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 Rosewood "Single Board" Table
George Nakashima Rosewood "Single Board" Table
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George Nakashima Rosewood "Single Board" Table
George Nakashima
American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Rosewood
Special commission masterwork George Nakashima table, all parts rosewood. New Hope, PA, circa early 1980s. Entirely old-growth rosewood from single tree. Large highly figured sin...
George Nakashima Chest of Drawers
George Nakashima Chest of Drawers
Lost City Arts
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.
Double Pedestal Desk by George Nakashima
Double Pedestal Desk by George Nakashima
Jonathan Burden LLC
Double Pedestal Desk by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Walnut
American Studio Movement desk by George Nakashima in black walnut. Double pedestal supports with three drawers with a curving and tapered top. With one previous owner who acquired this ...
George Nakashima for Widdicomb Cabinet or Sideboar...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
A beautiful cabinet or sideboard by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. In Sundra walnut with curved top and bowed doors that open to reveal three drawers and shelving on both sides. Nakash...
Nakashima Studios Grass-Seated Chairs
Nakashima Studios Grass-Seated Chairs
Almond & Co.
Nakashima Studios Grass-Seated Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century American American Craftsman Chairs
Rush, Walnut
A pair of custom grass seated chairs, both signed and dated. High versions of original George Nakashima grass chairs by Mira Nakashima. LOA and Provenance available, along with origin...
Special Walnut Shelf/Console George Nakashima
Special Walnut Shelf/Console George Nakashima
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Special Walnut Shelf/Console George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Rosewood, Walnut
'Special Walnut Shelf', 1979 George Nakashima (wall mount.) Walnut with rosewood butterflies. Original sketch by George Nakashima included. Detachable base also included. Measures 24...
Gorgeous George Nakashima for Knoll Splay-Leg Tabl...
Knoll, George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Hickory
A gorgeous George Nakashima for Knoll splay-leg table originally designed in 1947. Signed and dated on the underside of the tabletop.  
George Nakashima Walnut Cross-Legged Desk, 1975
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Rare walnut and hickory cross-legged desk from Nakashima, circa 1975. Desk with exceptional top featuring a single-slab top with two free edges, worm hole details and large knot with sm...
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Nightstands
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Nightstands
Adam Edelsberg
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Nightstands
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Exceptional and very rare pair of black walnut wall mounted nightstands or bedside tables. Cases with free-edge fronts, over-hang left and right and dovetailed at square ends. Each case...
Rare George Nakashima Room Divider
Rare George Nakashima Room Divider
Lost City Arts
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.
M10 Coffee Table by George Nakashima for Knoll
M10 Coffee Table by George Nakashima for Knoll
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M10 Coffee Table by George Nakashima for Knoll
Knoll, George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Birch, Walnut
M10 coffee table by George Nakashima for Knoll.
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Table
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Table
Lynn Goode Vintage
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
A beautiful example of Nakashima's "Frenchman's Cove" dining table. The top comprises of a pair of black walnut planks joined by four rosewood butterfly keys. The table is 8 feet long, ...
Large George Nakashima Coffee Table
Large George Nakashima Coffee Table
Lost City Arts
Large George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
All of the wonderful qualities you expect from George Nakashima. It has an outstanding free edge form with beautiful irregularities in the grain.
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs, circa 1969
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
George Nakashima, Conoid dining chairs, set of six USA, 1969. American black walnut, hickory. Measures: 20.75 W x 22 D x 35.5 H inches. Underside of each signed in black mark...
George Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table Rosewood...
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood
George Nakashima Minguren II coffee table. Nakashima Studio. English walnut and rosewood. Measures: 16 H x 44 W x 30 D inches. Rare wood selection, highly figured, single sl...
"Long Chair" by George Nakashima
"Long Chair" by George Nakashima
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"Long Chair" by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Cherry
"Long Chair" by George Nakashima. Sold with a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima.
Conoid Cross-Leg Desk by George Nakashima
Conoid Cross-Leg Desk by George Nakashima
Sputnik Modern
Conoid Cross-Leg Desk by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Desks
A Conoid cross-leg desk in Cherry and Hickory. Expressive cantelievered free edge top with bowtie and extended back leg. Signed and dated by George Nakashima, 1986.
George Nakashima Counter Stools
George Nakashima Counter Stools
Modern Drama
George Nakashima Counter Stools
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Walnut
Set of three Mira counter stools by George Nakashima. Early set circa 1960.
George Nakashima Free Edge Chest of Drawers
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Rare in the free edge form this chest has Nakashima's signature dovetail joinery and is in unusually good original condition.
Rare Trundle Bed by George Nakashima, 1958
Rare Trundle Bed by George Nakashima, 1958
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Rare Trundle Bed by George Nakashima, 1958
George Nakashima
20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Cherry
Rare trundle bed by George Nakashima, 1958. Provenance on request.
Rare George Nakashima Dining Set
Rare George Nakashima Dining Set
Montaperto
Rare George Nakashima Dining Set
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Walnut
Rare single-owner dining set by George Nakashima featuring exceptionally-preserved splayed leg dining table and four carved-seat "Captain's Chairs". Chairs signed to underside with...
George Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table, 1968
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Excellent Nakashima walnut coffee table on a Ming II base. Nice expressive top with sap edge and a crotch cut edge, fissures and a single butterfly. Signed and dated “George Nakashima 1...
George Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table, 1968
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Excellent Nakashima walnut coffee table atop a rare Ming II base. Nice expressive top with sap edge and a crotch cut edge. Signed and dated "George Nakashima 1968" This table and the fo...
George Nakashima Nesting Tables
George Nakashima Nesting Tables
Zigzag Modern
George Nakashima Nesting Tables
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Table...
George Nakashima , 1960's , group of three nesting tables in English walnut . Lovely original condition with a warm patina . Measurements given are for the largest table .
Set of Six George Nakashima "New" Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
Set of six George Nakashima "New" dining chairs. Chairs are branded "George Nakashima." Walnut with hand carved Hickory spindles. These chairs were sold through Widdicomb.
Nakashima for Widdicomb Floating Buffet in Rosewoo...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Burl, Rosewood, Walnut
Exceptional wall-mount floating buffet, credenza or sideboard designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. This piece contains a stunning assemblage of woods: Rosewood top and cabinet wi...
Walnut Dining Table by George Nakashima for Widdic...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Walnut dining table by George Nakashima.
Nakashima Studio Slat-Back Settee in Walnut
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Walnut
Studio made slat back settee in walnut, circa 1955, by Japanese American Craftsman George Nakashima (1905–1990). Settee currently has one newly made loose cushion, but we can have one m...
Walnut Cabinet by George Nakashima
Walnut Cabinet by George Nakashima
Peter Roberts Antiques
Walnut Cabinet by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
A very rare sized walnut cabinet having free edge front and dovetail sides. Spindle doors with Pandanus cloth front. Interior adjustable shelves.
George Nakashima Walnut Bench
George Nakashima Walnut Bench
Peter Roberts Antiques
George Nakashima Walnut Bench
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
Walnut slab with free edge front supporting Hickory spindles with walnut top rail. The bench is in excellent original condition.
George Nakashima Slab Coffee Table in Oak Burlwood
George Nakashima Slab Coffee Table in Oak Burlwood
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George Nakashima Slab Coffee Table in Oak Burlwood...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Burl, Oak
Coffee table, in oak, by George Nakashima, United States, 1950s. Exceptional coffee table by master woodworker George Nakasima. The table top is made from a slab of oak. Special det...
Set of Six Walnut Conoid Chairs by George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A beautiful set of six walnut Conoid dining chairs. This walnut set was carefully selected by the original having matching grain patterns in all the seats.
East Indian Laurel Frenchman Cove Dining Table by ...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
A very rare and important example of the Frenchman Cove form. Several bookmatched Laurel boards with rosewood butterflies make this dramatic top have the look of Granite. This is the f...
Mid-Century Walnut Wall Cabinet by George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
A very rare and important wall cabinet in walnut. Free edge front with large over hang. Oak interior drawers and adjustable shelving. Dovetail side on left side of cabinet.
Teak Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
Teak Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
Robert Stilin
Teak Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Chairs
Newly upholstered teak lounge chair by George Nakashima.
Conoid End Table by George Nakashima, 1984
George Nakashima
American End Tables
Walnut
English walnut single board top with free-edge, rosewood butterfly and American black walnut base. Signed and dated 1984 - accompanied by a copy of the original drawing and invoice.
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, 1964
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, 1964
Peter Roberts Antiques
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, 1964
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Benches
Walnut
Highly figured American black walnut Conoid bench with one rosewood butterfly, 1964.
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Cabinet
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Cabinet
MORENTZ
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Cabinet, in walnut, by George Nakashima, United States, 1960s. Exceptional cabinet by master woodworker George Nakashima. This wall-mounted case has two spindle sliding doors with p...
Upholstered Dining Chair by George Nakashima for W...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Newly upholstered George Nakashima dining chair for Widdicomb.
Large Coffee Table by George Nakashima
Large Coffee Table by George Nakashima
Sputnik Modern
Large Coffee Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large coffee table made of solid rosewood and carpathian elm. Designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
Vintage Set of Four Conoid Dining Chairs Designed ...
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
A set of four vintage handcrafted wood conoid dining chairs designed after George Nakashima. Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.
George Nakashima Wall Mirror for Widdicomb Origins...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Mirror, Walnut
Large Sundra wall mirror in walnut by George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Collection, circa 1961.  
George Nakashima, Black Walnut Desk, USA, 1957
George Nakashima, Black Walnut Desk, USA, 1957
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George Nakashima, Black Walnut Desk, USA, 1957
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Desks
Walnut
This Classic desk by George Nakashima has a beautifully figured American black walnut slab top with an organic and subtle free-form edge. On one side, its features a walnut case file pe...
George Nakashima Chest/Dresser
George Nakashima Chest/Dresser
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George Nakashima Chest/Dresser
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Available at DeAngelis a wonderful George Nakashima design chest or dresser from his "Origins" line for Widdicomb Furniture co.
George Nakashima Daybed in Black
George Nakashima Daybed in Black
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Daybed in Black
George Nakashima
20th Century Day Beds
A Classic Nakashima daybed. Provenance accompanies.
Desk
Desk
1950
Desk
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Desks and Writing Tables
George Nakashima, circa 1947. Early, splayed leg desk in American black walnut with poplar drawers, single pedestal and bitterbrush pull.
George Nakashima, Long Chair
George Nakashima, Long Chair
1950
George Nakashima, Long Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Chaise Longues
Cotton, Wood
George Nakashima, 1979. Long chair in walnut, single free edge armrest, seat and back with original black cotton webbing. With provenance and copy of original shipping card from Nak...
Mira Stool by George Nakashima
Mira Stool by George Nakashima
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Mira Stool by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Stools
Walnut
A bench-made walnut "Mira" stool with hand-hewn spindles supporting a thin backrest. With a shaped triangular seat on three tapered dowel legs with a central footrest. Two available.
Cherry Wood Stool by George Nakashima
Cherry Wood Stool by George Nakashima
WYETH
Cherry Wood Stool by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Stools
Walnut
A cherry wood barstool having hand-hewn spindles supporting a curved backrest. The shaped shaped seat floats on four tapered dowel legs with a footrest stretcher.
Pair of George Nakashima Walnut Settees with Arms
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Pair of George Nakashima loveseats or sofas with new upholstery.
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.
Mid-Century George Nakashima Eight-Drawer Chest of...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
A beautiful original, custom eight drawer chest by George Nakashima in solid walnut having a unique free-form branch knot along the front edge. Built in 1957. Copy of the original purch...
George Nakashima Dining Table
George Nakashima Dining Table
CONVERSO
George Nakashima Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Hickory, Rosewood, Walnut
Trestle dining table: Which consists of bookmatched solid boards, with three rosewood butterfly joints, The top is not screwed in like most, it's fits precisely to the base and is secur...
Nakashima for Widdicomb Daybed
Nakashima for Widdicomb Daybed
Barbarella Home
Nakashima for Widdicomb Daybed
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Walnut
Hard to find iconic design, daybed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. This example is in original condition, it shows some minor cosmetic wear, normal and consistent with age, height to...
George Nakashima Large Table Lamp
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Table Lamps
A large size table lamp. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
A unique table with a great story and provenance.
Set of Six George Nakashima Origins Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut, Wood
George Nakashima. George Nakashima's "Origin Collection," was inspired by Japanese and Shaker furniture. The collection consisted of bedroom and dining room pieces.  Six dining c...
Midcentury Nakashima Table Origins Widdecomb (MR14813)
Midcentury Nakashima Table Origins Widdecomb (MR14813)
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Midcentury Nakashima Table Origins Widdecomb (MR14...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima 1960-1969 George Nakashima.s "Origin Collection," was inspired by Japanese and Shaker furniture. The collection consisted of bedroom and dining room pieces Dro...
20th Century Minguren iv Walnut Table by George Na...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This extremely rare and important form is the first example of what is known as the Minguren IV form. The original prototype sits in the Minguren Museum at the Nakashima Studio. Dramati...
George Nakashima "New Chair"
George Nakashima "New Chair"
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George Nakashima "New Chair"
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
George Nakashima "New Chair" Classic windsor style dining chair. Made from black walnut with hickory spindles in very good original condition.