Furniture: George Nakashima Chair by

Issue 38 · Shelter Island · September 25, 2009

Furniture: George Nakashima Chair

Issue 38 · Shelter Island · September 25, 2009

I have quietly admired the Straight-Backed Chair from George Nakashima for a while now. Made of solid walnut with hickory spindles, it is well crafted and surprisingly comfortable. Born in Washington State, George Nakashima studied architecture, but eventually went on to become a furniture maker (he called himself a "Japanese Shaker"). From 1946 to 1954, he collaborated with Knoll, which manufactured several of his pieces, including the Straight-Backed Chair, which is now available from DWR for $634.

N.B. True enthusiasts can visit the Gerorge Nakashima Woodworker, overseen by his daughter Mira, which is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and is open to visitors.

George Nakashima Chair from Remodelista

Above two photos: Prospect Park West Residence with Nakashima dining table, chairs, and desk

Above: Nakashima grass-seated chairs in the Wilkowitz Residence.

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