Skip to main content

George Nakashima Furniture

George Nakashima (USA, 1905–90)
George Nakashima (USA, 1905–90)

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.

Iconic Designs from George Nakashima
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
New Chair
New Chair
Conoid Chair
Conoid Chair
Mira Chair
Mira Chair
Grass-Seated Chair
Grass-Seated Chair
Applied Filters157 results
Creator:George Nakashima
155
2
to
2
Item Location
135
80
2
155
2
111
28
1
137
113
25
13
10
157
157
157
136
131
2
2
2
53
5,288
1,756
1,505
1,351
George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Desk
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
George Nakashima Hanging wall mount desk Nakashima Studio, circa 1960s American black walnut Measures: 42 W × 20 D × 13 H inches Highly figured overhanging top. Highly figure...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Large Extendable Nakashima Free Edge Dining Table in Cherrywood
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima for Nakashima Studio, dining table, cherry, New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States, 1956 Exquisite and large dining table, designed and created by George Nakashima f...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Cherry

George Nakashima Walnut and Poplar "New Chair" Rocker, USA 1961
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
An early example of one of George Nakashima's iconic designs. It's elegant simplicity has made this rocker one of his most enduring designs.
Category

1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Poplar, Walnut

George Nakashima Cabinet Model OH- 212L, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Chest of 12 drawers by George Nakashima, model OH - 212 L with bookmatched walnut drawer fronts and brass handles, designed for Widdicomb, circa 1950. Cabinet retains its fabric lab...
Category

1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Brass

George Nakashima Custom Daybed, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Custom size, extra long daybed by New Hope studio artist George Nakashima, circa 1950s. Frame is in Black American walnut, retaining its original webbing, with newly made cushion in...
Category

1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima Eight Walnut "New Chairs" Widdicomb/ Nakashima Studio, 1960
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
A suite of 8 George Nakashima "New Chairs" purchased for a modern house in Midland Texas 1959-1961. The chair was designed in 1956 inspired by the Classic American Windsor chair. T...
Category

Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Ash

George Nakashima Large Sideboard with Drawers in Walnut
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, sideboard, walnut, rosewood, New Hope, PA, United States, 1966 This long sideboard features twelve drawers under a free edge top with overhang. Executed in warm co...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Settee with Loro Piana Cashmere Cushions
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Nakashima's settee is a design lover's dream. Simple wood craftmanship at its finest. For the cushions, we chose an ultra-luxurious Loro Piana cashmere in a super chic camel hue, a p...
Category

1970s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Teak Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Tokyo, JP
The type of wood is teak. He visited the NID=National Institute of Design campus in India in 1964, he worked with local craftsmen to produce 32 designs and detailed drawings of furn...
Category

1970s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Teak

George Nakashima, Exceptional and Large "Slab" Coffee Table, Burl, Studio, 1961
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An unique large "Slab" coffee table by George Nakashima. Top and base executed in English oak burl. Features 3 butterfly joints in Indian rosewood, iconic to George Nakashima. Pro...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Oak, Rosewood, Burl

George Nakashima Set of Six Walnut and Hickory "New Chairs", USA 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
This simply elegant chair was designed in 1956 and is reminiscent of the Classic Windsor chairs of the past.
Category

1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, Two Side Drawers, “Origins Series", 1960's
By George Nakashima
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
A highly sought after coffee table by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, 1963. Beautiful condition, professionally restored. George Nakashima worked for Widdicomb, from the mid-1950s...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Chest of Drawers, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Black American walnut chest of drawers by studio artist George Nakashima, circa 1960s, New Hope, PA. Chest features 8 drawers and live edge top. Warm patina through - out. Chest ha...
Category

1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Grass Seat Stool
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nakashima grass seat stool George Nakashima, (1905-1990) Early example, by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, 1950s.
Category

20th Century American Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Seagrass, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut King Headboard
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful king sized headboard in the style of George Nakashima for Widdicomb circa 1950s. In good vintage condition. Great design, wood grain and sculptural shape. Has bolt holes no...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima "New" Chair Rocker
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful host version of the iconic "New" chair rocker features sculptural free edge arm rests, elegant spindle back, and smooth rocking motion. Crafted by George Nakashima, th...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima, "Greenrock" Stools, 1989
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of iconic "Greenrock" stools, by studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, 1989. This design was originally created for Governor Rockefeller's estate in 1974. Stools are c...
Category

1980s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima Buckeye Burl and Parchment Table Lamp, USA 1970s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
This lamp has an unusually complex burl base that exemplifies the mastery of Nakashima's amazing selection of woods for his pieces.
Category

1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Burl, Parchment Paper

George Nakashima Black Walnut "Long Chairs" with Free Edge Armrest, 1959 & 1961
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
This once discontinued design from the 1950s has a two position adjustable back and outstanding free edge armrests. The webbing was replaced by the Nakashima Studio. A rare opportuni...
Category

1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Canvas, Walnut

George Nakashima, Rare Sculptural Pair of Conoid Chairs in Walnut, Signed, 1989
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
George Nakashima (1905–1990) An exceptional pair of Conoid chairs by master craftsman George Nakashima, among the last he sculpted before his death. In carved black walnut shot thr...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima New Chairs, Pair
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
The new chair is a must-have for Nakashima lovers. Based on the design of a Windsor chair, the wood craftsmanship is supreme. These chairs are sold with a digital copy of the ori...
Category

1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Coffee Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage all wood coffee table with shelf, specially made by Nakashima in 1957. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).   
Category

1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Wood

George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins Midcentury Highboy Dresser
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in La Grange, IL
George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins midcentury highboy dresser Measures 56 wide x 20 deep x 49.5 inches high Great vintage condition - there are some small wear marks that can...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Wood

George Nakashima Free Edge Black Walnut Wall Mounted Cabinet, USA, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Cabinet features single board plank top with free-edge atop case with two sliding doors concealing one shelf.
Category

1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Grasscloth, Walnut

Grass-Seated Chair by George Nakashima for NID
By George Nakashima
Located in Tokyo, JP
Designed by the famous Japanese American designer George Nakashima, who visited the NID=National Institute of Design campus in India in 1964, he worked with local craftsmen to produc...
Category

1960s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Rope, Teak

George Nakashima Conoid Bench, 1983
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Solid plank of black walnut seat signed George Nakashima and date plus client name original owner inquired direct from the original owner collection professor John Fairey, Original ...
Category

1980s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Conoid Cross Leg Desk in Walnut by George Nakashima Dated Documented, 1971
By George Nakashima
Located in Rockaway, NJ
George Nakashima solid walnut conoid cross leg desk with butterfly joint or lock. Dated and documented Nakashima piece retaining original paperwork (slightly in as is pictured condit...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut and Grasscloth Room Divider Cabinet, USA, 1971
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
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.
Category

1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Grasscloth, Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Leather Cushions, USA 1989
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
A rare Conoid lounge chair and ottoman from the Birkhill collection. The cushions are upholstered in brown leather elevating the beauty of this outstanding example of Nakashima's work.
Category

1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Leather, Walnut

George Nakashima Pair of Chests in Black Walnut
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of chests, 1961, in American black walnut by George Nakashima. Accompanied by original digital receipt. Client name signed on back of each chest. "Slavin" pulls named after clie...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Sideboard Upper Cabinet Model 277 Walnut Widdicomb Origins 1960
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima storage cabinet Model 280 manufactured in 1960 by the Widdicomb Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of his Origins line of furniture produced between...
Category

Mid-20th Century American George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Sideboard Model 205 Walnut and Carpathian Elm Widdicomb, 1961
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima sideboard Model 205 manufactured in 1961 by the Widdicomb Furniture Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of his Origins line of furniture produced between 1958-...
Category

1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Burl

George Nakashima Black Walnut Free Edge Two-Tier End Tables, USA 1956
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
An unusually versatile pair of Nakashima tables. The second tier is free to be repositioned on the tabletop.
Category

1950s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Adjustable Music Stand in Burl, Elm & Walnut, USA 1980
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Adjustable music stand made from walnut and Carpathian elm burl. The stand is unmarked and has been documented by a copy of the original drawing.
Category

Late 20th Century American George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Elm, Walnut, Burl

George Nakashima King Size Headboard
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare Nakashima headboard. Original pandanus cloth doors. Provenance accompanies.  
Category

20th Century George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Large Custom Daybed
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fantastic Nakashima daybed. Full provenance accompanies.
Category

20th Century George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Wood

George Nakashima Dry Bar with Pandanus Front
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima dry bar with pandanus front. A rare form.
Category

Mid-20th Century George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Wood

George Nakashima Magnificent Console
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One of the best examples we have ever seen. Fully signed and dated. Provenance accompanies.
Category

20th Century George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

George Nakashima Walnut Sideboard Credenza, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in Tempe, AZ
This credenza is absolutely beautiful. This specific example of George Nakashima's work features book-matched walnut throughout, impeccable grain, visible dowels on the top and gorge...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Brass

The Original Holtz Dining Table by George Nakashima, 1986
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
The Original "Holtz" table, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1986 Claro walnut, American black walnut, rosewood. Indistinctly signed and dated: "George Nakashima March (??) 1986" George Naka...
Category

1980s American Organic Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Set of Six George Nalkashima "Conoid" Dining Chairs, 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful set of six "Conoid" dining chair in walnut by Japanese - American studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, 1965 Great original condition. Signed with client's name u...
Category

1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima African Zebrawood & Walnut Double Pedestal Desk, USA 1986
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
A magnificent example of George Nakashima's work. Commissioned directly from the artist by the previous owner in 1985 and executed in 1986. The desk is signed and dated by George Nak...
Category

1980s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Zebra Wood

1960s Brown Wooden Sofa, New Upholstery by George Nakashima 'd'
By Wharton Esherick, Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sofa by George Nakashima, American walnut, new upholstery, USA, 1960. Handcrafted, stunning, marvellous sofa. It is constructed with American walnut. Manufactured by Widdicomb. ...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Coffee Table by George Nakashima for his Sundra Series for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rectangular coffee table model 217 designed by George Nakashima for his Sundra (meaning thing of beauty) series produced by Widdicomb, 1950s. Beautifully figured East Indian laurel w...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Brass

King or Queen Headboard by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Beautiful Condition
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Kansas City, MO
Headboard for a king or queen sized bed designed by George Nakashima for his Origin series with Sundra finish (meaning thing of beauty) made by Widdicomb, 1950s. Constructed of East...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Wood

George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs, Set of Six, 1970s
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
George Nakashima Conoid dining chairs in black walnut and hickory. New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1970s. Four signed with client's name "West".
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Hickory, Walnut

Mira Barstool by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Walnut "Mira" counter height stools by George Nakashima.
Category

1960s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Free Edge Black Walnut Hanging Wall Cabinet, USA 1965
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
An outstanding example of Nakashima's distinctive hanging cabinets. It has an uncommon interior with several drawers as well as adjustable shelving. It's size alone is quite impressi...
Category

1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Grasscloth, Walnut

George Nakashima "Origins" Lounge Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nakashima design lounge chair for his "Origins" line for Widdicomb Furniture Co. Professionally cleaned and waxed while retaining all of the warmth and patina of the original ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Dining Table Model 202 for Widdicomb 1959 Two Leaves
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima model 202 walnut dining table with two leaves and rare drop down center support. Designed for Widdicomb Furniture Company as part of his Origins line. The table me...
Category

1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

1940s Straight Chair by George Nakashima
By Knoll, George Nakashima
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early production straight chair with spindles and a shaped seat on four splayed, tapered dowel legs.
Category

1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Hickory

1960s Walnut Stool by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A walnut barstool designed by American Craftsman Master George Nakashima with hand-hewn spindles supporting a thin backrest, a shaped seat on four splayed, and tapered dowel legs wit...
Category

1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Walnut Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of George Nakashima American walnut lounge chairs. Stunning jewelry like woodwork by George Nakashima from circa 1962. Excellent condition. New cushions.
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima Slab-Arm Lounge Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fine example of this form. The client requested an extra wide slab-arm, as is noted by the artist. Signed with the clients name.
Category

1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

George Nakashima Kornblut Cabinet with Persian Walnut, Oregon Myrtle & Rosewood
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Cabinet features dramatic natural fissures with two rosewood butterflies on each side and one door concealing one adjustable shelf. Signed and dated to the interior of the cabinet "G...
Category

1980s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

George Nakashima Desk
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima desk.
Category

20th Century North American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Set of Six George Nakashima Grass Seat Chairs, USA, 1950s-1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in London, GB
A stunning set of six George Nakashima grass seat chairs, made by Nakashima Studio, New Hope Pennsylvania, USA, 1950s-1960s. Walnut and grass cord. In original condition with a wonde...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Seagrass, Walnut

George Nakashima Minguren Table
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A walnut table designed by George Nakashima clients name on underside of table top. expressive grain on both table top and center pedestal.
Category

1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Interiors Featuring George Nakashima

Explore the work of the world's best interior designers