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Straight Chair

George Nakashima 1946

The Straight Chair is George Nakashima’s modern interpretation of the traditional Windsor chair. Featuring low-sheen finishes that amplify grain patterns, the Straight Chair showcases Nakashima’s deference to the natural beauty of wood and his legendary craftsmanship.

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    Construction and Details
    • Frame is American Walnut with contrasting Hickory spindles
    • Clear low-sheen finish
    • Nylon glides included
    • George Nakashima’s signature is stamped on the underside of the seat
    • Nakashima Straight Chair is certified Clean Air GOLD

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    Mixing Eastern and Western aesthetics, traditional and modern vocabularies, George Nakashima’s work defies typical categorization. He is one of the most recognized 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 catalog. 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 Straight Chair in 2008. Using three-dimensional scanning software, the Knoll Development Group created an exact replica of the handmade original.
     

     

     

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