George Nakashima, Unique Suite of Black Walnut Furniture including Sofa and Pair of Low Chairs, USA, 1952
This unique suite by iconic American woodworker, George Nakashima, was commissioned in 1952 by Corwin and Alice Strong. The Strong Family were co-founders of Eastman Kodak. As early clients of George Nakashima, who opened his studio in New Hope, PA in 1943, the Strongs commissioned a large number of works for their homes in both Maryland and Maine over a twenty year period. This particular suite remained in the Strong family’s Maine residence for over sixty years. The suite is signed twice “Made by G. K. Nakashima July 1952″ (George Katsutoshi Nakashima) and comes with two letters of authentication from both Mira Nakashima and the Strong Family.
Unique Live-Edge Black Walnut Low Sofa
This heretofore unknown form of sofa features a live-edge black walnut backrest and removable square slat-back armrests on both sides. To date, it is the only sofa known to include both the live edge, single board back and two arms. As there were no existing drawings for this design in the Nakashima archive, the form was “rediscovered” with the uncovering of the Strong’s commission. Exceptionally large in size yet graceful in proportion, the sofa features exposed joinery exemplifying the artist’s dictum of simplicity and material over complex construction.
Sofa Dimensions 33 1/2″ H x 111″ W x 27″ D
Pair of Single Arm Black Walnut Low Chairs
The refined pair of black walnut low chairs feature a square slat backrest which match the arms of the sofa. Each chair features a single hand-carved armrest on opposing sides. The walnut seat frame and back rail are supported by four tapered legs of the same wood with exposed joinery. Placed together to form a settee or shown apart, the chairs are an excellent example of Nakashima’s dedication to preserving the natural elegance of walnut. Signed and dated: “Made by by G.K.Nakashima, July 1952″
Dimensions 31″ H x 24″ W x 29 1/2″ D
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