A DIY Remake of a 1940s Classic Chair

George Nakashima (aka “the Japanese Shaker”) was an innovator in the world of architecture, craftsmanship, and design. As an homage to him, Alexa at Remodelista plans to create her own DIY version of his classic 1940s Grass-Seated Chair. This is a relatively simple and easy way to give life to an old seat. With some rope and a thrift store find, you too can recreate the look.

Above: Nakashima’s Grass-Seated Chair, which was among the earliest chairs made in the 1940s, is still in production. Some of Nakashima’s vintage pieces can be sourced via 1st Dibs.

Above: An old, rehabbed chair in Brooklyn spotted on Apiece Apart. For a similar look, measure enough cotton cord to wrap around your chair about 30 times. After you’re done wrapping, tie off the rope on the underside of the chair. Then weave through a length of natural jute at the top and bottom of the chair to keep the rope in place. Weave in the ends of the jute to create a seamless look.

Above: The Wellington Cordage 4-ply Jute Twine is an affordable rope option; $4.51 from Amazon.

For more DIY ideas, check out Remodelista’s posts Instant Vases from Milk Bottles, Upholstered Headboard, and  Instant Gold Painting.

 

21 comments

Carol B.
Carol B.4 years ago

retro is in

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Paula B.
Paula B.4 years ago

thanks

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago

ty

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

awesome

Kath R.
Kath P.4 years ago

Looks absolutely gorgeous.

Mary L.
Mary L.4 years ago

I appreciate the info.

Sri V.
sri V.4 years ago

Please remember friends, the mor you recycle furniture especially real wood furniture, you are not only saving trees and thereby the environment but also showing your respect to the craftsman who had originally made it.

Bethany Z.
Bethany Z.4 years ago

Awesome! Gotta love vintage furniture.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

tks