George Nakashima: Nature, Form & Spirit
September 12, 2004–January 2, 2005
Furniture designer George Nakashima’s (1905-1990) exquisite creations merged traditional woodworking techniques with innovative design, resulting in work that demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship coupled with a reinterpretation of modernist design.
A Nisei, Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington, raised in Seattle, and traveled and worked in France, Japan, and India in the 1920s and 1930s. During World War II, he was incarcerated at Minidoka and was released in 1943 to relocate to New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he established his studio.
His commissions include furniture for the home of former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
This exhibition will feature rare examples of George Nakashima’s furniture and designs from the immediate post-World War II period until his death in 1990. It will also include archival material and designs by his daughter Mira Nakashima, who runs the George Nakashima studio today.
The exhibition is supported by the James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation.
*Photos: George Nakashima Conoid Bench, 1989. Collection of Ernie & Elaine Nagamatsu. Photo by Jonathan Pollock, copyright 2004. Kent Hall Lamp, 1962. Photo by George Erml. Courtesy of Mira Nakashima. Photos are of pieces from the exhibition, not for sale.