Nakashima Straight-Back Chair

The Nakashima Straight-Back Chair was the product of a philosophy that furniture should be treated as everyday functional objects and not precious possessions. Commissioned by Knoll in 1946, the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair was designed by architect George Nakashima and manifests his self-proclaimed Japanese Shaker style. Even at the mass production level, this chair successfully maintains its sculptural lines and fine craftsmanship that recall traditional Japanese joinery. With its solid walnut frame and solid hickory spindles, the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair would complement a mid-century style dining or kitchen table of similar materiality.

The Nakashima Straight-Back Chair has an overall height of 30.0” (76 cm), width of 22.5" (57 cm), and depth of 20.0” (51 cm). The seat height of the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair is set at 17.0” (43 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair with measurements in plan and elevation

The Nakashima Straight-Back Chair was the product of a philosophy that furniture should be treated as everyday functional objects and not precious possessions. Commissioned by Knoll in 1946, the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair was designed by architect George Nakashima and manifests his self-proclaimed Japanese Shaker style. Even at the mass production level, this chair successfully maintains its sculptural lines and fine craftsmanship that recall traditional Japanese joinery. With its solid walnut frame and solid hickory spindles, the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair would complement a mid-century style dining or kitchen table of similar materiality.

The Nakashima Straight-Back Chair has an overall height of 30.0” (76 cm), width of 22.5" (57 cm), and depth of 20.0” (51 cm). The seat height of the Nakashima Straight-Back Chair is set at 17.0” (43 cm).

Common Questions
Common Questions
Common Questions
What is a side chair?
Side chairs are armless chairs with frames that are not completely upholstered. Because side chairs are typically easy to move and are manufactured with a large variety of styles and materials, side chairs are practical furniture items that are often used as dining chairs.
How tall is the seat of a side chair?
The seat height of a side chair is based on the common ergonomic dimensions of an adult and are typically designed in the range of 16.5”-19” (42-48 cm).
How wide are side chairs?
Side chairs are designed with a diverse variety of styles and materials, but the width of a side chair is commonly established between 16.5”-22” (42-56 cm).

Details

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Height: 
30.0” | 76 cm
Width:
22.5” | 57 cm
Depth:
20.0” | 51 cm
Length:
Seat Height
17.0” | 43 cm
Weight:


Materials
Solid walnut
Designer
George Nakashima
Year
1946

Drawings include:
Nakashima Straight-Back Chair side elevation, side (person), front, back, plan

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