Woodworker, designer, furniture maker and architect. He was known as "The Elder Statesman of the American Craft Movement." He was the owner of the Nakashima Studio and Woodworking Shop and perhaps the greatest woodworker of the 20th century
Nakashima was born in 1905 in Spokane, Washington, to Katsuharu and Suzu Nakashima.
Nakashima's home, studio and workshop near New Hope, Pennsylvania, was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in August 2008. One of Nakashima's workshops, located in Takamatsu City, Japan, currently houses a museum and gallery of his works. The Nakashima Foundation for Peace, currently housed in the Minguren Museum in New Hope, had its beginnings in 1984. In 1984, George Nakashima had the opportunity to purchase the largest and finest walnut log he had ever seen, and sought to use the immense planks to their fullest potential. He dreamed then that if Altars for Peace were made for each continent of the world, as centers for meditation, prayer and activities for peace, the world would be a better place. Over the past decade, his furniture has become ultra-collectible and his legacy of what became known as the "free-edge" aesthetic influential.
Marion Sumire Okajima Nakashima (1912 - 2004)
Thompson Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Section N
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Record added: Jun 17, 2004
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