Harvard Business School

Chao Center

Cambridge, MA | 2016

In order to create a unique and timeless look for a new educational facility at Harvard Business School, the design team turned to the expert craftsmen at Thos. Moser Contract. As creators of American hardwood fine furniture, they handcrafted a collection of inviting, richly detailed and design forward pieces

Pictured: Custom Harpswell Chair

Project Specifier

  • Mary-Ann Agresti, AIA Architect
  • Goody Clancy
  • Harvard Business School

Products Used

  • Custom Harpswell Chair
  • Custom Table with marmoleum inset and drum-base
  • Custom Table at 72”x24” with work surface
  • Custom Bench with 70” long curved and upholstered seat
  • Custom Reception Desk at 48”x18” with work surface
  • Custom long-span Table with aluminum honeycomb sub straight


  • Seating design modifications to fit customer spaces
  • Table dimensions to fit customer spaces
  • Marmoleum material use as specified on custom designed base
  • Product with power and AV integration and storage management

An Evolving Design Process

Upon a site visit to the recently redesigned Thos. Moser showroom in Boston, MA, the design team saw a variety of classic and contemporary pieces that showcased the brand’s unique aesthetic and dedication to quality materials, craftsmanship and tradition – something that blended well with Harvard’s mission and identity as a university.

The design team worked with Thos. Moser Contract to alter a popular design, the Harpswell Chair, which would eventually be used throughout the space. The chair is an iconic Thos. Moser design that has been used in a number of high-profile projects around country. Pope Benedict XVI even sat in one during the official White House welcoming ceremony marking his April, 2008 visit to the United States.

Pictured: Custom Bench with 70” long curved and upholstered seat

Advancing Institutional Design

Custom Thos. Moser furniture creates a uniquely Harvard design aesthetic at the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center for Executive Education.


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