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George Nakashima (USA, 1905–90)
George Nakashima (USA, 1905–90)

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 American Walnut Mid-Century Bar Stool
By George Nakashima
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A scarce bar stool by designer George Nakashima. Walnut, America, c1960s. Stylish, comfy made in limited numbers by a designer that has truly stood the test of time. Pen...
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Mid-20th Century Central American George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Armless Cushion Chairs, Ca 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of black walnut armless chairs by George Nakashima, ca 1960s. Walnut frames have been cleaned and conditioned with oil, cushions are newly made. Beautiful patina throughout. ...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima, Pair of "Greenrock" Stools
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Iconic pair of "Greenrock" stools in black walnut by studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA. Pair is signed underneath. Cushions are newly made is black linen with vintage Ja...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Armchair with Ottoman by George Nakashima
By Sam Maloof, George Nakashima
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 Custom Daybed, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Custom size, extra long daybed by New Hope studio artist George Nakashima, circa 1950s. Frame is in Black American walnut, retaining its original webbing, with newly made cushion in...
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1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Set of Six George Nalkashima "Conoid" Dining Chairs, 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful set of six "Conoid" dining chair in walnut by Japanese - American studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, 1965 Great original condition. Signed with client's name u...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Four George Nakashima Black Walnut Captain's Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An accomplished set of four captain chairs from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The black walnut chair has a curved, peaked backrest atop carved spindles, inspired by...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Single Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
By Sam Maloof, George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chair in walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent single lounge chair 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

Pair of Conoid Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of George Nakashima Studio Conoid lounge chairs in American black walnut with hickory spindles.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Fabric, Wood, 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

George Nakashima, Pair of "Cushion" Chairs, 1972
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 card...
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Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman George Nakashima Seating

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Cherry, Upholstery

George Nakashima for Knoll Walnut and Hickory Windsor Straight Chair
By George Nakashima, Knoll
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern Windsor side chair By George Nakashima for Knoll USA, 1948-2008 American walnut frame, with contrasting hickory spindles. Measures: 21.6...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, 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 Eight Walnut "New Chairs" Widdicomb , 1959 - 1963
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Camden, ME
8 George Nakashima "New Chairs" by Widdicomb in production from 1959 to 1963.
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Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman George Nakashima Seating

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Ash, Walnut

George Nakashima Settee with Loro Piana Cashmere Cushions
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Nakashima's settee is a design lover's dream. Simple wood craftmanship at its finest. For the cushions, we chose an ultra-luxurious Loro Piana cashmere in a super chic camel hue, a p...
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1970s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

Teak Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Tokyo, JP
The type of wood is teak. He visited the NID=National Institute of Design campus in India in 1964, he worked with local craftsmen to produce 32 designs and detailed drawings of furn...
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1970s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Teak

George Nakashima Set of Six Walnut and Hickory "New Chairs", USA 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
This simply elegant chair was designed in 1956 and is reminiscent of the Classic Windsor chairs of the past.
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

Grass-Seated Chair by George Nakashima for NID
By George Nakashima
Located in Tokyo, JP
Designed by the famous Japanese American designer George Nakashima, who visited the NID=National Institute of Design campus in India in 1964, he worked with local craftsmen to produc...
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1960s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Rope, Teak

George Nakashima Conoid Bench, 1983
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Solid plank of black walnut seat signed George Nakashima and date plus client name original owner inquired direct from the original owner collection professor John Fairey, Original ...
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1980s American American Craftsman 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

George Nakashima "Origins" Lounge Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nakashima design lounge chair for his "Origins" line for Widdicomb Furniture Co. Professionally cleaned and waxed while retaining all of the warmth and patina of the original ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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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

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 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

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima 'd'
By Sam Maloof, George Nakashima
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

Pair of Conoid Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of walnut Conoid lounge chairs by George Nakashima. These chairs are signed and dated June 4, 1990. These are some of the last pieces George completed before passing away...
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1990s George Nakashima Seating

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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

Mira Chars Design by George Nakashima
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Mira Chair design by George Nakashima in 1950 this exeples made by Mira Nakashima 2007 for important collection of Professor Architect John Fairey solid walnut.
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21st Century and Contemporary American American Craftsman George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

George Nakashima 'Conoid' Bench
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima Conoid bench, New Hope, PA, 1983 (bench comes with copy of original purchase invoice).  
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, 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 Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
George Nakashima chair, American, circa 1960s. Handmade by Nakashima Studios for Mr. Rosenthal, circa 1960s. Signed with customer's name "Rosenthal" underneath. Comes with copy of Na...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery 4-Seat Sofa by George Nakashima 'C'
By Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima
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 Conoid Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Baltimore, MD
Designed by George Nakashima in 1985. This gorgeous pair of clean and solid sculptural teak chairs have been well cared for over the years, in nearly brand new original condition. Fe...
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1980s American Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Teak

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 Walnut Settee, 1961
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut settee by George Nakashima, 1961. Sold with a copy of the original receipt.
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1960s Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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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

Set of Four Black Walnut Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima Studio
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An accomplished set of four captain chairs from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The black walnut chair has a curved, peaked backrest atop carved spindles, inspired by...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Walnut

Set of Eight "New" Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of eight studio "New" dining chairs by George Nakashima in American black cherry, 1950s. Sold with a “Certificate of Authenticity” from Nakashima Studio.
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1950s Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Cherry

1960s Brown Wooden Sofa by George Nakashima 'B'
By Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima
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

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

1960s Walnut Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima
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

Set of Six Early George Nakashima New Chairs, United States, 1958
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Six Nakashima new chairs in walnut and hickory. From the estate of noted architect Joseph St. Cyr of Sanibel Island Florida. Mr. Cyr placed two orders for new chairs with Nakashima, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Organic 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

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

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

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

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

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

Nakashima for Widdicomb Daybed
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Hard to find iconic design, daybed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. This example is in original condition, it shows some minor cosmetic wear, normal and consistent with age, height...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage 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

Pair Of Studio Nakashima Captains Chairs (4 Available)
By George Nakashima
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of dramatic STUDIO Nakashima Captains Chairs Handcarved spindels. Mortis and Tendon design connection to arm. A beautiful design form of the captains chair. nice construction...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Seating

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Wood

Early Free Edge Walnut Bench by American Woodworker George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
One of the iconic design by American woodworker George Nakashima, this bench was custom-made for a client in 1960 using walnut slab with spindle back and free front edge. The front e...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Seating

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Hickory, Walnut