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George Nakashima Seating

American, 1905-1990
American, 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 Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and the late Steve Jobs.

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Creator: George Nakashima
Pair of George Nakashima Ottomans
By George Nakashima
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of George Nakashima ottomas, circa 1958. These have just been professionally re-upholstered in 100% organic cotton canvas. If you look closely at the photos, you'll see that the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Canvas, Walnut

Set of 6 Oiled Walnut Spindle Back Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 6 Oiled Walnut Spindle Back Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Six George Nakashima Dining Chairs for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut dining chairs by George Nakashima for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company Widdicomb, c.1960s for their "Origins" collection. The chairs, referred to as the "New" chairs featu...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima grass seated walnut dining chairs, American craft, USA, 1960
By George Nakashima
Located in Antwerp, BE
American craft, Grass Seated Walnut Dining Chairs by George Nakashima, USA, the 1960s George Nakashima designed these unique dining chairs in the 1960s. Characterized by its grass c...
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1660s American American Craftsman Antique George Nakashima Seating

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Rope, Walnut

George Nakashima Dining Armchair for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black walnut dining armchair by George Nakashima for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company Widdicomb, c.1960s for their "Origins" collection. This rare dining chair, is one of the few...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima Rocking Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in Seattle, WA
Rocker in walnut with hickory spindles and sculpted arms by George Nakashima, circa 1994. Signature on the bottom of the chair. A Washington State native, master woodworker and M.I.T...
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1990s North American American Craftsman George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut, Hickory

George Nakashima Studio, Concordia Chair, US, 2022
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima studio, concordia chair US 2021 with an outstanding grain on the seat. Signed. Please consider the production lead time of around 18 months.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Four Walnut Grass Seat Dining Chairs by George Nakashima, US, 1961
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of 4 walnut grass-seat chairs, designed by George Nakashima and manufactured by George Nakashima. Includes original paperwork.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Grasscloth, Walnut

George Nakashima Studio Conoid Bench
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nakashima Studio Conoid bench, 84" long. Strongly figured American black walnut with hickory spindles. Sold with a certificate of authenticity Measure: seat height 12.50".
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

Pair of George Nakashima Pull-Up Chairs Origins Group
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of George Nakashima pull-up chairs origins group for Widdicomb model no. 206, solid oiled walnut finish, reupholstered with great plains cotton fabric. Measure: Arm Height 25".
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Bar Stools in Walnut, US, 2022
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira bar stools in walnut, USA. The chairs are in black walnut and signed. Please consider the production lead time of around 18 months.  
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut, Wood

Conoid Lounge Chair by Nakashima Woodworkers
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
George and Mira Nakashima Studio Conoid lounge chair in American black walnut with hickory spindles. New upholstered in Mark Alexander fabric.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Fabric, Wood, Walnut

George Nakashima Studio Chaise Lounge Long Chair in Walnut, USA
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima Studio chaise lounge long chair in walnut, US. The Chaise is made in black walnut with sea grass details and woven webbing. Due to the unique wood structure of each ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Wood, Walnut

George Nakashima Cushion Sofa
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
American black walnut and upholstery. Original surface circa 1960.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Lounge Chair Executed by Sakura Seisakusho, Japan, 1980s
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A beautiful example of the work of George Nakashima, executed by Sakura Seisakusho, the single factory aside from Nakashima Woodworkers Studio sanctioned to reproduce the designs of ...
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1980s American Organic Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima Set of 4 Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Set of 4 George Nakashima chairs Matched Set Cleaned and Re-Oiled surface.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Eight Conoid Dining Chairs by George Nakashima Studio, US, 2022
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of eight Conoid dining chairs by George Nakashima Studio, US - 2022. All chairs will be signed (just an example on the photo). Important: Please consider the production lead time...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of 8 Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George Nakashima Studio, US, 2022
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of 8 grass-seated chairs, designed by George Nakashima and manufactured by George Nakashima Studio in the US. The square seat typically found in walnut and woven sea-grass. All c...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Seagrass, Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima 'd'
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent set of lounge chairs crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery 4-Seat Sofa by George Nakashima 'C'
By George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sofa 4-seat, walnut, new upholstery in warm grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1965. Magnificent 4-seat sofa crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborate hand...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Studio Conoid Bench in Walnut, US 2021
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima Studio Conoid bench in walnut, US 2021. The Bench is made in black walnut with hickory spindles and is signed.  
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Wood, Walnut

George Nakashima Grass Seat Stool
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nakashima Grass Seat Stool Re-oiled surface and Sea Grass seat Redone at Nakashima studio.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Nakashima "Mira" Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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Mid-20th Century American George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Captains Chairs, a Pair
By George Nakashima
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
Pair of authentic George Nakashima Captain’s chairs. Walnut. Hand carved seat and spindles. Comes with authenticity receipt from George Nakashima Woodworkers. Originally purchased by...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Free Edge Walnut Bench with Back, 1976
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A lovely example of the elegance of the work of George Nakashima. This walnut bench has a sapwood free edge slab seat with hickory spindles. This piece is accompanied by the original...
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1970s North American Organic Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

Magnificent Early Set of Round Table with Mira Chairs by George Nakshima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
Truly a exceptional dining set custom made by George Nakashima in his New Hope Studio, circa 1958-1959. Early work that was commissioned by using cherry wood. It consists of a large ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Cherry

George Nakashima Slab-Arm Rocker
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fine example of this form. The family requested an extra wide slab -arm. Signed with the clients name.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Wood

George Nakashima Daybed/Bench
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful freeform single board cherry slab back with sap grain and one central knot. Solid cherry frame with ovoid legs. Seat cushion upholstered with ivory Brazilian long hair ...
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Mid-20th Century American George Nakashima Seating

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Cowhide, Cherry

Set of Four George Nakashima Studio, 4 Legged High Chairs, US, 2022
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of four George Nakashima Studio, 4 legged high chairs, USA. Please consider the production lead time of about 18 months.  
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Solid Oiled Walnut George Nakashima Slab-Arm Lounge Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modernsolid oiled walnut George Nakashima slab-arm lounge chair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Pair of George Nakashima Conoid Lounge Chairs by Nakashima Woodworkers, US 2022
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of George Nakashima Studio Conoid lounge chairs in American black walnut with hickory spindles. Signed. Photo is just an example.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Rare Early Pair of George Nakashima "New Chairs"
By George Nakashima
Located in Hopewell, NJ
An iconic pair of early circa 1952 George Nakashima "New Chairs" masterfully constructed out of walnut. Letter of authenticity included.
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1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Rare Sculptural Pair of Conoid Chairs in Walnut, Signed, 1989
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
George Nakashima (1905–1990) An exceptional pair of Conoid chairs by Pennsylvania studio craft movement patriarch George Nakashima, among the last he sculpted before his death. In ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima, Pair of "Cushion" Chairs, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Cushion" lounge chairs in cherry by studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA. Chairs are in excellent, original condition and cushions are newly made. Copy of order ca...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
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.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Rare and Extraordinary Pair of George Nakashima Lounge Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Extraordinary pair of George Nakashima lounge chairs crafted in American walnut and having some elaborate handwork dating to the earlier 1960’s. The light feet and frame combined wit...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Armchair with Ottoman by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Armchair in walnut, ottoman, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1964. Magnificent single armchair with matching ottoman crafted from American walnut by George Nakash...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Straight Chair for Knoll
By George Nakashima, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by master craftsman George Nakashima for Knoll in 1946, the N19 chair was intended as a mass-produced counterpoint to the Nakashima Studio’s popular “Straight Chair.” The de...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Pair of Conoid Chairs by George Nakashima, 1982
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A gorgeous pair of Conoid chairs by George Nakashima in American black walnut and hickory, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1982.
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1980s American Organic Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

1960s Brown Wooden Sofa by George Nakashima 'B'
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sofa by George Nakashima, American walnut, new upholstery, USA, 1960. Handcrafted, stunning, marvellous sofa. It is constructed with American walnut with handwork by George Nakash...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

1960s Walnut Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut, by George Nakashima Staggering set of lounge chairs constructed with American walnut through handwork by George Nakashima himself. The light feet and frame ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Studio, Armchair, US, 2021
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima studio, armchair US 2021 signed.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Slab-Arm Lounge Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fine example of this form. The client requested an extra wide slab-arm, as is noted by the artist. Signed with the clients name.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs, Set of Six, 1970s
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
George Nakashima Conoid dining chairs in black walnut and hickory. New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1970s. Four signed with client's name "West".
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

Modern George Nakashima Armless Settee
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-century George Nakashima sofa featuring no arms, angled slat back, matching throw pillows and cushions. This item includes a letter of authentification from the Nakashima Studio...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Sofa
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Original George Nakashima walnut sofa featuring an angled slat back, tapered legs, cushioned backrest and seat. This item includes a letter of authentification from Nakashima Studio...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Geoge Nakashima Studio, New Chair, USA 2022
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima Studio, "New" chair in black walnut, hickory spindled back. Produced by Mira Nakashima, daughter of George Nakashima. Please consider the production lead time of abo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Pair of Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Chair in Walnut, US 2021
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of the mira chair by Nakashima Woodworkers. The chairs are in black walnut and signed. Please consider that production lead time is between 6 and 18 months. Please get in touch ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Wood, Walnut

1940s Straight Chair by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early production straight chair with spindles and a shaped seat on four splayed, tapered dowel legs.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory

Early Two Sectional Walnut Settees by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
Two single arm walnut settee in a rare sectional configuration, custom-made and gifted to a family friend, circa 1950s by George Nakashima in his New Hope Studio. The two settees can...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "New" armchairs walnut, hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut, Hickory

Set of Four Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful set of four captain's chairs with classic Nakashima details: carved spindles, mortis and tenon joinery and beautiful curvature in the seat. American, circa 1960.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Four Captain Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful set of four American black Walnut 'Captain" chairs handcrafted by George Nakashima in his New Hope Studio in 1976. These chairs were designed with creative exposed joints...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

1960s Walnut Stool by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A walnut barstool designed by American Craftsman Master George Nakashima with hand-hewn spindles supporting a thin backrest, a shaped seat on four splayed, and tapered dowel legs wit...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Madrid, ES
George Nakashima grass cord seat chairs with walnut frames. New Hope, PA, circa 1967. Seats re-roped. Dark patina to likely original finish. Good condition. Sold with a letter of aut...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Low Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nakashima Conoid low chairs. A rarely seen design from the studio.
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1980s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima seating for sale on 1stDibs

The George Nakashima seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Nakashima seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 44 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 11 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original seats by George Nakashima were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional seating, many customers also consider seating by Widdicomb Furniture Co., Ward Bennett and Warren Platner. Prices for George Nakashima seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $5,192 and tops out at $94,324, while pieces like these can sell for $23,000 on average.

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