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 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...
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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...
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Large, Custom Designed Table Lamp by George Nakash...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Table Lamps
A singular and stunning design by Nakashima, custom-made for a client in 1975, after two iterations of the designs that are shown in photos. French olive ash burl, rosewood, holly and f...
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George Nakashima Trestle Dining Table with Rosewoo...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Walnut George Nakashima Trestle dining table with four rosewood butterfly joints and two free-form edges along length. Provenance: Private collection, acquired from Christie's, 1997
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George Nakashima Custom English Burl Free Edge Tab...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Another phenomenal piece by George Nakashima. Full provenance. A truly stellar example.
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George Nakashima Persian Walnut Slab One Coffee Ta...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
This is a phenomenal example of a slab one coffee table, in a very rare wood. An east coast architect had purchased a very large order of this Persian walnut sight-unseen. When it ar...
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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.
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Set of Ten George Nakashima "Conoid" Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
A beautiful set of ten chairs. Full provenance.
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George Nakashima Table with Fissures
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Important George Nakashima table with fissures. Insane. Full provenance.
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Special Hanging Wall Case with Base
Friedman Benda
Special Hanging Wall Case with Base
George Nakashima
20th Century Sideboards
Glass, Grasscloth, Walnut
Walnut, pandanus cloth and glass hanging wall case with base by George Nakashima This console is accompanied by two original sketches done of the piece; the first is signed by Mira N...
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Midcentury Nakashima Table Origins Widdecomb (MR14813)
Metro Retro Furniture  MCM Furniture
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...
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Conoid Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1975
Moderne Gallery
Conoid Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1975
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables
American black walnut 8.5’ Conoid dining table, with highly figured two-board book-matched top, two free sap edges and five rosewood butterflies. Note: Butterflies show up as blond du...
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George Nakashima "New Chair"
DeAngelis
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.
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 George Nakashima Spindle Back Cushion ChairOn Hold
Flow Modern
George Nakashima Spindle Back Cushion Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Lounge Chairs
A George Nakashima walnut spindle back chair made with mortise and tenon joinery.  
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Rare, Early Version, Long Chair by George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Chaise Longues
A seminal, modernist design by George Nakashima. This is the very rare early version of the long chair with sea-grass woven through the cotton webbing that was only produced for a short...
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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...
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George Nakashima "Origins Collection" Nightstand f...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Nightstand designed by George Nakashima, part of his "Origins Collection" for Widdicomb, circa 1950s. Modern design with Japanese and Shaker stylistic influence. George Nakashima placed...
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George Nakashima Double Minguren Coffee Table, 197...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s North American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Exceptional and large George Nakashima coffee table in American black walnut and executed in 1970. Beautiful and highly expressive l single-slab top with a continuous free-edge to three...
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George Nakashima Rocking Chair
Modern Drama
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 "Slab Table"
Archive 20th Century
George Nakashima "Slab Table"
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima " Slab Table " ] Overall length 69.5" Width 21.5" to 15" Height 13.5"
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George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet
LUNA Modern
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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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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Wall Mounted Cabinet by George Nakashima
Archive 20th Century
Wall Mounted Cabinet by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Wall Mounted / Floating / Hanging Cabinet by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Walnut and Carpathian Elm Burl.
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Rare and Exceptional George Nakashima Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Cabinets
Walnut
This piece has amazing proportions and all of the qualities of George Nakashima's fine craftsmanship.
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Rare Pair of Oversized Swett Stands with IP Base, ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Night Stands
Walnut
A pair of oversized Swett stands with an extremely rare architectural base originally designed for the International Paper commission. American black walnut, 1973.
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Rare Pair of Single Chests of Drawers with Zeenkov...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Pair of four-drawer chests with extremely rare architectural base that was originally designed for the Zeenkov family. American black walnut with dovetailed edges, made in 1964 and 1970...
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Burled Oak Table by Nakashima
WYETH
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 butterfly stabilizer and oak trestle supports. Design and drawings for this special table were done by George Nakashima; the table was signed and execute...
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George Nakashima Walnut Plank Footstool or Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Side Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima. Footstool. USA, circa 1973. Walnut. Measures: 19 W x 14 D x 12.5 H inches. Underside signed "George Nakashima," clients name and date in marker with client'...
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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...
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George Nakashima Coffee Table
Lost City Arts
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A free edge coffee table by renown master woodworker George Nakashima. The freeform black walnut surface with two knotted top openings sits elegantly on a Minguren base.
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Walnut Coffee Table by George Nakashima
Peter Roberts Antiques
Walnut Coffee Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut, Wood
A Wanut slab of Wanut having great graining and complexity. Thick top and several fissures make the table stand out among others of this form. Large single slab and canted leg supporti...
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Wall Hung Case by George Nakashima, 1964
Moderne Gallery
Wall Hung Case by George Nakashima, 1964
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Cabinets
Walnut
American black walnut with three grilled pandanus cloth sliding doors. Right overhang, dovetailed left edge and free front sap edge. Interior fitted with shelves and drawers, 1964.
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George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table
Johnson Trading Gallery
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, 1976. Signed with client name, Provenance available.
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George Nakashima Live Edge Floating Wall Shelf
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Walnut
Beautiful walnut live edge floating wall shelf from George Nakashima. Solid walnut, live edge with beautiful lines and asymmetrical shape. Measures: 37" L x 16" W x 3.25" D.
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Pair of Conoid Cushion Chairs by George Nakashima,...
George Nakashima
American American Craftsman Lounge Chairs
Hickory, Upholstery, Walnut
American black walnut with hickory spindles with Jack Lenor Larsen upholstered cushions.
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Cherry Desk by George Nakashima
Peter Roberts Antiques
Cherry Desk by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Cherry
A very modern creation custom made for the client. Having unique shoe feet and square legs supporting a beautifyl free edge Cherry top. Two flush front drawers under top.
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Walnut Drafting /Counter by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Industrial and Work Tables
Walnut
A Conoid form leg supporting large free edge drafting surface. Custom made for its original owner.
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Captain’s Chair by George Nakashima, 1970
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Chairs
Walnut
Captain’s chair by George Nakashima, 1970. American black walnut.
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Set of Six Conoid Chairs by George Nakashima, circ...
George Nakashima
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
An iconic design by one of the masters of 20th century craftsmanship, an original set of Nakashima Conoid chairs. Each signed with client name to underside. 35 1/2" height x 20" wid...
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Set of Eight Nakashima Dining Chairs
CONVERSO
Set of Eight Nakashima Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima Eight dining chairs Original George Nakashima Studio. Seat crest rail and legs walnut, spindles hickory. Letter of authenticity from Nakashima provided.
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Early Walnut Table by George Nakashima
Tishu Gallery
Early Walnut Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
Walnut
An early side table made from a free-edged walnut plank with four spindle legs in 1961, by George Nakashima. This table has an excellent provenance as it was ordered from George Nakashi...
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Grass Seat Stool by George Nakashima
Collage 20th Century Classics
Grass Seat Stool by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Stools
Solid walnut frame with twisted sea grass seat. Nakashima Studio.
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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.
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12-Drawer Chest by George Nakashima
Collage 20th Century Classics
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 Cherry Dining Table and Four Wind...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Sets
A beautiful set. Fully signed with accompanying provenance. Chair dimensions: 19 x 18 x 28", seat H 17".
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George Nakashima Minguren Desk
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Minguren Desk
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
A seminal example of Nakashima's work. Full provenance accompanies.
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George Nakashima Rare Sofa
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Rare Sofa
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Sofas
A spectacular sofa by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Measuring 10'4 long. Spectacular.
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George Nakashima Pair of Slat-Back Daybeds
George Nakashima
20th Century Day Beds
A great pair of rare daybeds. Provenance accompanies.
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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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George Nakashima Pandanus Front Free Edge Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
A very unusual and beautiful form. Provenance accompanies. A custom piece.
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George Nakashima Sliding Pandanus Door Cabinet
George Nakashima
20th Century American Cabinets
Iconic and gorgeous cabinet. Full provenance accompanies.
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George Nakashima Pandanus-Front Free-Edge Credenza...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Credenzas
George Nakashima pandanus front free edge credenza. A perfect example.
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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 Dry Bar with Pandanus Front
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Dry Bars
George Nakashima dry bar with pandanus front. A rare form.
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George Nakashima Floor Screen
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Floor Screen
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers
A rare floor screen. Provenance accompanies.
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George Nakashima Double Pedestal Desk
George Nakashima
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Desks
A great Nakashima double-pedestal desk. Full provenance accompanies.
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George Nakashima Occasional Table
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Occasional Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
A nice example of George Nakashima occasional table. Provenance accompanies.
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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 "Wepman" Side Tables
George Nakashima
20th Century Tables
George Nakashima "Wepman" side tables. A perfect pair. Provenance accompanies.
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George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair
Galerie XX
George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Eight available. Priced individually. Provenance accompanies.
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