George Nakashima Vintage Studio "Straight Chairs"

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George Nakashima Vintage Studio "Straight Chairs"

16,000.00

All wood with dowels set of four dining chairs
George Nakashima vintage studio production "straight chair" dining set/4 1950's USA
Solid hand built Poplar and Mahogany.
Studio built and scalloped seat with hand-hewn spindles/back
Four splayed dowel legs with stretcher supports-all tapered.
30.25"ht 23"w 17.5"dp 17"seat ht           $16,000 set/4 PUR
*Notes: Straight Chair by Nakashima:
Nakashima fifties studio dining chairs designed in 1944 and refined after 1947 with the introduction of a scalloped seat.
This set of four handcrafted dining chairs built with solid Poplar and Mahogany-a unique and delicate combination of hardwoods.
Hand built scalloped seat with hand-hewn spindles (see closeup of faceted dowels supporting delicately formed back).
Overall lightness, undulating mass and soft tapers along with character-rich slabs of various hardwoods bespeak the craft of Nakashima's studio.  Compare with similar chair designed for mass production with Knoll which resulted in a handsome and solid design but one that pales when compared with the this handcrafted ultra light version. 
The straight chair continued to be produced by Nakashima and his assistants along the original lines of one of this-one of his earliest designs-which  translated into an exercise in minimalist craft the basic elements of an 18th century windsor chair.

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