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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

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 dadís 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. Iím 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. Tomís spindle back chairs were an inspiration. I wanted to make a side chair or cafť 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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Portland Chair, cherry
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