Among the many exciting George Nakashima works being offered in next month’s Design Sale, is a Sanso “Reception House” Table. The table was built for the family of Stanley Frosh, a prominent judge and close family friend of Nakashima, in 1981.
This impressive table was named after the Reception House (also known as the Sanso or Mountain Villa), the last building designed and built by Nakashima on his New Hope, Pennsylvania compound from 1975-77.
Today, the Sanso Villa showcases a number of Nakashima masterworks, including the earliest designed Sanso table, built for the space with two large bookmatched English walnut slabs. Nakashima’s mastery is on full display in these monumental forms, highlighting the extraordinary crotch grain of the wood, cradled by a delicate support system.
The Frosh table is likely one of the earliest of these Sanso forms, a design later adapted by Nakashima for his even larger Altars for Peace. These Altars were to be placed on every continent—tables around which Nakashima envisioned people from all over the world coming together “for prayer, meditation and contemplation.” George began the project in 1984, it is continued today by Mira Nakashima and the George Nakashima Foundation for Peace.