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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.

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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...
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1980s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut, Zebra Wood

George Nakashima Sliding Door Cabinet in Cherry, 1963
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A sliding door cabinet in cherrywood with drawers and adjustable shelves. George Nakashima, 1963. Sold with copy of original receipt.
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1960s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry

Set of Six George Nakashima Dining Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Set of six George Nakashima Cherry spindle back dining chairs. Two armchairs and four side chairs. Seats with unusual and dramatic grain. Each signed with client name to bottom of s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry

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...
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1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Upholstery, 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...
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1980s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Upholstery, 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...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Coffee Table, “Origins Series", 1960s
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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Brown Wooden Sofa, New Upholstery by George Nakashima 'd'
By George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

Coffee Table by George Nakashima for his Sundra Series for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Nightstands with Drawer by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Beautiful
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of nightstands or side tables designed by George Nakashima for his Origins series with Sundra finish (meaning thing of beauty) made by Widdicomb, 1950s. Constructed of East Indi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Wood

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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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

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Hickory, Walnut

Mira Barstool by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Walnut "Mira" counter height stools by George Nakashima.
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1960s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Eight Grass Seated Dining Chairs by George Nakashima Studio, US - 2019
By George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of 8 grass-seated chairs, designed by George Nakashima and manufactured by George Nakashima Studio in the US. The square seat typically found in walnut and woven sea-grass. Outst...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Seagrass, 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...
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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 ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Early George Nakashima New Chair Armchair American Black Walnut USA circa 1967
By George Nakashima
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
George Nakashima New Chair with arms walnut USA 1967 George Nakashima ’New Chair’ American black walnut and hickory spindle back chair with arms dated 1967, this chair was handcra...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima Turned Leg Dining Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
George Nakashima dining table with three rosewood butterflies and two extensions. Book-matched top with distinctive sap grain. Signed with clients name to bottom. Table has been comp...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Dining Table Model 202 for Widdicomb 1959 Two Leaves
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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...
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1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

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

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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...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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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.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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...
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1980s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Rosewood, Walnut

Pair of George Nakashima Grass Seat Stools
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of George Nakashima grass seat stools George Nakashima (1905-1990) Early pair of walnut grass seat stools, by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA. 1950s.
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20th Century American Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Seagrass, Walnut

George Nakashima Desk
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima desk.
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20th Century North American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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

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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.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Handcrafted "Wohl" Occasional Tables, 1954
By George Nakashima
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nakashima handcrafted "Wohl" side tables. 1954. American black walnut. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist Thence by descent to Private Collection, New Jerse...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Barstool in English Walnut, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nakashima high stool, studio made piece in English walnut, circa 1960.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima 'd'
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent set of lounge chairs crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1950s Brown Walnut Sideboard by George Nakashima 'b'
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co., Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sideboard in brown walnut and brass handles by George Nakashima, USA, 1958. Famous American George Nakashima designed this handmade sidebaord in American black walnut wood. This p...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Brass

George Nakashima "Conoid" Dining Table
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Small George Nakashima "Conoid" dining table. Two bookmatched free-edged slabs joined with three large rosewood butterfly joints. Table comes with full provenance and in very fine co...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Single Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chair in walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent single lounge chair crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Free-Form Slab Coffee Table, circa 1960
By George Nakashima
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful and soulful, free-from slab coffee table in walnut by George Nakashima, New Hope, PA, circa 1960. Marked underneath with clients name.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Conoid Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of walnut Conoid lounge chairs by George Nakashima. These chairs are signed and dated June 4, 1990. These are some of the last pieces George completed before passing away...
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1990s George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Console / Dining Table, 1967
By George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare form. Walnut drop-leaf dining / console table with Frenchman's cove base, 1967. Sold with a copy of the original invoice. Measures: 72.25 x 28.5 x 24.5 W (closed) 48.25 W (op...
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1960s Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Two-Door Walnut Cabinet, 1960s
By George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
Double sliding door cabinet. New Hope, PA, circa 1961. Walnut, pandanus cloth. Measures: 30.5 H x 84.5 W x 21.5 D in Sold with copies of original invoice and drawing.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima a 'Born Together' pair of Chests of Drawers in Walnut, 1955
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, pair of cabinets in walnut, New Hope, PA, 1955. These sideboards feature eight drawers each, executed in walnut with traditional and finished with archetypical dov...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Coffee Table Origins Model 272 Widdicomb, 1960
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
George Nakashima flip-top coffee table model 272 manufactured by Widdicomb in 1960 from his origins line. The underside of the drawer is stenciled Sundra model 272 dated 1960. The ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut, Walnut

George Nakashima Model 217 Walnut and Oak Coffee Table by Widdicomb, USA, 1958
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
George Nakashima walnut and oak coffee table by Widdicomb Grand Rapids, USA, 1958 manufacture 11/58 model 217. Rare George Nakashima walnut and oak coffee table manufactured by W...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Oak, Walnut

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.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Poplar, Walnut

George Nakashima, "New" Armchairs
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "New" armchairs walnut, hickory spindled back and saddle seat. Provenance: Upon request.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut, Hickory

George Nakashima Rocker
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Rocker in walnut with hickory spindles. Signed with provenance.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Dining Set with Single Board Walnut Surface 1983
By George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
Rare George Nakashima Conoid dining set with single board walnut surface, large butterfly keys, large inclusion. Dining table and four chairs USA circa 1983 Single estate ownership...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Origins Wall Mirror
By George Nakashima
Located in San Francisco, CA
George Nakashima large and impressive black walnut wall mirror for his Origins line for Widdicomb. Sculpted Minimalist frame with original finish and glass, beautiful in its simplicity.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Mirror, Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut Cabinet, 1950s
By George Nakashima
Located in Houston, TX
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Six Grass Seated Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of six George Nakashima chairs in cherry and black walnut wood with woven seagrass seats. Made in New Hope, Pennsylvania circa 1950s.
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1950s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry, Walnut

Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Chair in Cherry
By George Nakashima
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Early vintage version of the Mira chair by George Nakashima in cherrywood.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry, Fruitwood

Mira Chars Design by George Nakashima
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Mira Chair design by George Nakashima in 1950 this exeples made by Mira Nakashima 2007 for important collection of Professor Architect John Fairey solid walnut.
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21st Century and Contemporary American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Cabinet with Sliding Doors, 1958
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, sideboard, American walnut, United States, 1958 This cabinet by George Nakashima features sliding drawers, and a large slab spanning past the edges of the cabine...
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1850s American Mid-Century Modern Antique George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Vintage Walnut Nakashima Drop Leaf Dining Table for Widdicomb
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern drop leaf dining table designed by George Nakashima for the "Origins" collection manufactured by Widdicomb Furniture, circa 1950s. This stunning piece features a f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of George Nakashima Bookcases, 1968
By George Nakashima
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rarely seen large bookcases by Nakashima in walnut, circa 1968. In excellent condition and with provenance.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Sliding Door Cabinet, American Walnut, New Hope, PA, 1959
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, sliding door cabinet, American walnut, New Hope, PA, 1959 The compartment consists of two sliding doors and the interior contains a pull-out shelf on the right a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Lounge chairs, walnut, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1962. Magnificent set of lounge chairs crafted from American walnut by George Nakashima himself in elaborat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

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.
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, 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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima 'Conoid' Bench
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nakashima Conoid bench, New Hope, PA, 1983 (bench comes with copy of original purchase invoice).  
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut