George Nakashima Large Sideboard with Drawers in Walnut
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George Nakashima, sideboard, walnut, rosewood, New Hope, PA, United States, 1966
This long sideboard features twelve drawers under a free edge top with overhang. Executed in warm colored walnut this sideboard shows typical Nakashima features like the contrast between cubic, geometrical drawers and the free floating top and beautiful rosewood joints. The cabinet rest on three slabs of solid walnut. On the edge of the top Nakashima signed his work.
George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a Japanese architect who was born in the United States. After having lived in Paris and Tokyo he moved back to the United States. He started studying forestry but after two years changed to architecture. Nakashima made a business agreement with Knoll International that ended in 1954. Nakashima was a very 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 plainnes'. Besides yoga, it was also the aesthetic of the Japanese tea ceremony that had a profound influence on Nakashima's approach to life, architecture and design. 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. His designs are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and are often 'signed' with dovetails and butterfly connections.