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George Nakashima Extendable Walnut Dining Table Model 277 for Widdicomb, 1961

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An extendable walnut dining table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb Furniture Company from 1961. A line of bookmatched veneers encased by a 3 inch deep carved and finger joined solid walnut edge gives the top of the table an interesting contrast. The table measures 48 x 60 inches closed and has (3) 18 inch leaves. When fully extended the overall dimensions of the table are 48 by 114 inches. This is the largest dining table that George Nakashima designed for Widdicomb as part his Origins line of furniture. The table is labeled Widdicomb and stenciled Sundra with the model number 277 and date of manufacture 9/61 on the underside. The table is in excellent condition.  

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  • Date of manufacture
    1961
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent vintage condition no scratches no gouges nice color .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 28.75 in. x W 114 in. x D 48 in.

    H 73.03 cm x W 289.56 cm x D 121.92 cm

  • Seller location
    Camden, ME
  • Seller reference number
    App 585
  • Reference number
    LU89847164813

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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.

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