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Ask Casa: Where Can I Find This Coffeetable?

Hi CasaSugar,

I've been looking high and low for a coffee table similar to the one in the image I've attached. Does it have a particular name or style I should be researching? Thanks! Any advice would be so helpful and appreciated.

MJ


Hi MJ,

Great question! The table in question is a style that was popularized in the mid-20th century by US designer and woodworker George Nakashima. Nakashima designed and built furniture for 50 years, from 1940 until his death in 1990, and always worked in a style that emphasized the natural beauty of the wood. You can buy his designs from a number of different antique dealers, such as this one, as well as from his official company.

Another option is to find a talented woodworker who works in this style. I recently commissioned a hand-crafted Nakashima-esque table from a local woodworker. To see my table,

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Characteristics to look for in this type of table include using very high-quality wood (my table was made of claro walnut, as were many of Nakashima's works) and working with the wood's natural characteristics. For instance, the woodworker who built my table carved the edges, but left a live edge that emphasized knots, burls, and worm holes, which, in my opinion, only make the table more unique.

Good luck on your search, MJ, and I wish you the best of luck. I guarantee you won't be disappointed if you choose to buy a Nakashima or Nakashima-esque table.

Cheers,
Casa

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