George Nakashima Studio – Part 2

September 27th, 2012


Onto Part 2 of our 3 part series on the Nakashima Studio. Today we visit the Reception house, the refinishing shop, and the lumber storage building.



The Reception house.


A vintage indigo dyed tapestry separates the showroom from the office area.



There’s a real sense of working in nature throughout the workshops.


The finishing building where coats of tung oil are hand applied to each piece.


Nakashima wall hanger.



Wind chime.


The beautiful guest house, which we will be featuring in the 3rd volume of Mjolk. The ottomans have the original antique indigo cushions used for the Rockefeller’s Japanese home.


The traditional tea room complete with a cantilever to the garden to closer connect with nature.


The bathroom was tiled by Mira and her brother Kevin.



Hinoki and copper bath buckets.



The lumber storage building.


This is one of the most valuable collections of wood in the world, many lengths of old growth trees in the Nakashima collection do not even exist anymore.


The famous bow-tie inlay.


A specifically beautiful piece of 7′ American walnut destined to become a Conoid bench, you can see the curved line which will eventually be where the slated back will be constructed.


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  1. I am not easily rendered speechless, but this has done it.

    Holly Gnaedinger

    28 Sep 12 at 12:02 pm

  2. what a wonderful blog and the pictures of the work and design are fabulous.


    29 Sep 12 at 4:11 pm

  3. What wonderful photographs–I love the bathroom; it’s so playful! BTW, the beautiful indigo noren with the twisted rope pattern is by Serizawa Keisuke.


    29 Sep 12 at 5:29 pm

  4. Thank you so much for letting us know the artist Catherine!

    John & Juli

    30 Sep 12 at 7:41 am

  5. thank you much for sharing this, you just made my day!
    beautiful photographs, by the way.

    annett bourquin

    30 Sep 12 at 2:41 am

  6. Stunning. My dad is a self taught furniture maker and one or two pieces (the bench in the pic titled the reception house) looks exactly like a piece he made long ago from a piece of walnut. I am speechless at the love poured into this living art.


    13 Oct 12 at 9:33 am

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