A few weeks ago, while I was searching for a new lounge chair, I occurred across some pieces by architect/furniture maker George Nakashima. A contemporary of Charles as well as Ray Eames, the Japanese-American designer was a pioneer of mid-century contemporary style with his clean-lined yet whimsical, solid wood pieces. Here’s what I like about his work.
Nakashima’s renowned Conoid chair was named for the studio he developed for himself in bucks County, Pennsylvania. I appreciate that it’s paired down as well as simple, yet still appears like a comfortable location to sit as well as checked out for hours. I desire I had one in my living room!
Although he was born in Spokane, Washington as well as got his Masters of design from M.I.T., Nakashima’s studio shows a deep connection to his parents’ Japanese origins. There’s a sense of serenity in the area — a feeling that brings over into his furniture.
Nakashima’s like as well as respect for his selected material — wood — is apparent in his Kornblut Case: the grain of the walnut produces a dynamic, practically painterly effect.
With its raw, ragged edge, the early Minguren end Table would look gorgeous in a rustic cottage, or to shake up a much more formal sitting area.
When Nakashima passed away in 1990, his child Mira took over his studio, which still creates his striking furniture — like the super-sleek platform Bed above — in addition to newer creations influenced by his legacy.
Photo credits:1-5. George Nakashima Woodworker