Congratulating my dear friends Alberto Aquilino and Mira Nakashima for a great exhibition just opened at Alberto's fabulous gallery, 1950, featuring the work of George Nakashima and his daughter Mira. Nakashima was an architect who called himself a woodworker. For nearly five decades, he lived in New Hope Pennsylvania, creating furniture out of magnificent planks of wood. He established himself as one of the fathers of the American Studio
Movement. Nakashima formulated a distinctive language of design that expressed his love for the natural properties of trees. Rather than discarding the edges, the cracks, and even signs of termites, traits that traditionally were considered imperfect, Nakashima preserved and highlighted them. His most important contribution to the history of modern design is what became known as "free-edge" furniture. Below is a video I have done on Nakashima and his legacy.