George Nakashima 1905–1990

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905. He attended the University of Washington where he excelled in architecture courses and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau. Nakashima completed his master’s degree from MIT in 1930, and worked for a brief time as a mural painter before losing his job during the depression. Nakashima sold his car, moved to Paris and then to Tokyo in 1934. In Japan, he worked at the architectural firm of Antonin Raymond where he was exposed to the Japanese folk art tradition. In 1937, Nakashima traveled to India to supervise the construction of Golconde, a dormitory for Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Nakashima returned to the United States settling in Seattle, Washington where he worked for an architect and constructed his first furniture designs in the basement of a local Boys Club. During World War II, he and his family were sent to a Japanese internment camp in Idaho. Antonin Raymond petitioned for and attained their release under the condition that Nakashima would work on his farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Relocated, Nakashima began making furniture again. He produced a line for Knoll in 1946 and designed the Origins line for Widdicomb in 1957, but it is his studio works and important commissioned forms for which he is most admired.

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $7,000–9,000

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $7,000–9,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Cushion armchairs, pair and ottoman | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Cushion armchairs, pair and ottoman
estimate: $7,000–9,000

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George Nakashima

Cushion sofa
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Slab coffee table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Slab coffee table
estimate: $12,000–18,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Minguren I coffee table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Minguren I coffee table
estimate: $15,000–20,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Frenchman's Cove dining table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Frenchman's Cove dining table
estimate: $15,000–20,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Conoid dining table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Conoid dining table
estimate: $30,000–40,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Slab coffee table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Slab coffee table
estimate: $10,000–15,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, wall-mounted shelf | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

wall-mounted shelf
estimate: $15,000–20,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Conoid dining chairs, set of eight | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Conoid dining chairs, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, cabinet | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, coffee table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

coffee table
estimate: $10,000–15,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Wohl table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Wohl table
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, cabinet | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $7,000–9,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Grass-Seated chairs, set of four | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Grass-Seated chairs, set of four
estimate: $5,000–7,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Trestle dining table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Trestle dining table
estimate: $12,000–18,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Grass-Seated chairs, set of eight | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Grass-Seated chairs, set of eight
estimate: $8,000–12,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, queen-size headboard | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

queen-size headboard
estimate: $2,000–3,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Trestle dining table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Trestle dining table
estimate: $3,000–5,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, cabinet | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $7,000–9,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, cabinet | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $8,000–12,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, cabinet | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

cabinet
estimate: $7,000–9,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, wall-mounted shelf | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

wall-mounted shelf
estimate: $1,500–2,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Pedestal table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Pedestal table
estimate: $4,000–6,000

GEORGE NAKASHIMA, Trestle dining table | Wright20.com

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George Nakashima

Trestle dining table
estimate: $4,000–6,000

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