Original Nakashima Conoid Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:43:02

Original Nakashima Conoid Chairs are vintage chairs produced by the Japanese designer George Nakashima.

History & Description

A Conoid chair is a type of chair designed by the Japanese-American architect, woodworker and furniture designer, George Nakashima.

George Nakashima was one of the leading innovators of the American Craft Movement and is considered as one of the premier twentieth century furniture designers.

The Conoid chair was designed in 1971 and was built from a single slab of walnut cantilevered over two legs. Despite becoming an iconic example of twentieth century furniture design, the hickory spindles rising up to support a gently arced cross-member is reminiscent of traditional spindle back chairs, such as the sixteenth century Windsor chairs.

Nakashima named the chair after his studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, which itself was modelled on a section of a cone.

Guide for collectors

Original George Nakashima Conoid chairs regularly appear at both national and international auction houses. Since his death in 1990, there has been a growing community of collectors interested in Nakashima furniture and Conoid chairs represents one of his most popular and most prized designs. Prices can range significantly, however, as a general rule collectors can expect to pay between $7,0001 and $10,0002 for an original George Nakashima Conoid chair.

Notable auction sales

On October 29th 2005 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a set of six Conoid chairs in solid rosewood and hickory spindles, designed by George Nakashima, realised a price of $190,000.

On June 14th 2008 at Sotheby’s in New York, a set of eight Conoid dining chairs, designed by George Nakashima, circa 1989, realised a price of $134,500.

On June 14th 2008 at Sotheby’s in New York, a set of six Conoid dining chairs, designed by George Nakashima, circa 1970, realised a price of $80,500.

On June 5h 2007 at Christie’s in New York, a set of six Conoid walnut dining chairs, designed by George Nakashima, circa `1974, realised a price of $54,000.

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