A beautiful and minimal website that reflects Nakashima furniture’s philosophy and values. George Nakashima was the patriarch and founder of the company. In 1945 he discovered a stunning property, and persuaded the owner to let him purchase three acres of land in exchange for labor. As his business grew, he purchased two more parcels of land and built a dozen more buildings (and its interiors and furniture), all facing south to maximise passive solar gain. When constructing, he embraced the traditional Japanese building principles of respecting the natural landscape and use of local materials. The family continued the tradition; the most recent construction on the property was designed by George’s daughter Myra and granddaughter Maria, built in 1990 and expanded in 1995. The Heritage Conservancy, National Park Service, and World Monument Fund have helped fund the study of the Nakashima structures, as well as the needed training to maintain and preserve the older buildings. Nowadays, the Nakashima grounds are the site of both an active business and private residence; visitors are welcomed by appointment. Their furniture is meant to be lived with as a member of the family, full of imperfections as we all are, but maintaining a sense of balance and equanimity through all stages of life.