George Nakashima Wall-Mounted Sideboard in Walnut

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George Nakashima, sideboard with two sliding doors, walnut, pandanus cloth, New Hope, PA, United States, 1959

Cabinet with two sliding doors and a top with free edge overhang. This wall-mounted cabinet shows the characteristic traits by Powell. The free edge top with impressive overhang contrasts with the cabinet itself that shows a strong geometric look. Two sliding doors feature wooden slats over pandanus cloth. Therefore a strong rhythm is evoked.

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, circa 1946. 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 worked from the shape of the tree instead of working towards a preset idea in his mind on what the piece should look like. 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.

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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator George Nakashima (Designer)
  • Date of Manufacture 1950
  • Dimensions Height 18.12 in. Width 83.86 in. Depth 17.33 in.
  • Dimensions Height 46 cm Width 213 cm Depth 44 cm
  • Materials and Techniques Grasscloth Walnut
  • Period 1950-1959
  • Place of Origin United States
  • Style Mid-Century Modern (of the period)