George Nakashima

The Moderne Gallery Collection

George Katsutoshi Nakashima was born in 1905 in Spokane, WA. Trained as an architect at the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he first began designing furniture as an aspect of architectural ventures in India, Japan, and Seattle, WA. Now an internationally renowned furniture designer and woodworker, Nakashima is recognized as one of America's most eminent designer crafsmen.

Wharton Esherick

The Moderne Gallery Collection

In the decade before he died in 1970 at the age of 83, Wharton Esherick was heralded by the national art and design community as the "Dean of American Craftsmen." It was an accolade not previously bestowed on an American artist and an indication of the unique nature of Esherick's work and influence. Ironically, much of his career was spent working in relative isolation in Paoli, PA - an artisan pursuing his own vision of high-art craftsmanship during a period when hand craftsmanship was generally held in low regard by American culture. Ultimately, Esherick's work helped lead to the renaissance of the 1960s that re-established hand craftsmanship as the popular and highly valued activity it is today and was the model for what we now know as the American Studio Craft Movement.

1920-1980 Design

The Moderne Gallery Collection

Moderne Gallery maintains an extensive inventory of French, European and American Art Deco and 1940's-50's furniture, lighting & accessories. Our collection fills over 20,000 square feet and is comprised of high quality, original pieces. More than 650 pieces of furniture, chandeliers, lamps, paintings, ceramics, glass, and other accessories are each hand-picked. We carry only high-quality pieces of outstanding design. These run the gamut from beautiful unsigned works to museum pieces signed by master designers and cabinetmakers.

American Studio Craft Movement

The Moderne Gallery Collection

Moderne Gallery was the first gallery in the US to specialize in vintage work from the American Studio Craft Movement. Beginning with a specialization in the work of George Nakashima in 1985, owner Robert Aibel soon decided to devote Moderne Gallery to handling the work of the masters of Studio Craft Furniture, Ceramics and Turned Wood.