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George Nakashima George Nakashima

George Nakashima, a leader in the American Studio furniture movement, b orn in Spokane, Washington in 1905 to Japanese immigrants. Today, Nakashima furniture is collected and exhibited in museums. His work in permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Smithsonian, as well collections of Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Diane von Furstenberg, and the late Steve Jobs. Considered the elder statesman of American Craft, he influenced artisans Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle. Nakashima’s artistry is best captured in his studio-made, rare wood selection tables, benches, and chairs. Other signatures of Nakashima are the free-edge surfaces and butterfly joints often seen in his Conoid and Minguren collections. George Nakashima, a leader in the American Studio furniture movement, b orn in Spokane, Washington in 1905 to Japanese immigrants. Today, Nakashima furniture is collected and exhibited in museums. His work in permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Smithsonian, as well collections of Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Diane von Furstenberg, and the late Steve Jobs. Considered the elder statesman of American Craft, he influenced artisans Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle. Nakashima’s artistry is best captured in his studio-made, rare wood selection tables, benches, and chairs. Other signatures of Nakashima are the free-edge surfaces and butterfly joints often seen in his Conoid and Minguren collections.

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