"Mira" Chair

George Nakashima, American, 1905 - 1990

Made in New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Designed 1947; made c. 1950


27 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 18 inches (69.2 x 48.9 x 45.7 cm) Seat: 17 x 17 x 16 1/2 inches (43.2 x 43.2 x 41.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mildred Constantine, 1995

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George Nakashima’s “Mira” chair realizes his belief that furniture need not be overly precious but lived with as a member of the family, embodying imperfection and carrying the wears of everyday interaction. He designed the “Mira” model in the late 1940s as an elevated seat so that his baby daughter, Mira, could sit at the table. Eventually he added a foot support and transformed the chair into a convenient potter’s stool.