Furniture Artist: George Nakashima

Posted by Jenna Miller on May 11th, 2021

Special-order coffee table by George Nakashima. Photo courtesy of Rago.


George Nakashima was born on 24th May 1905 in Washington. He completed his graduation in architecture in 1929 and his master's from M.I.T. He was an American furniture artist. He made appreciable contributions to the furniture industry. He was known for his innovative ideas in the woodwork industry. George Nakashima coffee table is very famous worldwide.

Subsequent to considering, Nakashima made a trip abroad to investigate the world and study building styles all alone, investing energy in spots like Paris, France, and Pondicherry, India. One of his initial tutors was Antonin Raymond, a draftsman he met in Japan and worked with while examining Japanese design. In 1940, Nakashima got back to the United States with his American-conceived spouse, Marion Okajima. The couple opened a Seattle furniture workshop, however, it was shut when they announced for interment in a Japanese-American migration camp in Hunt, ID. At the camp, Nakashima met a Japanese craftsman named Gentauro Hikogawa, who showed him the art of making conventional Japanese furnishings. In 1943, Raymond supported Nakashima's delivery from the movement camp. 

After his investigations, Nakashima sold his vehicle and bought an around-the-world steamship ticket, investing energy in France, North Africa, America, and ultimately Japan. The outing added to his huge information on the plan, materials, and procedures.

In 1934, Nakashima joined the design firm of Antonin Raymond, a protégé of draftsman Frank Lloyd Wright. Raymond later sent Nakashima to Pondicherry, India, to manage the development of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

George Nakashima table, Walnut Minguren coffee table with rosewood butterfly, several free/raw edges, and a natural reticulation. Marked to the underside with the original owner’s name. Provenance: By descent, from the Estate of Dr. Alberta C. Johnson, Tucson, AZ; acquired directly from George Nakashima in 1967. Accompanied by original receipt, original handwritten purchase order, original printed finishing instructions, original correspondence card regarding delayed delivery signed by Kathy Mezger, and May 7, 1966, original graphite sketch/plans by George Nakashima.

During his visit, Nakashima turned into a supporter of the master Sri Aurobindo and learned Integral Yoga. The training lastingly affected his later plans. Subsequent to moving back to America in 1941, Nakashima turned out to be progressively frustrated with design. He needed to support customary ways of thinking and craftsmanship, not industrialization and innovation. That year, Nakashima chose to seek another vocation as a furniture creator.

'Rather than a long-running and grisly fight with Nature to rule her,' he composed, 'we can stroll in sync with a tree to deliver the delight in her grains, to get together with her to understand her possibilities, to upgrade the conditions of man.' 

Nakashima opened his first workshop in New Hope in 1943. Inside two years he was planning for the producer Knoll, which carried his manifestations to a more extensive crowd. The two seats that appeared above were created by Nakashima Studios and filled in as early models for Knoll's N19 Chair, which started creation in 1949.

Pretty much every work that Nakashima made was one of a kind, hand-made and joined by a dated request card, which presently gives significant documentation to proprietors and authorities. As time went on, the nature of George Nakashima's furniture for sale improved as he acquired more noteworthy admittance to uncommon woods from around the globe.

Nakashima accepted the remarkable characteristics of wood — breaks, openings, and such. As far as he might be concerned, they uncovered the 'soul of the tree'. He accepted that the singularity of the wood ought to be praised, and it was the job of the expert to bring it out.

'Every flitch, each board, each board can have just a single ideal use,' he believed. 'The carpenter, applying a thousand abilities, should track down that ideal use and afterward shape the wood to understand its actual potential.'

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