Moderne Gallery Featured in Architect Magazine

Architect Magazine
Tuesday, 2 November, 2021


Karuizawa Chairs

Moderne Gallery has been highlighted in Architect Magazine’s feature article on Design Miami 2021:

The Best of the Best/

As always, Design Miami will host galleries representing work that tops today’s collectible design market, both vintage and contemporary. Masterpieces from icons of the 20th century include works by Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Joaquim Tenreiro, and Verner Panton, while contemporary highlights are found in works by Daniel Arsham, Katie Stout, the Haas Brothers, and more.

Moderne Gallery presents a strong selection of rare and unique mid-century design, with a focus on Studio Craft Movement pieces. A particular highlight is George Nakashima's first furniture design: the Karuizawa chair (1935), made for St. Paul's Catholic Church in Karuizawa, Japan. Until recently, only two chairs were known to exist worldwide. Across the chair's peeled Cryptomeria frame is suspended a seat made of woven grass threads, a design that displays both traditional materials and a modern sensibility. It's clearly the precursor for what is now Nakashima’s most popular, grass-seated chair (designed 1944).

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Karuizawa Church