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.

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.

The Beauty of Simple Things – Custom Designs by George Nakashima from the Edmund J. Bennett Collection

November 4, 2013

LAMA is pleased to announce that the upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature 60 commissioned designs by George Nakashima from the collection of Edmund J. Bennett. Spanning over 30 years, this collection has never been offered on the market. The collection includes a Conoid bench, a hanging wall case, a Slab II coffee table, a set of 12 Conoid chairs, hanging wall mirrors, a Frenchman’s Cove II dining table and extension, a Q Bench, a double sliding door cabinet, table lamps, a Conoid storage headboard, two daybeds, a “New” lounge rocking chair, and many other expertly crafted designs.


May 18, 2010

The upcoming May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction is featured on the home page of! Click here to check out the 17 lot slide show, which features Peter’s insights and extra information on select lots.