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Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair

Designed by George Nakashima for Knoll®

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Item Number: 5797
$784.00 $666.40

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Presenting a very special re-introduction: the Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair (1946), designed by George Nakashima for Knoll. Nakashima was an MIT-trained architect who was known to describe himself as “Japanese Shaker.” This was meant to express his belief that his designs should be treated as everyday functional objects, not precious possessions. Such thinking was consistent with the Mingei Movement that influenced Nakashima and his work. The Movement sought to rescue common crafts that had been discarded as a result of industrial revolution, like traditional Japanese joinery and the use of natural materials. What’s remarkable about his work for Knoll is that Nakashima was able to maintain the sculptural lines and fine craftsmanship of his Straight-Backed Chair even at the mass production level. This reconciliation of art and industry, and the contradictions that accompanied it, continued to fascinate Nakashima throughout his career. His work has been presented at many exhibitions worldwide, including the retrospective “Full Circle” at the American Craft Museum in New York. This chair is manufactured by Knoll. Made in U.S.A.

  • Nakashima Straight-Backed Chair

Designer

George Nakashima
George Nakashima

USA (1905–1990)

It is not uncommon to hear of designers who are inspired by the classics and the master designers responsible for them, but George Nakashima was actually inspired by what he considered “bad” architecture and the builders who tried to incorporate too much into their designs.


Although Nakashima held several degrees in architecture (including one from MIT) and employed himself as an architect ...

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Dimensions

H 30" W 22.5" D 17.5" Seat H 17"

Materials

Solid walnut with solid hickory spindles.

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