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George Nakashima Set of Four 'Conoid' Dining Chairs in Walnut

Sale price$54,000.00

George Nakashima for Nakashima Studio, set of four 'Conoid' chairs, walnut, hickory, United States, 1962

This stunning set of four Conoid dining chairs are designed by woodwork master George Nakashima and made in 1962. The most striking feature of these chairs is their cantilevered design, with two sturdy legs that provide remarkable stability while creating an intriguing silhouette. Crafted from smooth walnut wood, each chair embraces a meticulously carved seat that offers both comfort and visual appeal. The rich grain and deep warm tone add elegance and a touch of nature to the design, highlighting Nakashima's deep respect for the organic beauty of wood.

George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a well-known woodworker, architect and furniture designer from Japanese descendants. He was born in Spokane, Washington and enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture. After his graduation in 1931, he decided to live his life as a bohemian in France. Afterwards, he spent some time in North Africa and eventually settled in Japan for some time. There, he started working for Antonin Raymond, who was an American architect. While working for Raymond, Nakashima extensively toured Japan while trying to understand the Japanese architecture and design. Around 1940, Nakashima decided to leave Japan and returned to the US. However, like many others with a Japanese ancestry, he was interned during World War Two and sent to Camp Minidoka in Idaho. There, Nakashima met a master woodcarver who tutored him in Japanese crafting techniques. From him, he learned to master traditional Japanese hand tools and joinery techniques. From here onwards, he began to use woodworking with discipline and patience, striving towards perfection in his designs. In 1943, he was released from the camp and invited by Antonin Raymond to live in his farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania. During this period, New Hope formed the home port for many great designers such as Frank Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans. Nakashima was a very spiritual and philosophical designer. The basis of Nakashima's work was derived from his practice of integral yoga. Therefore, primary goal of Nakashima's work was to live in harmony with nature rather than to destroy it for their own use. 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. With these ideas in mind, Nakashima created his own style based on Japanese designs and shop practices, combined with the American and International Modern Styles. Therefore, he became one of the best 20th century American Art furniture designers.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator George Nakashima Studio (Workshop/Studio) George Nakashima (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1962
  • dimensions Height 34.65 in. Width 20.08 in. Depth 16.15 in. Seat Height 15.75 in.
  • dimensions Height 88 cm Width 51 cm Depth 41 cm Seat Height 40 cm
  • material Hickory Walnut
  • origin United States
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50113888