George Nakashima regarded cabinetry and woodwork as a noble art form â€“ a view evidenced in the pieces he designed for Knoll. His Splay-Leg Coffee Table (1946) exhibits his gifted sense of grain, texture and balance. The veneered walnut or hickory top has a reverse slip-matched cathedral grain, which allows the table to be placed facing either way. Mortise and tenon joints and brass hardware secure the top to the angled solid walnut legs, creating a simple, heirloom-quality modern classic. Nakashima referred to himself as a â€œJapanese shaker,â€ expressing the belief that his designs should be treated as everyday functional objects, not precious possessions. The Shaker influence can be noted in his extraordinary skill at crafting wood, a material he approached with great reverence, saying, â€œA tree is our most intimate contact with nature.â€ A signature plate on the underside of the table attests to its authenticity. Manufactured by Knoll. Walnut Hickory George Nakashima: Nakashima Splay-Leg Coffee Table.