George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut with Grass Cord Seat For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnut with Grass Cord Seat

About

A low stool or ottoman in walnut with grass rope seat by George Nakashima, circa 1965. This design is both scarcer and larger than the more commonly-seen 12.5 inch height stool with splayed legs and it's in remarkable condition, particularly the woven seat.

Details

  • Materials and Techniques
    Seagrass,Walnut
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10.5 in. x W 20.5 in. x D 20 in.H 26.67 cm x W 52.07 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU882610280883
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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

About George Nakashima (Artist)

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

5 / 5
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2009
Located in Brooklyn, NY
More From This Seller
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...
Pair of Charles Hollis Jones Waterfall Bar Stools in Lucite with Swiveling Seats
Pair of Charles Hollis Jones Waterfall Bar Stoo...
20th Century American Modern Stools
Chrome, Lucite
A matching pair of waterfall barstools in lucite with chrome cross stretchers and end caps, upholstered in a graphic op-art vinyl fabric, designed by Charles Hollis Jones. The seats ...
Aperture: Ottoman in Copper by TJ Volonis
Aperture: Ottoman in Copper by TJ Volonis
TJ Volonis
21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Ottomans and Poufs
Copper, Upholstery
Title: Aperture Year: 2013 Ottoman / footstool executed in 1/2" copper tubing with upholstered seat, inspired by the iconic arc of a camera aperture. The solid squares of t...
George Nakashima Mira Chair, 1964

George Nakashima Mira Chair, 1964

By George Nakashima
$5,500
George Nakashima Mira Chair, 1964
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
A George Nakashima Mira chair in wonderful condition. Hand-hewn spindles and sculptural seat. Bears initials ‘SR’ to the underside as well as hand-drawn pencil lines to seat back and...
You May Also Like
George Nakashima Fitch Stool or Ottoman
George Nakashima Fitch Stool or Ottoman
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Cord, Walnut
This is a fine all original example of George Nakashima's Fitch stool in walnut with grass cord seat, reflecting Nakashima's reverence for fine craftsmanship and natural materials.
Mira Nakashima Signed Walnut Greenrock Ottomans or Stools, USA, 1992
Mira Nakashima Signed Walnut Greenrock Ottomans...
Mira Nakashima
1990s American Ottomans and Poufs
Textile, Walnut
Rare and wonderful these ottoman or stools have Nakashima's very distinctive conoid base.
1980s Ottoman in Walnut
1980s Ottoman in Walnut
Unknown
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Ottomans and Poufs
Walnut
Pair of 1980s black ottoman in walnut.
George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs

George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs

By George Nakashima
$35,979 / set
George Nakashima Grass Seat and Walnut Chairs
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima woven grass rope seat chairs with walnut frames. New Hope, PA, 1957/67. Good vintage condition.
Moorish Modern Stool with Upholstered Seat
Moorish Modern Stool with Upholstered Seat
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools
Upholstery, Walnut
Freshly restored Moorish stool with charcoal grey mohair seat.
George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair

George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair

By George Nakashima
$4,500 / item
George Nakashima Grass Seat Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Eight available. Priced individually. Provenance accompanies.
Hourglass Form Stool with Velvet Seat
Hourglass Form Stool with Velvet Seat
Vintage 1970s American Modern Stools
Velvet
Steel hourglass cage form vanity or task stool with luxurious velvet seat. The base can be lacquered to spec and the seat can also be upholstered in com. We have two of the bases ava...
Walnut Greenrock Stool or Bench with cushion by George Nakashima
Walnut Greenrock Stool or Bench with cushion by...
George Nakashima
Late 20th Century American Modern Stools
Fabric, Foam, Rosewood, Walnut
A greenrock stool handcrafted by George Nakashima with cushion reupholstered in classic boucle fabric by Knoll. Square top with webbing over cross-form figured walnut base. Accent ro...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries