George Nakashima (1905-1990)

George Nakashima was a Japanese-American furniture designer and woodworker who was known for his use of traditional Japanese woodworking techniques and his focus on the natural beauty of wood. He was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905 and studied architecture at the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nakashima’s design approach was characterized by a respect for the natural world and a belief that furniture should be a reflection of the beauty of the materials from which it is made. His most famous works include the Conoid Chair, the Minguren Coffee Table, and the Sanso Table.

Nakashima’s furniture designs were notable for their clean lines, organic forms, and use of natural materials. He believed that furniture should be both functional and spiritually enriching, and his designs often incorporated elements of Japanese Zen philosophy. Nakashima was also known for his mastery of traditional Japanese woodworking techniques, which he combined with modern manufacturing techniques to create furniture that was both timeless and innovative. His work has had a lasting impact on the fields of furniture design and woodworking, and his legacy continues to inspire designers and craftspeople around the world.

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