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Furniture: George Nakashima Chair

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Furniture: George Nakashima Chair

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.

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

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

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