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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 Coffee Table
Description: American (New Hope, Pennsylvania), mid-20th century. A George Nakashima (1905-1990) ...
May 06, 2016
George Nakashima New Side Chairs
Description: American (New Hope, Pennsylvania), mid-20th century. A pair of George Nakashima (190...
May 06, 2016
George Nakashima Grass-Seated Chairs
Description: American (New Hope, Pennsylvania), mid-20th century. A set of four George Nakashima ...
May 06, 2016
George Nakashima Dining Table
Description: American (New Hope, Pennsylvania), mid-20th century. A George Nakashima (1905-1990) ...
May 06, 2016
Manner of Nakashima, Slab Form Bench or Table
Description: Style of George Nakashima (American, 19905-1990). Modern slab wood bench or coffee t...
May 01, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Miroir Noyer et verre miroité Edition Widdicomb Date de création : 1...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Minguren I Table basse Noyer d'Amérique Date de création : vers 1975...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Conoid Table Noyer Date de création : vers 1960 H 72,5 × L 213,5 × P...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Paire de canapés Noyer d'Amérique et tissu Date de création : vers 1...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer, laurier et laiton Edition Wdidicomb Date de création ...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Enfiade Noyer d'Amérique et tissu Date de création : 1965 H 82 × L 1...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer d'Amérique Numérotée 1/2 Date de création : vers 1960 ...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Minguren III Table de salle à manger Noyer, plateau d’une seule pièc...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer d'Amérique Date de création : 1963 H 134 × L 91,5 × P ...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer d'Amérique Date de création : vers 1960 H 82 × L 152,5...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Free edge Bufft Noyer d'Amérique et rafi Date de création : vers 196...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Ensemble de deux étagères Noyer d'Amérique Edition Nakashima Atelier...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer d'Amérique Marquée Bennett #2025 Date de création : ve...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Conoid Banc Noyer d'Amérique et caryer Date de création : 1961 H 78 ...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Grass-seated Ensemble de douze chaises Noyer d'Amérique et corde Dat...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Etagère Noyer d'Amérique Edition Nakashima Atelier Date de création ...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Table avec deux allonges Noyer d’Amérique et caryer Date de création...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Paire de tables de chevet Loupe de chêne Date de création : vers 196...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer d'Amérique Numérotée 2/2 Date de création : vers 1960 ...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Lampadaire Noyer d'Amérique et fire de verre Date de création : 1965...
Apr 27, 2016
George Nakashima (1905-1990)
George Nakashima (1905-1990) Commode Noyer d'Amérique et laiton Edition Widdicomb Date de créatio...
Apr 27, 2016
LEONARD BASKIN (American,...
1527 LEONARD BASKIN (American,... Fourteen works by Baskin: Six etchings on Arches and six woodc...
Apr 16, 2016
LEONARD BASKIN (American, 1922-2000); ETC.
Description: Fourteen works by Baskin: Six etchings on Arches and six woodcuts, each signed and n...
Apr 16, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (ATTRIBUTION), WALNUT SLAB COFFEE TABLE
Description: 13 1/4 in. x 6 ft. 11 in. x 20 in. Categories: American Decorative Arts and Furnitur...
Apr 02, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)
GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990) A SET OF FOUR GRASS-SEATED CHAIRS, DESIGNED CIRCA 1941 walnut, woven...
Mar 22, 2016
Midcentury George Nakashima Dresser.
Description: Single dresser. Accompanied by Letter of Authentication and original receipt dated 1...
Mar 20, 2016
Midcentury George Nakashima Side Table.
Description: Beautiful black walnut top and side with attached stretcher to top underside and thi...
Mar 20, 2016
Midcentury George Nakashima Double Dresser.
Description: George Nakashima dresser with block feet and free edge top. Buyer's name pencil sign...
Mar 20, 2016
Set of 4 George Nakashima Captain's Chairs.
Description: Buyer's name pencil signed to underside of each. Accompanied by Letter of Authentica...
Mar 20, 2016
Midcentury George Nakashima Center Table.
Description: Turned leg center table with round top. Apparently unmarked. Accompanied by Letter o...
Mar 20, 2016
Monumental George Nakashima Slab Coffee Table.
Description: Exceptional 7' long English walnut coffee table with slab top and tapered legs. Beau...
Mar 20, 2016
George Nakashima
with client's name to underside American black walnut and East Indian rosewood 13 x 71 3/4  x 22 ...
Mar 02, 2016
George Nakashima
with client's name to the underside American black walnut and hickory 32 1/2  x 52 1/4  x 24 1/4 ...
Mar 02, 2016
Mira Nakashima
together with a set of eleven dining chairs designed by George Nakashima for Knoll, modern table ...
Mar 02, 2016
George Nakashima
with finished reverse Persian walnut, American black walnut and pandanus cloth 29 7/8  x 69 x 22 ...
Mar 02, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSSliding door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Triple dresser
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSTriple dresser, New Hope, PA, 1965Wal...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Long Chair with Arm Rest
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSLong Chair with Arm Rest, New Hope, P...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Large low daybed/bench
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSLarge long daybed/bench, New Hope, PA...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Hanging Wall Case
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSHanging Wall Case, New Hope, PA, 1964...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Six New chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSSix New chairs, New Hope, PA, 1981/85...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Six grass-seated chairs
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSSet of six Grass Seated Chairs, New H...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine Minguren coffee table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSFine Minguren coffee table, New Hope,...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Large trestle dining table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSLarge trestle dining table, New Hope,...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Conoid dining table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSConoid dining table, New Hope, PA, 19...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Coffee table
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSCoffee table, New Hope, PA, 1957Cherr...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Hanging Wall Case
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA NAKASHIMA STUDIOS Hanging Wall Case, New Hope, PA, 1973 Walnut, oak...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding door cabinet
Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSSliding door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Hanging Wall Case
1146 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Hanging Wall Case Hanging Wall Case, New Hope, PA, 1964; Walnut, pandanus ...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Six New chairs
1144 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Six New chairs Six New chairs, New Hope, PA, 1981/85; Walnut, hickory; Sig...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding door...
1140 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding door... Sliding door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1977; Walnut; Signed w...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Coffee table
1038 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Coffee table Coffee table, New Hope, PA, 1957; Cherry, rosewood; Signed wi...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Eight New chairs
1031 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Eight New chairs Eight New chairs, six side- two arm-, New Hope, PA, 1975/...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding door HiFi...
1035 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding door HiFi... Sliding door HiFi cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1959; Walnut...
Feb 28, 2016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Tall dresser
1033 GEORGE NAKASHIMA Tall dresser Tall dresser, New Hope, PA, 1965; Walnut; Unmarked; 53" x 36"...
Feb 28, 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.