1 of 11 images

George Nakashima Lounge Chairs


Nakashima for Widdicomb origins, lounge chairs solid walnut turned legs, upholstered with great plains bouclé, tufted button backs. Measures: seat height 15.


  • Dimensions

    H 34 in. x W 26 in. x D 31 in.

    H 86.36 cm x W 66.04 cm x D 78.74 cm

  • Seat height
    15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Seller location
    Chicago, IL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About George Nakashima (Designer)

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.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2008
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Chicago, IL
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
Clara Porset "Miguelito" Lounge Chairs
Clara Porset
Mexican Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
Pair of Porset sling lounges, carved wood with leather sling with knife edge pillow.

Jens Risom Lounge Chairs

Jens Risom Lounge Chairs
Jens Risom
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Risom for Risom Design Inc. Pair of lounge chairs for the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico a subtle Scandinavian sensibility that works with modern and traditional settings. Reuph...

Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chairs

$8,000 / set
Adrian Pearsall Lounge Chairs
Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Pearsall for Craft Associates Pair of Lounges with original Green wool blend with walnut and lacquer two stage bases.

Clara Porset Butaque Lounge Chair

Clara Porset Butaque Lounge Chair
Clara Porset
North American Lounge Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Lounge chair by Clara Porset, one of many variations of the Butaque chair while in Mexico.
You May Also Like
Pair of 'Déclive' Velvet and Blackened Steel Sl...
Design Frères
French Slipper Chairs
Steel, Upholstery, Velvet, Wood
The back and seat inclination of the 'Déclive' slipper chair are designed to promote the most comfortable seating position.

George Nakashima Walnut Slipper Chair

George Nakashima Walnut Slipper Chair
George Nakashima
American Slipper Chairs
Slipper chair by George Nakashima for Widdicomb. Fully restored and refinished. Newly upholstered in neutral cotton weave.
Italian Lounge Chair
American Slipper Chairs
Italian lounge chair with beautiful curved lines, brass legs and newly upholstered in burnt orange mohair. Newly produced by Orange. Multiple finishes and upholstery options availab...

George Nakashima "New" Lounge Chair

George Nakashima "New" Lounge Chair
George Nakashima
American Lounge Chairs
A beautiful example of studio master George Nakashima.Lounge chair having a shaped saddle cut seat with a built in end table of burled walnut.
Space Copenhagen for Gubi Small Stay Pink Velve...
Space Copenhagen, Gubi
Danish Lounge Chairs
The stay lounge was designed by Space Copenhagen, established in 2005 by the Danish designers Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Ru¨tzou, both graduates of the Royal Danish...

Lounge Chair by George Nakashima

Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
Walnut "New" lounge chair by George Nakashima, 1959. Sold with copy of original order card.
Pair of Custom Club Slipper Chairs
American Slipper Chairs
Wool, Walnut
Pair of Adesso custom club slipper chairs upholstered with two-tone wool fabric.  
Italian Chrome Lounge Chair
Italian Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Chrome, Wood
Italian chrome lounge chair, imported by Stendig from Italy, circa 1960s. This chair's straps and cushions are currently being reupholstered and can be completed in your fabric. The ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries