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Sam Maloof

Sam Maloof


Sam Maloof was once deemed the Hemingway of Harwood. Ray Charles said Sam Maloof furniture had soul—We could think of our own compliments, but really, can you top those?

Sam Maloof began woodworking as a newlywed to furnish his and his wife’s Los Angeles-area home. After being featured in Better Homes and Gardens in 1952, things really took off, you could say as Sam Maloof pieces made their way into venues like the White House and experimental Neutra and Eames homes. Featuring woodwork reminiscent of George Nakashima's, Maloof’s pieces are elongated and sculptural—a rocking chair displays treads that are curved like an archer’s bows; a chair has slats rippled like gently waking water.