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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George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Coffee Table with Storage Model 272

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Coffee Tabl...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This mid-century modern coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb was designed in 1961 for the Origins Line. Featuring two drawers, storage compartment with lid on top and open sto...
George Nakashima Coffee Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
George Nakashima, 1965. American black walnut, double free edge solid top with highly figured grain. Signed with original clients name with authenticity document from Nakashima Wo...
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench

By George Nakashima
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.
Origins Coffee Table with Storage Model 272 by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Origins Coffee Table with Storage Model 272 by Geo...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb was designed in 1961 for the Origins Line. Featuring two drawers, storage compartment with lid on top, and open storage in the back. ...
George Nakashima Triangular Cherry Occasional Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Triangular Cherry Occasional Tabl...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American End Tables
George Nakashima triangular cherry occasional table. Great size and form. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Designer: George Nakashima Manufacture: Widdicomb Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: USA Date: 1950s.
George Nakashima "Directors" Table with Extensions

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Directors" Table with Extensions...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century Dining Room Tables
A wonderful, early example of George Nakashima "Directors" table with extensions. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
A unique table with a great story and provenance.
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Table with Rosewood Keys, 1965
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Table ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA, 1965 Walnut, rosewood Signed with client name to underneath and copy of original order card Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40 in...
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table, Black Walnut and Rosewood, USA, 1975
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table, Black Walnut...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Elegant in its simplicity this Nakashima table possesses the Classic Nakashima details with butterfly’s, free edges and the iconic Conoid base.
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut and Hickory Minguren Coffee Table
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut and ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Hickory, Oak, Walnut
A wonderful collaboration from father and daughter George and Mira Nakashima. This table was custom-made and acquired from it's original owner.
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
On Hold
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Widdi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Organic Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut dining table from Origins group; designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb in the 1950s. Measure: One 22" leaf included.
George Nakashima Dining Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dining Table
George Nakashima
20th Century American Dining Room Tables
George Nakashima drop-leaf dining table. Table features one 26-inch drop-leaf; table measures 38 inches when folded. Signed with manufacturer's mark to underside.
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 Pedestals
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 Walnut Double Pedestal Desk, 1977

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Double Pedestal Desk, 1977...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
A Classic Nakashima desk both beautiful and functional with ample storage.
George Nakashima Walnut Amoeba Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Amoeba Table
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wonderful walnut Amoeba table by renowned New Hope furniture maker George Nakashima. Figured free form top with turned legs.
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single Board Walnut Surface, 1983
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single Boa...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Walnut
Rare George Nakashima Conoid dining set with single board walnut surface, large butterfly keys, large inclusion. Dining table, four chairs USA, circa 1983. Single estate ownership wit...
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table in Walnut with Rosewood Keys, 1970s
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table in Walnut wit...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA 1970s Walnut, rosewood keys Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40 in 28.5 x 99 x 40 in with leaves Two leaves: 13.5 in each Origi...
George Nakashima Dining Table with Trestle Base

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dining Table with Trestle Base
George Nakashima
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This vintage walnut dining table by George Nakashima features free-flowing live-edge design complete with iconic bowtie inlay. This trestle dining table is constructed from quality midc...
George Nakashima "Directors" Dining Table with Extensions

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Directors" Dining Table with Ext...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This stunning vintage modern dining table was design by George Nakashima. Unique design with two extensions that attach easily on each side to extend it all the way to 88 inches wide. T...
Pair of American Modern Walnut Night Tables, George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Pair of American Modern Walnut Night Tables, Georg...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
The square top with scored line border, above a drawer with highly figured walnut front and sculpted pull, above a cubby, on round tapering legs.
Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1952

By George Nakashima
Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1952
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Dining Room Tables
A walnut dining table with cherry legs by George Nakashima. All original with documentation from 1952.
George Nakashima Origins Desk

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima Origins Desk
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vanities
Brass, Oak, Walnut
George Nakashima designed desk for the Widdicomb "Origins" line. Single pedestal desk with classic Nakashima design and form. Signed with Widdicomb label.
George Nakashima Walnut Side or Lamp Table for Widdicomb's Origins Collection

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Side or Lamp Table for Wid...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
A round Carpathian exotic wood side or lamp table in an oil finish with four tapered and bevelled legs and stretchers designed by George Nakashima. This table comes from Nakashima's onl...
George Nakashima Desk

By George Nakashima, George Nakashima
George Nakashima Desk
George Nakashima, George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Walnut
This Classic desk by George Nakashima has a beautifully figured American black walnut slab top with an organic and subtle free-form edge. On one side, its features storage cases with on...
George Nakashima Coffee/Side Table, 1960s

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee/Side Table, 1960s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Organic Modern Side Tables
A magnificent, George Nakashima walnut table. The beautifully grained and fissured top features signature live edge and butterfly key joinery, all resting upon four turned, tapered leg...
Rare George Nakashima Coffee Table in Indian Laurel, 1969

By George Nakashima
Rare George Nakashima Coffee Table in Indian Laure...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Four board Laurel round coffee table by George Nakashima with three "Butterflies" on top. Original correspondence , July, 31 1969 from Mr. Nakashima describing the Laurel as a "very fin...
Walnut Tripod Lamp Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
On Hold
Walnut Tripod Lamp Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
Walnut
A simple tripod table in walnut with a triangular top showing its beautiful grain and three dowels from the supporting turned legs. By George Nakashima, American, circa 1960.
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima Frenchman's cove dining table.
Magnificent Early Set of Round Table with Mira Cha...
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 rou...
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Console / Dining Table, 1967

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Console / Dining...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Console Tables
A rare form. Walnut drop-leaf dining / console table with Frenchman's cove base, 1967. Sold with a copy of the original invoice. Measures: 72.25 x 28.5 x 24.5 W (closed) 48.25 W (open)...
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood
George Nakashima coffee table for Widdicomb. This is the larger version of this table. Table consists of both carpathian elm and rosewood. Signed and dated.
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table for Widdicomb
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood
George Nakashima coffee table for Widdicomb. This is the larger version of this table. Table consists of both carpathian elm and rosewood. The rich grains and color contrast between the...
George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, 1980

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, 1980
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A walnut coffee table/bench by George Nakashima, 1980. Sold with copy of original receipt.
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Nakashima Wepman side table with tapered legs and thick slab top in American Walnut by the leading American Studio Craft designer George Nakashima.
George Nakashima Dining Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima dining table fro Widdicomb. This is the most iconic Nakashima table that was done for Widdicomb. Shield shape. When table is closed, it measures 38" deep.
George Nakashima Coffee Table Model 272 Laurel and Walnut Widdicomb, 1961

By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
George Nakashima Coffee Table Model 272 Laurel and...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
George Nakashima flip-top coffee table model 272 manufactured by Widdicomb in 1961. The underside of the drawer is stenciled Sundra 2/ 61 272. The coffee table is in excellent condition...
George Nakashima Minguren Desk

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Minguren Desk
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
A seminal example of Nakashima's work. Full provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Minguren Cocktail Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Minguren Cocktail Table
George Nakashima
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
George Nakashima Minguren cocktail table. A stunning example. Full provenance.
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Tables

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Tables
George Nakashima
20th Century Tables
George Nakashima "Wepman" side tables. A perfect pair. Provenance accompanies.
Walnut Wepman Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Wepman Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Free edge top supported by three thru top construction.
Persian Walnut Conoid End Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Persian Walnut Conoid End Table by George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
A great free edge top having smooth opening with rosewood burrerfly, This is the nicest example of the form that I have seen.
Side Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Side Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
Walnut fee edge top having sap edges supported by splayed walnut legs.
Walnut Butterfly Base Coffee Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Walnut Butterfly Base Coffee Table by George Nakas...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Free edge walnut top with very complex graining supported by canted walnut legs and butterfly base.
20th Century Minguren iv Walnut Table by George Nakjashima

By George Nakashima
20th Century Minguren iv Walnut Table by George Na...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
This extremely rare and important form is the first example of what is known as the Minguren IV form. The original prototype sits in the Minguren Museum at the Nakashima Studio. Dramati...
George Nakashima Round Cherry Dining Table and Nine Mira Chairs, USA, 1960s
George Nakashima Round Cherry Dining Table and Nin...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Sets
Cherry
One of George Nakashima's Classic dining table designs with nine Mira chairs eight of which fit under the tabletop. The set is in wonderful restored condition.
George Nakashima Walnut Dining Table / Desk

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Walnut Dining Table / Desk
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Organic Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
A beautiful, sculptural example by renowned woodworker George Nakashima. Tapered legs, live edge and butterfly key inlays showcase the signature attributes of Nakashima's work. The size...
George Nakashima Sundra Tables

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Sundra Tables
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima Sundra tables manufactured by Widdicomb. Walnut and laurel. Smaller table is 18" H x 12 1/4" x 17 1/2" W.
20th Century George Nakashima Dining Table

By George Nakashima
20th Century George Nakashima Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Tables
Walnut
Free edge walnut dining table custom-made by George Nakashima. Top comprised of two walnut boards with two free edges and three butterfly keys. Four turned legs with two stretchers. Mad...
George Nakashima English Oak Burl and Laurel Minguren II Table, 1977
George Nakashima English Oak Burl and Laurel Mingu...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Tables
Oak
This table is made from a remarkable piece of oak burl with amazing details. It has good height for variety of settings.
George Nakashima English Walnut Coffee Table, 1961

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima English Walnut Coffee Table, 1961...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Large English Walnut Nakashima coffee table with free-edge top and knots and sapwood to both top and base. Table with complete provenance.
Dining Table and Chairs by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

By George Nakashima
Dining Table and Chairs by George Nakashima for Wi...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Upholstery, Walnut
Dining table and chairs, designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. This set is currently being refinished and reupholstered. The price noted below includes refi...
Authenticated George Nakashima Wepman Live Edge Ru...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima studio piece, accompanied by authentication paperwork from the Nakashima Foundation.
Large Coffee Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Large Coffee Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A large coffee table made of solid rosewood and carpathian elm. Designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
George Nakashima Coffee Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American American Craftsman Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A free edge coffee table by renown master woodworker George Nakashima. The freeform black walnut surface with two knotted top openings sits elegantly on a Minguren base.
Early Walnut Table by George Nakashima

By George Nakashima
Early Walnut Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Side Tables
Walnut
An early side table made from a free-edged walnut plank with four spindle legs in 1961, by George Nakashima. This table has an excellent provenance as it was ordered from George Nakashi...
George Nakashima Cherry Dining Table and Four Windsor Armchairs
George Nakashima Cherry Dining Table and Four Wind...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Dining Room Sets
A beautiful set. Fully signed with accompanying provenance. Chair dimensions: 19 x 18 x 28", seat H 17".
George Nakashima Occasional Table

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Occasional Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
A nice example of George Nakashima occasional table. Provenance accompanies.