George Nakashima Three-Legged (Mira) Stool c. 1950

  • Not on view

After training as an architect at Harvard and MIT, Nakashima began woodworking in the early 1940s. He learned about traditional Japanese carpentry from a fellow prisoner at an internment camp during World War II, and in the 1950s and 1960s he became a noted leader in the American Craft movement. Dedicated to both spirituality and engineering, Nakashima combined meticulous handwork with industrial principles. Also known as the Mira Chair (after the designer's daughter), this is one of the earliest designs from Nakashima's studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Gallery label from What Was Good Design? MoMA's Message 1944–56, May 6, 2009–January 10, 2011. Label updated 2024.
Medium
Walnut
Dimensions
35 1/2 x 22 x 18" (90.2 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
SC572.2010
Department
Architecture and Design
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