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George Nakashima Grass Seated Rosewood Chairs Set of Eight India circa 1964

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    George Nakashima Grass Seated Rosewood Chairs Set of Eight India circa 1964

    Rare set of eight George Nakashima 'Ahmedabad' grass seated rosewood chairs India circa 1964, the chairs have been fully restored to perfection and have new grass woven seats, reserve now.

    When the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad India invited George Nakashima to Ahmedabad in 1964. He spent three weeks in the three-year-old design institute's wood workshop, designing chairs, benches, tables, ottomans, lounges, daybeds, shelves and mirror frames. They kept being produced in limited numbers at the institute by detailed drawings and instructions left by Nakashima, until about 1975.

    The Japanese-American designer has a deep India connect. Born in Spokane, Washington in 1905, Nakashima studied forestry and later architecture at the University of Washington. He completed his Masters in architecture from MIT and travelled extensively thereafter. He came to Pondicherry in 1937 to build Golconde, the dorm for Sri Aurobindo Ashram, with Czech American architect Antonin Raymond. Golconde would become India's first reinforced concrete building, an early example of modernist architecture in the country. This trip to India was Nakashima's first encounter with Indian culture and spirituality.

    Furniture, according to Nakashima, was an extension of the life of a tree. He allowed the innermost features of natural wood, the burls, knots and grains to permeate his craft. "The design for the grass-seated chair by Nakashima has been dated to 1944, and continued to be manufactured using American Black Walnut and other woods in his studio in the United States until much later. Students who studied at NID in the 1960s recall him being in the NID studios and recount that Nakashima was deeply interested in the specific properties of local timbers such as teak and rosewood.

    Mid Century
    George Nakashima
    Grass seated
    Set of Eight
    Certificate of Authenticity
    Pre Restoration Images
    Practical & Beautiful

    Condition: Restored to perfection with new grass woven seat, no weakness to joints, no odours or smells.

    Width: 18.5” / 46cm
    Depth: 18.5” / 46cm
    Height: 27” / 68cm
    Floor to seat: 17” / 43cm
  • More Information
    Documentation: Certificate of Authenticity
    Period: 1950-1979
    Creation Date: 1964
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 515996
  • Dimensions
    W. 18.5 in; H. 27 in; D. 18.5 in;
    W. 46.99 cm; H. 68.58 cm; D. 46.99 cm;
    Seat H. 17 in;
    Seat H. 43.18 cm;
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