XX
Sculptural Table Lamp Walnut Wood
H 14 in. W 16 in. D 8 in.
Ambianic
Pair Mid Century Sculptural Table Lamps
H 15.25 in. W 8 in. D 6.75 in.
Ambianic
Free Form Solid Burl Wood Coffee Table
H 14.5 in. W 4 ft. 4 in. D 38 in.
Ambianic
Grass-Seated Stools by George Nakashima
H 12.5 in. W 18 in. D 16 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
Print Stand by George Nakashima, 1981
H 4 ft. 6 in. W 37 in. D 20 in.
Moderne Gallery
George Nakashima Rocking Chair
H 40 in. W 33 in. D 35 in.
Modern Drama
George Nakashima End Tables
H 21 in. W 30 in. D 30 in.
Modern Drama
Grass Seat Stool by George Nakashima
H 12.5 in. W 18 in. D 16 in.
Collage 20th Century Classics
George Nakashima Minguren Coffee Table
H 15 in. W 6 ft. 3 in. D 32 in.
Lillian Nassau LLC
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, 1965
H 32 in. W 7 ft. 1 in. D 30 in.
Moderne Gallery
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, 1987
H 32.5 in. W 7 ft. D 30 in.
Moderne Gallery
Tree Trunk Coffee Table with Marble Top, 1960
H 19.69 in. W 43.31 in. D 19.69 in.
Mass Modern Design
Daybed in the style of George Nakashima
H 16 in. W 6 ft. 6.5 in. D 39 in.
LUNA
George Nakashima Slab Wall Shelf/Console
H 6.75 in. W 36 in. D 16 in.
CONVERSO
George Nakashima  Wall Mounted Cabinet
H 14.25 in. W 5 ft. 11 in. D 14.5 in.
Adam Edelsberg
Monumental George Nakashima Headboard
H 40.5 in. W 10 ft. 7 in. D 3 in.
20CDesign.com
George Nakashima Minguren Coffee Table
H 15 in. W 4 ft. 3 in. D 21.5 in.
Palm Beach Vintage
Conoid Dining Table by George Nakashima
H 28.5 in. W 6 ft. D 35.75 in.
Wright Now
Long Bench by George Nakashima
H 9.25 in. W 11 ft. 11 in. D 15.5 in.
Wyeth
Tall Chest of Drawers by George Nakashima
H 4 ft. 0.8 in. W 36 in. D 20 in.
Wyeth
Outstanding Walnut Desk by George Nakashima
H 29 in. W 5 ft. 6 in. D 38 in.
Lost City Arts
George Nakashima Cherry Nighstands
H 25.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 19.5 in.
Galerie XX
Grass Seat Chairs by George Nakashima
H 27 in. W 18 in. D 18 in.
Wyeth
Vintage Dining Table by George Nakashima for Knoll
H 28.75 in. W 4 ft. 6 in. D 32 in.
Mid-Century Modern Finds
George Nakashima  Headboard
H 39 in. W 9 ft. D 3 in.
Galere
Minguren Desk by George Nakashima, 1982
H 28.5 in. W 5 ft. 8 in. D 28 in.
Moderne Gallery
Octagon Solid Mahogany Side Table
H 12.5 in. W 22.25 in. D 22.25 in.
Ambianic
Nakashima "Conoid" Dining Table, 1973
H 28.8 in. W 6 ft. 11 in. D 38.5 in.
Sebastian + Barquet
Minguren II low Table By George Nakashima
H 15 in. W 6 ft. 1 in. D 26 in.
Wyeth
Large Palisander Studio Mirror in the manner of Nakashima
H 5 ft. 10.5 in. W 34.25 in. D 2.5 in.
S. Julian
George Nakashima Fine Conoid Dining Table
H 43.5 in. W 7 ft. 6 in. D 28.5 in.
Johnson Trading Gallery
George Nakashima 'New Chair'
H 36 in. W 18.75 in. D 20 in.
J.F. CHEN
10 George Nakashima Grass Seated Chairs
H 26.5 in. W 23.5 in. D 18 in.
Adam Edelsberg
Walnut Wall Cabinet by George Nakashima
H 16 in. W 7 ft. 6 in. D 15 in.
Peter Roberts Antiques
Walnut Coffee Table by George Nakashima
H 15 in. W 26 in. D 21 in.
Peter Roberts Antiques
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb
H 13 in. W 5 ft. 6 in. D 22 in.
Adam Edelsberg
George Nakashima Single Wepman Table
H 15 in. W 26 in. D 16.5 in.
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Cabinet
H 32 in. W 6 ft. D 23 in.
Adam Edelsberg
George Nakashima for Knoll Chair
H 28.5 in. W 24.5 in. D 20.5 in.
Weinberg Modern
Conoid Desk by George Nakashima
H 28.5 in. W 4 ft. 11 in. D 29 in.
Wyeth
George Nakashima, Shelf with drawer
H 4.25 in. W 40 in. D 11 in.
1950
George Nakashima, Desk
H 29 in. W 5 ft. D 29 in.
1950
George Nakashima, Coffee Table
H 13 in. W 6 ft. 11 in. D 20.25 in.
1950
Mid Century Wood Slab Table
H 17 in. W 5 ft. 2 in. D 39 in.
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