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George Nakashima Credenzas

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
George Nakashima Studio Credenza in Walnut, USA
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nakashima Studio Credenza in walnut, US 2022. The credenza is made in black walnut and signed. Due to the unique wood structure of each item the credenza is not identical but ...
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George Nakashima Model 205 Cabinet for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully restored walnut cabinet with sliding doors in figurative Carpathian Elm. Designed by George Nakashima as part of his Origins line for Widdicomb in 1959.
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1950s Vintage George Nakashima Credenzas

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George Nakashima Sliding Doors Dresser Credenza
By George Nakashima
Located in Rockaway, NJ
George Nakashima Sliding Doors Dresser Credenza
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Walnut

George Nakashima Sideboard Model 205 Walnut and Carpathian Elm Widdicomb, 1961
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima sideboard Model 205 manufactured in 1961 by the Widdicomb Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of his Origins line of furniture produced between 1959-...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Credenzas

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Special Cabinet by George Nakashima in Dark American Black Walnut, 1962
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A truly exceptional example of George's work. This piece in lovely American black walnut and pandanus cloth. The tone of the wood in this example is darker than we typically see, whi...
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Walnut Sideboard with Top Shelf by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
A two-piece custom sideboard pr credenza handcrafted by George Nakashima, circa 1969 in his new hope studio. It is constructed with American black walnut with solid oak interiors. Th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Credenzas

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Free Edge George Nakashima 2-Door Cabinet
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early cabinet consisting of 2 sliding doors concealing 4 drawers and a shelf. George Nakshima sliding door cabinet Open shelf on 1 side, 4 drawers on the other.  
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1960s North American Vintage George Nakashima Credenzas

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Walnut

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George Nakashima credenzas for sale on 1stDibs

George Nakashima credenzas 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 credenzas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 4 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many of the original credenzas of George Nakashima were created during the 1960s in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider credenzas by Paul Frankl, Kent Coffey and Michael Taylor. The prices for George Nakashima credenzas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $16,500 and tops out at $98,500, while pieces like these can sell for $42,000 on average..

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