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Crave Worthy: George Nakashima Coffee Table

I am a huge fan of George Nakashima. His mid-century designs blend elegance with naturalism in a way that works beautifully. So, of course, I'm also loving this Nakashima coffee table and bench (inquire for price). Custom-built for a private commission in 1957, this table features American black walnut slabs on top of slender, Scandinavian-looking legs, which certainly ups the drama in the contrast between surface and supports. I especially love the raw edge on this piece, which lets the wood speak for itself. You'll have to contact the dealer for the price, but if you're lucky enough to live in Philadelphia, stop in at Moderne Gallery to take a closer look.

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bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Nakashima is considered to be the father of the American craft movement and his philosophy about trees and wood is one founded on great love and respect for each tree's unique qualities. He's also known for employing economical means to create a piece of furniture. Higher quality pieces will not use planking but come from one solid piece. As a commission, this is a one of a kind, it's not meant to look industrial or easily reproduced. The slab of black walnut is free form - a conceptual approach to the wood that minimizes the hand of man and focuses on the individual marks of the tree which you can see in this picture. To work the wood this way requires master craftsmanship. Nakashima's work is poetic in approach and skilled in its execution.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
It looks like something a bunch of 7th grade shop students would piece together. Not functional and not attractive to me!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
mmm... not a fan.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I walk by Moderne every day on my way to work!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Funky, I like!
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't like it at all.
hswany19 hswany19 9 years
I agree with Kimpossible. Nice piece of wood but why did you do 'that' with the table? What a waste.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
As much as I love mid-century designs and natural more organic, earthy looking pieces. I just don't care for this table. It looks to mish mashy pieced together for me, and the long section just looks like a piece of plywood.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
ooooo very classy!
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