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George Nakashima Tables

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 Dining Set featuring Black Walnut Captain Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dining set from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The set features four black walnut captains chairs and square live edge dining table. The chairs, produced circa 1974 ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima "Origins" Extension Dining Table for Widdicomb, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in San Diego, CA
A stunning Mid-Century Modern extension dining table by the master, George Nakashima, part of the "Origin" collection produced by Widdicomb in the 1950s. The table features walnut co...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Dining Table
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Cluster base dining table by George Nakashima. Cherry, Laurel. Circular dining table with 8-plank cherrywood top in 2 halves & attached by 3 laurel butterfly joints.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Cherry

George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Collection Sculpted Walnut Dining Table
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
A very rare and exceptional midcentury organic Modern dining table By George Nakashima for Widdicomb Furniture, "Origins" Collection USA, 1961 Measures: 59.5"W x 48"D x 28.5...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Rare Free-Edge Double Pedestal Desk in Walnut, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Rare double pedestal desk with free edge top in walnut with rosewood butterfly on top by George Nakashima, American 1950's (name of client “COX” written in marker on bottom of top). ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Rosewood, Walnut

George Nakashima 'Minguren II' Coffee Table in Oak Burl and Walnut
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, 'Minguren II' coffee table, English oak burl, oak, American black walnut, United States, 1980 American woodworker and designer George Nakashima proves with this quintessential table that he is a true master of his craft. The impressive coffee table, created custom for a private client in 1980, is designed to fully showcase the individual characteristics of the slab burl on top. The organic, free flowing edges of the wood contribute to a dynamic and natural appearance of the design. This free-form character of the top contrasts beautifully with the stark simplicity of the base, a typical trade of Nakashima. The asymmetrical composition contributes to the strength of the design and the high-visual quality. Besides their functional property, the exposed dovetail joints have a strong decorative character. The table is signed and dated to underside: ‘George Nakashima March 1980’. George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a well-known woodworker, architect and furniture designer from Japanese descendants. He was born in Spokane, Washington and enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture. After his graduation in 1931, he decided to live his life as a bohemian in France. Afterwards, he spent some time in North Africa and eventually settled in Japan for some time. There, he started working for Antonin Raymond...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Oak, Walnut

George Nakashima; Single Slab American Walnut Coffee Table from 1957
By George Nakashima
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nakashima Studio, 1957, American Black Walnut coffee table constructed with a single slab top featuring a natural split to one end stabilised in typical Nakashima fashion with 2 Rosewood butterfly keys...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima, "Slab" Coffee Table, Oak Burl, Oak, New Hope, USA, 1962
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An oak burl and oak "Slab" coffee table designed and produced by George Nakashima, New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA, 1962. The top presents with a "butterfly joint" typical of Nakashima.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Oak

George Nakashima Free Edge 'Slab' Coffee Table in Walnut
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, free edge slab coffee table, walnut, United States, 1968 American woodworker and designer George Nakashima proves with this quintessential table that he is a true master of his craft. The impressive coffee table, created custom for a private client in 1968, is designed to fully showcase the individual characteristics of the wooden slab on top. The organic, free flowing edges of the wood contribute to a dynamic and natural appearance of the design. This free-form character of the top contrast beautifully with the stark simplicity of the base, a typical trade of Nakashima. The asymmetrical composition contributes to the strength of the design and the high-visual quality. George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a well-known woodworker, architect and furniture designer from Japanese descendants. He was born in Spokane, Washington and enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture. After his graduation in 1931, he decided to live his life as a bohemian in France. Afterwards, he spent some time in North Africa and eventually settled in Japan for some time. There, he started working for Antonin...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Free Edge 'Slab' Coffee Table in Walnut
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, free edge slab coffee table, English walnut, United States, circa 1960 American woodworker and designer George Nakashima proves with this quintessential table that he is a true master of his craft. The impressive coffee table, created custom for a private client around 1960, is designed to fully showcase the individual characteristics of the wooden slab on top. The organic, free flowing edges of the wood contribute to a dynamic and natural appearance of the design. This free-form character of the top contrast beautifully with the stark simplicity of the base, a typical trade of Nakashima. The asymmetrical composition contributes to the strength of the design and the high-visual quality. George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a well-known woodworker, architect and furniture designer from Japanese descendants. He was born in Spokane, Washington and enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture. After his graduation in 1931, he decided to live his life as a bohemian in France. Afterwards, he spent some time in North Africa and eventually settled in Japan for some time. There, he started working for Antonin Raymond...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Widdicomb “Sundra” Walnut Coffee Table
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Indianapolis, IN
A Mid Century Modern Sundra coffee table designed by Japanese-American architect, woodworker, and furniture maker George Nakashima (1905-1990) for Widdicomb Furniture Company of Gran...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Dining Table with Extensions Widdicomb Origins Collection 1959
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a rare and complete George Nakashima Origins Collection dining room table. This piece is model #203 and includes the two matching extensions. The table retains the original W...
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Mid-20th Century American George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Coffee Table, American Black Walnut, New Hope, USA, 1982
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An American black walnut coffee table designed by George Nakashima and produced by Nakashima Studio, New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States...
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1980s American Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima for Widdicomb Mid Century Nightstand
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Countryside, IL
George Nakashima for Widdicomb mid century nightstand This nightstand measures: 22 wide x 20 deep x 19.5 inches high All pieces of furni...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Wood

George Nakashima Turned Wood Dowel Shape Leg Single Pedestal Small Desk Mint
By George Nakashima
Located in Rockaway, NJ
George Nakashima turned wood dowel shape leg single pedestal small desk mint with documents.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Collection Walnut Dining Table, 1958
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in South Bend, IN
A very rare and exceptional mid-century modern extension dining table, featuring gorgeous walnut wood grain, a graceful Organic Modern design, and exposed dovetail joints at the corn...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima for Widdicomb Walnut Dining Table
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut dining table by George Nakashima for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company Widdicomb, c.1960s for their "Origins" collection. The table features a round top situated on a pedes...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table in Walnut with Free Edge
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A black walnut Frenchman's Cove dining table with free edge dtd. 1964. Authentication and original paperwork included.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Freeform Coffee Table, English Walnut, Studio USA 1971
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique and sizable coffee / cocktail table in the "sled-shape" style. Produced by Nakashima Studio, New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States. Dated 1971 Executed in English Walnut...
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1980s American Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

Walnut Coffee Table by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Long Island City, NY
An Original Walnut Coffee Table by George Nakashima. About George Nakashima: George Katsutoshi Nakashima was an American woodworker, architect,...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

Mira Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table based on a design by G. Nakashima
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Minguren II coffee table by Mira Nakashima based on a design by George Nakashima in black walnut. Due to the unique wood structure of each item the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Mira Nakashima Wepman Side Tables based on a design by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Mira Nakashima Wepman side tables based on a design by George Nakashima. The tables are made in black walnut and can be signed. Please consider...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Wood, Walnut

George Nakashima Minguren Table
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A walnut table designed by George Nakashima clients name on underside of table top. expressive grain on both table top and center pedestal.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Coffee Table Origins Model 272 Widdicomb, 1960
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima flip-top coffee table model 272 manufactured by Widdicomb in 1960 from his origins line. The underside of the drawer is stenciled Sundra model 272 dated 1960. The Or...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Splay Leg Table Manufactured by Knoll
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
The N-10 table was originally sold by Knoll in the 1940s and discontinued in 1955. This example is from the re-introduction in 2008.
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Early 2000s American George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

1950s George Nakashima English Walnut Shark Tooth Live Free Edge Table Wepman
By George Nakashima
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Original unmolested finish. George Nakashima walnut studio table, accompanied by authentication paperwork from the Nakashima Foundation.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, Two Side Drawers, “Origins Series", 1960's
By George Nakashima
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
A highly sought after coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, 1963. Beautiful condition, professionally restored. George Nakashima worked for Widdicomb, from the mid-1950s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Wepman Table
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An oversized example of this design Re-Oiled Surface.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Wood

Early Set of Six Mira Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
An exceptional set of six Mira chairs custom made by George Nakashima in his New Hope Studio, circa 1959. Early work that was commissioned by using cherry wood. The Mira chair was na...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Cherry

George Nakashima, Greenrock Console Table, Usa, 1987, Original Papers
By George Nakashima
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nakashima Cabinetmaker, USA, 1987. A stunning Greenrock table with highly figured single slab top in Butternut wood. Features three exposed k...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table in Black Walnut, 1980s
By George Nakashima
Located in Birmingham, AL
Stunning coffee table by George Nakashima, United States, 1980s. Studio example. This table comes with a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima of Nakashima Woodworkers...
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1980s American Organic Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

Coffee Table by George Nakashima for his Origins Series for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rectangular coffee table model 217 designed by George Nakashima for his origin / origins series for Widdicomb, 1950s, in Sundra (meaning thing of beauty) finish. Beautifully figured...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Brass

Live Edge Coffee Table by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Phenomenal live edge coffee table by George Nakashima. circa 1960s with an organic walnut burl flow. Approximate overall dimensions: 58"W x 33.5"D x 13"H.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Coffee Table in Black Walnut
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nakashima coffee table in black walnut, solid live-edge top with exotic figured rinnge with solid turned legs.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Free Edge Slab Coffee Table in English Walnut 1950s
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Free Edge Slab Coffee Table in English walnut with rosewood butterfly by George Nakashima, American 1950's. Table features a single slab top with free edges, expressive figured grain, and one rosewood butterfly. A beautiful example of George Nakashima’s work. Reference: George Nakashima Full Circle by Derek E. Ostergard for the American Craft Museum of the Museum Craft Council, published in 1989, on pages 118 and 119 is a photo and description of a Slab Coffee Table. Provenance: Private Collection Boston. Purchased by this owner from Peter Roberts Antiques...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Tables

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Walnut, Rosewood

George Nakashima Cherry and Walnut Nightstands
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of George Nakashima cherry and walnut nightstands with subsap on top and sides. Each nightstand has two upper drawers and a lower opening, t...
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Mid-20th Century American George Nakashima Tables

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Cherry, Walnut

George Nakashima tables for sale on 1stDibs

The George Nakashima tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of George Nakashima tables to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 27 vintage editions of these items, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original tables by George Nakashima were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider tables by Craft Associates, Charles and Ray Eames and Warren Platner if you are looking for additional options. The prices for George Nakashima tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,800 and tops out at $180,000, while pieces like these can sell for $16,051.
Questions About George Nakashima Tables
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    George Nakashima is perhaps best known for developing the butterfly joint. This construction method involves connecting pieces with a third piece of wood shaped like a butterfly. The joint forms a strong, sturdy connection and stabilizes pieces to fight the effects of wood expansion. On 1stDibs, shop a range of George Nakashima furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    George Nakashima’s style focuses on creating functional, simple pieces that allow the beauty of the materials to take center stage. You can best see this in the tops of his tables and benches, which show off the natural grain patterns of wood. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of George Nakashima furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, George Nakashima didn’t usually sign the majority of his works. Instead, he normally added the name of the client to the timber selected to start the project. The writing usually appears in simple black marker. ​​On 1stDibs, find a variety of George Nakashima furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To identify George Nakashima furniture, start by looking for the name of the original client written in black marker. He usually wrote the name on the underside of a piece of furniture. Order cards and shop drawings can also help authenticate his work. On 1stDibs, find a selection of expertly vetted George Nakashima furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To address wood expansion, George Nakashima pioneered the butterfly joint. This technique uses a butterfly-shaped piece of wood as an anchor. When wood expands, the butterfly joint prevents the pieces from splitting apart. Butterfly joints are strong and increase the overall durability of his wood furniture. On 1stDibs, find a collection of George Nakashima.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Which chair is best for a George Nakashima Origins for Widdicomb desk is largely a matter of preference. George Nakashima chairs with Shaker-inspired spindle backs like the Mira and Conoid tend to complement the lines of the desks in the collection. However, you can mix and match styles to create an eclectic look. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of George Nakashima desks and chairs.

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