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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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George Nakashima Desk
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima desk.
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20th Century North American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Slab Coffee Table, 1958
By George Nakashima
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nakashima walnut slab coffee table 1958.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Six George Nakashima Grass Seat Chairs, USA, 1950s-1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in London, GB
A stunning set of six George Nakashima grass seat chairs, made by Nakashima Studio, New Hope Pennsylvania, USA, 1950s-1960s. Walnut and grass cord. In original condition with a wonde...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Seagrass, Walnut

Pair of George Nakashima Grass Seat Stools
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of George Nakashima grass seat stools George Nakashima (1905-1990) Early pair of walnut grass seat stools, by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA. 1950s.
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20th Century American Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Seagrass, Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, “Origins Series", 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
A highly sought after coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, 1963. Beautiful condition, professionally restored. George Nakashima worked for Widdicomb, from the mid-1950s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Three Mira Barstools by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of three walnut "Mira" counter height stools by George Nakashima.
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1950s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Minguren Table
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A walnut table designed by George Nakashima clients name on underside of table top. expressive grain on both table top and center pedestal.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima for Widdicomb Side Tables, circa 1958
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nakashima for Widdicomb side tables circa 1958. This pair has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima Handcrafted "Wohl" Occasional Tables, 1954
By George Nakashima
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nakashima handcrafted "Wohl" side tables. 1954. American black walnut. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist Thence by descent to Private Collection, New Jerse...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Barstool in English Walnut, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nakashima high stool, studio made piece in English walnut, circa 1960.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima 'd'
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent set of lounge chairs crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Table Lamp
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A phenomenal example. Provenance accompanies.
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20th Century George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1950s Brown Walnut Sideboard by George Nakashima 'b'
By Sam Maloof, Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sideboard in brown walnut and brass handles by George Nakashima, USA, 1958. Famous American George Nakashima designed this handmade sidebaord in American black walnut wood. This p...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Brass

Mira Nakashima Monumental Bench
By George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima
Located in Chicago, IL
Mira Nakashima (b. 1942) Monumental custom bench in solid American black walnut with seventeen inlaid rosewood butterflies, raised on hand-turned tapered legs. Signed: [MIRA NAKASHI...
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Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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Rosewood, Walnut

George Nakashima "Conoid" Dining Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Small George Nakashima "Conoid" dining table. Two bookmatched free-edged slabs joined with three large rosewood butterfly joints. Table comes with full provenance and in very fine co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Vintage George Nakashima Walnut Plank Stool 'or Small Side Table'
By George Nakashima
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A wonderful walnut plank stool by George Nakashima. With faint pencil scoring marks to the underside and original glue to the turned legs. A wonderful fresh discovery from a sm...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Single "Cushion" Chair and Ottoman, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Iconic armless "Cushion" chair and ottoman by Japanese - American studio artist George Nakashima, circa 1954 - New Hope, PA. Black American walnut in original condition. Beautiful...
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1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima "Sundra" Coffee Table for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spectacular coffee table designed by American master woodworker George Nakashima in collaboration with the Widdicomb Furniture Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan (circa the 1950s). Our coff...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Wood, Walnut, Elm

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Single Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
By Sam Maloof, George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chair in walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent single lounge chair crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Free-Form Slab Coffee Table, circa 1960
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful and soulful, free-from slab coffee table in walnut by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, circa 1960. Marked underneath with clients name.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Conoid Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of walnut Conoid lounge chairs by George Nakashima. These chairs are signed and dated June 4, 1990. These are some of the last pieces George completed before passing away...
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1990s George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Bench, 1976
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut bench by George Nakashima signed and dated 1976. Sold with full documentation.
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1970s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Console / Dining Table, 1967
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare form. Walnut drop-leaf dining / console table with Frenchman's cove base, 1967. Sold with a copy of the original invoice. Measures: 72.25 x 28.5 x 24.5 W (closed) 48.25 W (op...
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1960s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Two-Door Walnut Cabinet, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
Double sliding door cabinet. New Hope, PA, circa 1961. Walnut, pandanus cloth. Measures: 30.5 H x 84.5 W x 21.5 D in Sold with copies of original invoice and drawing.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima a 'Born Together' pair of Chests of Drawers in Walnut, 1955
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, pair of cabinets in walnut, New Hope, PA, 1955. These sideboards feature eight drawers each, executed in walnut with traditional and finished with archetypical dov...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Coffee Table Origins Model 272 Widdicomb, 1960
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima flip-top coffee table model 272 manufactured by Widdicomb in 1960 from his origins line. The underside of the drawer is stenciled Sundra model 272 dated 1960. The ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut, Walnut

George Nakashima Model 217 Walnut and Oak Coffee Table by Widdicomb, USA, 1958
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
George Nakashima walnut and oak coffee table by Widdicomb Grand Rapids, USA, 1958 manufacture 11/58 model 217. Rare George Nakashima walnut and oak coffee table manufactured by W...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Oak, Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" Rocker, USA, 1961
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
An early example of one of George Nakashima's iconic designs. It's elegant simplicity has made this rocker one of his most enduring designs.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Poplar, Walnut

George Nakashima, "New" Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
George Nakashima, set of six "New" chairs in walnut, Hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "New" armchairs walnut, hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut, Hickory

George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
George Nakashima, coffee table/bench in American black walnut. Signed: George Nakashima, 1977.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Rocker
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Rocker in walnut with hickory spindles. Signed with provenance.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Large Conoid Writing Desk with Free-Form Edge Top
By George Nakashima
Located in Belmont, MA
Large writing desk circa late 1950s-early 1960s, made by George Nakashima (1905-1990), New Hope, Pennsylvania, American black walnut, “Conoid” style, with long plank top with polishe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Writing Desk
By George Nakashima
Located in Belmont, MA
Writing desk circa late 1950s-early 1960s, made by George Nakashima (1905-1990), New Hope, Pennsylvania, American black walnut and hickory, “Conoid” style, having plank top with slig...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single Board Walnut Surface 1983
By George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
Rare George Nakashima Conoid dining set with single board walnut surface, large butterfly keys, large inclusion. Dining table and four chairs USA circa 1983 Single estate ownership...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Origins Wall Mirror
By George Nakashima
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nakashima large and impressive black walnut wall mirror for his Origins line for Widdicomb. Sculpted Minimalist frame with original finish and glass, beautiful in its simplicity.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Mirror, Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
Cabinet by George Nakashima with three sliding doors. USA, circa 1957. American black walnut. Dimention: 95 W x 22 D x 33 H in. Single-slab top with one free edge. Three...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Side Tables by George Nakashima for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima
Located in San Francisco, CA
Pair of side tables by George Nakashima for Widdicomb A pair of rectangular shaped side table with a bordered edge, lower shelf in spindle form, and branded by George Nakashima with...
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Six Grass Seated Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of six George Nakashima chairs in cherry and black walnut wood with woven seagrass seats. Made in New Hope, Pennsylvania circa 1950s.
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1950s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry, Walnut

Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Chair in Cherry
By George Nakashima
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Early vintage version of the Mira chair by George Nakashima in cherrywood.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry, Fruitwood

1960s American Craftsman Mira Stool in Walnut by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A bench-made walnut Mira stool by George Nakashima, father of the American Craft movement. The stool features hand-hewn spindles supporting a thin backrest and a shaped triangular se...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Brown Walnut Pair of Nightstands by George Nakashima
By Sam Maloof, Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
George Nakashima for Widdicomb, nightstands in walnut, USA, 1965. A fabulous pair of nightstands in walnut from a rare series designed by George Nakashima. His aim was always to c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Brass

Mira Chars Design by George Nakashima
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Mira Chair design by George Nakashima in 1950 this exeples made by Mira Nakashima 2007 for important collection of Professor Architect John Fairey solid walnut.
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21st Century and Contemporary American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Large Sideboard with Drawers
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, cabinet in walnut, New Hope, PA, 1960s-1970s. This cabinet features nine drawers, executed in walnut with traditional and finished with archetypical dovetail Nak...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Nakashima Wall Mounted Shelves
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Pair of petite George Nakashima wall mounted shelves in walnut and with free-edges, circa 1975.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Cabinet with Sliding Doors, 1958
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, sideboard, American walnut, United States, 1958 This cabinet by George Nakashima features sliding drawers, and a large slab spanning past the edges of the cabine...
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1850s American Mid-Century Modern Antique George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Vintage Walnut Nakashima Drop Leaf Dining Table for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern drop leaf dining table designed by George Nakashima for the "Origins" collection manufactured by Widdicomb Furniture, circa 1950s. This stunning piece features a f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of George Nakashima Bookcases, 1968
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rarely seen large bookcases by Nakashima in walnut, circa 1968. In excellent condition and with provenance.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Free-Edge Walnut Low Table by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An excellent and sculptural free-edge low / coffee table by George Nakashima having a highly figured free-edged walnut top, sculptural side and legs in fine original condition. Made ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Sliding Door Cabinet, American Walnut, New Hope, PA, 1959
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, sliding door cabinet, American walnut, New Hope, PA, 1959 The compartment consists of two sliding doors and the interior contains a pull-out shelf on the right a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Six George Nalkashima "Conoid" Dining Chairs, 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful set of six "Conoid" dining chair in walnut by Japanese - American studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, 1965 Great original condition. Signed with client's name u...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent set of lounge chairs crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Credenza for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Sophisticated Nakashima cabinet manufactured by Widdicomb. Finely detailed design in Laurel, rosewood top and handle, walnut and rich Carpathian elm burled doors. Internal shelves, d...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Rosewood, Walnut

George Nakashima Set of Six Walnut and Hickory "New Chairs", USA 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
This simply elegant chair was designed in 1956 and is reminiscent of the Classic Windsor chairs of the past.
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima, Rare Sculptural Pair of Conoid Chairs in Walnut, Signed, 1989
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
George Nakashima (1905–1990) An exceptional pair of Conoid chairs by master craftsman George Nakashima, among the last he sculpted before his death. In carved black walnut shot thr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima 'Conoid' Bench
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima Conoid bench, New Hope, PA, 1983 (bench comes with copy of original purchase invoice).  
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Madrid, ES
George Nakashima grass cord seat chairs with walnut frames. New Hope, PA, circa 1967. Seats re-roped. Dark patina to likely original finish. Good condition. Sold with a letter of a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Set of Four Walnut and Oak "New Chairs", USA 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
This simply elegant chair was designed in 1956 and is reminiscent of the Classic Windsor chairs of the past.
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Oak, Walnut

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