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George Nakashima

Conoid I


Description/

“Conoid” was originally designed in 1959 by George Nakashima and manufactured the same year by Edward Fields. The original square rug (8’10” x 8’10”) represents a stylized modernist landscape of crossing lines in a retro yellow, taupe and dark blue colors all crafted in wool, with high and low pile heights. It was named after George Nakashima’s Conoid Studio located in New Hope Pennsylvania where the original rug is still displayed. Today the Nakashima rug collection features a replica of the Conoid design in its original colors, construction and size, Conoid I, as well as a new earth tone interpretation in 8’x10’ size, developed under Mira Nakashima’s creative lead, Conoid II. All designs in this edition are expertly tufted by skilled artisans.

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The origins of The Nakashima Edition date back to 1959, when the renowned architect and woodworker George Nakashima developed two carpet designs for Edward Fields before the project was subsequently shelved. In 2013, Fields’ Studio – recognizing Nakashima’s enduring posthumous legacy – revisited the two designs in close collaboration with Nakashima’s children, Mira and Kevin.
The collaboration took a remarkable turn when Mira stumbled across a previously neglected file labeled simply “Rugs”. Inside lay a veritable treasure trove of rug design pencil sketches her father had envisioned but never seen through to creation.
As in any Nakashima creation, nature plays an integral role in these large-scale abstractions. Textured greys, mysterious blues and verdant forest greens elicit pastoral landscapes and infinite night skies, while imaginative splashes of color punctuate with vibrant bursts of life. Earthy textures of hand-tufted wool, silk, flax and sisal imbue each rug with a tactile dimensionality.
As the Edward Fields brand celebrates its 80th year, The Nakashima Edition further highlights the studio’s singularly rich history while closing the circle on a previously unfinished partnership between two titans of twentieth-century design.


George Nakashima

designer

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.

  • Dimension/

    305.0 x x 244.0 cm (120.1 x x 96.1 in)

  • Ships from/

    Philadelphia, PA


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