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 Frenchman's Cove Dining Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Dining Room Tables
A beautiful sap-grained black walnut top with three rosewood butterfly joints. Sold with paperwork from Nakashima.
George Nakashima Walnut Greenrock Ottomans/Stools, USA 1980

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Greenrock Ottomans/Stools,...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Ottomans and Poufs
Textile, Walnut
Rare and wonderful these ottoman/stools have Nakashima's very distinctive Conoid base.
George Nakashima Triple-Door Cabinet

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Triple-Door Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
George Nakashima triple sliding door cabinet, made in walnut, United States, 1963. Cabinet with three sliding doors and four drawers behind each door, executed in walnut with tradit...
George Nakashima Bench or Coffee Table in Walnut

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Bench or Coffee Table in Walnut
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large bench or coffee table in figurative walnut by George Nakashima, 1963. Sold with a copy of the original paperwork.
George Nakashima "Origins" Walnut Headboard by Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima "Origins" Walnut Headboard by Wid...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Cane, Walnut
A walnut and cane headboard by George Nakashima for Widdicombe Furniture. From the "Origins" line, this Shaker-inspired piece has an exaggerated frame with a bowed top edge. The origina...
Set of Four Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Set of Four Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A wonderful set of four captain's chairs with classic Nakashima details: carved spindles, mortis and tenon joinery and beautiful curvature in the seat. American, circa 1960.
George Nakashima Rocker

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Rocker
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Rocking Chairs
Walnut
Rocker in walnut with hickory spindles. Signed with provenance.
George Nakashima Coffee Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
George Nakashima, 1965. American black walnut, double free edge solid top with highly figured grain. Signed with original clients name with authenticity document from Nakashima Wo...
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima, coffee table/bench in American black walnut. Signed: George Nakashima, 1977.
George Nakashima, "New" Chairs

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

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Captain's Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Organic Modern Chairs
Wood, Walnut
George Nakashima black walnut captain's chair with hand carved seat and spindles. Classic Nakashima splayed legs. A beautiful example. Small restoration.
George Nakashima Two-Door Walnut Cabinet, 1960s

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Two-Door Walnut Cabinet, 1960s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Double sliding door cabinet. New Hope, PA, circa 1961. Walnut, pandanus cloth. Measures: 30.5 H x 103 W x 21.5 D in Sold with copies of original invoice and drawing.
George Nakashima Mira Chair, 1964

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Mira Chair, 1964
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
A George Nakashima Mira chair in wonderful condition. Hand-hewn spindles and sculptural seat. Bears initials ‘SR’ to the underside as well as hand-drawn pencil lines to seat back and bo...
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut with Grass Cord Seat
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut w...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Seagrass, Walnut
A low stool or ottoman in walnut with grass rope seat by George Nakashima, circa 1965. This design is both scarcer and larger than the more commonly-seen 12.5 inch height stool with spl...
George Nakashima Splayed Leg Round Side Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Splayed Leg Round Side Table
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
Round, splayed leg, hand-honed side table by George Nakashima, circa early 1950s. Original owner purchased this table directly from Nakashima in 1950s in PA studio. It appears to be wal...
George Nakashima Origins Desk

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima Origins Desk
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Brass, Oak, Walnut
George Nakashima designed desk for the Widdicomb "Origins" line. Single pedestal desk with classic Nakashima design and form. Signed with Widdicomb label.
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima Frenchman's cove dining table.
George Nakashima Lounge Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Nakashima for Widdicomb origins, lounge chairs solid walnut turned legs, upholstered with great plains bouclé, tufted button backs. Measures: seat height 15.
Midcentury Walnut Side Table by George Nakashima f...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
This American Mid-Century Modern nightstand or side table was designed in 1958 by George Nakashima (1905-1990) for his Origins Line, produced by the Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand R...
George Nakashima Cherrywood Studio Cabinet, Double Sliding Doors, circa 1960
George Nakashima Cherrywood Studio Cabinet, Double...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Cherry
A standing cherrywood cabinet that features superb dovetail joinery and practical storage. Original condition. The purity of the rectangular form gives the cabinet a quintessentially...
George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Armchairs
Walnut, Hickory
Pair of "New" armchairs walnut, hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
George Nakashima Table with Laminate Top

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Table with Laminate Top
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Walnut
George Nakashima walnut table base with custom laminate top added by owner. Authenticated by order card.
George Nakashima Studio Walnut Wall-Mounted Desk/Shelf

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Studio Walnut Wall-Mounted Desk/S...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Walnut
George Nakashima studio hanging wall shelf/desk with two drawers, USA, 1980. Walnut 12 x 52 x 21 in Copy of original order card.
Walnut Origins Headboard by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, 1950s

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Walnut Origins Headboard by George Nakashima for W...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Metal, Walnut
George Nakashima for Widdicomb king-size headboard. USA, 1950s. Measures: 38.5 H x 1.75 D x 80 W in (headboard measures 20.5 h in) Walnut.
Origins Coffee Table with Storage Model 272 by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Origins Coffee Table with Storage Model 272 by Geo...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb was designed in 1961 for the Origins Line. Featuring two drawers, storage compartment with lid on top, and open storage in the back. ...
George Nakashima Triangular Cherry Occasional Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Triangular Cherry Occasional Tabl...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American End Tables
George Nakashima triangular cherry occasional table. Great size and form. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Dry Bar with Pandanus Front

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dry Bar with Pandanus Front
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Dry Bars
George Nakashima dry bar with pandanus front. A rare form.
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Designer: George Nakashima Manufacture: Widdicomb Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s.
George Nakashima "Directors" Table with Extensions

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Directors" Table with Extensions...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Dining Room Tables
A wonderful, early example of George Nakashima "Directors" table with extensions. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
A unique table with a great story and provenance.
Midcentury George Nakashima Dresser

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
On Hold
Midcentury George Nakashima Dresser
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Wood, Walnut
For your consideration is this incredible midcentury eight-drawer cabinet designed by George Nakashima. This case piece rests on a sculptural base featuring brass pulls in original cond...
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Table with Rosewood Keys, 1965
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Table ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA, 1965 Walnut, rosewood Signed with client name to underneath and copy of original order card Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40 in...
 Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Chair

By George Nakashima
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Chair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Chairs
Walnut, Wood
Beautiful early example of the sculptural Mira chair.
George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Coffee Table with Storage Model 272

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Coffee Tabl...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This mid-century modern coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb was designed in 1961 for the Origins Line. Featuring two drawers, storage compartment with lid on top and open sto...
George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet with Burl Pull, USA, 1991

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet with Burl Pull, US...
George Nakashima
1990s American Cabinets
A rare form for George Nakashima, this cabinet was executed by Mira Nakashima. The scale and outstanding woods make this an exceptional piece.
George Nakashima Black Walnut and Woven Grass Tea Ceremony Platform
George Nakashima Black Walnut and Woven Grass Tea ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Furniture
Grasscloth, Walnut
An important "Tea Ceremony" platform commissioned for Kent Hall, Columbia University signed "Univ. Columbia."
George Nakashima Walnut Tall Chest of Drawers for Widdicomb, USA, 1960s
George Nakashima Walnut Tall Chest of Drawers for ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Dressers
Walnut
A beautiful design with subtle details typical of Nakashima. A very spacious chest with a relatively small footprint.
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table, Black Walnut and Rosewood, USA, 1975
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table, Black Walnut...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Elegant in its simplicity this Nakashima table possesses the Classic Nakashima details with butterfly’s, free edges and the iconic Conoid base.
Burl, Elm and Walnut Adjustable Music Stand  by  George Nakashima, USA 1980
Burl, Elm and Walnut Adjustable Music Stand by G...
George Nakashima
Late 20th Century American Racks and Stands
Burl, Elm, Walnut
Adjustable music stand made from walnut and Carpathian elm burl. The stand is unmarked and has been documented by a copy of the original drawing.
Rare George Nakashima Room Divider

By George Nakashima
Rare George Nakashima Room Divider
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Cabinets
Grasscloth, Walnut
A spectacular piece of George Nakashima's work. Infinitely useful due to its finished reverse side and possessing all of the fine details you hope for in one of his pieces.
George Nakashima "New" Chairs, Set of Eight, Authenticated 1960s Production

By George Nakashima, George Nakashima
George Nakashima "New" Chairs, Set of Eight, Authe...
George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
This is a remarkable set of eight (8) walnut and hickory "New" chairs by George Nakashima and authenticated by his daughter, Mira Nakashima. Excellent provenance and copies of origi...
George Nakashima No. 205-WG Buffet for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima No. 205-WG Buffet for Widdicomb
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Buffets
Original condition George Nakashima credenza or buffet. Walnut with grille sliding doors. On the left, set of five drawers, on the right, two adjustable shelves. Widdicomb label in the ...
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut and Hickory Minguren Coffee Table
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut and ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Hickory, Oak, Walnut
A wonderful collaboration from father and daughter George and Mira Nakashima. This table was custom-made and acquired from it's original owner.
George Nakashima "Origins" Dresser for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
On Hold
George Nakashima "Origins" Dresser for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
This design was produced for roughly about one or two years. It's made of East Indian laurel wood and solid walnut sculpted base with brass pulls (original patina). It's in great condit...
George Nakashima Chest of Drawers

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Chest of Drawers
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
As with all of Nakashima's work the simple beauty of fine craftsmanship and superior quality woods make this an outstanding piece of furniture.
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
On Hold
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Widdi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Organic Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut dining table from Origins group; designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb in the 1950s. Measure: One 22" leaf included.
George Nakashima Dining Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dining Table
George Nakashima
20th Century American Dining Room Tables
George Nakashima drop-leaf dining table. Table features one 26-inch drop-leaf; table measures 38 inches when folded. Signed with manufacturer's mark to underside.
Set of Eight George Nakashima Dining Chairs

By George Nakashima
Set of Eight George Nakashima Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
Set of eight George Nakashima "New" dining chairs. Chairs were produced by Widdicomb for the "Origins" line. Oiled walnut with hand-carved hickory spindles.
Vintage Walnut Cabinet by George Nakashima with sliding doors

By George Nakashima
Vintage Walnut Cabinet by George Nakashima with sl...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Wood
Gorgeous wooden cabinet made in American walnut, designed by George Nakashima. Circa 1957. Special order by "Nishisoki" is marked on the back of the cabinet. Japanese-American George N...
George Nakashima Rare Stool in Walnut, 1960s

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Rare Stool in Walnut, 1960s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Walnut
George Nakashima counter-height stool in a scarcely-seen form for the master craftsman, executed in American black walnut and having a Reuleaux triangle-shaped seat. Rich patina to the ...
George Nakashima Walnut Double Pedestal Desk, 1977

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Double Pedestal Desk, 1977...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
A Classic Nakashima desk both beautiful and functional with ample storage.
George Nakashima Walnut Amoeba Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Amoeba Table
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wonderful walnut Amoeba table by renowned New Hope furniture maker George Nakashima. Figured free form top with turned legs.
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George N...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
The Grass-Seated Chair by George Nakashima. The square seat typically found in walnut and woven sea-grass. Four examples shown and twelve chairs available. American, circa 1941.
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single Board Walnut Surface, 1983
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single Boa...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Walnut
Rare George Nakashima Conoid dining set with single board walnut surface, large butterfly keys, large inclusion. Dining table, four chairs USA, circa 1983. Single estate ownership wit...
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table in Walnut with Rosewood Keys, 1970s
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table in Walnut wit...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA 1970s Walnut, rosewood keys Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40 in 28.5 x 99 x 40 in with leaves Two leaves: 13.5 in each Origi...
George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet, 1950s

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet, 1950s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
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 sl...
George Nakashima Rocker Stamped Studio

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Rocker Stamped Studio
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima rocker all original, purchased from the studio and Stamped under seat, with letter purchased directly from Nakashima.
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Chair

By George Nakashima
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
Early vintage version of the Mira Chair. The chair shows wear of age at the sides which makes it even more beautiful. The bottom of the seat still shows lines and a name of the original...