The last class in the fall season of the program Collecting Design focused on George Nakashima and I told my own story as a collector. After meeting the Japanese American woodworker in 1987, we made the decision that we wanted to live at home with his furniture. Because Nakashima made furniture to live with. Not just to look at, not as a showcase of taste, class, or aesthetic sensibility. Furniture, he believed should be live with and not be treated as overly precious. "The more a surface is used," he said, "the more resistant and beautiful it becomes. There is nothing quite as uninteresting as a shining surface that looks as if it has never been used." And this is exactly what we have done ever since. The furniture ages so well, that the more you live with it, the more beautiful it becomes. Nakashima has brought a sense of harmony and spirituality into our home, and had become a part of our family.