The Straight Chair is George Nakashima’s modern interpretation of the traditional Windsor chair. Featuring low-sheen finishes that amplify grain patterns, the Straight Chair showcases Nakashima’s deference to the natural beauty of wood and his legendary craftsmanship.
Mixing Eastern and Western aesthetics, traditional and modern vocabularies, George Nakashima’s work defies typical categorization. He is one of the most recognized and celebrated craftsmen of the 20th century, known primarily for his handmade furniture and sensitivity to material.
In the early 1940s, Hans and Florence Knoll met Nakashima and, impressed by the simple elegance of his aesthetic, added a chair and three tables of his design to the Knoll catalog. The early orders were made in Nakashima’s own studio, before production was moved to East Greenville. The line was discontinued in 1955 when Nakashima opted to produce and market all of his designs himself.
In collaboration with George Nakashima’s daughter, Mira, and George Nakashima Studios, KnollSudio reintroduced the Straight Chair in 2008. Using three-dimensional scanning software, the Knoll Development Group created an exact replica of the handmade original.
- Available in American Walnut frame with Hickory spindles
- American Walnut exhibits a high degree of natural color characteristics, ranging from chocolate, grey and purplish-brown to deep honey
- Color variation will soften and become more uniform over time
- Nylon glides included
- Height: 76.2 cm / 30 inch
- Width: 57.1 cm / 22.5 inch
- Depth: 44.4 cm / 17.5 inch
- Seat Height: 43.6 cm / 17.2 inch
- Clear low-sheen finish
- George Nakashima’s signature is stamped on the underside of the seat
- Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified®
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Knoll George Nakashima - Straight Chair Designed by:
- George Nakashima
USA, 1905 – 1990
Born in Spokane, Washington in 1905, George Nakashima received a Bachelor degree in architecture at the University of Washington and a Masters degree from MIT in 1930. After spending some time in Paris, he traveled around the world and secured a job at the architectural offices of Antonin Raymond in Tokyo, which sent him to Pondicherry, India, where he was the onsite architect for the first reinforced concrete building in that country.
When the Second World War broke out he returned to the U.S. and was sent to the interment camps in Idaho with his infant daughter and wife. In 1943, Antonin Raymond successfully sponsored Nakashima’s release from the camp and invited him to his farm in Pennsylvania where he built a studio and workshop.
Nakashima explored the organic expressiveness of wood and choosing boards with knots, burls and interesting grain. He designed furniture lines for Knoll, including the Straight Back Chair, a modernist take on the traditional Windsor chair. Drawing on Japanese designs and shop practices, as well as on American and international modern styles, Nakashima created a body of work that would make his name synonymous with the best of 20th century American Art furniture.