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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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George Nakashima Rocking Chair
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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 Coffee Table
Zigzag Modern
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George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
George Nakashima studio , nice English walnut coffee table . 1960's . Signed with client's name .
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George Nakashima , 4 Chairs
Zigzag Modern
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George Nakashima , 4 Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Stunning group of 4 Captains Chairs by George Nakashima , turned legs , beautiful joinery details including Mortice and Tenon joints , perfect vintage condition .
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"Greenrock" Ottomans
1950
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"Greenrock" Ottomans
George Nakashima
American Ottomans and Poufs
Linen, Wood
George Nakashima, 1983. A pair of "Greenrock" ottomans in walnut, white linen cushions, newly fabricated by Nakashima Studios. Signed: George Nakashima September 1983. Provenance avai...
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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 Cabinet
Zigzag Modern
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George Nakashima Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
George Nakashima Studio . English walnut case with freeform top and Pandanus cloth sliding doors . Open interior .
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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 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, Walnut
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 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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George Nakashima Conoid Bench
Zigzag Modern
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George Nakashima Conoid Bench
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
George Nakashima , Studio made Conoid bench , English Walnut with Hickory spindles . Fine example with two Rosewood Butteflies .
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Wall Mirror by George Nakashima
Moderne Gallery
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Wall Mirror by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Walnut
American black walnut wall mirror by George Nakashima.
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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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Wall Mirror by George Nakashima
Moderne Gallery
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Wall Mirror by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Walnut
American black walnut wall mirror by George Nakashima.
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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 Minguren Desk
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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 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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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 Stools, 20th Century
George Nakashima
20th Century American Stools
George Nakashima grass seat stools. Classic and wonderful.
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George Nakashima Pair of "Conoid" Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century Lounge Chairs
A great pair of these spectacular lounge chairs. Black silk cushions accompany for the back (not shown). Full provenance accompanies.
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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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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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Rare Persian Walnut Conoid Dining Table by George ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Highly figured, beautiful Persian walnut two board bookmatched top with five butterfly joints, on cherry base, 1971. Copy of original drawing included.
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Custom Writing Table or Desk by George Nakashima, ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Desks and Writing Tables
Birch
A unique, custom desk design in a very rare wood, bloody birch, that was only used on several Nakashima pieces in the 1970s. Designed for an author, the height of the desk top is an erg...
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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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Minguren III Table by George Nakashima, circa 1968
Moderne Gallery
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Minguren III Table by George Nakashima, circa 1968...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
Walnut
One of the largest tables made by George Nakashima. This features a highly figured American black walnut, boat shaped top with five butterfly joints. Measure: 10.5 feet.
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Persian Walnut Minguren II Coffee Table by George ...
George Nakashima
American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rare, highly figured Persian walnut, free-form top on American black walnut base, signed and dated 1985.
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Rare Bloody Birch Conoid Dining Table by George Na...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables
Birch
A very rare wood for Nakashima, he only used bloody birch for several pieces in the 1970s. Two board bookmatched top with four butterfly joints on an American black walnut base, with pa...
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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's name, ...
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George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove II Dining Table
CONVERSO
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George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove II Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Wood
Nakashima Studio special order dining table in East Indian Laurel wood. A rare hard wood used for special clients, this one a NYC Architect. Top has joined top with three butterflies, t...
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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 Nightstand
CONVERSO
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George Nakashima Nightstand
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Night Stands
Walnut
Nakashima Studio nightstand; three-drawer case with cut-out recessed pulls in American black walnut.
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Dining Set by Nakashima
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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 Custom “Sanso” Table and Set of T...
George Nakashima
American American Craftsman Dining Room Sets
Rosewood, Walnut
George Nakashima. Custom "Sanso" dining table. Custom "Conoid” lounge chairs. USA, circa 1987 Table: Single-board claro walnut, American black walnut, seven East Indian rosewood butte...
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Tall Chest of Drawers by George Nakashima
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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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Minguren II Low Table by George Nakashima
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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
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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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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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Rare Bench by George Nakashima
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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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