This is an extremely important and unique design from George Nakashima that incorporates signature elements of his oeuvre. The chest was designed in 1988 and completed and signed on March 28, 1990—shortly before he died on June 15, 1990.
This high chest of drawers features a bahut base and chigai-dana opening. Nakashima first designed this style of chest the 1950s, but he developed this base style in the 1980s. He began using the traditional Japanese form of chigai-dana shelves in his work for Widdicomb in 1960. The peeled stick that's set within the the shelves references elements of his first chair design, the Karuizawa Chair for St. Paul’s Church in Japan in 1936. A signed copy of the original sketch for this design is available.
Nakashima (1905-1990) was an American architect and furniture maker who is considered to be the father of the American craft movement.
American black walnut, peeled cryptomeria
40" x 21" x 60"