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Mira Nakashima

For nearly two decades, Mira Nakashima worked in the shadow of her legendary father, master woodworker George Nakashima. She never intended to follow in his footsteps, but she was persuaded to join him in his woodworking business after earning a graduate degree in architecture from Tokyo’s Waseda University.

“My father was an architect who went to Harvard, didn’t like it and switched to MIT,” Nakashima explains. 

“I went to Harvard and loved it. He encouraged me to study architecture, so I did. I would rather have studied music. I was in a dance group and a choral group. After college, my godmother took me on a tour of Zen monasteries in Japan. I went to live there with an aunt to master Japanese, flower arranging and the tea ceremony. Then I went to Waseda University, learning architecture by the atelier system, where you actually build things. I married a fellow student and we began having children. After we moved to Pittsburgh and had more babies, my father asked me if I wanted to come ‘home,’ promising to build us a house near him. My husband liked the idea, so we went. I began to do part-time work for my father. It was just a job. Then my husband and I parted, so I went to work with Dad. It was never planned.”

That part-time position turned into a full-time job, and when George Nakashima died, in 1990, Mira was faced with a choice: continue the family legacy or shutter the business. As news of her father’s death spread, clients started canceling orders, fearing that the studio’s innovation would wane without him at the helm.

Skeptics proved wrong. Mira Nakashima continued to execute her father’s iconic designs — such as his Conoid chair — while also creating new ones of her own that take advantage of and highlight the unique characteristics and allure of her, and her father’s, favored material. 

“Keisho means ‘continuation’ in Japanese,” she says. “I am just as interested in traditional lines, classic proportions and fine wood specimens, but I work out my designs differently. The boards tell you what they want to reveal.”

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Nature, Form & Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
First edition of Mira Nakashima’s tribute to her father, George, whose standing as one of America’s foremost designer/craftsmen is reflected in his blue-chip status in the vintage de...
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Early 2000s American American Craftsman Mira Nakashima

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Paper

Conoid Bench by Mira Nakashima based on a design by George Nakashima, USA
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Conoid bench in walnut, US 2021, by Mira Nakashima based on a George Nakashima design. The Bench is made in black walnut with hickory spindles and is s...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Mira Nakashima

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Wood, Walnut

Mira Nakashima Mid Century Wooden Dining Chairs in Walnut Produced in USA, 1960s
By Mira Nakashima
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very rare and great set of four wooden tripod dining chairs in walnut by Mira Nakashima produced as a custom order in 1963 by George Nakashima Woodworkers in Pennsylvania. In great o...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mira Nakashima

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Walnut

Mira Nakashima Live Edge Coffee Table
By Mira Nakashima
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Live Edge Coffee Table by Mira Nakashima, in black walnut with dramatic variation in the grain, knot details and three rosewood butterflies. ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Mira Nakashima

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Rosewood, Walnut

Mira Nakashima Live Edge Coffee Table
Mira Nakashima Live Edge Coffee Table
H 15.25 in W 30 in D 76 in
Mira Nakashima Conoid Slab Cocktail Table in Black Walnut and Rosewood, Signed
By Mira Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Table features a single slab top with free edges, sap grain, knot detail, and one rosewood butterfly. Signed and dated to underside ‘Mira Nakashima 4-18-00’ with client's name 'Lovel...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Mira Nakashima

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Rosewood, Walnut

Nakashima Studio Conoid Chair
By Mira Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Nakashima studio Conoid Chair Produced in 2000 Signed and dated Clean original surface
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Early 2000s American Mira Nakashima

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Walnut

Nakashima Studio Conoid Chair
Nakashima Studio Conoid Chair
H 36 in W 20 in D 16.25 in
Rocking Chair by Mira Nakashima
By Mira Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
A rocking chair in black walnut made be the Nakashima studio and signed / dated by Mira Nakashima, 1993.
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1990s Mira Nakashima

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Walnut

Rocking Chair by Mira Nakashima
Rocking Chair by Mira Nakashima
H 36 in W 25 in D 28 in
Conoid Bench by Mira Nakashima based on a design by George Nakashima, USA
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Berlin, DE
Conoid bench in walnut, US 2021, by Mira Nakashima based on a George Nakashima design. The Bench is made in black walnut with hickory spindles.  
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Mira Nakashima

Materials

Wood, Walnut

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Mira Nakashima furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Mira Nakashima furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 3 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 2 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Mira Nakashima were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Geiger International, Dragonette Private Label, and Kasper Salto. Prices for Mira Nakashima furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $500 and can go as high as $100,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $26,000.

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