36 North Ferry Rd, P.O. Box 1920 Shelter Island, NY 11964 United States 917.318.1239
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Live Edge Walnut Low Table

Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Wood, Hairpin Legs
Condition New.
Description Beautifully crafted live edge low table made entirely of solid walnut held aloft by black steel hairpin legs. Live edge refers to a natural and artisanal style of woodworking and furniture crafting in which the natural, or live, edge of the original wood is maintained and integrated into the design of the piece. As a result, live edge pieces often feature gnarly or heavily barked source wood, such as walnut, mesquite, or even salvaged driftwood. While this style appears simplistic and rustic, the methods of crafting fine works of furniture while maintaining the natural edge of the source wood can be rather difficult, requiring a personal and passionate dedication by the woodworker.

This deeply personal style of furniture crafting was popularized in the 1950s by renowned woodworker, artist and architect George Nakashima. An MIT graduate with a master’s degree in architecture, Nakashima travelled the world in the 1930s, absorbing and appreciating art and architecture of France, India, and Japan, where he lived and studied under renowned architect Antonin Raymond. After returning to America, he, like many Japanese-Americans, was forcibly interned to a Japanese Relocation Center during the Second World War. While there, he was able to study under masters of traditional Japanese design, masonry, and craftwork, and developed his unique approach, passion, and adoration for natural and personal approach to woodworking. After his release, Nakashima dedicated his life to handcrafted furniture pieces that, as he would later write, truly brought out the “soul of a tree”. His custom works have been considered culturally significant, and pieces of his are currently featured in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in the homes of Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, and, significantly, in the former home of Nelson Rockefeller, who custom ordered 200 pieces of furniture from Nakashima in the early 70s.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Studio Craft
Incollect Reference Number 244092
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