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Set of 10 ‘Ahmedabad’ grass seated rosewood chairs India circa 1964 after George Nakashima

Set of 10 ‘Ahmedabad’ grass seated rosewood chairs India circa 1964 after George Nakashima

A great set of 10, late 20th century rosewood and grass Indian dining chairs, after the original by George Nakashima.
Bought and shipped from India, the chairs have al been restored and polished.

When the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad India invited George Nakashima to Ahmedabad in 1964. He spent three weeks in the three-year-old design institute’s wood workshop, designing chairs, benches, tables, ottomans, lounges, daybeds, shelves and mirror frames. They kept being produced in limited numbers at the institute by detailed drawings and instructions left by Nakashima, until about 1975.

The Japanese-American designer had a deep India connect. Born in Spokane, Washington in 1905, Nakashima studied forestry and later architecture at the University of Washington. He completed his Masters in architecture from MIT and travelled extensively thereafter. He came to Pondicherry in 1937 to build Golconde, the dorm for Sri Aurobindo Ashram, with Czech American architect Antonin Raymond. Golconde would become India’s first reinforced concrete building, an early example of modernist architecture in the country. This trip to India was Nakashima’s first encounter with Indian culture and spirituality.

Please note that we are not selling this set as being by George Nakashima, but as a later copies as we cannot guarantee their originality.

Reference number

17370

Origin

India 20th Century

Measurements

Height: 71cm (28.0 inches)
Width: 53.5cm (21.1 inches)
Depth: 51cm (20.1 inches)
46cm Wide (seat) x 45cm High (floor to seat)

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