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[ Done well, a chair or table should bring together form, balance, and purpose with a clarity that enhances its environment. ]

arts & crafts for the 21st century

Fifty years after Commodore Perry sailed into Japans Uraga Bay in 1853, Western designers had confidently absorbed the lightness and strength of ancient Japanese forms. The seminal work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley transformed the English Arts and Crafts design philosophy into the first cohesive body of American architecture and furniture.

The Bungalow-building boom of the early 1900s brought affordable craftsmanship to middle-class America. While small in scale, bungalow homes were warm and welcoming, with the hearth as the central focus. The craftsmanship of the furniture built for these homes was not duplicated in the half century that followed. At Thos. Moser, we have always deeply admired the craftsman aesthetic, with its celebration of natural materials and traditional joinery, as well as the kindred bungalow style.

Characterized by the telltale craftsman-style reverse tapered leg, the American Bungalow Collection has been a favorite with customers since its initial unveiling in 2002. As we developed the collection, we wanted to achieve a less-bulky appearance, while maintaining the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, so we slimmed down the legs and flat surfaces and streamlined the upholstered cushions. Each finished piece remains sturdy and masculine, yet graceful.

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[ We dont believe there are any limits to creativity or boxes in which our talents should reside. ]

the art of dining in style

Upon close examination, youll see that the Aria Collection has much in common with the soft patterns etched by the sea on a sandy shore: gentle ridges and undulating crescents that tease the eye with familiarityperfect companion pieces for any furniture with a more rectilinear form.

The shell-like back of the Aria Chair is methodically crafted with carved convex and concave curves. Unlike stacked and laminated furniture, the entire surface is seamless to the touch. The Aria Dining Table is charactertized by its curved, rolled edges and luxurious grain-matched surface, while curved legs and gentle angles echo the softer, refined lines of its companion pieces.

From any vantage point, the Aria Collection is an ode to the subtle and delicate refinement that can be coaxed from a block of wood. Fine craftsmanship at this level is a time consuming endeavor, and if you dont love the process, you're in trouble. Luckily, we love what we dowhich means innovation is never far behind.

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[ Well-made objects crafted with a clarity of purpose are never out of date and always welcome improvisation. ]

the curved form fascinates mankind

The Crescent series of bedroom cases was originally inspired by a customer who desired a curved adaptation of our standard dresser. Weve refined the design, extending it into a collection of pieces adaptable to several highly useful combinations.

Most cases are designed with straight lines for a reasontheyre much easier to build. The curves of the Crescent Collection of cases and occasional tables are a challenge, even for the most experienced cabinetmakers. The doors of the Crescent Sideboard are angled differently on each side to match the curved front. The Crescent Hutch contains three separate display compartments behind glass-paneled cabinet doors, as well as two glass shelves in each compartment which lend an airy openness to the interior. All of the Crescent cases feature post-and-panel construction with dovetailed joinery and solid brass hinges. Available with cherry or ebonized drawer pulls standard, or customize with drawer pulls to match your own style and decor.

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Best of Year WinnerThe Cumberland Dining Table has been named "Best of Year" for 2014 by Interior Design magazine. Click Here for details.

The latest addition to the Moser portfolio, the Cumberland Collection embodies our enduring commitment to simplicity. Though inspired by Danish Modern forms, this collection has its own perspective and is a uniquely artistic interpretation of its historical antecedents.


Just as the Shaker style served as an appropriate creative spark in many classic Moser pieces, Danish Modern acts here as a vehicle, identified and chosen because of its compatible philosophies, such as; a foremost dedication to quality, a dedication to functionally driven objects, formal simplicity, the characteristic elimination of ornament, use and celebration of traditional materials, and an emphasis on craftsmanship. These characteristics are not only compatible, but exemplary of what the Thos. Moser brand has come to stand for, and this collection is yet another iteration of Moser quality.

As design at Thos. Moser evolves, additional perspectives are being embraced. While the commitment remains to the hallmark design ideals as established and exemplified by the philosophy and design of Tom Moser, and subsequently by David Moser, the aesthetic bandwidth will be broadened through the lenses of new designers. Partnering with designers whose approaches are compatible with that of the Thos. Moser brand, but who freely interpret the ideals, will yield a progressive aesthetic, while respecting and acknowledging the company's design constitution.

Cumberland, designed by Adam Rogers, represents this recent foray. As Director of Design at Thos. Moser, Adam is responsible for advancing the design-partnership strategy while balancing outside efforts with internal design ownership to ensure that the aesthetic progress is an evolution rather than a change.

For the collection bearing the name of the town of his current residence, Adam employed his characteristic minimal aesthetic, focusing an overall emphasis on the details which act as evidence of the making process and mark of the maker in this case the hallmark detail being the finger joint, serving to amplify the precision craftsmanship while visually uniting each piece in the collection.

Click below for details about each piece in the Cumberland Collection, and to place your order today.
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[ Curves and planes combine with exposed joinery and spare lines to create a highly crafted look. ]

the classic enables the modern

In the early days at Thos. Moser, the initial shaping of seat blanks into their finished forms was truly an exercise in rough sculpture, accomplished with a chain saw and a strong back. Today, machine routers cut seats to their rough shape with greater safety, then an experienced cabinetmaker uses a handheld grinding tool to contour the seat into its finished form.

Shaping the crisp, straight lines of the Eastward seats requires a steady hand and exacting skill. One slip and the vibrating grinding tool will scallop the edge, sending the piece to the scrap pile. Each wedged chair leg must be delicately sanded smooth without grinding away too much of the seat. The result is an object of subtle beauty and remarkable comfort that will surely stand the test of time.

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[ A confluence of craftsmanship with the graphic elements of modern design. ]

simplicity holds no conceit

With a distinct nod to the East, the Edo Collection marks the rejuvenation of primitive forms. Open lines and simple shapes belie the deliberateness of the furnitures designmuch like the master designer, nature. The collection is both modern and ageless, effectively bringing the outdoors in to create a harmonious flow between nature and craft.

The Edo period in Japan lasted more than 250 years, between 1601 and 1867 AD. It was a peaceable and stable time; a time when samurais laid down their weapons and began educating themselves in philosophy and art. It was an era when the practical merged with the esoteric. The pieces on this page might have been as at home on the set of The Last Samurai or Memoirs of a Geisha as they are in a contemporary living space.

Drawing upon his own studies, David Moser found inspiration in the diverse influences of Edo and the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, Scandinavian and Shaker design, George Nakashima, and our own American Bungalow collection. He then brought his imagination to bear on the untamed nature of wood. The result is the Edo collectionunique, understated, and undeniably Thos. Moser.

A master craftsman makes complicated work appear effortless. The quality of our furniture derives from simple, organic, and undeniable truths. When you come across objects possessing this quality, you know it instinctively. It is what we strive for in all of our work at Thos. Moser, and what we hope weve achieved with the Edo collection.

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[ Element honors the Thos. Moser principals of good, clean design and honest construction. ]

practical details make all the difference

Of all the objectives we can pursue as furniture designers, simplicity may well be the most challenging to attain. When working with the most basic elementsproportion, scale and massthe design process leaves no room to hide. Every choice, from materials to joinery to finishes, must perform an essential role. And when the process is complete, each choice will be judged by how well it unified with the whole.

Designed by Thos. Moser director of design and product development Adam Rogers, Element honors classic Thos. Moser principals of good design. The Thos. Moser devotion to modern design and quality craftsmanship including clean simple lines, discreet integration of functional components, utilization of traditional joinery techniques, and bringing out the essence of the wood, were core to Rogers approach.

"Relying on the basic elements of design such as point, line, and plane provide a foundation for the approach to these designs," said Rogers. "My objective is to amplify subtlety, while celebrating the beauty of natural materials. Each piece must respect the honesty of the making process."

The Element Collection is currently comprised of a desk/table, credenza/filing cabinet, and bookcase in two sizes. The award-winning credenza incorporates a fascia of premium grade leather and may be specified as a free-standing credenza, filing cabinet, or return - attached to the table/desk. Element demonstrates our passion for the strength and beauty inherent in solid hardwood, and the results that arise when the finest materials are handled with precision. The joinery of Element exemplifies this belief; each feathered miter joint is both a beautiful visual moment and a celebration of honest construction.
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[ We have always been students of simplicity - and simplicity is the very essence of Ellipse. ]

finding beauty in restraint

When we crafted the Ellipse Collection, we were particularly mindful of a desire to do more with less. The result? Gently tapered legs that finish in airy suspended joints. Smooth, uninterrupted tops with subtly curved edges. Handcrafted mortise-and-tenon joinery providing strength and durability without the bulk of stretchers under the seats. And gently curving lines with unadorned upholstery creating a look thats as beautiful as it is comfortable.

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[ Classic or contemporarythe look of these masterful pieces can vary creatively depending on your dining chair choice. ]

beauty and practicality

Our Georgetown family of tables features grain-matched hardwood legs which are individually shaped to create eight facets that uniquely capture light and shadow. Each leg is reinforced with triangular wooden splines that are wedged into the mitered joints, while an elegant brass bracket, designed specifically for these tables, reinforces the structural integrity of the triangular leg joints. The result is a distinguished family of tables of uncommon strength and stability.

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[ Inspired by nature. ]

artistry in wood

Harpswell is Tom and Marys hometown in midcoast Maine. Since the Harpswell Chair was developed in Toms workshop on the island we thought it fitting to name it Harpswell. The design heritage is strictly European and reflects an architecture found in the 1950s. What sets our chair apart is its spare lines and exuberant back crest, which is carved from a solid piece of cherry and shows the wonderful symmetry of growth rings that only wood can give.

With its graceful arcs crowned by a broad back crest, the Harpswell Chair expresses the singular warmth and beauty of American black cherry. This contemporary classic offers comfort that invites you to tarry long after the table is cleared. Available with a padded back, in a variety of fine fabrics or leathers. We can assist you with upholstery selections and send you swatches for review.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Harpswell Chair was specificed as a signature piece in the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Click here for details.

We were previously honored on April 16, 2008 when President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI sat side-by-side in Harpswell Chairs with Back in Walnut during the official White House welcoming ceremony for the Pope. For that complete story, click here.

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[ Reshaping the traditional to lend a bit of Moser style to casual dining. ]

updating a classic American form

Mount Katahdin, Maine's majestic mile-high peak, is the northern U.S. terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Straight-backed ladderback chairs were common in turn-of-the-century rural homes, and our Katahdin seating design strays from convention with subtly curved rear legs and more deeply contoured slats that provide uncommon comfort. Pinned mortise-and-tenon joints firmly secure the legs and seat frame, eliminating the need for rungs. This reshaping of the traditional Appalachian ladderback design provides comfort and elegance so you can enjoy leisurely evenings at the dinner table.

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[ Simplicity is the embodiment of purity and unity. - Shaker maxim ]

embracing our roots

A few words from Tom Moser:
Forty three years ago, my wife Mary and I produced our first catalog, the introduction of which is at left (click image to enlarge). It came on the heels of a life-altering decision to walk away from a ten-year career as a college professor, tenure and all, and with four little boys in tow, begin my life making things in wood. Mary and I never looked back. I was inspired by the traditional joinery and clean, unadorned lines of Shaker furniture then, and to this day, I still am. The pieces below are my final homage to a lifetime of admiration. I am fortunate to have worked and lived long enough to realize the truth of my favorite Shaker dictum. It has guided my work since the first day:

"Build an object as though it were to last a thousand years
and as if one were to die tomorrow."

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[ At home in any environment. ]

mans best friend

For those who have wished for the pleasures of a recliner but winced at their appearances, the Lolling Chair provides an ideal solution. Ergonomically shaped to support the curvature of your back and cushioned in thick leather-covered padding, it is the ideal resting place for hours of reading, listening to music, movie marathons, or just plain lolling.

Shaped to support the curvature of your back, the tufted leather-covered padding of the Lolling Chair strikes just the right balance between firm support and cushioning. A simple shift of the five-position back transforms the angle from upright to reclined. The removable headrest is also adjustable. Curved armrests with our hand-rubbed finish provide tactile richness. The matching ottoman allows you to stretch out for maximum relaxation and adds informal seating. The occasional tables feature handsome wedged-tenon joints for each leg, similar to the Lolling Chair armrests.

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[ An aesthetic vocabulary which recognizes the Danish modernist movement and economy of both form and material. ]

creative revisitation

Meridian draws inspiration from diverse sources, principally Danish and Shaker influences while adding David Mosers distinctive creative touch. The Danes believed that it is the designers moral duty to be concerned with improving peoples daily lives. A similar doctrine was expressed by Shakers: "Dont make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, dont hesitate to make it beautiful." Meridian embodies both of these principles. This "creative revisitation" is a hallmark of both Tom and David Mosers approach to design, and has become a core part of the companys cultural ethos. Design is the sum of all that has gone before, and the name Meridian suggests the currency of cumulative design ideas among Shaker, Danish, and now Moser.

In addition to reinforcing our commitment to unadorned, graceful design, Meridian is conceived to offer utility and beauty for generations of users. While also available in cherry, this is our first collection to be introduced principally in ash, which allows the grain and texture of the wood to come to the fore and adds a clean, modernist feel.

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[ Fine woodworking and detailed joinery are as deeply rooted in ancient Asian cultures as in our own. ]

redefining a classic

The long, slender verticals of the New Century Chairs and the post-and-panel construction of the Sideboard and Buffet Hutch are reminiscent of Wrights prairie-style furniture. We prefer the lighter proportions created by the horizontal pattern at the top of the chairs, and the beautifully elevated case pieces are elegant new interpretations of the traditional Arts and Crafts aesthetic.

Chairs angle back for comfort. The Buffet Hutch features include glass doors, adjustable shelves with plate grooves and solid brass fittings. The base has a roomy 14"H x 10"D workspace for convenient serving and display. Can be made with top-to-bottom doors on a custom basis, please call for details.

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[ The intent was to build pieces with edges and joints that literally flow, and sculptural surfaces that encourage the eye to roam. ]

a sculptor's art

Often, the more original the design, the longer the experimental process. It is our respect for this discipline that allowed David Moser the freedom to build and rebuild our new Pasadena designs until he knew they were right. David began exploring the nuances of the chair form using hand tools in combination with state-of-the-art technology to see what kind of movement he could coax out of solid wood. His intent was to build a quintessentially functional Moser piece with edges and joints that literally flow, and sculptural surfaces that encourage the eye to roam. From that genesis, the entire Pasadena Collection evolved into its sculpted state.

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[ With seamless, sculptural lines, our Rockport Collection is an exercise in purity, minimalism and structural simplicity.]

sculptural function

Each piece is crafted to celebrate the inherent beauty of wood, and explores the line between art and function. To achieve the airiness of Rockports elemental forms, we relied on everything we learned as designers and craftsmen, and then developed new techniques to achieve our objective a form that allows no room to hide.

When there are no constraints on mass or aesthetics, its relatively simple to construct durable wooden furniture. But true craft lies in achieving durability without sacrificing lightness and grace. The Rockport Collection arrives at that balance by being both impossibly delicate and uncompromisingly durable. Rockports seamless, minimalist forms celebrate the purity of wood, the artistry of fine design and the accumulated skill of master craftsmen.

This collection is the latest example of David Moser's intention to raise the bar for, and challenge the limits of craftsmanship; to explore what is possible in woodworking, and from wood as a material. It is in this spirit that the definition of 'traditional joinery' is confronted. What is today experimental, while fundamentally sound, may tomorrow be traditional.
The joinery in this chair consists of a double compound miter with a floating tenon at the front legs, fasteners and our once experimental but now traditional knee at the back legs, and tried and true mortise and tenon joints at the crest to back leg joints.

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[ The means of achieving our consistently high quality has resided in the spirit of those who create and the environment in which they work. ]

comfort and composure

Sofias intricate joinery took countless prototypes and more than a year to perfect. The corner joint recreates an ingenious 1,500-year-old architectural design from Constantinople. Under the patronage of Emperor Justinian, craftsmen devised triangular, vaulted wedges called pendentives to cradle the massive circular dome of the Hagia Sophia church on its square foundation.

Our design integrates the sweeping curves of the side and rear panels to frame the corner assembly. A conical wedge is cut with exceptional precision to fit flush between the sloping halves of the back legs. For strength, each leg member is mortised to hold the tenoned joints of the panels. Since cherry expands and contracts with the seasons, the panels are fitted into grooves in the frame so they can shift slightly without warping or cracking.

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[ Our Vita Collection evokes the past and mingles with the present. ]

a happy marriage

In the mid-20th century, the developed world was having a love affair with the art of the new. Radical technologies and manufacturing techniques were pumping out plastics and synthetics in every conceivable form. Simultaneously, a group of furniture craftsmen broke away from 20th-century industrialization, reaching back to the fine workmanship and hand techniques of previous centuries to realize their vision. Their designs were inspired by the spare, primitive elements of early cultures. These artisans were the forerunners of minimalism.

Similarly, with our Vita Collection, we have consciously evoked the past and mingled it with our own sensibilities to create something largely different. The Vita Collection pays tribute to master architect Mies van der Rohe - originator of the term "less is more" - and represents the confluence of our craftsmanship with the bold, graphic elements of modern design. Whether your taste leans more towards the traditional or the contemporary, the Vita Collection should be at home most anywhere.

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[ Well-made objects crafted with a clarity of purpose are never out of date and always welcome improvisation. ]

joinery as ornamentation

We strive to create forms that are pleasing in themselvesforms that achieve grace through proportion and simplicity, rather than embellishment. The ornamentation in our work derives from the exposed architecture of the furniture, such as the hierarchy created in our Windward pieces by the division of space between vertical and horizontal lines.

Limited to available wood in short lengths, Asian craftsmen became masters of geometric patterns. The geometry of each Windward sofa back requires 26 separate pieces and 42 precisely fitted mortise-and-tenon joints. The weight-bearing bottom rails, which span the full length of the piece, are strengthened by vertical stiles that serve as I-beams while maintaining visual continuity.

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[ Fine craftsmanship at this level is time-consuming, and if you dont love the process, you're in trouble. ]

taking flight

Over the years, weve built wood furniture thats comfortable, despite the fact that solid wood has a reputation for being somewhat tough on the backside. There are no hard or flat lines to be found in our Wing Collection.

Curved arms are sculpted from blocks of solid cherry, carved and sanded to their full expression. The arms cascade down the sides into the legsinterrupted only by a subtle shadow where they attach to the stretcherseach element aligning with the others in consummate balance and comfort.

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Windward Lounge Chair - Equally at home in a traditional or contemporary environment. View this Item