Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba
I think organic modernism (mcm) can be looked at as a fusion between the international style and the driving factor behind arts and crafts. A distilled version of that has been happening since the mid century, but on a small scale with individual artists like Nakashima, Maloof and others. Exposed Hand joinery along with solid wood surfaces and structures, but done in a simplified fashion. Nakashima even called his style Japanese shaker.
Much of what became arts and crafts was influenced by not just English arts and crafts but also Japanese architecture, so in my opinion you have a different interpretation of organic simplified form through these craftsman born of very similar ideals and influences.
yes, i have to say that two of the highlights of my furniture viewing experience were retrospectives of nakashima and of maloof (he's a local boy, actually). absolutely swoonworthy.
and a dear friend, with her first freelancing payment, bought one like this:
of course, that was back when the benches were a lot cheaper and freelance payments were a LOT higher.