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George Nakashima

George Nakashima was trained in architecture then turned to furniture-making, and he was first to make woodworking a fine art. He collaborated with Edward Fields in late 1950s by creating a series of drawings to be translated into rugs that resulted in two pieces in 1959. These rugs were the start of a new collaboration between Nakashima’s children, Mira and Kevin, and the Edward Fields design team. This amazing team effort brought the collaboration to a new level by interpreting a packet of 60-year-old Nakashima sketches into a new series including six rugs and one tapestry launched in 2015.


Nakashima Edition

Nakashima Edition
George Nakashima │ Edward Fields

by George Nakashima Studio


The origins of The Nakashima Edition date back to 1959, when the renowned architect and woodworker George Nakashima developed two carpet designs for Edward Fields before the project was subsequently shelved. In 2013, Fields’ Studio – recognizing Nakashima’s enduring posthumous legacy – revisited the two designs in close collaboration with Nakashima’s children, Mira and Kevin. The collaboration took a remarkable turn when Mira stumbled across a previously neglected file labeled simply “Rugs”. Inside lay a veritable treasure trove of rug design pencil sketches her father had envisioned but never seen through to creation. As in any Nakashima creation, nature plays an integral role in these large-scale abstractions. Textured greys, mysterious blues and verdant forest greens elicit pastoral landscapes and infinite night skies, while imaginative splashes of color punctuate with vibrant bursts of life. Earthy textures of hand-tufted wool, silk, flax and sisal imbue each rug with a tactile dimensionality. As the Edward Fields brand celebrates its 80th year, The Nakashima Edition further highlights the studio’s singularly rich history while closing the circle on a previously unfinished partnership between two titans of twentieth-century design.

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