Mira Nakashima United States, b. 1942


Mira Nakashima (b. 1942, Seattle, Washington) is a furniture designer, architect, and daughter of the founder of the American craft movement, George Nakashima. The infant Mira and her parents survived a World War II internment camp in Idaho, where her father learned specialized Japanese woodworking techniques with Gentaro Hikogawa. After the Nakashima family was freed, they settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania. George set up a workshop near their home and Mira, influenced and inspired by her father from a young age, eventually studied architecture at Harvard University. Working in her father’s workshop, Mira learned his iconic designs and took over the family business after he died in 1990.