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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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Dining Set by Nakashima
Horseman Antiques Inc.
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Dining Set by Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Stunning dining table with six chairs designed by George Nakashima. Large live edge table with inlaid butterfly-joints and tapered legs. Six round back dining chairs with grass caned se...
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Nakashima Night Stands by Widdicomb
Horseman Antiques Inc.
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Nakashima Night Stands by Widdicomb
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern bedside tables designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Great walnut grain throughout, accented with inlay detail, splayed legs, drawer and open cabinet ...
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Early Set of Six "New" Dining Chairs by George Nak...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
An incredible set of six "New" chairs made by George Nakashima in New Hope PA. They are constructed of solid walnut with hickory spindles and sculpted saddle seats. These were commissio...
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Settee by George Nakashima
Wright Now
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Settee by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Settee by George Nakashima. Sold with a letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima.
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Excellent Dresser by Nakashima for Widdicomb
Horseman Antiques Inc.
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Excellent Dresser by Nakashima for Widdicomb
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern chest of drawers designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Great design from the premier Mid-Century Furniture maker. Features include curved top, walnut ...
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George Nakashima Conoid Bench
J.F. CHEN
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George Nakashima Conoid Bench
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Benches
George Nakashima conoid bench, 1960s
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George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table
Reeves Antiques
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George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Stunning coffee or cocktail table custom-made by George Nakashima. This early piece consists of a live edge walnut slab top resting on a dowel leg on one end and a solid carved walnut s...
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Set of Three Mira Barstools by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Stools
A set of three walnut "Mira" counter height stools by George Nakashima.
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George Nakashima Walnut Twin Headboard
Very Vintage LA Gallery
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George Nakashima Walnut Twin Headboard
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Walnut
A truly stunning and Classic design, this George Nakashima twin headboard features the clean lines and elegance that Nakashima is known for. This piece is in excellent still has the ori...
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George Nakashima Cabinet
Very Vintage LA Gallery
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George Nakashima Cabinet
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Walnut
A stunning piece designed by George Nakashima for his Origins Widdicomb line. This versatile cabinet features Nakashima's quintessential elegance with clean lines, fine craftsmanship an...
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George Nakashima Walnut Twin Headboard
Very Vintage LA Gallery
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George Nakashima Walnut Twin Headboard
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Walnut
A truly stunning and Classic design, this George Nakashima twin headboard features the clean lines and elegance that Nakashima is known for. This piece is in excellent still has the ori...
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Four George Nakashima Attributed Dining Chairs
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Four George Nakashima Attributed Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s American Dining Room Chairs
Straight Chairs by George Nakashima attributed ,hand made beechwood legs and ash wood seats / back. Definitely 50 to 70 years old
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George Nakashima Walnut Minguren Coffee Table with...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This exquisite walnut Minguren coffee table by George Nakashima retains it's original, beautifully maintained finish. The name of the original owner who ordered it from Nakashima is wri...
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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...
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George Nakashima Walnut End or Lamp Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Solid walnut end table by George Nakashima
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Studio Made Side Table by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Studio Made Side Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman End Tables
Walnut
A superb studio made unique solid walnut side or occasional table crafted of figured black walnut with two live edges and having splayed, through tenon, tapered dowel legs.
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George Nakashima  Conoid Coffee Table
Adam Edelsberg
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George Nakashima Conoid Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Excellent Nakashima walnut Conoid coffee table circa 1971. Very expressive thick top with 2 large rosewood butterflies, free edges, knots and fissures. Full provenace included.
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George Nakashima  "New" Rocking Chair
Adam Edelsberg
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George Nakashima "New" Rocking Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Beautiful Nakashima rocking chair with arms. Walnut chair with hickory spindles. Circa 1987 and faintly signed with client name. Chair comes with complete provenance including copy of o...
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Conoid Bench by George Nakashima
Adam Edelsberg
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Conoid Bench by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Iconic 7ft. walnut Conoid bench by George Nakashima circa 1977. Seat with a Heart-cut slab with figured-grain, two free edges and large knot. Sold with a copy of the original order card...
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Pair of George Nakashima Free Edge Wepman Tables
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
Pair of free edge "Wepman" tables, made by George Nakashima, circa 1962. From the estate of Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Hillier. These tables will be accompanied by a photocopy of their orig...
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George Nakashima  "New" Rocking Chair
Adam Edelsberg
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George Nakashima "New" Rocking Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Beautiful Nakashima rocking chair with arms. Walnut chair with hickory spindles. Circa 1987 and faintly signed with client name. Chair comes with complete provenance including copy of o...
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George Nakashima Credenza for Widdicomb
Adam Edelsberg
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George Nakashima Credenza for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Sophisticated Nakashima cabinet manufactured by Widdicomb. Finely detailed design in Laurel, rosewood top and handle, walnut and rich carpathian elm burled doors. Internal shelves, draw...
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Grasscloth Console Cabinet by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Grasscloth Console Cabinet by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Cabinets
Grasscloth, Walnut
A simple cabinet in walnut with grasscloth sliding doors, concealing adjustable shelves.
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Minguren II Low Table by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Minguren II Low Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A superb Minguren II low table having an expressive and highly figured live-edge organic top of black walnut resting on a dramatic architectural base of intersecting planes of wood.
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Conoid Desk by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Conoid Desk by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
A superb example of an architectural cross-legged Conoid desk in walnut, having a floating, figured, single-slab live edge top and three (3) drawer pedestal with recessed pulls.
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End Table by George Nakashima
WYETH
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End Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman End Tables
Walnut
An end table with a single slab of walnut on top of splayed turned dowel legs.
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Tall Chest of Drawers by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Tall Chest of Drawers by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
An early modernist walnut highboy dresser of five (5) drawers with integrated pulls, a back splash top, and side panels that extend to form the legs.
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Organic Design Cabinet by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Organic Design Cabinet by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
An outstanding chest of drawers in East Indian Laurel with a generous curved top over seven (7) large drawers, four (4) small drawers, and a doored cabinet with shelves.
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New Chair by George Nakashima
WYETH
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New Chair by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Side Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
A walnut 'New Chair' dining chair with hickory spindle back.
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Captain's Chair by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Captain's Chair by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A solid walnut 'Captains' armchair with hand-hewn backrest, spindles and shaped seat, on four splayed, tapered dowel legs.
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Burled Oak Table by Nakashima
WYETH
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Burled Oak Table by Nakashima
George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima
Late 20th Century American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Oak, Walnut
A burled oak table with a large butteryfly stabilizer and oak trestle supports. Design and drawings for this special table were done by George Nakashima, the table was signed and execut...
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Conoid Table by Mira Nakashima
WYETH
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Conoid Table by Mira Nakashima
George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima, Mira Nakashima
20th Century American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
A magnificent free-edge studio dining table having a top of book matched and highly figured walnut slabs joined with four rosewood butterfly splines. Chairs available separately.
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Nakashima Room Divider or Headboard
WYETH
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Nakashima Room Divider or Headboard
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Screens
Walnut
A low walnut room divider or headboard having a large and warmly figured live edge plank suspended between square posts.
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1967 Conoid Table by George Nakashima
WYETH
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1967 Conoid Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
A special 1967 Conoid low table table having a geometric figured walnut slab top resting on a dowel leg on one end and a solid carved walnut support on the other. Original rosewood but...
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English Brown Oak Headboard by George Nakashima
WYETH
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English Brown Oak Headboard by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Beds
Oak, Walnut
A full size, live edge English brown oak headboard with cantilevered walnut shelves.
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Wall Mount Cabinet by Geroge Nakashima
WYETH
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Wall Mount Cabinet by Geroge Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Cabinets
Walnut
A walnut wall mount cabinet with two sliding doors concealing storage and an overhanging live edge top.
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Conoid Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Conoid Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Late 20th Century American American Craftsman Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A 'conoid' walnut dining chair with hickory spindles and a rare one-board solid walnut seat. Signed "George Nakashima May 20th, 1989".
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Rare Bench by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Rare Bench by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
A rare and superbly rendered rectilinear studio made piano bench in black walnut having exposed hand-cut dovetails and a dramatic exposed through tenon support.
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Studio Headboard by George Nakashima
WYETH
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Studio Headboard by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Beds
Cherry
A queen size, bench made solid cherry headboard with dovetailed joinery. Two sliding doors opening to a storage compartment.
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Highback Chair and Ottoman by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Wingback Chairs
Cherry, Upholstery
A rare highback lounge chair with extended cherry arms and tapered dowel legs, with a matching ottoman. Ottoman: 25"W 25"D 17"H
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George Nakashima 12-Drawer Dresser
Galere
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George Nakashima 12-Drawer Dresser
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
George Nakashima 12-drawer dresser. A great example of this form.
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George Nakashima "Mira" Chairs, Set of 14
George Nakashima
20th Century Side Chairs
A great set.
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George Nakashima Seven-Drawer Highboy Dresser
Galere
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George Nakashima Seven-Drawer Highboy Dresser
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
George Nakashima seven-drawer highboy dresser. A beautiful example of this form.
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Midcentury Nakashima New Lounge Chair
S16 Home
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Midcentury Nakashima New Lounge Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
Nakashima New lounge chair in walnut with hickory spindles and saddle seat. Signed "Studio" underneath the seat. The owner of this chair hand selected the wood with George Nakashima at...
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George Nakashima Black Walnut Grass Seat Chairs
Histoire Gallery
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George Nakashima Black Walnut Grass Seat Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Seagrass, Walnut
Pair of Grass-Seated chairs from circa 1960's production in black walnut by George Nakashima, Nakashima Studios. 2 chairs available. Priced each.
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Dining Table by George Nakashima
Lawson-Fenning
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Dining Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Dining table by George Nakashima.
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George Nakashima for Widdicomb Coffee Table
Retro Inferno
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George Nakashima for Widdicomb Coffee Table
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima walnut coffee table manufactured by Widdicomb. Excellent original condition.
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George Nakashima Conoid Low Chairs
Galere
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George Nakashima Conoid Low Chairs
George Nakashima
American Lounge Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima Conoid low chairs. A rarely seen design from the studio.
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George Nakashima Dresser for Widdicomb
The Swanky Abode
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George Nakashima Dresser for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
This George Nakashima dresser for Widdicomb is in original vintage condition. It does have imperfections due to age (pictured). This piece is beautiful in person. Designer: George Nakas...
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Origins 12-Drawer Chest by George Nakashima
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Origins 12-Drawer Chest by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Large chest of drawers, model OH-212-W, walnut with brass drawer pulls. Overhanging top on plank leg base. Burn mark in drawer, George Nakashima, and Widdicomb paper label.
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George Nakashima Minguren Cocktail Table
George Nakashima
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
George Nakashima Minguren cocktail table. A stunning example. Full provenance.
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George Nakashima Minguren Cocktail Table
George Nakashima
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A petite Nakashima table. Provenance accompanies.
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1950s Mid-Century Wingback Oragami Wood Side Chair...
George Nakashima, Paul McCobb, Tony Paul
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Pair, Very Sturdy. Good Weight. Designer Unknown.
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Large Walnut Mirror by George Nakashima
LUNA Modern
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Large Walnut Mirror by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mantel Mirrors and Fireplace Mirrors
Mirror
Large walnut framed mirror, designed by George Nakashima, circa 1955. Measures: 51 3/8" tall x 42 1/2" wide as shown. Mirror can also be hung lengthwise. We offer free delivery on most...
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George Nakashima Full-Size Walnut Headboard
Soho Treasures
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George Nakashima Full-Size Walnut Headboard
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Nice George Nakashima full size headboard.
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Exceptional George Nakashima Single-Arm Lounge Cha...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
A rare special order George Nakashima single-arm lounge chair. Chair was designed in 1975 and executed in 1981. This example has a extremely rare one-piece seat and a exceptional custom...
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George Nakashima Rocking Chair
Modern Drama
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George Nakashima Rocking Chair
George Nakashima
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
Single paddle arm rocker by George Nakashima. Walnut with hickory spindles.
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George Nakashima Straight Chair
Farnsworth
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George Nakashima Straight Chair
Knoll, George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Maple
Original straight back chair (N19) designed by George Nakashima and produced by Knoll from 1946 to 1954. Made of maple an American hardwood, the style is a modernized version of the Cla...
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George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs
The Exchange Int
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George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Dining Room Chairs
Hickory
George Nakashima Conoid dining chairs, set of six USA, 1969 American black walnut, hickory 20.75 w x 22 d x 25.5 h inches Underside of each signed in black marker George Nakashima, ...
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George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet
LUNA Modern
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George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Walnut cabinet designed by George Nakashima, and produced by Widdicomb, circa 1959. Cabinet has two doors that open to reveal three center drawers, flanked by two storage areas with adj...
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