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A DIY Remake of a 1940s Classic Chair

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.


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Remodelista is a one-stop sourcebook for the considered home, guiding readers through the design and renovation process. Founded by four friends with a shared design DNA and appreciation for intelligent design, Remodelista counts architects, design professionals, and style-conscious consumers among its daily audience. The Remodelista aesthetic favors classic and livable over trendy and transient, well-edited interiors over cluttered environments, and thoughtfully designed products over mass-market, disposable goods.


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4:18PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

retro is in

12:58AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

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10:38AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Looks absolutely gorgeous.

8:08AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I appreciate the info.

7:29PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

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you are not only saving trees and thereby the environment but also showing your respect to the craftsman who had originally made it.

4:56PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Awesome! Gotta love vintage furniture.

4:29PM PST on Mar 1, 2012


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