Ahead of the curve: woodworker John Nyquist
Hes not a household name, but collectors know him as nothing less than a living legend. Meet the Long Beach man who has helped to shape wood furniture for five decades.
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Long Beach woodworker John Nyquist, 72, has hand-built his legacy among aficionados of midcentury design. Though Nyquist still isnt a household name among the general public, collectors of classic California design have sought his work for almost 50 years, drawn to painstakingly crafted furniture whose hard angles are softened by gentle curves and sloping lines.
In May, the auction house Wright sold a single 1960s ladder-back chair by Nyquist for $7,200 confirmation that his work has joined the canon of classic West Coast crafts.
As part of the Home sections Masters of Craft series, Times staff writer David A. Keeps visited Nyquists home and studio.