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12 Favorites: Live-Edge Tables in the Spirit of George Nakashima

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 29, 2014 01:06 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Oct 28, 2014

Twentieth-century furniture maker George Nakashima believed that there is a soul in every tree that can continue to live in a piece of furniture. His signature live-edge tables tell the tales of many mighty specimens—and continue to inspire designers today. Here are a dozen favorite live-edge tables in the spirit of the master. Above: The many contemporary designers carrying on the Nakashima legacy include his own artisan daughter,  Mira Nakashima , who runs the George Nakashima studio, in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She made this American black walnut live-edge dining table, a prized piece in  Architect David Ling's Eccentric NYC Loft . Above: In a minimalist space, live-edge wood furniture can add an organic warmth. Photograph via Tittys and Pancakes . Above: In a Mill Valley, California, kitchen, a live-edge dining table is cantilevered off a marble cooktop. Photograph by Dustin Askland via Dwell . Above: A live-edge dining table and a Persian carpet are the anchor pieces in this dining room by Clements Design. Photograph via Domaine Home . Above: New York architects Messana O'Rorke chose a live-edge wood dining table to marry a modernist addition to an 18th-century house. See how the two styles work together in Ten Broeck Cottage . Above: A live-edge dining table with a matching bench in a woodsy winter cabin. Photograph via Aluminex . Above: Not all live-edge wood has to be large scale, as illustrated by this narrow urban garden table. Photograph via Kikette Interiors . Above: A live-edge bar adds an organic note to  The Musket Room in New York's Nolita . Above:  CCS Architecture  of San Francisco applied a live-edge walnut slab as the kitchen island in this Santa Cruz Retreat . Above: Raw-edged cypress is supported by hardware-store sawhorses in this prefab concrete house by Anderson Anderson Architecture  of San Francisco. Photograph by David Lauridsen via Dwell . Above: A slab of live-edge wood works well as a desk in a children's room. Photograph via The Animal Print Shop . Above: A live-edge coffee table echoes the curves of a linen-covered chaise in the home of Hollywood's Style Guru Estee Stanley . An artisan works with traditional Japanese woodworking techniques in upstate New York — Jessica Wickham and the Art of Woodworking . Outfitting a dining room? Take a look at: 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Round Tables 10 Easy Pieces: Wood Chairs for Under $200 How to Choose an Overhead Light Fixture Dining outdoors? See Gardenista's pick for The Perfect Picnic Table . (It's also good indoors.) More Stories from Remodelista Object Lessons: The Great Japanese Cast-Iron Kettle Grill in Style: A Japanese Stovetop Toaster for Small Kitchens Steal This Look: A Scandi-Meets-Japanese Kitchen






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