Geroge Nakashima for Knoll Early Straight Chairs - Dining Room - Dining Room & Kitchen
These are four dining chairs designed by George Nakashima for Knoll. Due to the unique nature of these chairs, please take the time to read this entire description before buying.
Three of the four chairs (the three on the right side of the first photo) were owned by the family of a friend that I have known for 30 years. They bought a set of four chairs in the early 1950s. He remembers them around the dinner table since he was a small child. Sadly, he cannot find one of the four original chairs.
These three original chairs are not marked other than a few handwritten numbers on the bottom. I spent a lot of time researching these chairs online. Below are the reasons why I believe that these a handmade and authentic Nakashima chairs:
- One owner, purchased in the early 50s
- The underside of the seat planks are not perfectly even and different on each chair, so they are not machine made
- The tops of the spindles are not identical
- There are hammer marks under the original finish
- The leg joints are reinforced by pin nails per Nakashima's original design
- If you place two chairs front to front, the indentations on the seats for your legs do not line up with one another
The joints on these chairs will need to be re-glued, but like the other imperfections listed above, this speaks towards their authenticity. One of the chairs was in a damp location, as can be seen on its legs. It does not appear to be warped. They could all use some amount of refinishing, but I did not want to destroy any elements that contribute to their value. If you prefer them to be refinished, I can get a quote from a woodworker that I use.
I purchased a fourth unmarked chair to complete the set (shown on the left side of the first photo and in the last detail shot), but I cannot speak to its authenticity. It looks like the others and is suitable for use around the table with them. If you have any hesitation about this chair, you should treat it as being "in the style of."