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Mira Nakashima Special Bryfogel Table in Cherry and Laurel, 2008

$16,000

About

This unique piece by Mira Nakashima was custom-designed for the owner and the first of its kind. It features a book-matched top with exceptional grain, two free edges, two exposed knots, and three laurel butterflies. Signed and dated to underside ‘Mira Nakashima September 23, 2008’. Sold with digital copies of the original proposal, invoice, and drawing.

Details

  • Creator
    Mira Nakashima (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.75 in (75.57 cm)Width: 37.75 in (95.89 cm)Depth: 37 in (93.98 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2008
  • Condition
    In excellent condition.
  • Seller Location
    Santa Fe, NM
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 08741stDibs: LU2159329383582

Shipping & Returns

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    Ships From: Santa Fe, NM
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

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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