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George Nakashima

Unique, Custom Room Divider

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American black walnut with single board top and back and front free sap edges and dovetailed side edges. Solid decorative maple panel on one side with 5 walnut drawers. Solid decorative walnut panel on the other side with 2 drawers and 2 sliding doors. This unique room divider was made for the Hill family in 1975. George Nakashima created this unique piece to separate the kitchen from the dining room, while still allowing food to be passed from one room to another. The maple panel was intended as a contrasting backdrop for their Nakashima dining table.


American black walnut and maple.

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.

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    1975-10-15 20:50:48

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    67.5 x 106.5 x 275.0 cm (26.6 x 41.9 x 108.3 in)

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