Today I'll write a bit about George Nakashima and a great book on his work that his daughter wrote and which was published a few months ago.
Nature Form & Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima, by daughter Mira Nakashima, is a good introduction to one of the great furniture designers and -builders of the 20th century. Nakashima's organic but tightly-engineered sensibility brings out the Japanese inspiration inherent in the formal wide squared-off floorplans of midwestern Prairie-style homes, and his influence can be seen in the work of many contemporary designers - Thomas Moser and Berkeley Mills both articulate and honor Nakashima's philosophy of woodworking and design. Nakashima's ability to focus on grain and natural form within every piece of wood he worked also makes his work - and much of what has come after in his style - a wonderful contemporary complement for almost any Craftsman space. This book is a sort of biography-in-pictures, with Mira's commentary running second to the fantastic pictures of spaces full of Nakashima furniture.