George Nakashima Furniture

George Nakashima (USA, 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 Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and the late Steve Jobs.

Rare George Nakashima, "Special Frenchman's Cove II Desk", 1973
Rare George Nakashima, "Special Frenchman's Cov...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Extremely rare Nakashima Frenchman's cove desk in walnut with four rosewood butterfly's. Desk was executed for Mr. Wallace a partner at the law firm Coopers & Lybrand and interior b...
Free Edge George Nakashima 2-Door Cabinet
Free Edge George Nakashima 2-Door Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s North American Cabinets
Walnut
An early cabinet consisting of 2 sliding doors concealing 4 drawers and a shelf. George Nakshima sliding door cabinet Open shelf on 1 side, 4 drawers on the other.  
George Nakashima Trestle Table
George Nakashima Trestle Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Custom Nakashima Studio Important Trestle Table, American black walnut, two solid book-matched slabs with sap grain details, numerous free edges, expressive figuring and five rosewoo...
George Nakashima Cherrywood Studio Cabinet, Double Sliding Doors, circa 1960
George Nakashima Cherrywood Studio Cabinet, Dou...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Cherry
A standing cherrywood cabinet that features superb dovetail joinery and practical storage. Original condition. The purity of the rectangular form gives the cabinet a quintessentia...
George Nakashima "Long Chair"
George Nakashima "Long Chair"
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Walnut, Cotton Canvas
George Nakashima "Long Chair" two position adjustable chaise in black walnut with asymmetric free edge armrest. Canvass webbing replaced by Nakashima Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania...
George Nakashima Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima Lounge Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Nakashima for Widdicomb origins, lounge chairs solid walnut turned legs, upholstered with great plains bouclé, tufted button backs. Measures: seat height 15.
George Nakashima Three-Door Credenza in American Walnut with Pandanus Cloth
George Nakashima Three-Door Credenza in America...
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Wood
Three sliding door credenza or sideboard with inside drawers and storage spaces. Concise dovetail wood-joints bond the walnut slats. The cabinet rests on top of a walnut support base...
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
George Nakashima, Coffee Table/Bench
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima, coffee table/bench in American black walnut. Signed: George Nakashima, 1977.
George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs
George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Armchairs
Walnut, Hickory
Pair of "New" armchairs walnut, hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
George Nakashima, "New" Chairs
George Nakashima, "New" Chairs
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Chairs
George Nakashima, set of six "New" chairs in walnut, Hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
George Nakashima No. 205-WG Buffet for Widdicomb
George Nakashima No. 205-WG Buffet for Widdicomb
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Buffets
Original condition George Nakashima credenza or buffet. Walnut with grille sliding doors. On the left, set of five drawers, on the right, two adjustable shelves. Widdicomb label in t...
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Slab coffee table by George Nakashima. American black walnut triangular top, all sides with free edge.
George Nakashima, Round Coffee Table, circa 1960
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A beautiful walnut coffee table designed by George Nakashima, circa 1960s. Split visible from top is not damage and is contained with a hidden butterfly on the underside (see Image).
George Nakashima, Sliding Door Cabinet, circa 1955
George Nakashima
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Cherry
George Nakashima sliding door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1955 Cherrywood. Provenance: Copy of original invoice.  
George Nakashima Coffee Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
George Nakashima, 1965. American black walnut, double free edge solid top with highly figured grain. Signed with original clients name with authenticity document from Nakashima...

George Nakashima Rocker

By George Nakashima
George Nakashima Rocker
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Rocking Chairs
Walnut
Rocker in walnut with hickory spindles. Signed with provenance.
George Nakashima, Free-Form Slab Coffee Table, ...
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A beautiful and soulful, free-from slab coffee table in walnut by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, circa 1960. Marked underneath with clients name.
George Nakashima for Knoll Tray of Douglas Fir ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables
George Nakashima, circa 1946 Designed to complement the Splay-Leg table, the Nakashima tray is a remarkable example of the designer’s talent for synthesizing traditional influences ...
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mi...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
Early vintage version of the Mira chair. The chair shows wear of age at the sides which makes it even more beautiful. The bottom of the seat still shows lines and is marked with Show...
Free Edge Bench or Coffee Table by George Nakas...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Single slab 8 ft. bench or table with free edges by George Nakashima, circa 1972. Bench comes with Provenance.
George Nakashima Small Occasional Table
George Nakashima
20th Century Tables
A lovely example. Provenance accompanies.

Wall Mount Cabinet

By George Nakashima
Wall Mount Cabinet
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Cabinets
Walnut
A walnut wall mount cabinet with one drop down door with an adjustable shelf and three (3) drawers, all with integrated handles.
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...
George Nakashima Credenza in American Walnut an...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Grasscloth, Walnut
George Nakashima, triple sliding door cabinet, walnut, pandanus cloth, New Hope, PA, circa 1960 This cabinet by Nakashima features three sliding doors and several compartments beh...
George Nakashima Chest of Drawer in Walnut Naka...
George Nakashima, Nakashima Studio
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Solid walnut chest of drawer with free edge front and cabinets makers details, made in George Nakashima Studio circa 1970s.
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table in Walnut ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA 1970s Walnut, rosewood keys Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40 in 28.5 x 99 x 40 in with leaves Two leaves: 13.5 in each Or...
Set of Four Black Walnut Captain's Chairs by Ge...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
An accomplished set of four captain chairs from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The black walnut chair has a curved, peaked backrest atop carved spindles, inspired by...
Midcentury George Nakashima Dresser
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Wood, Walnut
For your consideration is this incredible midcentury eight-drawer cabinet designed by George Nakashima. This case piece rests on a sculptural base featuring brass pulls in original c...
George Nakashima Origins Queen Headboard for Wi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American American Craftsman Beds and Bed Frames
Walnut
George Nakashima Origins Queen-Size headboard. The headboard features a dramatic, sweeping form that is regal and elegant. Surface is incredibly clean, laurel wood veneer is has a st...
Pair of George Nakashima Origins Nightstands fo...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
A pair of highly sought after nightstands designed by George Nakashima. The wood is dramatic and gleaming, both are very attractive from all angles. Condition is excellent. The top a...
George Nakashima Origins Triple Dresser for Wid...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
George Nakashima Origins triple dresser for Widdicomb. Distinct, attractive wood grain that is stunning on the bowed top and all sides. Condition is excellent. Original brass pulls a...
George Nakashima Coffee or Side Table for Widdi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
George Nakashima origins coffee or side table for Widdicomb Made in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA in the late 1950s Measure: 30 W x 30 D x 21 H in Original label and marking t...
George Nakashima Rare Set of Eight 'Captain' Ch...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima, set of eight 'Captain' chairs, walnut, New Hope, PA, 1974. This set of Captain chairs is designed by George Nakashima. It is not often that we come across a set ...
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Walnut
Rare George Nakashima Conoid dining set with single board walnut surface, large butterfly keys, large inclusion. Dining table, four chairs USA, circa 1983. Single estate ownership ...
Rare George Nakashima Room Divider
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Cabinets
Grasscloth, Walnut
A spectacular piece of George Nakashima's work. Infinitely useful due to its finished reverse side and possessing all of the fine details you hope for in one of his pieces.
George and Mira Nakashima English Oak, Walnut a...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Hickory, Oak, Walnut
A wonderful collaboration from father and daughter George and Mira Nakashima. This table was custom-made and acquired from it's original owner.
Set of Four Grass Seated Dining Chairs by Georg...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
The Grass-Seated Chair by George Nakashima. The square seat typically found in walnut and woven sea-grass. Four examples shown and twelve chairs available. American, circa 1941.
George Nakashima "Shell-Shaped" Coffee Table in...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1940s American Organic Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
"Shell-Shaped" coffee table in American Black Walnut designed and handmade by the venerable George Nakashima, circa 1943. This piece has been authenticated by the Nakashima Foundatio...
George Nakashima Fitch Stool / Ottoman in Walnu...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Seagrass, Walnut
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 ...
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...
George Nakashima Matched Pair of Sofas
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
A wonderful matched pair of Nakashima slat back sofas. Reupholstered in grey cashmere wool fabric. Provenance accompanies.
George Nakashima Captain's Chair
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Organic Modern Chairs
Wood, Walnut
George Nakashima black walnut captain's chair with hand carved seat and spindles. Classic Nakashima splayed legs. A beautiful example. Small restoration.
American Modern Walnut and Brass 12-Door Chest,...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
The overhanging irregular shape top above 12 drawers with brass pulls, on splayed legs George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
George Nakashima Two-Door Hanging Cherry Wall C...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Cabinets
George Nakashima two-door cabinet Two doors conceal shelves on both sides. Expressive sap wood tops. Original client information available. A second similar cabinet from the comm...
George Nakashima Wepman Table Live Edge Rustic ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima walnut studio table, accompanied by authentication paperwork from the Nakashima Foundation.
George Nakashima Two-Door Walnut Cabinet, 1960s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Double sliding door cabinet. New Hope, PA, circa 1961. Walnut, pandanus cloth. Measures: 30.5 H x 103 W x 21.5 D in Sold with copies of original invoice and drawing.
Mid-Century Modern Spindle Back George Nakashim...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
A classic George Nakashima design, the spindle back straight chair. This early 1960s example is made of cherry with signature saddle seat. Probably refinished at some point.
Rare American Modern Walnut and Burl Walnut Hig...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
The canted overhanging top above a case with nine drawers on one side and four drawers and a cabinet on the other, on scissor legs George Nakashima for Widdicomb.
George Nakashima Origins Tall Dresser for Widdi...
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Rare example of the George Nakashima origins oversized tall dresser for Widdicomb. Condition is excellent. Wood is stunning from all angles. This example has the flat brass pulls, an...
George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" ...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Rocking Chairs
Poplar, Walnut
An fine example of one of George Nakashima's iconic designs. It's elegant simplicity has made this rocker one of his most enduring designs.
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Tab...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA, 1965 Walnut, rosewood Signed with client name to underneath and copy of original order card Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40...
George Nakashima Walnut Wall-Mounted Desk/Shelf
George Nakashima
Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Desks
Walnut
George Nakashima studio hanging wall shelf/desk with two drawers, USA, 1980. Walnut 12 x 52 x 21 in Copy of original order card.
George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet, 1950s
George Nakashima
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Cabinet by George Nakashima with three sliding doors. USA, circa 1957. American black walnut. Dimention: 95 W x 22 D x 33 H in. Single-slab top with one free edge. Three...
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair, Studio Craft...
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
George Nakashima New Lounge Chair - Studio production c. 1978 for St. Louis Architect Phillip Cotton in beautiful walnut with great patina. This chair comes with the original documen...
Table Lamp by George Nakashima, circa 1968
George Nakashima
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Table Lamps
Paper, Rosewood, Walnut
A walnut and rosewood lamp by George Nakashima with its original shade.
American Modern Two-Door Credenza, by Nakashima
George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1960s American Credenzas
Wood
The American walnut case with circassian elm doors, branded George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Nakashima
Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Chair
George Nakashima
Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Chairs
Walnut, Wood
Beautiful early example of the sculptural Mira chair.
George Nakashima "Wepman" Side Table
George Nakashima
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern 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.
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