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George Nakashima papers, 1950-1991

Creator:
Nakashima, George K., 1905-1990  Search this
Nakashima, George K., 1905-1990  Search this
Subject:
Caldwell, Alfred  Search this
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American architects  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Handicrafts  Search this
Woodworkers  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American woodworkers  Search this
Asian American furniture designers  Search this
Furniture designers--Pennsylvania--New Hope  Search this
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10793
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214474
AAA_collcode_nakageor
Theme:
Asian American
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214474
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George Nakashima papers

Creator:
Nakashima, George, 1905-1990  Search this
Names:
Caldwell, Alfred, 1903-1998  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1991
Summary:
The papers of architect, craftsman, woodworker, and furniture designer George Nakashima measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1950 to 1991. The collection is comprised of biographical material, correspondence, writings, subject files, and printed material that mostly relate to Nakashima's work in furniture design.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of architect, craftsman, woodworker, and furniture designer George Nakashima measure 1.0 linear foot and date from 1950 to 1991. The collection is comprised of biographical material, correspondence, writings, subject files, and printed material that mostly relate to Nakashima's work in furniture design.

Biographical materials consist of a curriculum vitae and obituaries. Correspondence is with clients, colleagues, and friends in the United Staes, Japan, and the Sri Aurobindo community. Writings by and about Nakashima include articles, essays, and a speech about his design processes. Subject files are on Alfred Caldwell, flush toilet systems, trademark, and wood and tree services. Printed material includes art reproductions, booklets, catalogs, clippings, and publicity material.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as five series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1990 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1950-1990 (Box 1; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Writings, 1953-1989 (Box 1, 2 folders)

Series 4: Subject Files, 1957-1980s (Box 1, 4 folders)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1954-1991 (Box 1, 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a Japanese American architect, craftsman, woodworker, and furniture designer in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He was born in Spokane, Washington and received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Washington in 1929. He also earned a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1930.

After his studies, Nakashima traveled around the world by steamship. He spent time in France, North Africa, and Japan. While in Japan, he began working under architect Antonin Raymond. When Raymond's architecture company was commissioned to build for the Sri Aurobindo ashram in Puducherry, India, Nakashima became the onsite architect as well as a devotee of Sri Aurobindo. When World War II began, Nakashima returned to the U.S. with his wife, Marion, whom he met in Japan. George, Marion, and their infant daughter Mira were sent to a Japanese internment camp in Idaho in 1942. The Nakashimas were able to leave the camp after Raymond sponsored their release in 1943. Nakashima began working on Raymond's farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he eventually built his workshop. Nakashima's son Kevin was born after the family relocated to Pennsylvania.

Nakashima's design work includes furniture lines for the Widdicomb Furniture Company and Knoll Furniture, and 200 pieces of furniture commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller. He also wrote a book titled The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker's Reflections.

Nakashima died in 1990.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Marion Nakashima, widow of George Nakashima, in 1991.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Asian American architects  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
handicrafts  Search this
Woodworkers  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American woodworkers  Search this
Asian American furniture designers  Search this
Furniture designers--Pennsylvania--New Hope  Search this
Citation:
George Nakashima papers, 1950-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.nakageor
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George Nakashima papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nakageor

Knoll Associates, Inc. announcement featuring a chair designed by Mies Van Der Rohe.

Creator:
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Subject:
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1960s
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Furniture designers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14248
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Florence Knoll Bassett papers, 1932-2000
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14248
Online Media:

Hand job furniture Philippe Starck ; editor Gregg Buchbinder ; art direction & photos Marc Atlan

Author:
Atlan, Marc  Search this
Buchbinder, Gregg  Search this
Starck, Philippe 1949-  Search this
Emeco Industries  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Subject:
Emeco Industries  Search this
Physical description:
256 pages chiefly illustrations 11 x 8 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
History
Place:
Pennsylvania
Hanover (York County)
Date:
2001
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Chair design--History  Search this
Creative ability  Search this
Furniture by architects  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Steel furniture  Search this
Chair design  Search this
Call number:
NK2439.E44 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_931925

Alvar Aalto furniture / Museum of Finnish Architecture [and] Finnish Society of Crafts and Design, Artek ; [translation, Michael Wynne-Ellis ... et al.]

Author:
Aalto, Alvar 1898-1976  Search this
Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo  Search this
Suomen Taideteollisuusyhdistys  Search this
Subject:
Aalto, Alvar 1898-1976  Search this
Physical description:
179 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Finland
Date:
1985
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Call number:
NK2635.F53 A233 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_335140

Alvar Aalto : furniture, 1929-1939 : an exhibition / arranged by Michael Playford and Michael Whiteway

Title:
Furniture, 1929-1939
Author:
Aalto, Alvar 1898-1976  Search this
Playford, Michael  Search this
Whiteway, Michael  Search this
Subject:
Aalto, Alvar 1898-1976  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Place:
Finland
Date:
1987
1987]
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture--Exhibitions  Search this
Furniture--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NK2635.F53 A112a 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_485651

Design/recline : modern architecture and the mid-century chaise longue : Busch-Reisinger Museum, March 20-July 11, 2004

Author:
Busch-Reisinger Museum  Search this
Physical description:
11 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2004
©2004
20th century
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Chairs  Search this
Chair design  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104041

Frank Gehry : new bentwood furniture designs : [exhibition / organized by David A. Hanks & Associates for the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts ; edited by Ellen Davidson]

Title:
New bentwood furniture designs
Author:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Davidson, Ellen  Search this
Musée des arts décoratifs de Montréal  Search this
David A. Hanks & Associates  Search this
Subject:
Gehry, Frank O. 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
Topic:
Bentwood furniture  Search this
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Call number:
NK2439.G44 A4 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_451306

Frank Lloyd Wright's furnishings / Carla Lind

Author:
Lind, Carla  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
57 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 14 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1101878

Desk in exile : a Bauhaus object traversing different modernities / Bauhaus Lab 2016 ; head of the programme, Regina Bittner

Editor:
Bittner, Regina  Search this
Subject:
Gropius, Walter 1883-1969  Search this
Bauhaus  Search this
Physical description:
149 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 15 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
Germany
Date:
2017
20th century
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture--History  Search this
Furniture design--History  Search this
Desks--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081712

Marcenaria Baraúna : móvel como arquitetura / textos, Mina W. Hugerth, Frederico Duarte, Ethel Leon, Mariana Wilderom ; ensaio fotográfico, Bob Wolfenson ; design gráfico, Victor Nosek

Title:
Móvel como arquitetura
Author:
Suzuki, Marcelo Works Selections  Search this
Ferraz, Marcelo Carvalho 1955- Works Selections  Search this
Fanucci, Francisco P Works Selections  Search this
Marcenaria Baraúna (Firm) Works Selections  Search this
Editor:
Nosek, Victor  Search this
Photographer:
Wolfenson, Bob  Search this
Writer of supplementary texual content:
Hugerth, Mina W.  Search this
Subject:
Marcenaria Baraúna (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
139 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans, portraits ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Brazil
Date:
2017
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086506

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax buildings : creating a corporate cathedral

Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959 Contributions in innovative architectural design  Search this
Johnson Wax Buildings  Search this
Physical description:
[2] p. : col. ill. ; 54 x 30 cm. folded to 30 x 14 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Wisconsin
Racine
Date:
1986
C1986
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Office furniture  Search this
Call number:
NA737.W7 A42 1986
NA737.W7 A42 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_327123

Richard J. Neutra® : Prospettive, i grandi architetti

Title:
Grandi architetti
Designer:
Neutra, Richard Joseph 1892-1970  Search this
Publisher:
Prospettive (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Neutra, Richard Joseph 1892-1970  Search this
Prospettive (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color), portrait ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
20th century
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Furniture design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_999708

Chairs by architects / Agata Toromanoff

Author:
Toromanoff, Agata  Search this
Physical description:
159 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2016
Topic:
Chair design  Search this
Seating (Furniture)--Design  Search this
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1082477

Classical splendor : painted furniture for a grand Philadelphia house / Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley and Peggy A. Olley ; with an essay by Jeffrey A. Cohen

Author:
Kirtley, Alexandra Alevizatos  Search this
Olley, Peggy A.  Search this
Author:
Cohen, Jeffrey A. 1952- Place, time, and architecture  Search this
Host institution:
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry 1764-1820  Search this
Waln, William 1775-1875 Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Ausstellungskatalog
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pa
Date:
2016
19th century
03.09.2016-01.01.2017
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture--History  Search this
Painted furniture--History  Search this
Decoration and ornament--Neoclassicism  Search this
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry / 1764-1820  Search this
Painted furniture / Pennsylvania / Philadelphia / History / 19th century / Exibitions  Search this
Furniture / United States / History / 19th century / Exhibitions  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080382

Pierre Chareau : modern architecture and design / Esther da Costa Meyer ; with essays by Bernard Bauchet, Olivier Cinqualbre, Jean-Louis Cohen, Robert M. Rubin, Kenneth E. Silver, Brian Brace Taylor

Title:
Modern architecture and design
Architect:
Chareau, Pierre  Search this
Author:
Meyer, Esther da Costa 1947-  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Bauchet, Bernard (Architect)  Search this
Cinqualbre, Olivier  Search this
Cohen, Jean-Louis  Search this
Rubin, Robert M.  Search this
Silver, Kenneth E.  Search this
Taylor, Brian Brace  Search this
Publisher:
Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Chareau, Pierre  Search this
Maison de verre (Paris, France)  Search this
Physical description:
288 pages : illustrations (some color), plans, portraits ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Place:
France
Date:
2016
20th century
Topic:
Furniture design--History  Search this
Architect-designed furniture--History  Search this
Interior decoration--History  Search this
Decoration and ornament--Art deco  Search this
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Modern movement (Architecture)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1073015

Carlo Mollino : architecture as autobiography / Giovanni Brino

Author:
Brino, Giovanni  Search this
Mollino, Carlo 1905-1973  Search this
Subject:
Mollino, Carlo 1905-1973 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Date:
2005
20th century
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Interior architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NK2562.M65 B85 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_803852

Greta Magnusson Grossman : designer / [forward by Evan Snyderman ; essay by Lily Kane ; organized by R 20th Century Design]

Author:
Snyderman, Evan  Search this
Kane, Lily  Search this
R Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
R 20th Century Design (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Grossman, Greta Magnusson 1906-1999  Search this
Physical description:
45, [2] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
California, Southern
Date:
2000
[2000]
20th century
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Call number:
NK2439.G76 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_811350

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Lilly Reich : furniture and interiors / Christiane Lange ; [translations: Allison Plath-Moseley]

Title:
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich
Author:
Lange, Christiane 1961-  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig 1886-1969  Search this
Reich, Lilly 1885-1947  Search this
Museum Haus Lange Krefeld  Search this
Subject:
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig 1886-1969  Search this
Reich, Lilly 1885-1947  Search this
Physical description:
207 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany
Date:
2006
20th century
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Architect-designed furniture--History  Search this
Design--History  Search this
Call number:
NK2554.M5 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_826175

[Trade catalogs on architect-designed contract and office furniture : lounge seating, workstations, casegoods, desks, credenzas, chairs, lounge seating, sofas, partitions, walls, cabinets, tables (conference tables, occasional tables, work tables, coffee tables) ... ]

Author:
Cadwallader and Sangiorgio Associates  Search this
ICF Cadsana  Search this
Physical description:
<4> v. : ill. (most col.) ; cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1986
1986-
Topic:
Architect-designed furniture  Search this
Office furniture  Search this
Seating (Furniture)  Search this
Tables  Search this
Microcomputer workstations  Search this
Cadsana (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
054415
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_898205

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