George Nakashima Cabinet with Sliding Doors 1958
George Nakashima, sideboard, American walnut, United States, 1958
This cabinet by George Nakashima features sliding drawers, and a large slab spanning past the edges of the cabinet. Nakashima designed the piece to express the character of this particular slab. The top features one free edge, with fissures and expressive grain. The large dresser rests on two slabs of solid walnut that are placed on their thin ends.
George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a Japanese architect who was born in the United States. Nakashima was a spiritual and philosophical designer and he felt bound by a sense of duty to his work. The basis of Nakashima's work was derived from his practice of Integral yoga. The primary goal of Nakashima's work was to live in harmony with nature rather than to destroy it for their own use. He took inspiration from the Shakers and Le Corbusier. His approach was always that of an artist, calling on creative energies from deep within. He therefore believed that architecture and design had nothing to do with 'styles' but instead with honesty of expression, truth in materials and good proportion resulting in a 'Fine plainness'. Above all, Nakashima wanted to embody a message to all modern societies that we must constantly remember the eternal in all that we do. He often said of his own work that he gave trees a second life.
Acquired directly from George Nakashima
Thence by descent to Private New Jersey collection.