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Mira Chair

About the Design

A cursory look at the Mira chair by George Nakashima (1905–90) reveals a simple wood form that might be perfectly at home in a 17th-century-era Shaker community in the United States, mid-century Scandinavia or even ancient Japan. That’s not much of a surprise — the American designer traveled widely and drew on varying traditions in his work.


Nakashima was born to Japanese immigrants in Washington state, studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then worked in Paris, Japan and India before returning to the United States. During World War II in 1942, his family was sent to an internment camp in Idaho, where Nakashima trained under a Japanese master wood-carver. Upon his release, the designer moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he established his own practice with a focus on woodworking.


For Nakashima, it was crucial that each piece of furniture be utilized in everyday life — he designed this chair around 1950 for its namesake, his young daughter, Mira. Inspired by Shaker-style craftsmanship, the all-wood piece has a spindle back, a heart-shaped seat and just three tapered legs. Nakashima created three versions of the chair to accommodate Mira's growth over the years, with the two larger ones featuring modest-sized footrests. Today Mira runs her father’s studio, which continues to produce the Mira chair exactly the way he did.


George Nakashima Mira Chair

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Early George Nakashima Studio Mira Nakashima Mira Chair in Cherry
By George Nakashima
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Early vintage version of the Mira chair by George Nakashima in cherrywood.
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Vintage 1960s American Chairs

Materials

Cherry, Fruitwood

Mira Chars Design by George Nakashima
By Mira Nakashima, George Nakashima
Located in Dallas, TX
Mira Chair design by George Nakashima in 1950 this exeples made by Mira Nakashima 2007 for important collection of Professor Architect John Fairey solid walnut.
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21st Century and Contemporary American American Craftsman Stools

Materials

Walnut

Nakashima "Mira" Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of three (3) George Nakashima "Mira" chairs in American black walnut. One chair signed with clients name "Roth-17". From New Hope, Pennsylvania 1967, Provenance: Estate of Cor...
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Mid-20th Century American Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Magnificent Early Set of Round Table with Mira Chairs by George Nakshima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
Truly a exceptional dining set custom made by George Nakashima in his New Hope Studio, circa 1958-1959. Early work that was commissioned by using cherry wood. It consists of a large ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets

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Cherry