George Nakashima Seating

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.

George Nakashima Rocker

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 Mira Chair, 1964
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...
Set of Four Black Walnut Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima Studio
Set of Four Black Walnut Captain's Chairs by Ge...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
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...
George Nakashima Rare Set of Eight 'Captain' Chairs
George Nakashima Rare Set of Eight 'Captain' Ch...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima, set of eight 'Captain' chairs, walnut, New Hope, PA, 1974. This set of Captain chairs is designed by George Nakashima. It is not often that we come across a set ...
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by Georg...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
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.
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut with Grass Cord Seat
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnu...
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 ...
George Nakashima Rare Stool in Walnut, 1960s
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 t...
George Nakashima Matched Pair of Sofas
George Nakashima Matched Pair of Sofas
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
A wonderful matched pair of Nakashima slat back sofas. Reupholstered in grey cashmere wool fabric. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Captain's Chair
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.
Mid-Century Modern Spindle Back George Nakashima Straight Chair for Knoll
Mid-Century Modern Spindle Back George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
A classic George Nakashima design, the spindle back straight chair. This early 1960s example is made of cherry with signature saddle seat. Probably refinished at some point.
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima, coffee table/bench in American black walnut. Signed: George Nakashima, 1977.
George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" Rocker, USA, 1978
George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Rocking Chairs
Poplar, Walnut
An fine example of one of George Nakashima's iconic designs. It's elegant simplicity has made this rocker one of his most enduring designs.
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair, Studio Craft...
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 documen...
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, "New" Armchairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Armchairs
Walnut, Hickory
Pair of "New" armchairs walnut, hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
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.

Nakashima "Mira" Chairs

By George Nakashima
Nakashima "Mira" Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Walnut
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...
George Nakashima 'New' Armchair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Armchairs
Hickory, Walnut
One 'New' armchair by George Nakashima in walnut and hickory, 1970. Provenance: private family collection, acquired from George Nakashima 1970.
George Nakashima Lounge Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Lounge Chairs
Walnut
One lounge chair in American black walnut, with cushion, by George Nakashima.  From New Hope, Pennsylvania, circa 1960. Provenance: Private family collection, West Chester 'From A...
George Nakashima "Long Chair"
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Walnut, Cotton Canvas
George Nakashima "Long Chair" two position adjustable chaise in black walnut with asymmetric free edge armrest. Canvass webbing replaced by Nakashima Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania...
George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Rocking Chairs
Poplar, Walnut
An early example of one of George Nakashima's iconic designs. It's elegant simplicity has made this rocker one of his most enduring designs.
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 Bench or Coffee Table in Walnut
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large bench or coffee table in figurative walnut by George Nakashima, 1963. Sold with a copy of the original paperwork.
George Nakashima Walnut Greenrock Ottomans/Stoo...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Ottomans and Poufs
Textile, Walnut
Rare and wonderful these ottoman/stools have Nakashima's very distinctive Conoid base.
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.
George Nakashima Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Nakashima for Widdicomb origins, lounge chairs solid walnut turned legs, upholstered with great plains bouclé, tufted button backs. Measures: seat height 15.
George Nakashima "New" Chairs, Set of Eight, Au...
George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hickory, Walnut
This is a remarkable set of eight (8) walnut and hickory "New" chairs by George Nakashima and authenticated by his daughter, Mira Nakashima. Excellent provenance and copies of or...
George Nakashima Rocker Stamped Studio
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima rocker all original, purchased from the studio and Stamped under seat, with letter purchased directly from Nakashima.
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mi...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
Early vintage version of the Mira Chair. The chair shows wear of age at the sides which makes it even more beautiful. The bottom of the seat still shows lines and a name of the origi...
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 a...
George Nakashima Conoid Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Chairs
Walnut
Set of 12 Conoid chairs by George Nakashima. Walnut with hickory spindles, original finish in excellent condition. Each chair signed on underside of seat. Willing to split set up int...
Pair of Spindle Back Lounge Chair by George Nak...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
Magnificent Early Set of Round Table with Mira ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
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 ...
Stunning George Nakashima Sofa 'a' ** New Upho...
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 ...
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
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 "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, th...
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
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 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...
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
George Nakashima
20th Century Daybeds
A great pair of rare daybeds. Provenance accompanies.
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
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
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
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
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
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 Nakas...
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
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Footstools
Walnut
Walnut turned and canted legs supporting walnut framed platform with linen cushion.
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 C...
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 spi...
Rare George Nakashima for Widdicomb High Back L...
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 2...
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
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.
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