navigate left
navigate right
Save
Save
share
Share
Save
Save
share
Share

Kornblut cabinets, pair, 1985

American black walnut, maple burl
22 × 19 1/2 × 20 1/2 in
55.9 × 49.5 × 52.1 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Bibliography
Provenance
R
Rago

Cabinets feature dramatically figured grain and maple burl pulls, each with two doors concealing …

Read more

Cabinets feature dramatically figured grain and maple burl pulls, each with two doors concealing one adjustable shelf. Signed and dated to interior of each example ‘George Nakashima Nov 7 1985’. Signed to underside of each example with client name 'Restivo 1' and 'Restivo 2'. Sold with digital copies …

Read more
Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Manufacturer
Nakashima Studio
George Nakashima
American, 1905–1990
Follow

In the workshop of George Nakashima, the soul of the tree was celebrated. "It is an art- and soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees,” Nakashima said, “to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." Nakashima, an architect who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered woodworking while in an internment camp during WWII. In 1943, he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania and opened his studio. There he created pieces highlighting wood’s natural beauty, most notably by including the tree’s rough outer layer, or the “free edge”. Nakashima worked throughout the world; in India, he became deeply spiritual. He developed a goal to construct peace altars on every continent—the first, made of book-matched slabs of black walnut, was installed at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986.

navigate left
navigate right
Save
Save
share
Share
Save
Save
share
Share
About the work
Bibliography
Provenance
R
Rago

Cabinets feature dramatically figured grain and maple burl pulls, each with two doors concealing …

Read more

Cabinets feature dramatically figured grain and maple burl pulls, each with two doors concealing one adjustable shelf. Signed and dated to interior of each example ‘George Nakashima Nov 7 1985’. Signed to underside of each example with client name 'Restivo 1' and 'Restivo 2'. Sold with digital copies …

Read more
Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Manufacturer
Nakashima Studio
George Nakashima
American, 1905–1990
Follow

In the workshop of George Nakashima, the soul of the tree was celebrated. "It is an art- and soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees,” Nakashima said, “to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." Nakashima, an architect who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered woodworking while in an internment camp during WWII. In 1943, he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania and opened his studio. There he created pieces highlighting wood’s natural beauty, most notably by including the tree’s rough outer layer, or the “free edge”. Nakashima worked throughout the world; in India, he became deeply spiritual. He developed a goal to construct peace altars on every continent—the first, made of book-matched slabs of black walnut, was installed at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986.

Kornblut cabinets, pair, 1985

American black walnut, maple burl
22 × 19 1/2 × 20 1/2 in
55.9 × 49.5 × 52.1 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by George Nakashima
Related works
Most Similar