On June 14th, the George Nakashima Woodworker in New Hope will be celebrating the 110th birthday of its founder George Nakashima. He was an architect and thinker who called himself woodworker. For nearly five decades, he lived in New Hope, creating some of the most memorable and poetic pieces of furniture in the history of American design. Considered by most historians as the hero of the American Studio Movement, he crafted one of the most successful stories of modern American design. He integrated his work, his daily life, and the natural world, and his furniture grew from his philosophy that every tree deserves another chance, a second life, in his words. Nakashima’s furniture pieces are now sought after by collectors all over the world and can be found today in museums and private collections all over the world. Furniture, he believed, should be live with, and not be treated as overly precious. "The more a surface is used," he said, "the more resistant and beautiful it becomes. There is nothing quite as uninteresting as a shining surface that looks as if it has never been used."
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