George Nakashima Tables

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 "Shell-Shaped" Coffee Table in American Black Walnut, 1940s
George Nakashima "Shell-Shaped" Coffee Table in...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s American Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
"Shell-Shaped" coffee table in American Black Walnut designed and handmade by the venerable George Nakashima, circa 1943. This piece has been authenticated by the Nakashima Foundatio...
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...
Authenticated George Nakashima Wepman Live Edge Rustic Cabin Modern Table Stool
Authenticated George Nakashima Wepman Live Edge...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima studio piece, accompanied by authentication paperwork from the Nakashima Foundation.
George Nakashima Coffee Table
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...
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 English Oak Burl and Laurel Minguren II Table, 1977
George Nakashima English Oak Burl and Laurel Mi...
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.
Pair of George Nakashima Origins Nightstands for Widdicomb
Pair of George Nakashima Origins Nightstands fo...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
A pair of highly sought after nightstands designed by George Nakashima. The wood is dramatic and gleaming, both are very attractive from all angles. Condition is excellent. The top a...
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Table with Rosewood Keys, 1965
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Tab...
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...
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table
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 Model 793 Widdicomb Dining Tab...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Sets
George Nakashima model 793 dining table and set of five chairs. This iconic table and its matching chairs were crafted beautifully for Widdicomb.   George Nakashima (USA, 1905-19...
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Slab coffee table by George Nakashima. American black walnut triangular top, all sides with free edge.
George Nakashima Table with Laminate Top
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Laminate, Walnut
George Nakashima walnut table base with custom laminate top added by owner. Authenticated by order card.
George Nakashima, Round Coffee Table, circa 1960
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A beautiful walnut coffee table designed by George Nakashima, circa 1960s. Split visible from top is not damage and is contained with a hidden butterfly on the underside (see Image).
George Nakashima, Free-Form Slab Coffee Table, ...
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A beautiful and soulful, free-from slab coffee table in walnut by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, circa 1960. Marked underneath with clients name.
George Nakashima Coffee Table in Indian Laurel...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Very rare coffee table by George Nakashima - 1969, built of four solid boards of Indian Laurel. Signature "Butterflies" on top. Original design drawing by Mr. Nakashima, describing ...
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 Conoid Dining Table in Walnut ...
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 Or...
Dining Table # 202-W by George Nakashima for Wi...
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 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 Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s Dining Room Tables
A beautiful sap-grained black walnut top with three rosewood butterfly joints. Sold with paperwork from Nakashima.
George Nakashima Splayed Leg Round Side Table
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
Round, splayed leg, hand-honed side table by George Nakashima, circa early 1950s. Original owner purchased this table directly from Nakashima in 1950s in PA studio. It appears to be ...
George Nakashima Origins Desk
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
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 Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima Frenchman's cove dining table.
George Nakashima Triangular Cherry Occasional T...
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
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
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
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
A unique table with a great story and provenance.
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table, Black Wal...
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 a...
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.
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 m...
George Nakashima "Directors" Dining Table with ...
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...
Pair of American Modern Walnut Night Tables, Ge...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
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
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 Walnut Side or Lamp Table for ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Console / Din...
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 (op...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 condit...
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
George Nakashima
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
George Nakashima Minguren cocktail table. A stunning example. Full provenance.
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
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 Nakas...
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
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 Na...
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...
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. Dram...
George Nakashima Round Cherry Dining Table and ...
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.
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. ...
Dining Table and Chairs by George Nakashima for...
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 r...
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.
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 Naka...
George Nakashima Cherry Dining Table and Four W...
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".
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