Sam Maloof Handcrafted Set of Ten Armchairs in Walnut and Black Leather
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Sam Maloof, set of dining chairs, walnut, black leather, United States, 1960s
Exquisite set of ten armchairs by renowned American designer Sam Maloof. Famous for his handcrafted furniture with strong lines, expressive grain and admirable joints this rare set is a remarkable example of Maloof’s legacy. He refused Industrial materials and techniques. Every piece he created, he paid personal attention to. These armchairs show an organic frame in walnut in combination with an upholstered seat and backrest in black leather. The frame has beautifully shaped lines that evoke a dynamic appeal. Attention goes to the striking wood joints. Note the way the armrest is attached to the frame or the connection of two parts of the seat. Clearly, here was a master of crafts at work. Each chair is branded with ‘MALOOF’ and a number.
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 handcrafted 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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