Design May, 27 2015

Midcentury George Nakashima Designs Revived by Edward Fields Rugs

Marking its 80th year, respected American rug maker Edward Fields celebrates in style with the launch of “The Nakashima Collection.” A tribute to one of the most prolific and unique talents in midcentury design, famed for his work at Knoll and Widdicomb-Mueller, George Nakashima‘s original carpet designs have been resurrected and faithfully reproduced. Best known for his organic style centred around natural forms and traditional woodwork techniques, in 1959 Nakashima applied his skills to soft furnishings, submitting two sketches to Edwards Fields; the prototypes of which remained stored and unmade until 2013. In a chance discovery, 23 years after his death, the designer’s daughter, Mira, came across a file marked “Rugs.” Inside lay hundreds of pencil plans and drawings which had been earmarked for Edwards Fields. A remarkable find, Mira comments, “I had never seen this side of my father’s design eye before, as our existing carpets were quite subtle in color and form.”

These abstract creations would later become “The Nakashima Collection,” six rugs and one tapestry referencing the natural shapes and colors that had became the iconic designer’s code. Showcased in these spot-on images, his Pennsylvania home, a National Historic Landmark, plays backdrop to the new range. As Edward Fields describe: “Textured greys, mysterious blues and verdant forest greens elicit pastoral landscapes and infinite night skies.” A tradition of combining old world with new, Nakashima has always sat comfortably between the two; his earthy and unfussy approach perfectly encapsulated in this beautiful new line.

Available now, contact Edward Fields New York for purchase details.