Mira Nakashima b. 1942

Since 1990, Mira Nakashima has furthered the legacy of her father, the preeminent American woodworker George Nakashima, whilst standing on her own as an artist. It was in that year, upon her father’s death, that Mira, a gifted craftsperson in her own right, took charge of the studio her father established in the 1940s. Since then, she has produced his classic and traditional lines while extending the family tradition through her own design solutions.

Mira studied Architecture Science at Harvard and, at her father’s urging, went on to earn a graduate degree at Waseda University in Japan. After graduation, she returned to her family home and accepted a part-time job working for Nakashima Studios. Apprenticing under her father taught Mira that, even for creative people, there is a certain amount of discipline and repetitive learning required to master one’s craft. Though George Nakashima was a man of few words who rarely praised her work, Mira was never discouraged. She understood that her father’s philosophy valued the common goal over the personal: a direct contrast to the Western culture’s celebration of the ego.

Embodying this philosophy, Mira, a master of her craft, has not been concerned with making her own brand. She sees her work as a continuation of her father’s, feels his presence in the studio, and continues to honor his legacy with Nakashima Studio designs. Mira’s respect for her history and heritage, coupled with her artistry, has carried Nakashima Studio into the 21st century.

Auction Results Mira Nakashima

MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren II coffee table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren II coffee table

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $40,000
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Claro table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Claro table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $31,200
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Greenrock stools, set of four | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Greenrock stools, set of four

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $25,200
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Frenchman's Cove II dining table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Frenchman's Cove II dining table

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren II table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren II table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $24,000
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren II dining table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren II dining table

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,250
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Entrance bench and two Kornblut cabinets | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Entrance bench and two Kornblut cabinets

estimate: $20,000–25,000
result: $20,400
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren II dining table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren II dining table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,250
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Frenchman's Cove II dining table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Frenchman's Cove II dining table

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $15,000
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Kornblut cabinets, pair | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Kornblut cabinets, pair

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $14,400
MIRA NAKASHIMA, triple cabinet | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

triple cabinet

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $14,400
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Conoid Cross-Legged table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Conoid Cross-Legged table

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,750
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Kornblut cabinet | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Kornblut cabinet

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500
MIRA NAKASHIMA, coffee table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

coffee table

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Conoid bench | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Conoid bench

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren I coffee table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren I coffee table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Frenchman's Cove II dining table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Frenchman's Cove II dining table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,880
MIRA NAKASHIMA, plank shelves, set of eight | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

plank shelves, set of eight

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $10,800
MIRA NAKASHIMA, triple cabinet | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

triple cabinet

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,800
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Conoid chairs, set of four | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Conoid chairs, set of four

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $10,625
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren I coffee table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren I coffee table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Minguren II dining table | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Minguren II dining table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000
MIRA NAKASHIMA, Kornblut cases, pair | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

Kornblut cases, pair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375
MIRA NAKASHIMA, custom double plank bench | wright20.com

Mira Nakashima

custom double plank bench

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,000