1 of 4 images

George Nakashima Free Edge Two-Tier Table

About

A unique table with a great story and provenance.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 26.5 in. x W 35.5 in. x D 36 in.

    H 67.31 cm x W 90.17 cm x D 91.44 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference number
    U1209049278291

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
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2012
Typical response time: 4 hrs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
George Nakashima Triangular Cherry Occasional T...
George Nakashima
American End Tables
George Nakashima triangular cherry occasional table. Great size and form. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Custom Free Edge Credenza
George Nakashima
American Credenzas
An unusual form that has a demountable base in case the user wants a wall hanging cabinet. Full provenance accompanies.

George Nakashima Free Edge Platform Bed

$30,000
George Nakashima Free Edge Platform Bed
George Nakashima
American Beds and Bed Frames
Another nice example. Full Provenance.
George Nakashima Platform Bed with Free Edge He...
George Nakashima
American Beds and Bed Frames
Awesome. Full provenance accompanies.
You May Also Like
Authenticated George Nakashima Wepman Live Edge...
George Nakashima
American Side Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima studio piece, accompanied by authentication paperwork from the Nakashima Foundation.

George Nakashima Side Table

$7,600
George Nakashima Side Table
George Nakashima
American Side Tables
Walnut
A George Nakashima oversized walnut free edge table,client name on underside of the table(planert)
Two-Tier Free Edge End Table
George Nakashima
American End Tables
Wood
Nice free edge two-tier end table, modern and rustic in style. Please view the matching coffee table we have listed from the same estate. Height of lower surface 21.5.

George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table

$4,200
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table
George Nakashima
American Side Tables
Nakashima Wepman side table with tapered legs and thick slab top in American Walnut by the leading American Studio Craft designer George Nakashima.
George Nakashima Style Conoid Dining Table With...
George Nakashima
Walnut
A fine, superbly constructed dining table with build characteristics traditionally found on furniture influenced by the New Hope school of furniture craftsmen. Resembling George Naka...
Organic Live Edge Occasional Table in the Manne...
George Nakashima, David N. Ebner
French Gueridon
Wood
Organic live edge occasional table in the manner of nakashima . Brutalist Wood table     
George Nakashima Attributed Walnut 'Minguren' P...
George Nakashima
American Side Tables
Unique table/stand attaches (screws) to wall. Unsigned and unmarked.
Early Walnut Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
American Side Tables
Walnut
An early side table made from a free-edged walnut plank with four spindle legs in 1961, by George Nakashima. This table has an excellent provenance as it was ordered from George Naka...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries