At the London School of Furniture (LSF), our admiration for American architect and furniture maker George Nakashima is no secret. Among his timeless creations, the 1960s Conoid cantilevered Chair stands out as an enduring masterpiece, still in production today. Despite its shockingly modern design for its time, the chair exudes a profound craft sensibility that continues to captivate.
Inspired by Nakashima’s iconic design, we’ve undertaken several attempts to recreate our version of the Conoid chair, and now, we invite you to join us in this endeavor.
This course represents our most demanding class, tailored for individuals with substantial joinery and furniture-making experience, or those who have completed our Core Skills: Joinery 1 program. Throughout the course, we’ll primarily utilize hand tools, supplemented by the strategic use of power tools such as routers and sanders.
When it comes to materials, we spare no expense. We’ve opted for luxurious American black walnut for the majority of the parts, renowned for its exquisite beauty and fine lustre. While the originals featured hickory, we’ve chosen straight-grained ash as a substitute. Both species boast shock-resistant properties and a slight bendiness, making them ideal for crafting the delicate spindles that characterize the Conoid chair.
Embrace the challenge of crafting this iconic piece under expert guidance, and embark on a journey to hone your woodworking skills while paying homage to Nakashima’s timeless legacy. Join us at LSF and bring your own Conoid chair to life.
If you are a little daunted by going straight into making the chair, be sure to take a look at the Japanese Coffee Table course.
Nakashima Conoid Chair Prices
Check out the latest prices for secondhand Conoid chairs at 1st Dibs.
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