George Nakashima design approach is all about how elements, style and history combine with each other. A combination of japanese and american design styles, George Nakashima’s work is the proof that each and every single element of a piece of furniture is special on its own.
As mentioned before, the combination of international styles with the modern influences of the Japanese craft traditions made George Nakashima one of the mid-twentieth century designer a significant force in the way people saw handcraftsmanship.
Mostly known as an American woodworker, George Nakashima was also a furniture maker that was considered the father of the American craft movement in the 20th-century furniture design. An icon in the development of wood making in furniture, each piece had its own way and fate.
When mentioning the lifetime work of Nakashima, it’s signature was – “Large-scale tables made of large wood slabs with smooth tops but unfinished natural edges, consisting of multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints” – Turning each piece of the American designer a one of a kind.
“Each flitch, each board, each plank can have only one ideal use. The woodworker, applying a thousand skills, must find that ideal use and then shape the wood to realize its true potential.” – George Nakashima
A famous woodworker, George Nakashima has a powerful influence around the world with its design contributions. Each piece of design is a piece that wants to get the world in piece. This Altar of Peace was meant as a symbol where the designer dreamed that every continent around world have a safe harbor to gather around.