Nakashima Studio Part 3

October 4th, 2012

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We’re pleased to share our third and final installment of our trip to the Nakashima studio in New Hope. Today we’re taking a look into George Nakashima’s gallery, like previously noted we’re saving some photos for the book so this sneak peak will have to tide you over until next year!

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There were beautiful illustrations of George Nakashimas buildings earlier in his career used for his portfolio and competitions. Note the signature at the bottom “I am a citizen of the U.S.” With a Japanese last name there was a lot of discrimination even though the architect was born in America and achieved a Masters in Architecture.

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A sound sculpture by Harry Bertoia.

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Floating stair case embedded into the stone wall.

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Elodie on the Tatami mat.

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One of my favorite pieces – The Conoid bench complete with antique indigo cushions.

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Many aspects of the Nakashima compound were man made by George Nakashima, the plot of land was originally plowed farm land so elevations in the land, stone work, and most of the trees were planted by Nakashima himself. Although you would not expect that any of it was man made as it looks so natural in its setting.

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The bridge separating Pennsyvania from New Jersey. We were staying at a hotel on the Jersey side in Lambertville.

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The local diner – Sneddon’s

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Copper lamps and sad clowns.

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The area is unbelievably picturesque and lush.

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We asked a local jogger where the best place to get lunch in the city was and they told us about a cute spot called “City Market”.

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New Hope Apple juice – so delicious.

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The deli acts as a hub for many of the locals. Lots of fresh food and good coffee on hand. I ended up getting a super American meal – ribs and corn bread!

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A collection of iconic American condiments all on one shelf.

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A beautiful cedar paneled facade with tall grasses. So tastefully done.

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I didn’t even make this connection, but RADO auction house was actually in Lamberville. Lot’s of amazing things by Nakashima, Bertoia, and other big names on hand. We were lucky enough that they had a preview that day, it’s nice to see all of the work in person but it’s also overwhelming seeing that many beautiful things in one place.

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Elodie loves getting into inappropriate drinks, mainly beer and coffee.

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An apple is more her speed, she’s just starting to eat solids.

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Om nom nom.

 

 

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  1. I’m so glad you posted such a nice collection of George Nakashima’s work! He’s been one of my favourite furniture designers for a long, long time. I remember my mom giving my dad, (a furniture maker), a book of his work for Christmas one year and I fell in love.

    I can’t wait to see the rest in your next publication! Beautiful photos, as always!


    Melinda

    14 Oct 12 at 7:06 pm

  2. Congrats on your shout out in the October issue of World of Interiors! Antennae section page 30. Way to go.


    kurt

    16 Oct 12 at 9:46 am

  3. Kurt – wow, thanks for the heads up!


    John & Juli

    19 Oct 12 at 6:59 pm

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