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George Nakashima

Inner Island I


“Inner Island” means “Nakashima” in Japanese. The drawing featured a squarish island with a snow-topped angular mountain representing an example of George Nakashima’s profound inspiration from nature. This design was never manufactured as a rug but following Nakashima’s notes found on the sketch, an interpretation was crafted by the Edward Fields creative team and Mira Nakashima to create a piece made of different deniers of wools mixed with accents of silk in a color palette of forest green, brown and icy blue, Inner Island I. A second interpretation was made in textured wools in grey and blue tones juxtaposed to the shine of silk, Inner Island II. All designs in this edition are expertly tufted by skilled artisans.

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


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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