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The Next Nakashima? German Furniture Maker Fabian Fischer

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The Next Nakashima? German Furniture Maker Fabian Fischer

March 1, 2021

German Architectural Digest calls Fabian Fischer “the spiritual heir” to celebrated Japanese American furniture maker and craftsman George Nakashima, who believed that “when you make furniture, the tree lives on in its new form.”

Fischer got his start restoring an old timber frame house in the Italian Alps; “I discovered the joy of working with wood creatively,” he says. “Because of its out-of-the way location and lack of electricity, we were forced to do things by using hand tools.”

After a spell in Madison, Wisconsin, where he studied with a group of local woodworkers, he returned to his hometown of Freiburg, Germany, in 2016, where he makes handcrafted furniture and offers woodworking workshops.

Here’s a quick look:

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Above: Fischer’s handcrafted Studio Windsor Chair is available through 1st Dibs. Fischer uses a homemade finish of organic tung oil, beeswax, and linseed oil.
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Above: Fischer’s handcrafted Walnut Chair is available from Nora Khereddine in Munich.
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Above: The handcrafted American Walnut and Oak Stool is available from Nora Khereddine in Munich.

For more handcrafted furniture, see:

Object of Desire: The New Sawkille Desk, Handmade in the Hudson Valley

Carved in Wood: The Bespoke Home of a Self-Taught Carpenter and an Interior Designer

Soulful Handmade: Bicyclette Furniture in Philadelphia

Made in California: A Curated Collection of Handmade Furniture from Honeyed Figs

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