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Conoid Chair

About the Design

George Nakashima (1905–90) famously said, “Furniture should be lived with and not treated as something overly precious,” so it’s not surprising that his Conoid chair was made to be dragged across carpeting. 


First built in 1971, the Conoid chair is one of Nakashima’s most celebrated and recognizable designs. It features a slab of black walnut cantilevered over two legs, with distinctive feet that resemble old-fashioned sled runners.


Born in Spokane, Washington, Nakashima led a singular life devoted to woodworking. Although he collaborated with Knoll after World War II as a pioneer of the American Studio Craft movement, he rejected mass production and believed the beauty of a tree lay in its vast imperfections. Nakashima studied architecture extensively, receiving a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1930. But he found inspiration — and picked up essential woodworking techniques — from those around him: the architect Antonin Raymond, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as fellow Japanese-Americans he encountered when he and his family were interned in Idaho during World War II. Raymond petitioned for the release of the Nakashima family from the camp and helped them resettle in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The Conoid chair’s thin hickory spindles, shaved and faceted by hand with a blocking plane, echo those of colonial Windsor chairs found in Pennsylvania homes in the 1700s. Nakashima’s chair is named for the Conoid Studio he built in New Hope in 1957. 


George Nakashima Conoid Chair

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Conoid Chair by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Sammushi, JP
George Nakashima's products are now produced in only 2 locations around the world. They are "George Nakashima Woodworker" in U.S.A. and "Sakura Woodworkers" in Japan. "Sakura Woodwor...
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Vintage 1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cherry

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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Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Hickory, 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 Lounge Chairs

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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 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 Chairs

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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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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

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Hickory, Walnut

Set of Four Conoid Chairs by George Nakashima, 1982
By George Nakashima
Located in Santa Fe, NM
A gorgeous set of eight Conoid chairs by George Nakashima in American black walnut and hickory. New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1982. The set comes with the original order document signed b...
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Vintage 1980s American Organic Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Hickory, Walnut

George Nakashima Conoid Low Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
George Nakashima Conoid low chairs. A rarely seen design from the studio.
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Vintage 1980s American Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

George Nakashima "Conoid" Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A lovely single example. Provenance accompanies.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs