Nationality: Japanese American
When her father passed away in 1990, Mira took over as main creative director of George Nakashima's studio. Since then, she has continued the studio's tradition of the woodworker's devotion to the sacrifice of the tree, and has preserved the studio's methods and techniques embraced by her father. With over forty years of practice in the studio, Mira Nakashima has an unprecedented intuitive and technical knowledge of the character and qualities of wood. A designer in her own right, she has taken the traditional designs to a new artistic level, as demonstrated in her recent collections.
However, her choices of where to cut the wood varies at an instinctual level from that of her father's interpretations. The boards Mira marks suggest their own contours and dimensions. Mira says, "A tree is perhaps our most intimate contact with nature-each tree, each part of a tree, has its own particular destiny, its own special yearning to be fulfilled."
Mira Nakashima, originally born in Seattle, Washington in 1942, grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where her father, George Nakashima built his home and studio. Mira earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Sciences at Harvard University in 1963, and then went on to complete a Master of Architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan in 1966.
In 1995, Nakashima was specially commissioned to design and construct a second Peace Altar for Russia, dedicated at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and in 1996, she designed the construction of a third Peace Altar for Auroville, India. Nakashima has also produced furniture for various boutiques and showrooms with installation in Ultimo in San Francisco, CA and Dallas, TX, in Colleen Rosenblatt's showroom in Hamburg, Germany, and in Nicole Farhi's showroom, New York. Nakashima's work has been exhibited at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Mingei International show in San Diego and most recently at Perry Rubenstein in New York.
2013 Winter Group Show, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York