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George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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 Greenrock Coffee Table, 1987
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Unique George Nakashima Greenrock coffee table with an expressive grain, single board top, and architectural base.
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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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George Nakashima Coffee / Cocktail Table, American Black Walnut, Studio USA 1982
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
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 1982. Executed in American Blac...
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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 Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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George Nakashima Model 200-84W Coffee Table for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A George Nakashima coffee table model 200-84W in walnut, carpathian elm and rosewood designed for Widdicomb.
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George Nakashima ‘Slab’ Live Edge Coffee Table 1961
By George Nakashima
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
George Nakashima ‘Slab’ Live Edge coffee table 1961 Sublime museum quality original mid twentieth century George Nakashima 'Slab II' American Black Walnut Coffee Table, USA circa ...
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George Nakashima Free Edge Slab Coffee Table in English Walnut 1950s
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
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...
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George Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table in Black Walnut, 1980s
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
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 in New...
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George Nakashima, Freeform Coffee Table, English Walnut, Studio USA 1971
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Minguren ii Coffee Table by Nakashima Woodworkers, US, 2022
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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George Nakashima Coffee Table Origins Model 272 Widdicomb, 1960
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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 Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Coffee Table by George Nakashima for his Origins Series for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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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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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By George Nakashima
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George Nakashima, Pair of "Cushion" Chairs, 1960s
By George Nakashima
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George Nakashima, Wall Hung Cabinet, 1960s
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Gaetano Pesce Pair of "I am with you" Tables
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Mogens Lassen "Egyptian" Folding Table in Rosewood
By Mogens Lassen
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R & Y Augousti Side Table, 1980s
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George Nakashima coffee and cocktail tables for sale on 1stDibs

Coffee and cocktail tables by George Nakashima 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 coffee and cocktail tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 10 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original coffee and cocktail tables by George Nakashima were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider coffee and cocktail tables by Florence Knoll, Vladimir Kagan and Warren Platner. Prices for George Nakashima coffee and cocktail tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,800 and tops out at $65,000, while pieces like these can sell for $11,990 on average.

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