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October 14th, 2006
Thos. Moser works with Chef Ming Tsai to design custom table for public television’s renowned cooking show Simply Ming

New Edo table was adapted for use on show set; Signed by both designer David Moser and Tsai, table and four chairs will be auctioned to benefit WGBH Boston

Auburn, Maine (September, 2006) – Thos. Moser, designers and builders of heirloom quality hand-crafted wood furniture, has designed a custom table for the fourth season of public television’s renowned cooking show Simply Ming. Commissioned by the show’s host, chef Ming Tsai, designer David Moser created the table at which Tsai closes each episode. A production of WGBH Boston and Ming East-West, LLC, the new season of Simply Ming premieres Saturday, October 14th on public television (check local listings).

The cherry table is an adaptation of the trestle table from the new and popular Edo Collection. It has a round top and an inset Lazy Susan, which Tsai requested in order to serve food and wine to his guest chefs in the last segment of each show, as well as to help display them to the viewing audience. The table, which is signed by both Moser and Tsai, will be on display at the Thos. Moser Boston showroom through early next year. Following this display, the piece will become part of the highly respected WGBH Fine Arts Collection, a juried segment of the WGBH Auction featuring approximately 150 pieces of fine art, handmade crafts, jewelry, and antiques. As a donation by Thos. Moser, the table will be auctioned off during the 42nd annual WGBH auction in June 2007.

“We were pleased to design a custom modification of our Edo table for the set of Simply Ming,” said David Moser, designer and builder at Thos. Moser. "Ming’s specifications presented a challenge which was both exciting and gratifying to execute, as is the case with many of the custom pieces that we do for clients. Our goal is always to give our customers beautiful, unique furniture that exceeds their expectations. The Asian elements and modern, clean lines of the Edo collection are a wonderful fit for this purpose.”

Tsai was drawn to the Edo collection because of its Asian influence, but wanted a round table that would seat four. The shape of the table and the Lazy Susan also facilitate sharing, a notion important to Tsai. The table has a unique base with eight vertical elements and an “X” base formed by the crossed feet. The set of Simply Ming will also feature two Dining Chairs and two Studio Chairs from the Edo collection.

The table is be available in three standard diameters: 42”; 48”; and 60”. The inset Lazy Susan will be available by custom order.
Chef Ming Tsai and designer David Moser co-sign a custom Edo Round Dining Table and Edo Studio Chairs from the set of <i>Simply Ming</i>.
Chef Ming Tsai and designer David Moser co-sign a custom Edo Round Dining Table and Edo Studio Chairs from the set of Simply Ming.