George Nakashima

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Utility, Simplicity, and Integrity

September 27, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey celebrates George Nakashima in today’s his daily Auction Pick. “While many of his contemporaries celebrated the new possibilities of Modernist home design, George Nakashima rejected the style for what saw as an ‘imposed egotism.’ He became a leading voice in the midcentury craft movement, championing the holistic practices of older, richer furniture traditions.”

George Nakashima: The Spirit of a Tree

February 22, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The designs of George Nakashima (1905-1990) are among the most elegant and enduring in post–war American furniture. Nakashima is renowned for his sensitive approach toward natural materials. He conceived of furniture as a second incarnation of the wood and aimed to preserve its integrity, beauty, and utility by emphasizing the textures of their rich grains in his designs.

Just In: George Nakashima Room Divider

January 20, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a triple sliding door room divider by celebrated designer George Nakashima, which will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Renowned for his sensitive approach to materials, he took care to honor the original form of the wood and often chose to highlight the natural quirks of the grain in his designs. Possessing a timeless quality, Nakashima’s versatile designs are both beautiful and practical, and continue to be used and enjoyed today by collectors.

Just In: George Nakashima Dining Table

December 20, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present an original drop leaf table by renowned designer and woodworker, George Nakashima (1905–1990). This stunning piece will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Nakashima was commissioned to make this table for Marjorie Garfield, a local of New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Important Collections of 2014

November 6, 2014

From a single work of art to an entire estate, LAMA continues to be the choice auction house on the West Coast for Modern Art & Design. Over the past 20 years, LAMA has conducted auctions for prominent California estates, including those of Max Palevsky, James Byrnes, Linda Sullivan, Dalzell Hatfield, and Richard Dorso, in addition to Julius Shulman, Richard Neutra, and James Prestini. LAMA has also represented complete commissions by George Nakashima, Paul Laszlo, William “Billy” Haines, and Ettore Sottsass. As a boutique auction house focusing on Modern Art & Design, LAMA remains nimble and flexible, and able to satisfy—and often exceed—the expectations of consignors and clients. We are pleased to offer this recap of important collections represented by LAMA in 2014.

Top Lots of 2014: A Year of Record Auction Prices

November 4, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

This year was once again a period of new records and strong prices for Los Angeles Modern Auctions: in 2014, LAMA’s yearly sale total increased by 58.8% from 2013. The year got off to an exuberant start with the sale of an exemplary crocheted wire sculpture from important American sculptor Ruth Asawa—which soared nearly 5 times over its estimate to $1.43 million, effectively tying the world auction record for any work by the artist. Los Angeles artists Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha both set world auction records for works on paper and prints, respectively. In design highlights, Maria Pergay’s iconic stainless steel Flying Carpet daybed set a new world auction record for that model. Other top lots include works by Vija Celmins, John McLaughlin, Alberto Giacometti, Sam Maloof, and George Nakashima. We are excited to continue the journey as we are now accepting material for 2015!

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Comprehensive Nakashima Collection

February 18, 2014

Valleyview Living Room, Carderock Springs Subdivision

On Sunday, February 23, Los Angeles Modern Auctions is offering the largest George Nakashima collection from a single owner in our history. Directly from the Estate of Edmund J. Bennett, this comprehensive collection includes 60 custom designs that span Nakashima’s most successful and creative decades from 1963 to 1991. Edmund J. Bennett commissioned Nakashima to create a diverse, all-encompassing collection, from desks, chairs, and daybeds to lamps, mirrors, and wall units. It began with a collaboration between two visionaries and continued with Bennett’s lifelong appreciation of an American master.

George Nakashima: Custom Lamp

February 6, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Among the many highlights in the upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer 60 commissioned George Nakashima works from the collection of Mr. Edmund J. Bennett. This variety of works represents some of the furniture designer’s most contemporary styles and advanced woodworking techniques. One of these designs, a custom Table lamp (executed in 1978), demonstrates Nakashima’s ability to showcase his craft, the client’s taste, and the wood’s natural beauty.