Conoid Chair

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Conoid Chair was built from a slab of walnut cantilevered over two legs that George Nakashima designed to make the chair movable on carpeting. The chair was named after Nakashima's studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, which was modeled on the section of a cone. The thin hickory spindles rising up to support a gently arced cross-member evoke the elegant window walls of the studio, and recall the colonial tradition of simple, functional spindle-back chairs.
Luce Object Quote
"It is an art and a soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees, to take them when mature or even dead and . . . to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." George Nakashima, Woodworker, 1984
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
George Nakashima, born Spokane, WA 1905-died New Hope, PA 1990
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Lloyd E. Herman, founding director and director emeritus of the Renwick Gallery (1971-1986)
Medium
black walnut and hickory
Dimensions
35 3/8 x 20 5/8 x 18 3/4 in. (89.8 x 52.5 x 47.6 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
1971
Type
Decorative Arts-Furniture
Crafts
Object number
1991.125