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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.

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Set of Four George Nakashima Black Walnut Captain's Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Sideboard with Drawers in Walnut
By George Nakashima
Located in Waalwijk, NL
George Nakashima, cabinet, walnut, New Hope, PA, United States, 1955 This sideboard features the characteristics of Nakashima’s works who combines his great knowledge of craftsmansh...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Walnut and Burl Inlay Coffee Table
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Tempe, AZ
This coffee table is truly stunning; a George Nakashima for Widdicomb Origins collection walnut coffee table with the rare burl inlay. This coffee table has all the staples of a fine...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut, Burl

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Armchair with Ottoman by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, Sam Maloof
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Armchair in walnut, ottoman, new upholstery in grey by George Nakashima, USA, 1964. Magnificent single armchair with matching ottoman crafted from American walnut by George Nakash...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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

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

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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...
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1950s 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, 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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima Round Walnut Coffee Table, 1959
By George Nakashima
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nakashima handcrafted round walnut coffee table 1959. The table will be accompanied by copies of the original order card and receipt dating to March 4, 1959 from the Nakas...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima, Exceptional and Large "Slab" Coffee Table, Burl, Studio, 1961
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
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, iconic to George Nakashima. Provenance: Executed in ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Oak, Burl

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Single Lounge Chair by George Nakashima
By Sam Maloof, George Nakashima
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

1970s Brown Walnut Wall-Mounted Sideboard by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
This handcrafted and wall-mounted sideboard by George Nakashima has a beautifully figured American black walnut slab top with an organic and subtle free-form edge. Comes with two sli...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern 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 Conoid Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of George Nakashima Studio Conoid lounge chairs in American black walnut with hickory spindles.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Fabric, Wood, Walnut

Pair of Conoid Chairs by George Nakashima, 1982
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A gorgeous pair of Conoid chairs by George Nakashima in American black walnut and hickory, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1982.
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1980s American Organic Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima, Pair of "Cushion" Chairs, 1972
By George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Pair of "Cushion" lounge chairs in cherry by studio artist George Nakashima, New Hope, PA. Chairs are in excellent, original condition and cushions are newly made. Copy of order ca...
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Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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Cherry, Upholstery

George Nakashima Free Edge "Conoid" Dining Table
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nakashima free edge "Conoid" dining table, solid planks of American black walnut, solid wood base. Signed clients name accompanied with photocopy of the original order card.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

George Nakashima for Knoll Walnut and Hickory Windsor Straight Chair
By George Nakashima, Knoll
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern Windsor side chair By George Nakashima for Knoll USA, 1948-2008 American walnut frame, with contrasting hickory spindles. Measures: 21.6...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, Walnut

Beautiful Midcentury Cabinet by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this gorgeous live edge cabinet in handcrafted American black walnut. Featuring two adjustable shelves on the left side and a built in shelf and single draw...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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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 Pennsylvania studio craft movement patriarch George Nakashima, among the last he sculpted before his death. In ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Hickory, 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

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

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Cherry

George Nakashima Eight Walnut "New Chairs" Widdicomb , 1959 - 1963
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Camden, ME
8 George Nakashima "New Chairs" by Widdicomb in production from 1959 to 1963.
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Mid-20th Century American American Craftsman George Nakashima Furniture

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Ash, Walnut

George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Desk
By George Nakashima, George Nakashima Studio
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...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nakashima Furniture

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Walnut

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

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Walnut

George Nakashima Settee with Loro Piana Cashmere Cushions
By George Nakashima Studio, George Nakashima
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...
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1970s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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...
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1970s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Teak

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

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

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Walnut

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

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Canvas, 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).   
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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.
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1960s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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...
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1960s Indian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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

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

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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.
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1970s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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

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Walnut

George Nakashima Sideboard Upper Cabinet Model 277 Walnut Widdicomb Origins 1960
By George Nakashima, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
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...
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Mid-20th Century American George Nakashima Furniture

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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 1959-...
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1960s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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Burl, Walnut

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.
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1950s American Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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.
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Late 20th Century American George Nakashima Furniture

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Elm, Walnut, Burl

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

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Brass

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

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

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Brass

King or Queen Headboard by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, Beautiful Condition
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
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

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

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 designed for Widdicomb Furniture Company as part of his Origins line manufactered between 1959 to 1963.. The table is in excellent rest...
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1950s American American Craftsman Vintage George Nakashima Furniture

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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.
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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

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 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

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

1960s Walnut, Grey Upholstery Lounge Chairs by George Nakashima 'd'
By Sam Maloof, 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

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