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.

George Nakashima Two-Door Hanging Cherry Wall Cabinet
George Nakashima Two-Door Hanging Cherry Wall C...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Cabinets
George Nakashima two-door cabinet Two doors conceal shelves on both sides. Expressive sap wood tops. Original client information available. A second similar cabinet from the comm...
George Nakashima Rocker

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 Conoid Dining Set with Single Board Walnut Surface, 1983
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single ...
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 ...
Rare George Nakashima Room Divider
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 Black Walnut and Woven Grass Tea Ceremony Platform
George Nakashima Black Walnut and Woven Grass T...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Furniture
Grasscloth, Walnut
An important "Tea Ceremony" platform commissioned for Kent Hall, Columbia University signed "Univ. Columbia."
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut and Hickory Minguren Coffee Table
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut a...
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 Coffee Table
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...
George Nakashima No. 205-WG Buffet for Widdicomb
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 t...
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by Georg...
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, Sliding Door Cabinet, circa 1955
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Cherry
George Nakashima sliding door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1955 Cherrywood. Provenance: Copy of original invoice.  
George Nakashima "Shell-Shaped" Coffee Table in...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s American Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
"Shell-Shaped" coffee table in American Black Walnut designed and handmade by the venerable George Nakashima, circa 1943. This piece has been authenticated by the Nakashima Foundatio...
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnu...
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 ...
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 t...
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...
George Nakashima Matched Pair of Sofas
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
A wonderful matched pair of Nakashima slat back sofas. Reupholstered in grey cashmere wool fabric. Provenance accompanies.
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.
American Modern Walnut and Brass 12-Door Chest,...
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.
Authenticated George Nakashima Wepman Live Edge...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima studio piece, accompanied by authentication paperwork from the Nakashima Foundation.
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.
Mid-Century Modern Spindle Back George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
A classic George Nakashima design, the spindle back straight chair. This early 1960s example is made of cherry with signature saddle seat. Probably refinished at some point.
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 English Oak Burl and Laurel Mi...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Tables
Oak
This table is made from a remarkable piece of oak burl with amazing details. It has good height for variety of settings.
Rare American Modern Walnut and Burl Walnut Hig...
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.
George Nakashima Origins Triple Dresser for Wid...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
George Nakashima Origins triple dresser for Widdicomb. Distinct, attractive wood grain that is stunning on the bowed top and all sides. Condition is excellent. Original brass pulls a...
Pair of George Nakashima Origins Nightstands fo...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
A pair of highly sought after nightstands designed by George Nakashima. The wood is dramatic and gleaming, both are very attractive from all angles. Condition is excellent. The top a...
George Nakashima Origins Tall Dresser for Widdi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Rare example of the George Nakashima origins oversized tall dresser for Widdicomb. Condition is excellent. Wood is stunning from all angles. This example has the flat brass pulls, an...
George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Rocking Chairs
Poplar, Walnut
An fine example of one of George Nakashima's iconic designs. It's elegant simplicity has made this rocker one of his most enduring designs.
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Tab...
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...
George Nakashima Walnut Wall-Mounted Desk/Shelf
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.
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...
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair, Studio Craft...
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 documen...
Table Lamp by George Nakashima, circa 1968
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Table Lamps
Rosewood, Walnut, Paper
A walnut and rosewood lamp by George Nakashima with its original shade.
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
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Chair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Chairs
Wood, Walnut
Beautiful early example of the sculptural Mira chair.
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Nakashima Wepman side table with tapered legs and thick slab top in American Walnut by the leading American Studio Craft designer George Nakashima.
George Nakashima Model 793 Widdicomb Dining Tab...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Sets
George Nakashima model 793 dining table and set of five chairs. This iconic table and its matching chairs were crafted beautifully for Widdicomb.   George Nakashima (USA, 1905-19...
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Slab coffee table by George Nakashima. American black walnut triangular top, all sides with free edge.
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.
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 c...
George Nakashima Origins Mirror for Widdicomb
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
George Nakashima origins mirror. Stunning, substantial wall mirror constructed of solid walnut. Sculpted beams elegantly extend beyond the mirror’s frame. Has been lovingly used, and...
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 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, Round Coffee Table, circa 1960
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A beautiful walnut coffee table designed by George Nakashima, circa 1960s. Split visible from top is not damage and is contained with a hidden butterfly on the underside (see Image).
George Nakashima, Free-Form Slab Coffee Table, ...
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A beautiful and soulful, free-from slab coffee table in walnut by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, circa 1960. Marked underneath with clients name.
American Modern Walnut Headboard, George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
An American Modern walnut headboard, George Nakashima of elongated form.

Nakashima "Mira" Chairs

By George Nakashima
Nakashima "Mira" Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Walnut
Set of three (3) George Nakashima "Mira" chairs in American black walnut. One chair signed with clients name "Roth-17". From New Hope, Pennsylvania 1967, Provenance: Estate of Cor...
George Nakashima 'New' Armchair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Armchairs
Hickory, Walnut
One 'New' armchair by George Nakashima in walnut and hickory, 1970. Provenance: private family collection, acquired from George Nakashima 1970.
George Nakashima Lounge Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Lounge Chairs
Walnut
One lounge chair in American black walnut, with cushion, by George Nakashima.  From New Hope, Pennsylvania, circa 1960. Provenance: Private family collection, West Chester 'From A...
George Nakashima Coffee Table in Indian Laurel...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Very rare coffee table by George Nakashima - 1969, built of four solid boards of Indian Laurel. Signature "Butterflies" on top. Original design drawing by Mr. Nakashima, describing ...
George Nakashima "Long Chair"
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Walnut, Cotton Canvas
George Nakashima "Long Chair" two position adjustable chaise in black walnut with asymmetric free edge armrest. Canvass webbing replaced by Nakashima Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania...
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 Conoid Dining Table in Walnut ...
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 Or...
George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Rocking Chairs
Poplar, Walnut
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.
George Nakashima Cabinet with Walnut and Pandan...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Grasscloth, Walnut
George Nakashima, triple sliding door cabinet, walnut, pandanus cloth, New Hope, PA, 1970 Cabinet with three sliding doors and several compartments behind each door, executed in w...
George Nakashima Walnut Slipper Chair
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Walnut
Slipper chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Fully restored and refinished. Newly upholstered in neutral cotton weave.
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Wi...
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.
Vintage Walnut Cabinet by George Nakashima with...
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 Georg...
George Nakashima Cherry Chest of Drawers
George Nakashima
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Dra...
Cherry
George Nakashima, cabinet in cherry, New Hope, PA, 1960s - 1970s. This cabinet features eight drawers, executed in cherry with traditional and finished with archetypical dovetail ...
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