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Signed Nakashima, November 20, 1990 Mira and client's name

In the workshop of George Nakashima, the soul of the tree was celebrated. "It is an art- and soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees,” Nakashima said, “to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." Nakashima, an architect who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered woodworking while in an internment camp during WWII. In 1943, he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania and opened his studio. There he created pieces highlighting wood’s natural beauty, most notably by including the tree’s rough outer layer, or the “free edge”. Nakashima worked throughout the world; in India, he became deeply spiritual. He developed a goal to construct peace altars on every continent—the first, made of book-matched slabs of black walnut, was installed at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986.

Selected exhibitions
2019
The Japanese influence on 20th century DesignGokelaere & Robinson
2014
George Nakashima Woodworker 1941-2014 The Process1950
Selected DesignJohnson Trading Gallery
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Daughter of the acclaimed architect, designer and master craftsman George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima has run her father's studio and workshop since his death in 1990—continuing his long practice known for highlighting and manipulating the natural beauty of wood. While the Nakashima studio still produces many of their traditional lines, Mira has also created her Keisho Collection—which translates from Japanese to continuance or succession—that uses the same visual language that Nakashima designs are known for, but with a contemporary sensibility that often appears more delicate. Mira Nakashima still designs and produces all the studio’s pieces in the complex of buildings that her father designed and built in rural Pennsylvania, working with some of the same craftsmen that her father trained, which helps lend a sense of continuity to their furniture and design objects.

Selected exhibitions
2018
The Fairer SexJessica Hagen Fine Art + Design
Nakashima: Continuing the TraditionJessica Hagen Fine Art + Design
2017
Room With Its Own RulesChamber
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Nakashima Studio
Nakashima Studio

Fine Transitional Minguren II Coffee Table, New Hope, PA, 1990

Claro Walnut Burl, Walnut
15 1/2 × 69 × 55 in
39.4 × 175.3 × 139.7 cm
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Rago/Wright
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Signature
Signed Nakashima, November 20, 1990 Mira and client's name

In the workshop of George Nakashima, the soul of the tree was celebrated. "It is an art- and soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees,” Nakashima said, “to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." Nakashima, an architect who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered woodworking while in an internment camp during WWII. In 1943, he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania and opened his studio. There he created pieces highlighting wood’s natural beauty, most notably by including the tree’s rough outer layer, or the “free edge”. Nakashima worked throughout the world; in India, he became deeply spiritual. He developed a goal to construct peace altars on every continent—the first, made of book-matched slabs of black walnut, was installed at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986.

Selected exhibitions (3)

Daughter of the acclaimed architect, designer and master craftsman George Nakashima, Mira Nakashima has run her father's studio and workshop since his death in 1990—continuing his long practice known for highlighting and manipulating the natural beauty of wood. While the Nakashima studio still produces many of their traditional lines, Mira has also created her Keisho Collection—which translates from Japanese to continuance or succession—that uses the same visual language that Nakashima designs are known for, but with a contemporary sensibility that often appears more delicate. Mira Nakashima still designs and produces all the studio’s pieces in the complex of buildings that her father designed and built in rural Pennsylvania, working with some of the same craftsmen that her father trained, which helps lend a sense of continuity to their furniture and design objects.

Selected exhibitions (3)
Nakashima Studio
Other works by George Nakashima
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