NewsArt News Now: George Nakashima’s Craft Revealed in New Book

Monochromatic image of Mira Nakashima standing in dappled light in front of the Nakashima Chair Studio. Photo credit Martien Mulder.

“The new book from  Mira Nakashima, daughter of George Nakashima, one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Nakashima furniture-making process and how he became a household name. Featuring original sketches, the philosophy behind his masterpieces, along with family history, “The Nakashima Process Book” lights a path into what makes Nakashima furniture unique. Mira, a trained architect, and Harvard graduate has worked in the family business since 1970, and currently produces her father’s iconic designs as well as her own custom, hand-crafted furniture.

“The Nakashima Process Book” explores George and Mira’s devotion to discovering the inherent beauty of wood so that noble trees might have a second life as furniture. Nakashima Woodworkers’ process remains unchanged — embracing the unique qualities of wood to reveal the ‘soul of the tree’ and emphasizing the natural beauty of the wood grain and burl. No two pieces of Nakashima furniture are identical, and this book expands the understanding and appreciation of the time-consuming, individual attention spent on each piece of furniture produced…”

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