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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Single Black Walnut Captain's Chair by George Naka...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
An accomplished example from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The black walnut captain chair has a curved, peaked backrest atop carved spindles, inspired by the Windsor c...
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 New Lounge Chair, Studio Crafted for Architect Phillip Cotton
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair, Studio Crafted ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair - Studio production c. 1978 for St. Louis Architect Phillip Cotton in beautiful walnut with great patina. This chair comes with the original documents ...
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 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 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, Double Dresser

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Double Dresser
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Dressers
Double dresser in walnut, dovetail case. Provenance available.
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/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, "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 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.
Early George Nakashima Long Chair, 1952

By George Nakashima
Early George Nakashima Long Chair, 1952
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Chaise Longues
An early, all original example of the "long" chaise longue chair by George Nakashima. Walnut with original finish and straps. Full documentation with a copy of the original receipt and ...
 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 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 Nakashima Conoid Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Conoid Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Walnut
A fantastic set of 12 chairs made of walnut with hickory spindles. Shoe feet supported canted walnut legs. A beautiful selection of walnut boards used in the seats. This set of 12 chair...
George Nakashima Dining Table with Trestle Base

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dining Table with Trestle Base
George Nakashima
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This vintage walnut dining table by George Nakashima features free-flowing live-edge design complete with iconic bowtie inlay. This trestle dining table is constructed from quality midc...
George Nakashima Dresser

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dresser
George Nakashima
20th Century American Dressers
Walnut
Solid walnut construction chest with exposed dowel joinery.
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, American Walnut, circa 1960s

By George Nakashima
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, American Walnut,...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
George Nakashima conoid bench. Solid one piece bench constructed of American black walnut with a backrest along the right half; hickory spindles support the top rail.
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chair by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chair by George Nakash...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs
A pair of walnut spindle back lounge armchairs by George Nakashima, 1960.
Rare American Modern Walnut and Burl Walnut Highboy, George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Rare American Modern Walnut and Burl Walnut Highbo...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
The canted overhanging top above a case with nine drawers on one side and four drawers and a cabinet on the other, on scissor legs George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
American Modern Walnut and Brass 12-Door Chest, George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
American Modern Walnut and Brass 12-Door Chest, Ge...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
The overhanging irregular shape top above 12 drawers with brass pulls, on splayed legs George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
George Nakashima "Directors" Dining Table with Extensions

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Directors" Dining Table with Ext...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This stunning vintage modern dining table was design by George Nakashima. Unique design with two extensions that attach easily on each side to extend it all the way to 88 inches wide. T...
Pair of American Modern Walnut Night Tables, George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Pair of American Modern Walnut Night Tables, Georg...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
The square top with scored line border, above a drawer with highly figured walnut front and sculpted pull, above a cubby, on round tapering legs.
American Modern Two-Door Credenza, by Nakashima

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
American Modern Two-Door Credenza, by Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Credenzas
Wood
The American walnut case with circassian elm doors, branded George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Nakashima
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.
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 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.
Set of Four Mira Chairs by George Nakashima, 1952

By George Nakashima
Set of Four Mira Chairs by George Nakashima, 1952
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Dining Room Chairs
A set of four walnut "Mira" chairs by George Nakashima. All original and sold with documentation from 1952. Matching dining table available separately.
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."
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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.
Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1952

By George Nakashima
Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1952
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Dining Room Tables
A walnut dining table with cherry legs by George Nakashima. All original with documentation from 1952.
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.
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.
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...
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 Spindle Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1952

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Spindle Back Lounge Chair and Ott...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
An early spindle back lounge chair and ottoman in cherry in all original condition with original fabric. Fully documented with copy of receipt from 1952.
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 Cherry Grass-Seat Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Cherry Grass-Seat Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Chairs
Cherry
An early set of four grass seat chairs by George Nakashima Set of four chairs.
George Nakashima Three-Door Credenza in American Walnut with Pandanus Cloth

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Three-Door Credenza in American W...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Wood
Three sliding door credenza or sideboard with inside drawers and storage spaces. Concise dovetail wood-joints bond the walnut slats. The cabinet rests on top of a walnut support base. A...
George Nakashima Rocking Armchair, 1960s

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Rocking Armchair, 1960s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
George Nakashima, new hope Pa. Rocking armchair in English walnut with hickory spindles. Signed under the seat with clients name.
George Nakashima 12-Drawer Dresser Widdicomb Origins, 1960

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima 12-Drawer Dresser Widdicomb Origi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
This is a walnut 12-drawer dresser designed by George Nakashima as part of his Origins line manufactured by Widdicomb dated 1960. The dresser drawers are Laurel set in a case of Ameri...
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...
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.
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...
Walnut Origins Headboard by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, 1950s

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
On Hold
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.
American Modern Walnut Headboard, George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
American Modern Walnut Headboard, George Nakashima...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
An American Modern walnut headboard, George Nakashima of elongated form.
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 Credenza in American Walnut and Pandanus Cloth
George Nakashima Credenza in American Walnut and P...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Grasscloth, Walnut
George Nakashima, triple sliding door cabinet, walnut, pandanus cloth, New Hope, PA, 1970 This cabinet by Nakashima features three sliding doors and several compartments behind each ...
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 Walnut Side or Lamp Table for Widdicomb's Origins Collection

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Side or Lamp Table for Wid...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
A round Carpathian exotic wood side or lamp table in an oil finish with four tapered and bevelled legs and stretchers designed by George Nakashima. This table comes from Nakashima's onl...
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. ...
Lounge Chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
Lounge Chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
A rare high-back lounge chair designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
George Nakashima Slipper Lounge Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Slipper Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Walnut
Rare pair of Sundra slipper lounge chairs by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Fully restored. New woven upholstery over walnut bases.
George Nakashima Single Board Rocking Armchair

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Single Board Rocking Armchair
George Nakashima
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
George Nakashima rocking armchair with single board seat New Hope, Pennsylvania USA, 1990 American black walnut, hickory Measures: 35 H x 26.5 W x 29.5 D.  
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 Walnut Conoid Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Beautiful George Nakashima Conoid chairs. Walnut construction with carved hickory spindles. A highly collectable design from one of America's most noted craftsman.