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Philadelphia gallery brings back Nakashima exhibit

A new exhibition and sale, “George Nakashima: Rare & Unique Works,” is on display at the Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia through Aug. 12. It is the gallery’s eighth major exhibition of the vintage works of Nakashima since 1989.

Nakashima dining table made of Persian walnut and matched with rosewood butterflies (1971).

It features about 40 pieces, including chairs, dining tables, occasional tables, chests, desks and benches.

“This show is the perfect expression of the timeless elegance of the American Studio Furniture Movement in which we specialize,” gallery co-director Joshua Aibel says. “We expect that collectors will appreciate the quality and originality in our exhibit, as well as the enduring appeal of Nakashima’s eye for great wood, innovative design and extraordinary craftsmanship.”

Student exhibition

The Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, held its annual “Current Student Work” exhibit from April 28 -May 31. It featured furniture and furnishings by participants in the school’s flagship nine-month comprehensive course.

Students in the course range in age from 25-65 and come from a variety of backgrounds, such as general contracting, interior design, accounting, product development, media management and military service.

The Messler Gallery’s exhibit featured a credenza by Adam Howell.

The nine-month comprehensive program is for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training. Aled Lewis is the lead instructor.


Moderne Gallery, 111. N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 215-923-853.

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport, Maine 04856. Tel: 207-594-5611.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue.

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