Nakashima Splay-Leg Table

Designed by George Nakashima, 1946

The Splay-Leg Table is a remarkable example of George Nakashima's talent for synthesising traditional influences and modern simplicity. Featuring low-sheen finishes that amplify the natural grain, the table showcases Nakashima's sensitivity to nature and his legendary craftsmanship.

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Featuring natural, low-sheen finishes and live wood grain patters - in American Walnut and Hickory - the Nakashima pieces epitomise the designer and his artistry and craft.


The table top is veneer with reverse slip-matched cathedral pattern, matching solid wood edge in clear low sheen finish.

The legs, apron and edge detail are in solid American Walnut, while mortises and tenon joints present solid brass hardware. Glides are in nylon.

The tray tops are constructed of solid Douglas Fir lumber, with clear low sheen finish.


The Table in Hickory and American Walnut, with edge details in American Walnut.

The Tray is available in Douglas Fir and Brazilian Santos, or Douglas Fir and Wenge.





Table: 96cm W x 86,7cm D, 45cm H.

Tray: 54,5cm W x 40cm D.


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Mixing Eastern and Western aesthetics, traditional and modern vocabularies, George Nakashima’s work defies typical categorisation. He is one of the most recognised and celebrated craftsmen of the 20th century, known primarily for his handmade furniture and sensitivity to material.

In the early 1940s, Hans and Florence Knoll met Nakashima and, impressed by the simple elegance of his aesthetic, added a chair and three tables of his design to the Knoll catalogue. The early orders were made in Nakashima’s own studio, before production was moved to East Greenville. The line was discontinued in 1955 when Nakashima opted to produce and market all of his designs himself.

In collaboration with George Nakashima’s daughter Mira and George Nakashima Studios, KnollSudio reintroduced the Splay-Leg table in 2008.

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George Nakashima, wood craftsman and poet, studied architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle, the Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts Fontainebleau in France and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He worked for Antonin Raymond. Nakashima received the gold medal for craftsmanship from the American Institute of Architects and the Hazlett Award.

The subject of several one-man exhibitions, Nakashima also authored The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker's Reflections.