“George Nakashima (1905-1990) was surely one of the most recognized of the so-called studio furniture makers emerging from the postwar period. He was born in Spokane, Washington, and spent his youth traipsing through the forests of the Northwest that in turn inspired him to study forestry at the University of Washington, although he would switch to architecture after two years. Nakashima remained adamantly a craftsman, every suspicious of the dehumanizing effects of the machine-made. ‘My relationship to furniture and construction is basically my dialogue with a tree, with a complete and psychic empathy,’ he said in a 1977 lecture.” From “Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam” by Todd Merrill and Julie V. Iovine, Rizzoli, p125.
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