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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. HANCOCK CHAIR
Originally launched in Fall 2015 as a single armchair with a cotton shaker tape seat, Hancock has been revisited and now includes a side chair with the option of a vegetable-tanned leather strap seat.

Reference to traditional furniture form has long been a practice of Thos. Moser. Here, the vehicle is the ladder back, a form made popular by, and typically associated with, the Shakers of the 18th and 19th centuries. So named after the Hancock Shaker Village, the chair offers a contemporary take on a historic furniture form.

Just as the Shakers embraced technology, here we employ the most advanced technology available in woodworking through the use of a 5-axis CNC. This machine combined with many standard woodworking machines, and a significant amount of hand work via traditional woodworking skills, add up to being what I 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 webbed seat provides enough flex to achieve a comfort otherwise impossible with a solid wood seat, while remaining durable over the life of the chair itself.

Available with a shaker tape (cotton strap) seat or a saddle leather seat. The leather strap seat is vegetable-tanned leather; approx. 3/16" thick. The leather used is vegetable-tanned and does not have harmful chemicals. It is an old-world, artisanal process that takes advantage of the tannic acids naturally found in some plant species, by using the barks, branches, leaves and even some fruits in some specific techniques.

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. Available as a side chair or arm chair.

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 the piece, signing every chair as a seal of quality.

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.




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2. HANCOCK TABLE
The Hancock Table is a modern interpretation of a classic trestle table form that is designed to pair with our Hancock Chairs. Owing to its versatile design, the table also fits well with several other Moser chairs, whether traditional or contemporary in design.

The table base incorporates detailing established in Hancock Chairs; for example, the foot to leg transitions are based on the back leg to rung transition and detailing. Visible joinery includes the through tenon at the stretcher to leg transition. The tenon is then wedged once assembled for added strength and integrity.

Like so many of our products, this piece employs mix of Hi tech and Lo tech craft; CNC for machining complex parts and handwork for fit and finish.

So named after the Hancock Shaker Village, the table, like its partnering chairs offers a contemporary take on an historic furniture form.

The standard table is suited for (6) chairs; with (4) on the sides and (2) on the ends. The trestle base design allows for a lack of skirts for structure which accommodates arm chairs.


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3. ATLANTIC CHAIR
The Atlantic Chair and Atlantic Extension Table were designed with a classic, yet contemporary, context in mind and are intended to live comfortably in a range of environments.

Formally influenced by the architecture of classic café chairs, the result is the product of several steam bent components crafted and assembled with a combination of machine and hand work. Both the chair and table provide evidence of our foremost commitment to quality through detail and precision craft, such as the hand-stitching at the backrest of the chair and the several moments of exposed joinery throughout each piece. Atlantic is deceptively strong and durable, despite occupying a small footprint and presenting a visual lightness.

The Atlantic Chair references the architecture of the classic Thonet Café Chair and features a vegetable tanned leather seat and hand-stitched back rest which is an interpretation of 'visible joinery'.

Most parts on the chair are steam bent, including the crest, back legs, seat apron, stretcher (every member except the front legs and front rail). As we often do, as an expression of quality and understandable construction, we have designed this chair to include exposed joinery, a through-tenon at stretcher to front leg connection The chair boasts a small footprint and is physically and visually light though deceptively strong and durable and therefore upholds our commitment to quality and includes a lifetime warrantee As is the case with so many Moser products, this chair employs a mix of Hi tech and Lo tech craft; CNC for machining complex parts and handwork for fit and finish and hand-stitched upholstery details.

The upholstered seat and back rest are vegetable tanned leather; approx. 3/16" thick. The leather used is vegetable tanned and does not have harmful chemicals. It is an old-world, artisanal process that takes advantage of the tannic acids naturally found in some plant species, by using the barks, branches, leaves and even some fruits in some specific techniques.


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4. ATLANTIC EXTENSION TABLE
The Atlantic Chair and Atlantic Extension Table were designed with a classic, yet contemporary, context in mind and are intended to live comfortably in a range of environments.

Formally influenced by the architecture of classic café chairs, the result is the product of several steam bent components crafted and assembled with a combination of machine and hand work. Both the chair and table provide evidence of our foremost commitment to quality through detail and precision craft, such as the hand-stitching at the backrest of the chair and the several moments of exposed joinery throughout each piece. Atlantic is deceptively strong and durable, despite occupying a small footprint and presenting a visual lightness.

The table pairs with Atlantic Chairs by design, but is generic enough to work with several standard Moser chairs, whether traditional or contemporary.

The standard size is suited for (4) chairs when closed and (6) with standard 20" leaf


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5. HARTFORD DRESSER
A follow up to the previous collection launch of Hartford living collection, we've added a dresser as a companion to the Foreside bed and mirror. When considering the starting point for the design of a dresser to align with the aesthetic of Foreside, the Hartford details kept floating to the surface. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we've taken the salient elements from the Hartford media case and reworked them into a dresser form; both vertical in orientation and horizontal. Like the living collection, 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 traditional materials and woodworking techniques -all with an emphasis on craftsmanship.

Our advanced technology and machining capabilities have elevated what is possible in craft. These 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.

Aiming to fit in a context that feels simple and modern, the opportunity to influence a wide variety of environments seems achievable.

The Hartford Dresser 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 storage of clothing, 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.


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6. FORESIDE BED
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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7. FORESIDE MIRROR
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.

Please note: Accessories are not eligible for discount promotions.


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8. HOOPS MIRRORS
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.

Please note: Accessories are not eligible for discount promotions.
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