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NEW DESIGNS

New designs continue to push us along the path of exploration that Tom Moser, along with his wife Mary and their four young sons, 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 and product development Adam Rogers brings his own 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. HARTFORD LOUNGE CHAIR

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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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2. HARTFORD SOFA

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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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3. HARTFORD MEDIA CASE

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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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4. HARTFORD SIDE TABLE

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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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5. HARTFORD COFFEE TABLE

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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. HANCOCK CHAIR

Annual Dining Sale

From now until February 21, 2016, we're offering 15% off on Thos. Moser handmade dining furniture.

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. Enter promotional code FEB16 at checkout for 15% off sale price. Visit thosmoser.com/sale for our complete array of dining pieces that are sale priced.

Sale pricing applies to new orders only, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers or discounts. Sale price will be shown at final checkout when promotional code FEB16 is used. Sale ends February 21, 2016.




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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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7. PORTLAND CHAIR

Annual Dining Sale

From now until February 21, 2016, we're offering 15% off on Thos. Moser handmade dining furniture.

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. Enter promotional code FEB16 at checkout for 15% off sale price. Visit thosmoser.com/sale for our complete array of dining pieces that are sale priced.

Sale pricing applies to new orders only, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers or discounts. Sale price will be shown at final checkout when promotional code FEB16 is used. Sale ends February 21, 2016.




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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.

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

To read more from Ben on the designing and making of this chair and see some process photos, please click here to visit Ben's online journal.

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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8. CUMBERLAND DINING CHAIR

Annual Dining Sale

From now until February 21, 2016, we're offering 15% off on Thos. Moser handmade dining furniture.

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. Enter promotional code FEB16 at checkout for 15% off sale price. Visit thosmoser.com/sale for our complete array of dining pieces that are sale priced.

Sale pricing applies to new orders only, and cannot be combined with other promotional offers or discounts. Sale price will be shown at final checkout when promotional code FEB16 is used. Sale ends February 21, 2016.



GOOD DESIGN winnerThe Cumberland Dining Chair wins a 2015 GOOD DESIGN™ Award, as awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Click Here for details.



The Cumberland Chair embodies our enduring commitment to simplicity. Though inspired by Danish Modern forms, the Cumberland Dining Chair has its own perspective and is a uniquely artistic interpretation of its historical antecedents.

NEW! Now Available with Rush Seat

A rush seat is a woven seat made of fiber rush, which can be made from various materials, in this case twisted paper. As a form of seating that has been around for hundreds of years, rush seats are comfortable and surprisingly durable. The rush is woven around a wooden frame to create a strong, lightweight seat. The seating surface is slightly flexible and gives a little when someone sits on it rather than being rigid and hard. Several different types of fibers can be used to make a rush seat; some examples include cattails, bull rushes, seagrass, and paper fiber rush as employed here. The strands are joined to add strength to form narrow rope-like lengths which are woven in a closely spaced manner around the seat frame.

Rush seats usually have an average lifespan of about 20 to 30 years, however they are covered under our standard lifetime guarantee so you can order with confidence. The color of the seat is natural and some slight variation is possible. The seat is treated with shellac for longevity.

We are partnering with a local Maine artisan Bernard Zike to weave the seats. CLICK HERE to visit Bernard's website and learn more.

Perhaps not apparent at first glance are the nuanced relationships of the parts that inform the overall proportion of this chair. Typical of Moser furniture, we've tried to simplify each piece, stripping it to its required elements alone. The opportunity for elevating the modest furniture forms comes through the attention to the relationship of one of these spared parts to another.

The rails that span the legs and support the saddled solid wood seat employ an innovative double-housed mortise and tenon joint - allowing us to achieve the desired simplicity without compromising strength.

Atop the turned tapered legs sits the continuous arm and crest rail. This element is the sum of three pieces, a single solid wood steam bending at the back, joined with the collections hallmark visible finger joint to the arms.

Due to the well-considered geometry of the seat and the relationship to the continuous arm + crest rail, the saddled solid wood seat provides comfort without relying on the use of an upholstered foam seat. We've enabled ourselves to decrease the thickness of the seat which creates a visual lightness which furthers the simplicity that is characteristic of this collection. Like any Moser furniture, this piece is guaranteed for life. We are confident that our innovative joinery has only raised the bar for Moser quality.

Check out the Cumberland Lookbook...



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9. COOPER CHAIR

The Cooper Chair wins a 2015 GOOD DESIGN™ Award, as awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Click Here for details.



Cooper (n): a person who makes or repairs wooden casks or barrels
To Cooper (v): to work as a cooper on; to work at or do coopering
First known use: 14th century

The centuries old art of barrel making, using the technique of manipulating staves or individual pieces of steam-bended wood, is the inspiration for Thos. Moser’s Cooper Chair. Designed by Brian Kane, the name Cooper is reminiscent of Brian’s longstanding connection to Napa, his second home. Perhaps the fruits of this valley, contained in the barrels themselves, have something to do with Brian’s interesting and innovative approach to coopering.

Cooper represents Thos. Moser's commitment to the contract and home office markets. The first chair of its kind for our company, Cooper 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.

As the name of the chair suggests, we've employed here a centuries old technique employed in barrel making - coopering - whereby individual components called staves are bent via traditional steam bending, then machined with a 5-axis CNC to achieve the geometry of the individual parts, and ultimately joined to form the shell of the chair. The result is both hi tech and lo tech, traditional and modern - in short, very Moser.

Appropriate for a variety of environments, whether in a boardroom at a conference table, in a private corporate or home office behind a desk as a task chair, or in front of the desk as a guest chair, its comfort and flexibility through configuration will accommodate the users intentions. The upholstered foam cushions upon the ergonomic solid wood shell create a seat that can be occupied for short meetings and long days at the computer alike.

Cooper is available in a number of configurations. The two versions - high back or low back - can be specified with or without arms, with a five star base with casters or with a five star base with stationary feet, and is available in a variety of leathers as part of our standard leather program.

Cooper can be crafted from most solid American Hardwoods. Please inquire for requests other than walnut and cherry.

ABOUT DESIGNER BRIAN KANE
Industrial designer Brian Kane of Kane Design Studio SF, has won 80+ design awards; exhibited at the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums in NYC and SF MOMA.

Brian Kane graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. He worked for several New York City design studios and spent a year in Milan, Italy, working for Architect Silvio Coppola. His projects included the design of seating and casegoods for such companies as Mobil Italia Spa. and Bernini Spa. After returning to the U.S. he worked in New York for atelier international (ai). Work involved special contract furniture design projects, showroom design, and the startup of U.S. production of the innovative Italian designs of Cassina, B&B and Tecno.

Kane joined the design staff at Metropolitan Furniture Corporation (Metro) in 1977. Less than three years later, he became one of four partners assuming ownership of the firm, and took on the responsibilities of Vice President of Design and Product Development. In 1987 Metro was acquired by Steelcase. Kane maintained his position as Vice President and was responsible for all aspects of Metro's design including products, showrooms and graphics.

In March of 1989 Kane established Kane Design Studio in San Francisco. The firm has been involved in the design and development of products for Metro, Steelcase, Carnegie, Landscapeforms, Bernhardt Furniture Co., Martin/Brattrud Inc, Falcon, Halcon, Tuohy, HBF, Coalesse, Decca, Nemscoff, Summit, Hon, and Herman Miller.

If you have been to an airport or a bank or a hotel - or to Manhattan midtown or to the Embarcadero in San Francisco - chances are you've sat on one of his chairs or benches. Kane's designs have won over 80 design awards and have been exhibited at the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.


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10. THOS. MOSER: LEGACY IN WOOD (BOOK)


Available now in showrooms and online

About Legacy In Wood:
Thos. Moser has set the standard for fine woodworking and meticulously handmade furniture for more than forty years. In this modern age of inexpensive mass production, Moser furniture stands out because every piece is handmade by a master craftsman (or woman). Generally minimalist in style, the pieces are highly sophisticated in their construction. And though Moser has been influenced by Shaker and Japanese furniture makers, the elegant and graceful lines give each piece an aesthetic all its own.

In Legacy in Wood, Thomas Moser reflects on his long career and offers his thoughts on creativity, inspiration, and his design aesthetic. It gives an intimate look into the life and work of a pioneering craftsman, whose example shows that you can build a career working with your hands the old-fashioned way.

Thos. Moser remains an iconic Maine company and holds to its traditional origins an values. The shop remains a family-run and oriented company. All of Moser’s sons have worked in the shop, and all but two are still there as master craftsmen and designers. The other employees have been with the company an average of 20 years—a clear reflection of the value Moser puts on his workers and the respect and love for their work they give in return. Yet the timeless appeal of the furniture has given Moser nationwide recognition and allowed the company to open galleries and showrooms in Freeport, Maine, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco.

About the Authors:
Thomas Moser is president and founder of Thos. Moser based in Auburn, Maine. A former English professor at Bates College and an antiques restorer, he opened his first workshop in 1972. He has written several books about building fine furniture. He lives in Harpswell, Maine with Mary Moser, his wife of more than 50 years.

Donna McNeil is the Co-Director of Artists in Context and the former Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. She has served as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts and MacArthur Foundation. She holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, an MLA in Art History from Harvard University, and an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Book Details:
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Down East Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608936074
ISBN-13: 978-1608936076
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
On Sale: September, 2015
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