April 20, 2018

“Nakashima: Then and Now” Book Signing & Talk

Philadelphia Design District presents:

Nakashima: Then and Now
Book Signing & Talk with Mira Nakashima

Mira Shizuko Nakashima was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942, incarcerated with her family at Minidoka on the Idaho Desert and moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1943. She attended school in Bucks County, graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1963, and received a Masters in Architecture from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1966, where she married one of her classmates, Tetsu Amagasu. The family then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until 1970, when she returned to work as her father’s assistant until his death in 1990.

Since 1990, Mira has kept the furniture business alive by defining and building on her father’s legacy (and wood-pile) by curating, building and designing numerous furniture shows in the United States and abroad, as well as preserving the architecture on the property her father created. In 1993, she designed and built the Nakashima Memorial Room for the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and remains as a member of the Board Emerita there. In 2003, Harry N. Abrams published the result of her research and archival photography in the book, “Nature, Form and Spirit”; in 2008, the “Nakashima Compound” was put on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2014, the Arts Building was placed on the World Monuments List. Mira guides most of the tours of the property, has given Power Point lectures on her father’s life and work at many different venues, and has participated in design juries. Because of her love for classical music, she also belongs to the boards of two chamber music societies and sings in two church choirs, which she usually accompanies with guitar or flute.

To continue her father’s dream of making Peace Altars for the world, Mira supervised the construction of a second Peace Altar in 1995, which was installed at the Moscow Academy of Arts in 2001; a third one was made for India in 1996 and permanently installed at the Unity Pavilion in Auroville, India in 2014. We hope that someday other great Peace Altars will be made and installed on other continents of the world, as we continue to make smaller meditation tables for smaller Peace Centers.


Friday, April 20th 6-8pm

The Bridge Building

205 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106