Two men, both architects -- one, Antonin Raymond was a Czech who
came to America and worked for Frank Lloyd Wright and would become
the father of Japanese modernism; and the other, a talented
American of Japanese descent from Spokane, Washington, George
Nakashima. These men's paths would dramatically cross a few times
during their lives, and each time, their lives were changed. Design
in America, Japan, India and the world, is better because of it.
This is their story. At the Graham Foundation in Chicago until May
25, 2006, visit the exhibition about Antonin Raymond and George
Nakashima's ashram dormitory building, Golconde: The Introduction
of Modernism in India (www.grahamfoundation.org). The Sri Aurobindo
Ashram allowed scholars access to the library and archives and all
images and drawings were catalogued wih the Ashram's permission.
The research team for Golconde comprised of Pankaj Vir Gupta, AIA
and Christine Mueller, partners in the firm of vir.mueller
architects (www.virmueller.com). Mira Nakashima's book, "Nature
Form & Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima," is a
tribute to her father, his architecture and furniture, and his
reverence for nature. For information on the book and tours of the
Nakashima Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, visit
www.nakashimawoodworker.com. And visit www.tedwells.com.