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Born in 1905 in Spokane, Washington, to Japanese immigrants, George Nakashima is an American woodworker and architect, who was a leading figure of the American craft movement and innovative 20th century furniture design. He was educated in architecture at the University of Washington and M.I.T.

After finishing his studies in 1931, Nakashima sold his car and bought an around-the-world steamship ticket. He traveled around in France, living the bohemian life in Paris for a year, India and Japan. In Japan, while working for Antonin Raymond -American architect who also collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright-, Nakashima journeyed through Japan in detail, learning Japanese architecture and designs. Throughout his travels, Nakashima absorbed both traditional and modern aspects of art, design and culture and melded them in his unique style.

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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding Door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 19...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Conoid dining table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOConoid dining table, New Hope, PA, 197...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Headboard
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFull-size headboard, New Hope, PA, 198...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Double Sliding Door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990) NAKASHIMA STUDIO Double Sliding Door cabinet, New Hop...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Table lamp
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990) NAKASHIMA STUDIO Table lamp, New Hope, PA, 1987 Walnu...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine early Conoid bench
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFine early Conoid bench, New Hope, PA,...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Triple Sliding Door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990) NAKASHIMA STUDIO Triple Sliding Door cabinet, New Hop...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine set of six Conoid chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOExceptional set of six Conoid dining c...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding Door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 19...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding Door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 19...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Pair of Conoid chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOPair of Conoid chairs, New Hope, PA, 1...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Two Single Arm Cushion sofas
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOTwo Single Arm Cushion sofas, New Hope...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Eight Grass-Seated chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOEight Grass-Seated chairs, New Hope, P...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine and unusual side table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFine and unusual side table, New Hope,...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Tall dresser
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOTall dresser, New Hope, PA English wal...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Dresser
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIODresser, New Hope, PA, 1975 English wa...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Pair of lounge chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOPair of lounge chairs, New Hope, PA,19...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Six Grass-Seated chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSix Grass-Seated chairs, New Hope, PA,...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Double Sliding Door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIODouble Sliding Door cabinet, New Hope,...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Minguren side table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOMinguren side table, New Hope, PA, 198...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Mirror
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOWall-hanging mirror, New Hope, PA, 198...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA New rocking chair
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIONew rocking chair, New Hope, PA, 1987 ...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Wall shelf
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOWall shelf, New Hope, PA, 1975 English...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine Minguren coffee table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFine Minguren coffee table, New Hope, ...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine Minguren dining table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFine Minguren I dining table, New Hope...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Custom bridge table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOCustom turned-leg bridge table, New Ho...
Oct 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Tiered coffee table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOTiered coffee table, New Hope, PA Figu...
Oct 16, 2016
George Nakashima 4 Sap Walnut Captain's Chairs
Description: George Nakashima 4 Sap Walnut Captain's Chairs. With workshop documentation and copi...
Sep 30, 2016
George Nakashima Sap Walnut Wall Shelf
Description: George Nakashima Sap Walnut Wall Shelf. With workshop documentation and copies of or...
Sep 30, 2016
George Nakashima 3 Sap Walnut Mira Stools
Description: George Nakashima 3 Mira Sap Walnut Stools. With workshop documentation and copies of...
Sep 30, 2016
STYLE OF GEORGE NAKASHIMA
Description: Two free edge burl wood table lamps, one with parchment shade set in wood frame With...
Aug 27, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA; WIDDICOMB
Description: Cabinet Bleached rosewood, walnut, brass, glass Upholstery label 34NULL x 63NULL x 1...
Aug 27, 2016
George Nakashima
with client's name to the underside walnut 15 1/2  by 29 1/4  by 52 1/4  in. (39.4 by 74.3 by 132...
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
each with client's initials to the underside walnut smaller: 17 1/8  by 22 3/4  by 17 5/8  in. (4...
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
with client's name and inventory number to the reverse walnut, pandanus cloth 32 by 100 1/8  by 2...
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
each with client's name to the underside walnut, hickory each: 35 1/2  by 18 7/8  by 22 7/8  in. ...
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
walnut 21 by 26 5/8  by 20 3/4  in. (53.3 by 67.6 by 52.7 cm.) circa 1980
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
faded client's name to underside walnut, East Indian rosewood 12 by 54 1/4  by 19 1/2  in. (30.5 ...
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
walnut, East Indian rosewood 29 by 83 7/8  by 42 in. (73.7 by 212.9 by 106.7 cm.) 1968
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima
walnut, hickory 35 5/8  by 24 3/4  by 29 1/4  in. (90.4 by 62.9 by 74.3 cm.) circa 1980
Jul 28, 2016
George Nakashima Grass Seat Armchair, 1960s
Description: George Nakashima (Japanese/American,1905-1990), circa 1960s. A single grass seat arm...
Jun 25, 2016
Two George Nakashima (1905-1990) Chests of Drawers
Description: Two George Nakashima (1905-1990) Chests of Drawers American black walnut New Hope...
Jun 23, 2016
Two Tall Chests After George Nakashima
Description: Two Tall Chests After George Nakashima American walnut United States, c. 1991 Bo...
Jun 23, 2016
Three George Nakashima (1905-1990) High Chairs
Description: Three George Nakashima (1905-1990) High Chairs American black walnut New Hope, Pe...
Jun 23, 2016
Two George Nakashima (1905-1990) New Chairs
Description: Two George Nakashima (1905-1990) New Chairs American black walnut, hickory New Ho...
Jun 23, 2016
Two George Nakashima (1905-1990) Conoid Lounge Chairs
Description: Two George Nakashima (1905-1990) Conoid Lounge Chairs American black walnut, hicko...
Jun 23, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Special Free-edge Table
Description: George Nakashima (1905-1990) Special Free-edge Table American black walnut New Ho...
Jun 23, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Wall Mirror
Description: George Nakashima (1905-1990) Wall Mirror American black walnut, glass New Hope, P...
Jun 23, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Bedside Table
Description: George Nakashima (1905-1990) Bedside Table American black walnut New Hope, Pennsy...
Jun 23, 2016
George Nakashima
Lot 361 George Nakashima Japanese/American, 1905-1990 Dining Table and Four Chairs, 1950s, for Wi...
Jun 15, 2016
George Nakashima
Lot 358 George Nakashima Japanese/American, 1905-1990 Bookcase Cabinet, 1950s, for Widdicomb Waln...
Jun 15, 2016
George Nakashima
Lot 315 George Nakashima Japanese/American, 1905-1990 Turned Leg Dining Table, with two leaves Bl...
Jun 15, 2016
George Nakashima Style Wall Mounted Cabinet.
Description: Great looking wall mounted cabinet with wrapped front sliding doors under a free for...
Jun 12, 2016
Midcentury Pair Of Nakashima Style End Tables.
Description: Apparently unsigned. With nice dovetailed detail to top in the style of George Nakas...
Jun 12, 2016
George Nakashima "Slab" coffee table, 1958
American black walnut, one East Indian rosewood butterfly key. 13 1/4 x 65 x 29 in. (33.7 x 165.1...
Jun 09, 2016
George Nakashima "Conoid" dining table, 1979
Book-matched American black walnut, four East Indian rosewood butterfly keys. 28 1/2 x 85 x 46 in...
Jun 09, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990) A 'CONOID' BENCH, CIRCA 1965 walnut 30 in. (76.2 cm.) high, 95 ½ in....
Jun 08, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990) TWO SIDE TABLES, CIRCA 1965 walnut one: 21 in. (53.3 cm.) high, 26 ¾...
Jun 08, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990) A SET OF FOUR 'MIRA' CHAIRS, CIRCA 1965 walnut each 26 ½ in. (67.3 c...
Jun 08, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Bookcase
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990) NAKASHIMA STUDIO Bookcase, New Hope, PA, 1964 Walnut ...
Jun 08, 2016

However, the turning point of his career came in a film-like moment. During the WWII, like many Asian Americans, Nakashima was exiled into an Internment Camp. Here, he met an old master of traditional Japanese carpentry and under his teaching, learned the secrets of traditional Japanese hand tools and joinery techniques. More importantly, he learned to approach the wood with discipline and patience, understanding it better and seeking perfection in each phase of his design. Nakashima had a special relationship with wood and the tree itself, visible in his memoir “The Soul of a Tree”.

He gave a second life to the trees with his signature woodworking design, using massive solid wood slabs with unfinished natural edges or multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints. He is known for his preference of walnut, ash and cherry and accepting materials that were rejected by other woodworkers for their imperfections.

Nakashima always included family members in his studio, most importantly his Harvard educated architect daughter Mira Nakashima, who took over his legacy. Today, Nakashima furniture is favored by both the collections of traditional institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution and Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as in the homes of Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and Steve Jobs.

What is George Nakashima known for?

Two of the most memorable pieces designed by George Nakashima are the Straight-Backed Chair for Knoll and the Widdicomb-Mueller Dining Table. Known for creating everyday functional objects instead of furniture with elaborate designs, Nakashima’s Straight-Backed Chair of 1946, which has unmistakable craftsmanship and sculptural lines, has inspired a lot of new designers. The Widdicomb-Mueller Dining Table is an extension dining table made out of his signature rare timbers. He used highly figured walnut, rosewood, laurel and Carpathian Elm timbers to build it. This table looks distinct because of its six tapered hexagonal legs and stretchers.

What auction houses (and galleries) have sold George Nakashima items?

George Nakashima’s furniture pieces are very popular among art and antique collectors. Some of his works, namely the Minguren II Low Table and the Walnut Hanging Cabinet, were on display at the Todd Merrill Studio in New York and the Hemisphere Gallery in London, respectively. Auction houses have a few lots of his famous pieces as well. Wright auctions Nakashima’s 1972 Rare Cabinet while Christie’s has sold some of his pieces which were named A Wall Cabinet, A Walnut Console, and An Important Long Chair.

What is the price range of George Nakashima items?

George Nakashima’s designs are highly regarded by critics and collectors. Whenever his pieces come out at an auction, it commands a price of anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000. The most expensive Nakashima furniture auctioned by Christie’s was the 1978 A Coffee Table, which was sold for $149,000. His works has reached auction houses around the world, particularly in Seoul and United Kingdom. 

Interesting info about George Nakashima

Many still can’t believe how a coffee table with rough edges was sold for 30% more than its estimated price. The Table Basse, which Nakashima built between 1950 and 1960, was sold for 97,000 euros or about $112,000. Auctioneers estimated its worth to be around 40,000 and 60,000 euros. But then, Nakashima’s imperfect intricacies are exactly what he is known for. He would take all the wood that other furniture makers would discard and use it to build interesting coffee tables. He would make the top smooth but leave the outer edges rugged, creating a very distinctive appeal.