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June 13th, 2007
Auburn, Maine (June 2007) – We are proud to announce that we have taken two prizes in the first annual Spark Awards, a multi-level design competition that recognizes new processes and technology and seeks to involve people and ideas from untapped sources. In the Furniture and Outdoor category the Hawthorne Chair, founder and designer Tom Moser’s first new chair design since 2003, took a Silver Award, and Tom’s son David Moser won a Gold Award for his Edo Trestle Table. The awards were announced on June 9 at the Art Center College of Design’s Wind Tunnel Event Hall in Pasadena, California.

“We are delighted to have been recognized at the first Spark Awards,” said Tom Moser, founder of Thos. Moser. “We have always maintained that while our pieces may be rooted in tradition, they bring the best elements of modern design to bear as well. We feel very at home in a group of forward-thinking designers. We are honored to be measured alongside this group.”

Designed by Tom Moser, the Hawthorne Chair incorporates elements of the classic Windsor form and box-frame chair architecture. “The challenge here was to create a delicate fan back in wood without compromising strength or comfort,” said Tom Moser. “As it turns out, this is arguably the most comfortable wooden chair we have ever made. I’m really pleased with the intricacies and unique design of the Hawthorne.”

Designed by David Moser and named for the period in Japanese history that brought stability to Japan and helped inspire beautiful paintings and crafts, the Edo Collection draws not only on Eastern influences, but also incorporates elements of Scandinavian and Shaker design, as well as Thos. Moser’s own American Bungalow Collection.

“I am honored to receive a Spark Award,” said David Moser. “I try to take inspiration from designers who have preceded me, including my Dad, but also try to add a fresh perspective that is my own. The Edo Collection represents the latest in my efforts to design timeless, modern pieces that will become heirlooms. My aim is to express in form all that I have come to know about design and craftsmanship. What was so exciting about designing the Edo Collection was assimilating this wide variety of influences.”

To see all the Spark Award nominees and winners, visit the Spark Award website at