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This video is a short 4 minute overarching introduction to George Nakashima's furniture and the contemporary furniture makers that have been inspired by his "live edge" design. Nakashima was one of the forefathers of the American Studio Furniture movement. He is best remembered for using slabs that show an uninterrupted natural edge which exposes the beauty of the tree in its raw and often most dramatic state. Nakashima also allowed cracks and other "imperfections" to reside in his furniture. He is perhaps most notable for securing these cracks and splits with a locking butterfly key. In contrast to the natural, or even wild, appearance of his furniture tops, their bases received an architectural/engineered look by Nakashima. After all, Nakashima was trained as an Architect and was a graduate of MIT.
The creator of the Nakashima video is my good friend Daniella Ohad Smith. Daniella is an erudite design historian based in New York city. Her  Vlogs (Video Blogs) titled "Daniella On Design" are each dedicated to a specific subject, concept, object, or medium.  These subjects she features are often unexpected or are found in the most unlikely of places – true to her credo that "design is everywhere." This recent vlog of Daniella's that I have linked to was dedicated to George Nakashima and I hope many of you will find 5 min to treat yourself by watching it as well as her other videos.

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