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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Early George Nakashima Long Chair, 1952

By George Nakashima
Early George Nakashima Long Chair, 1952
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Chaise Longues
An early, all original example of the "long" chaise longue chair by George Nakashima. Walnut with original finish and straps. Full documentation with a copy of the original receipt and ...
George Nakashima Conoid Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Conoid Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Walnut
A fantastic set of 12 chairs made of walnut with hickory spindles. Shoe feet supported canted walnut legs. A beautiful selection of walnut boards used in the seats. This set of 12 chair...
George Nakashima Captain's Chair

By George Nakashima
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.
 Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Chair

By George Nakashima
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Chair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Chairs
Walnut, Wood
Beautiful early example of the sculptural Mira chair.
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 Rare Stool in Walnut, 1960s

By George Nakashima
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 the ...
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut with Grass Cord Seat
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut w...
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 spl...
George Nakashima, "New" Chairs

By George Nakashima
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 Mira Chair, 1964

By George Nakashima
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 bo...
George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs

By George Nakashima
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.
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, American Walnut, circa 1960s

By George Nakashima
Conoid Bench by George Nakashima, American Walnut,...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Wood
George Nakashima conoid bench. Solid one piece bench constructed of American black walnut with a backrest along the right half; hickory spindles support the top rail.
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chair by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chair by George Nakash...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs
A pair of walnut spindle back lounge armchairs by George Nakashima, 1960.
Set of Four Mira Chairs by George Nakashima, 1952

By George Nakashima
Set of Four Mira Chairs by George Nakashima, 1952
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Dining Room Chairs
A set of four walnut "Mira" chairs by George Nakashima. All original and sold with documentation from 1952. Matching dining table available separately.
George Nakashima Spindle Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1952

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Spindle Back Lounge Chair and Ott...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
An early spindle back lounge chair and ottoman in cherry in all original condition with original fabric. Fully documented with copy of receipt from 1952.
George Nakashima Cherry Grass-Seat Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Cherry Grass-Seat Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Chairs
Cherry
An early set of four grass seat chairs by George Nakashima Set of four chairs.
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench

By George Nakashima
On Hold
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Benches
Walnut
George Nakashima, coffee table/bench in American black walnut. Signed: George Nakashima, 1977.
George Nakashima Rocking Armchair, 1960s

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Rocking Armchair, 1960s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
George Nakashima, new hope Pa. Rocking armchair in English walnut with hickory spindles. Signed under the seat with clients name.
Set of Four Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Set of Four Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
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.
Lounge Chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
Lounge Chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Lounge Chairs
A rare high-back lounge chair designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
George Nakashima Slipper Lounge Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Slipper Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Walnut
Rare pair of Sundra slipper lounge chairs by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Fully restored. New woven upholstery over walnut bases.
George Nakashima Single Board Rocking Armchair

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Single Board Rocking Armchair
George Nakashima
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
George Nakashima rocking armchair with single board seat New Hope, Pennsylvania USA, 1990 American black walnut, hickory Measures: 35 H x 26.5 W x 29.5 D.  
George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Beautiful George Nakashima Conoid chairs. Walnut construction with carved hickory spindles. A highly collectable design from one of America's most noted craftsman.
George Nakashima Dining Chairs

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Chairs
Set of six dining chairs designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Newly refinished and recovered in Belgian linen. All pieces labeled. Measure seat height 18.5".
Rocking Chair with Free-Edge Arm by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Rocking Chair with Free-Edge Arm by George Nakashi...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Modern Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
As with all of "Japanese Shaker" Nakashima's work, the craftsmanship carries on a brisk dialog with the design: through-tenons secured by wedges of different-colored wood, hand-shaved s...
George Nakashima Spindleback Armchairs with Ottoman

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Spindleback Armchairs with Ottoma...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Fabric, Walnut
George Nakashima, armchairs, walnut, green to ocre fabric, United States, design ca. 1950 These quintessential spindleback armchairs and ottomans are designed by Nakashima. The chairs ...
George Nakashima Walnut Slipper Chair

By George Nakashima
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.
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair, Studio Crafted for Architect Phillip Cotton
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair, Studio Crafted ...
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 documents ...
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George N...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A set of four dining chairs with grass rope seats by George Nakashima, American, circa 1950.
Magnificent Early Set of Round Table with Mira Cha...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Cherry
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 rou...
Stunning George Nakashima Sofa 'a'  ** New Upholstery **

By George Nakashima
Stunning George Nakashima Sofa 'a' ** New Upholst...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
Handcrafted, unique, stunning and gorgeous sofa designed by famous American George Nakashima. It is constructed with American walnut and contains a generous backrest and armrests on bot...
George Nakashima, Lounge Chair with One Arm

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima, Lounge Chair with One Arm
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima, lounge chair with one arm, USA, American black walnut and hickory, unsigned. Measures: 33” x 31” x 28” Condition Good original condition.       
Pair of Rocking Chairs by George Nakashima, 1975

By George Nakashima
Pair of Rocking Chairs by George Nakashima, 1975
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s Rocking Chairs
A pair of walnut rocking chairs that have always lived together. Made by George Nakashima in 1975. Sold with copy of the original receipt. Priced and sold individually.
George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, 1980

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, 1980
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s Benches
A walnut coffee table/bench by George Nakashima, 1980. Sold with copy of original receipt.
George Nakashima "New" Chair Rocker

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "New" Chair Rocker
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
This beautiful host version of the iconic "New" chair rocker features sculptural free edge arm rests, elegant spindle back, and smooth rocking motion. Crafted by George Nakashima, this ...
Walnut Conoid Bench by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Conoid Bench by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
A beautiful slab of walnut supporting walnut legs and backrest. Hickory spindles with walnut top rail. Large butterfly on slab.
Walnut Conoid Bench by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Conoid Bench by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
Walnut slab seat with Hickory spindles supporting walnut top rail. Having rosewood butterfly.
Set of Four George Nakashima, New Chairs

By George Nakashima
Set of Four George Nakashima, New Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Cherry
George Nakashima, set of four "New" chairs in cherry, hickory spindled back and saddle seat.
Set of Ten George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs

By George Nakashima
Set of Ten George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s Organic Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
Beautiful set of ten George Nakashima Conoid dining Chairs in black walnut and hickory. These came from a private estate in Houston, TX where they collected original Nakashima pieces. S...
George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs

By George Nakashima
On Hold
George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima woven grass rope seat chairs with walnut frames. Excellent conditions.
George Nakashima Pair of Slat-Back Daybeds

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Pair of Slat-Back Daybeds
George Nakashima
20th Century Daybeds
A great pair of rare daybeds. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima "Mira" Chairs, Set of 14

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Mira" Chairs, Set of 14
George Nakashima
20th Century Side Chairs
George Nakashima "Mira" chairs, set of 14. A great set.
Set of Eight New Style Chairs by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Set of Eight New Style Chairs by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
Walnut saddle seat having nine Hickory spindles. Walnut top rail with tenon joinery.
Walnut Bench by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Bench by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
A very sleek form having dive tail joinery and thru tenon construction.
Cherry Spindle Cushion Chair by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Cherry Spindle Cushion Chair by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Cherry
Cherry frame having spindled back and linen seat cushion.
Walnut Spindle Rocker by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Spindle Rocker by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Walnut
Tall back rocker having ten Hickory spindles, solid walnut saddle seat.
George Nakashima Walnut Bench

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Bench
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
Walnut slab with free edge front supporting Hickory spindles with walnut top rail. The bench is in excellent original condition.
Set of Six Walnut Conoid Chairs by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Set of Six Walnut Conoid Chairs by George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A beautiful set of six walnut Conoid dining chairs. This walnut set was carefully selected by the original having matching grain patterns in all the seats.
Walnut Ottoman by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Ottoman by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools
Walnut
Walnut turned and canted legs supporting walnut framed platform with linen cushion.
Walnut Armchair by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Armchair by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Walnut
Back and seat cushions covered in linen having spindles on back.
George Nakashima Dining Chairs, USA, 1950s

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima Dining Chairs, USA, 1950s
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
George Nakashima. A set of six black walnut and hickory dining chairs. The chairs were crafted by Widdicomb furniture in Grand Rapids, MI. They are rare and exeptional examples o...
George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
A George Nakashima grass seat chair in American black walnut walnut frame, 1959.
George Nakashima Live-Edge Paddle Arm Rocking Chair

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Live-Edge Paddle Arm Rocking Chai...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman Rocking Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
This is older, circa 1960, rocking chair by George Nakashima, in wonderful orig. condition with no issues. It is walnut with contrasting sap line to seat, and hickory hand-carved spindl...
Set of Three Mira Bar Stools by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Set of Three Mira Bar Stools by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Walnut
Walnut "Mira" stools with hand-hewn spindles supporting a thin backrest. Triangular shaped seat on three tapered dowel legs with a central footrest.
Rare George Nakashima for Widdicomb High Back Lounge Chair and Ottoman

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Rare George Nakashima for Widdicomb High Back Loun...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Cherry
Rare high back lounge chair with ottoman designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. New upholstery in a striking green wool blend fabric and cherrywood frame. Measures: Ottoman is 26 i...
Mira Stool by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Mira Stool by George Nakashima
George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Stools
Walnut
A bench-made walnut "Mira" stool with hand-hewn spindles supporting a thin backrest. With a shaped triangular seat on three tapered dowel legs with a central footrest. Two available.
George Nakashima Single Arm Lounge Chair, 1968

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Single Arm Lounge Chair, 1968
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Lounge Chairs
A walnut and hickory single arm lounge chair by George Nakashima, 1968. Sold with copies of original order card.
Set of Five Barstools by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Set of Five Barstools by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Stools
A set of five walnut barstools by George Nakashima. Signed with client name to underside of each example: [Lunna-30].
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chairs by George Nakas...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Slipper Chairs
A pair of walnut spindle back slipper chairs by George Nakashima, 1960.