Large Custom Sam Maloof Table with Extension Leaves in Walnut
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Sam Maloof, conference or dining table with two extension leaves, American walnut, ca. 1961
This unique table shows strong lines, expressive grain of the American walnut and admirable joints, qualities that characterize Maloof’s designs. Sam Maloof refused industrial made materials and techniques. Each of his furniture pieces is hand-crafted and unique. Every piece Maloof created, he paid personal attention to.
This conference table was a commissioned work for the office of an American restaurant in 1961. The table features a rectangular tabletop with convex shaped short sides. Two extension leaves may be adjusted to both ends to create an even larger table that easily hosts a big group of guests. Exceptional wood joints decorate the wooden base and also highlight the great craftsmanship. Note the geometric joint on the outside of the legs that looks more like an artful design feature rather than a constructive detail. Clearly, here was a master of craftsmanship at work.
Length of the table without the leaves: 366 cm (144 inch)
Length of the fully extended table: 458 cm (180 inch)
Sam Maloof (1916-2009) was one of the most important designers of this generation who focused his oeuvre on hand craftsmanship that he has taught himself. Born in California in 1916 Maloof followed the wish of his parents and started to work as a graphical and later on as an industrial designer. After WW ll Maloof created his first furniture designs. In 1948 Maloof met his wife Alfreda who supported Maloof’s work and encouraged him to open his own company. He started with commissioned plywood furniture. Per example in 1952 Maloof designed all the furniture for industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss’s new house. It took until the late 1950s for Maloof to spread his name. In rejection of a factory and an advertising and marketing program, Maloof shows deep commitment to hand-crafted furniture. His designs bear strong lines, artful joints and expressive wood. For the majority of his designs Maloof chose black walnut which he loves due to its strong grain. He never uses different wood species in one design. Maloof has a personal relationship with all of his pieces. He preferred the term ‘woodworker’ over craftsman and created long-lasting designs. In his own words: ‘Fashion comes and goes but my pieces have to have the integrity of my vision.’
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