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George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

George Nakashima (USA, 1905–90)
George Nakashima (USA, 1905–90)

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 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 Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Free-Form Slab Coffee Table, circa 1960
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful and soulful, free-from slab coffee table in walnut by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, circa 1960. Marked underneath with clients name.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Exceptional and Large "Slab" Coffee Table, Burl, Studio, 1961
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An unique large "Slab" coffee table by George Nakashima. Top and base executed in English oak burl. Features 3 butterfly joints, iconic to George Nakashima. Provenance: Executed in ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Burl

George Nakashima Coffee Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage all wood coffee table with shelf, specially made by Nakashima in 1957. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).   
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Coffee Table by George Nakashima for his Sundra 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 Sundra (meaning thing of beauty) series produced by Widdicomb, 1950s. Beautifully figured East Indian laurel w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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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 ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Walnut

George Nakashima Model 217 Walnut and Oak Coffee Table by Widdicomb, USA, 1958
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
George Nakashima walnut and oak coffee table by Widdicomb Grand Rapids, USA, 1958 manufacture 11/58 model 217. Rare George Nakashima walnut and oak coffee table manufactured by W...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Early Slab Walnut Coffee Table George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning piece of furniture art by George Nakashima (1905-1990) from his early studio years circa 1958. It features a selected American walnut slab with amazing characters, finely ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

George Nakashima Coffee Table, 1980
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Walnut coffee table or bench by George Nakashima, 1980.
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George Nakashima Wepman Table Live Edge Rustic CabinModern Walnut Stool
By George Nakashima
Located in Washington, DC
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 Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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George Nakashima Walnut Amoeba Table
By George Nakashima
Located in West Chester, PA
Wonderful walnut Amoeba table by renowned New Hope furniture maker George Nakashima. Figured free form top with turned legs.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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