Large Extendable Nakashima Free Edge Dining Table in Cherrywood
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George Nakashima for Nakashima Studio, dining table, cherry, New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States, 1956
Exquisite and large dining table, designed and created by George Nakashima for Nakashima Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This table shows the amazing craftsmanship and quality of the work of George Nakashima. The top displays the gorgeous flowing lines of the cherrywood grain, which shapes are also subtly reflected on the organic free edge sides. Elegant are the tapered splayed legs, which makes sure the design is not too heavy. One of the key features is the three butterfly joints on that connect the two parts of the table top.
The table comes with the original receipt and a letter from 1956.
The extendable table is equipped with two extra leaves. The table measures 302.5 x 100 x 72 cm full size. The length of the table is 214 cm without the leaves.
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.
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