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NEW DESIGNS

New designs continue to push us along the path of exploration that Tom Moser embarked upon more than 40 years ago. With a well-honed appreciation for a wide range design genres and a deep respect for craft, current director of design Adam Rogers brings his own contemporary approach to product design while maintaining a devotion to Thos. Moser philosophies of clean simple lines, discreet integration of functional components, utilization of traditional joinery techniques, and bringing out the essence of solid American hardwood.

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1. HOOPS MIRRORS

As a follow up to our Holiday 2015 launch of Stacks, we are pleased to introduce Hoops for Holiday 2016.

ABOUT HOOPS
This form references that of traditional shaker boxes, much like Stacks does, and also represents a contemporary take on a round wall mirror. The form of the frame is achieved through stack laminating solid wood veneer. Once the overall form is achieved when glued in a frame, each component is machined on the CNC individually, then joined via an exposed skarf joint of the side (again referencing the shaker boxes). Once assembled, the form is machined again to have a rabbet joint in the back to accept the mirror.

Like many of our recent designs, these pieces embrace our available technology but still rely on skilled handwork to achieve the final quality we are known for. A true balance of low and high tech craftsmanship.

Hoops comes in three sizes, and each is sold separately. Each mirror includes mounting hardware and instructions for mounting to wall board only as well as for mounting through the wall board into a stud.

Hoops is offered in walnut (shown), white oak, and cherry.



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2. FORESIDE BED

Annual Bedroom Sale

From now until January 31, 2017, we're offering 15% off on individual bedroom furniture pieces and 20% off full bedroom sets.

Sale pricing for 15% off is shown at right. To purchase, visit any of our showrooms, call 800.862.1973, or click to select an item at the right and then click the "Add to Shopping Cart" button. Visit thosmoser.com/sale for our complete array of bedroom pieces that are on sale now.

Sale pricing applies to new orders only, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers or discounts. Sale price for 15% off individual pieces is shown under "select item" section at right. To save 20% off a full bedroom set (bed, dresser and at least one nightstand/side table), please visit your local showroom or call 800.862.1973. Sale ends January 31, 2017. CLICK HERE for additional details.



For the Foreside Bed, the opportunity to revisit the spindle architecture in a bedroom setting is embraced, and designed through the lens of an evolving yet thoroughly 'Moser' aesthetic. Like all new designs, the intention of Foreside is to embody and magnify all things Thos. Moser; a dedication to functionally driven objects, formal simplicity, the characteristic elimination of ornament, use and celebration of traditional materials and woodworking techniques -all with an emphasis on craftsmanship.

Both the bed and the mirror aim to embrace our craft capabilities and define 'visible joinery' in a new way with the collection's hallmark joint. Here, we employ a pinned through tenon at each end of the row of vertical spindles. The tapered diameters of the end spindle are slightly larger than the interior members and pierces the top bow. The spindle is held in place with a wood pin that is exposed on the front and back of the bow. Several of the interior spindles are pinned as well but visible only from behind.

The bow, i.e. top crest of the spindle headboard, is the product of stack laminating. Once the several layers of solid wood veneer are glued and pressed into a form that establishes the overall arch of the bow, it is shaped to the final round profile. The holes are then drilled on the CNC for accuracy.

The standard bed slats which support the mattress are made of ash, oriented on their 'sides' for improved structure. The rest of the bed will always be a single wood species. That is, if specified in white oak (as shown), the spindles and all other components of the bed will also be white oak. The same would apply for cherry, walnut, etc.

The Foreside Bed employs a new approach to the in-home installation and breakdown of the frame. Rather than our standard bed bolt assembly, he we are using embedded threaded inserts into which the bolts are connect which makes them less visually intrusive . A ratcheting wrench is provided for installation.

The design assumes a single mattress/boxspring of a thickness of 10-12" but can accommodate of range of mattress thicknesses. Available in standard Queen and King sizes. For other sizes, please contact us for a quote.


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3. FORESIDE MIRROR

Annual Bedroom Sale

From now until January 31, 2017, we're offering 15% off on individual bedroom furniture pieces and 20% off full bedroom sets.

Sale pricing for 15% off is shown at right. To purchase, visit any of our showrooms, call 800.862.1973, or click to select an item at the right and then click the "Add to Shopping Cart" button. Visit thosmoser.com/sale for our complete array of bedroom pieces that are on sale now.

Sale pricing applies to new orders only, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers or discounts. Sale price for 15% off individual pieces is shown under "select item" section at right. To save 20% off a full bedroom set (bed, dresser and at least one nightstand/side table), please visit your local showroom or call 800.862.1973. Sale ends January 31, 2017. CLICK HERE for additional details.



The Foreside Mirror is inspired by and is a companion piece to the Foreside Bed and as such the intention of the design is to embody and magnify all things Thos. Moser; a dedication to functionally driven objects, formal simplicity, the characteristic elimination of ornament, use and celebration of natural materials and traditional woodworking techniques - all with an emphasis on craftsmanship.

Both Foreside pieces aim to embrace our craft capabilities and define 'visible joinery' in a new way with the collection's hallmark joint; a pinned through tenon. That joint is found atop the two vertical side posts that form the frame of the mirror and pierce a top stack laminated bow that extends to one side to become a hook for a various textiles, or perhaps a bathrobe...allowing the function to dictate the form.

The bow itself is the product of stack laminating. Once the several layers of solid wood veneer are glued and pressed into a form that establishes the overall arch of the bow, it is shaped to the final round profile. The holes are then drilled on the CNC for accuracy.

The mirror will always be a single wood species. That is, if specified in white oak (as shown), the legs and the bow will be white oak. Same applies for walnut, cherry, etc.

Each mirror will be shipped with an anti-tip kit for installation upon delivery.


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4. HARTFORD LOUNGE CHAIR
THIS JUST IN: The Hartford Lounge Chair has been honored with a 2016 GOOD DESIGN Award, as awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. CLICK HERE for details on this exciting news.



The Hartford Collection has won an Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Furniture - Residential category

As an Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner, the Hartford Collection was selected by an illustrious jury, comprising equal parts architects+designers, cultural thought leaders and developers, from amongst hundreds of entries from around the world in each category.

Read on to learn more about the Hartford Coffee Table, and click here to learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards and see photos from the awards gala held in New York on May 12, 2016.




The Hartford Lounge Chair is the result of an iterative process consisting of charting, mocking up, and reworking seating angles and 'human factor' variables. It is, stated simply - a comfortable chair. Aesthetically consistent, this chair successfully expands the Moser Lounge vocabulary using the Hartford language.

From a design perspective, the Hartford Lounge Chair is of a similar architecture to the Fahmida Chair or the Ellipse Lounge but has a unique perspective on the archetype. The chair relies heavily on CNC shaping to achieve its complex parts and align it aesthetically with the rest of the collection. The back leg starts as a severe steam bending, and the other parts start as solid wood "blanks", i.e. blocks of solid wood. Then each part, with the exception of the front seat rail and the back slats, is machined with a 5-axis CNC machine to achieve the intended geometry before assembly, final shaping, and sanding and finishing. The result is both hi tech and lo tech, traditional and modern - in short, very Moser.

The comfort of the chair is achieved with a simple foam back topped with dacron then wrapped, resting on a seat cushion comprised of foam and dacron - both the back cushion and seat cushion sit atop atop a substrate. The substrate is wrapped in the same leather or fabric.

The Hartford Lounge Chair can be made in most American hardwoods including walnut (shown), cherry, and maple. It comes with one lumbar pillow and can be upholstered in your choice of leather or fabric.

Like any Moser furniture, this piece is guaranteed for life. We are confident that our innovative joinery and continued commitment to upholstery development has only raised the bar for Moser quality.


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5. HARTFORD COFFEE TABLE
The Hartford Collection has won an Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Furniture - Residential category

As an Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner, the Hartford Collection was selected by an illustrious jury, comprising equal parts architects+designers, cultural thought leaders and developers, from amongst hundreds of entries from around the world in each category.

Read on to learn more about the Hartford Coffee Table, and click here to learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards and see photos from the awards gala held in New York on May 12, 2016.




The oval shaped top of the Hartford coffee table sits on three legs, rather than the expected four. Each leg comes through the top to become a visible joint. What is different than most Moser through tenons is that this joint is not wedged. This requires greater precision but affords a more contemporary take on a the traditional joint. For added durability, the joint is pinned from beneath the top.

The top itself is carved to have a dished surface, both for aesthetic reasons so as to break up the plane visually, but also to serve a functional need, containing perhaps the items set on its surface. Typical of Moser furniture, we've tried to simplify each piece, stripping it to its required elements alone, here three legs, two stretchers, and a top. The opportunity for elevating the modest furniture forms comes through the attention to the relationship of one of these spared parts to another and emphasizing the few but thoughtful details.

Our advanced technology and machining capabilities have elevated what is possible in craft. The design of this collection aims to embrace these capabilities and define 'visible joinery' in a new way with the collection's hallmark joint. The joint occurs at many intersections throughout the collection and is the result of a solid or steam bent piece being turned and mortised on the 5 axis CNC machine - a part otherwise difficult and inefficient to create. The hairline reveal serves to amplify the subtly of the joint and draw attention to the intersection itself. On the Coffee Table, this joint is visible where the horizontal stretchers meet the vertical legs.

Because of it's straight-forward design, the coffee table can be easily customized. Although initially offered in a standard size, we can entertain many sizes, as requested by customers, on a custom basis.


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6. HARTFORD MEDIA CASE
The Hartford Collection has won an Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Furniture - Residential category

As an Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner, the Hartford Collection was selected by an illustrious jury, comprising equal parts architects+designers, cultural thought leaders and developers, from amongst hundreds of entries from around the world in each category.

Read on to learn more about the Hartford Coffee Table, and click here to learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards and see photos from the awards gala held in New York on May 12, 2016.




The Hartford Media Case is an example of letting function dictate form. Designed simply as a case to satisfy a variety of functions with its primary use assumed to be the support of electronic components such as dvd players, stereo equipment, etc., its generic nature speaks to its versatility as a piece of furniture. Once again, the nuances of the piece are what define it - particularly the leg to rail detail and the drawer and door pull cut-outs. These details are consistent through the collection, thereby serving to connect it visually to its companion pieces while simultaneously helping to define its uniqueness. The left side has two doors that open to a single shelf on each side that sit on adjustable shelf pins and are hung on solid brass knife hinges. The right side has three drawers of equal size for storage.

As standard, the piece comes with two wire management slots in the solid wood and framed rear panels of the doored compartments of the case. Other configurations can be considered on a custom basis. Because of it's straight-forward design, the media case can be easily customized based on specific electronic needs, or simply your preference.


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7. HARTFORD SOFA
The Hartford Collection has won an Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Furniture - Residential category

As an Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner, the Hartford Collection was selected by an illustrious jury, comprising equal parts architects+designers, cultural thought leaders and developers, from amongst hundreds of entries from around the world in each category.

Read on to learn more about the Hartford Coffee Table, and click here to learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards and see photos from the awards gala held in New York on May 12, 2016.




As follow up to last fall's dining collection launch of Cumberland, the Hartford living collection is intended to embody and magnify all things Thos. Moser; a dedication to functionally driven objects, formal simplicity, the characteristic elimination of ornament, use and celebration of traditional materials and woodworking techniques-all with an emphasis on craftsmanship.

The Hartford Sofa employs the collections hallmark joinery below the solid wood plinth (the base that the upholstered top attached to the legs below) where the legs connect to the stretchers. Atop the wood base sit the upholstered sides, back, and cushions. The overall footprint of the piece is relatively small, and the intended aesthetic is visually light.

The foam seat cushions are attached to a substrate that has its center removed, allowing both structure for the cushions themselves and some give for comfort. The back cushions are loose and can be removed. The frames of the sides and back are covered in foam before being upholstered to soften the touch. The frames are attached to the solid wood plinth and to each other with mechanical fasteners so can be removed and reupholstered over time.

The Hartford sofa can be made in most American hardwoods including walnut (shown), cherry, and maple. It can be upholstered in your choice of leather or fabric and comes with two matching throw pillows.

Like any Moser furniture, this piece is guaranteed for life. We are confident that our innovative joinery and continued commitment to upholstery development has only raised the bar for Moser quality.


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8. HARTFORD SIDE TABLE
The Hartford Collection has won an Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Furniture - Residential category

As an Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner, the Hartford Collection was selected by an illustrious jury, comprising equal parts architects+designers, cultural thought leaders and developers, from amongst hundreds of entries from around the world in each category.

Read on to learn more about the Hartford Coffee Table, and click here to learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards and see photos from the awards gala held in New York on May 12, 2016.




The round top of the Hartford side table sits on three legs. Each leg comes through the top to become a visible joint. What is different than most Moser through tenons is that this joint is not wedged. This requires greater precision but affords a more contemporary take on a the traditional joint. For added durability, the joint is pinned from beneath the top.

The top itself is carved to have a dished surface, both for aesthetic reasons so as to break up the plane visually, but also to serve a functional need, containing perhaps the items set on its surface. Typical of Moser furniture, we've tried to simplify each piece, stripping it to its required elements alone, here three legs, two stretchers, and a top. The opportunity for elevating the modest furniture forms comes through the attention to the relationship of one of these spared parts to another and emphasizing the few but thoughtful details.

Our advanced technology and machining capabilities have elevated what is possible in craft. The design of this collection aims to embrace these capabilities and define 'visible joinery' in a new way with the collection's hallmark joint. The joint occurs at many intersections throughout the collection and is the result of a solid or steam bent piece being turned and mortised on the 5 axis CNC machine - a part otherwise difficult and inefficient to create. The hairline reveal serves to amplify the subtly of the joint and draw attention to the intersection itself. On the Side Table, this joint is visible where the horizontal stretchers meet the vertical legs.

Because of it's straight-forward design, the side table can be easily customized. Although initially offered in a standard size, we can entertain many sizes, as requested by customers, on a custom basis.


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9. PORTLAND CHAIR
THIS JUST IN: The Portland Chair has been honored with a 2016 GOOD DESIGN Award, as awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. CLICK HERE for details on this exciting news.



The Portland Chair has won an Architizer A+ Jury Award AND Popular Choice Award in the Seating - Residential category.

As an Architizer A+ Jury Award Winner, the Portland Chair was selected by an illustrious jury, comprising equal parts architects+designers, cultural thought leaders and developers, from amongst hundreds of entries from around the world in each category. And as an Architizer A+ Popular Choice Winner, the Portland Chair was also selected by the online voting public after a three week long campaign.

Read on to learn more about the Portland Chair, and click here to learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards.




The Portland Chair is the result of a collaboration with designer Ben Klebba who founded and operates Phloem Studio in Portland, Oregon. The chair is named after both the Portland that Ben calls home and the Portland that is the metropolitan center of Maine.

Read more about the Portland Chair as featured by The Oregonian, Ben's hometown newspaper, in this article on oregonlive.com.

A few words from the designer:

I grew up in Michigan, the son of a craftsman who built the house I grew up in, the furniture within it, and wooden sailboats our family would take out on Lake Huron. I swept the floor of my dad’s shop and sanded many boards, making Adirondack chairs to sell in the summer to make extra cash.

I now live in Portland, Oregon and own Phloem Studio, where my father and I and a small team make contemporary furniture. I’m covered in sawdust most days. We keep our furniture simple, with an emphasis on traditional joinery and natural materials.

I was honored to design a chair for Thos. Moser. Tom’s spindle back chairs were an inspiration. I wanted to make a side chair or café chair that was strong but minimal, inspired by Danish modernism and Shaker simplicity, with exposed joinery and turned and tapered limbs.

I named the chair Portland, after the place I call home and the other, older Portland I was happy to visit in Maine.


- Benjamin Klebba, founder Phloem Studio


This chair represents Thos. Moser's commitment to find and partner like minded designer/makers to further explore through a contemporary lens what is possible within the parameters of the brand, and modern craft itself. The result embodies all things Moser; a dedication to functionally driven objects, formal simplicity, the characteristic elimination of ornament, use and celebration of traditional materials and woodworking techniques -all with an emphasis on craftsmanship. These characteristics are not only compatible, but exemplary of what the Moser brand has come to stand for, and this chair is yet another iteration of Moser quality.

The Portland Chair consists of four turned and tapered legs. The legs are turned a second time after becoming tapered, this time 'off-center' which accounts for the subtle taper at the bottom of the front legs and at both the bottom and top of the rear legs. The rails are cross-lapped beneath the subtly carved seat and their tenons go through the front and rear legs where they are wedged for both strength and visible interest. The top of the legs also come through the steam-bent crest rail and are too finished with a visible wedged tenon.

The Portland Chair is a dining chair, and can be made in most American hardwoods (shown in cherry). Its relatively small footprint may make it attractive for smaller spaces without compromising comfort, aesthetics or quality.


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10. HANCOCK CHAIR
THIS JUST IN: The Hancock Chair has been honored with a 2016 GOOD DESIGN Award, as awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. CLICK HERE for details on this exciting news.



As is often the case with Thos. Moser furniture, this chair follows the format of a historical furniture form. Here the antecedent is a ladder back chair, a form made popular by and typically associated with the Shakers of the 18th century. Tom Moser’s early work often referenced the work of the Shakers given the compatibility of ideals. This therefore is a logical form to reference in creating a chair to further the company’s recommitment to the founding ideals.

A few words from the designer:

Reference to traditional furniture forms has long been a practice of Thos. Moser, including Tom Moser’s Continuous Arm Chair ™, a reference to traditional Windsor forms.

Here, the vehicle is the ladder back, a form made popular by and typically associated with the Shakers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Given the strong compatibility of ideals, Tom’s early work was influenced and inspired by Shaker furniture. My design philosophy, and that embodied by Shaker work, is also highly compatible, and the ladder back seemed like the right vehicle for me to express my aesthetic perspective, through the lens of our ideals at Thos. Moser, combining hi tech computerized machining with lo tech hand tooling in service of uncompromising
quality.

Named after the Hancock Shaker Village, this chair offers a contemporary take on a historic furniture form.


- Adam Rogers , Director of Design


Just as the Shakers embraced technology, here we’ve employed the most advanced technology available in woodworking through the use of a 5 axis CNC. The acronym CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and it uses a computer, programed by a craftsman, to perform complex cutting and routing. This machine, combined with many standard woodworking machines and a significant amount of hand work via traditional woodworking skills, add up to being what we refer to as ‘appropriate craftsmanship’. That is, employing craft as appropriate, whether a high tech machine such as the CNC or low tech tool such as a hand plane, to achieve the desired outcome. Ultimately the commitment is to the object itself, and the quality thereof, regardless of its making process.

The Hancock Chair is the sum of nine CNC machined steam bendings, three parts - front and side rails- sawn from solid blanks, and a seat woven with shaker tape. Each joint is mortise and tenon for unshakable strength.

The webbed seat, referred to as "Shaker tape", provides enough flex to achieve a comfort otherwise impossible with a solid wood seat while remaining durable over the life of the chair itself. Standard webbing offering is black, other colors available on a custom basis.

Appropriate for a variety of environments, the Hancock chair is as much a guest chair as a dining chair and can be used as a user seems fit. The Hancock Chair can be crafted from most solid American Hardwoods. Please inquire for requests other than walnut and cherry. Each chair will be handmade, and a skilled craftsman in the workshop in Maine will assemble each chair, signing each chair as a seal of quality.




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11. AUBURN CHAIR
Auburn Chair is named for the Maine location of the Thos. Moser workshop, and was inspired by a simple cafeteria chair made of steel and plastic that Tom and Mary spotted on a ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia. The Auburn Chair’s curved back supports the lumbar in two directions at once, a geometric detail called an anticlastic curve – like a potato chip. “Whether from my sense of responsibility, my curiosity or perhaps closer to the truth, from my creative stubbornness in my 81st year, I find myself still drawn to the workbench,” says Tom Moser, the latest result being the Auburn Chair.

The Auburn Chair can be crafted from most solid American Hardwoods. Please inquire for requests other than walnut and cherry. Each stool will be handmade and a skilled craftsman in the workshop in Maine will assemble each stool signing each as a seal of quality.


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12. AUBURN STOOL
Like its companion chair, the Auburn Stool is named for the Maine location of the Thos. Moser workshop, and was inspired by a simple cafeteria chair made of steel and plastic that Tom and Mary spotted on a ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia. The Auburn Stools curved back supports the lumbar in two directions at once, a geometric detail called an anticlastic curve – like a potato chip. “Whether from my sense of responsibility, my curiosity or perhaps closer to the truth, from my creative stubbornness in my 81st year, I find myself still drawn to the workbench,” says Tom Moser, the latest result being the Auburn Stool.

Appropriate for a variety of environments, the Auburn Stool can be made in two standard sizes: 25" seat height for standard 36" high counters and 27" seat height for taller counters. If you require a custom height or are unsure, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

The Auburn Stool can be crafted from most solid American Hardwoods. Please inquire for requests other than walnut and cherry. Each stool will be handmade and a skilled craftsman in the workshop in Maine will assemble each stool signing each as a seal of quality.
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