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George Nakashima Woodworker Tour

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The Preservation Alliance and the Nakashima Foundation invite you on an in-depth tour of the Bucks County home and studio of master craftsman George Nakashima.
 
Woodworker, architect, and furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 – 1990) was an innovator of 20th century furniture design and a leader of the American Craft movement. Combining international styles and modern influences with Japanese craft traditions, Nakashima emphasized the character and beauty of each piece of wood in works of elegant simplicity and functionality.
 
Trained as an architect, Nakashima turned to furniture making in the early 1940s after watching a Frank Lloyd Wright building under construction. Following World War II (during which Nakashima and his family were interned with other Japanese-Americans in an Idaho camp), he established his home, studio, and workshop outside New Hope in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
 
Nakashima’s daughter, Mira Nakashima, will lead a tour of the 12-acre property. Mira, a student of architecture, worked as her father’s design assistant for 20 years and has been creative director of the Woodworking Studio since 1990. Structures that will be featured on the tour include the Conoid Studio (1959), with its experimental reinforced concrete shell roof; the Reception House (1975 – 1977), which features a sunken Japanese bath; and the “Pole Barn” (1990, 1995), a wood storage facility designed and completed by Nakashima’s daughter and granddaughter Maria.
 
The tour will begin at 10:00 AM. 
 
$60 per person
 
Advance ticket sales only. Meeting point for tour emailed with ticket confirmation.
 
 
Questions? Contact tours@preservationalliance.com.

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