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Boston supports Walden Woods at Moser showroom

  
  
  

On April 17 our Boston Showroom hosted a very special evening in support of The Walden Woods Project. The evening was also the kickoff of the current art show in the showroom, which features paintings by Lynn Avery and sculptures by Linda Hoffman.

And what a great event it was! We had so many people coming and going throughout the course of the night it was difficult to get a firm count, but we think we had more than 200 people come in, which is a superb turnout! Juliet Trofi, Assistant to the Executive Director of the to The Walden Woods Project, represented that organization, and from her post at the Vita Dining Table she handed out informational brochures and graciously accepted donations from the guests in attendance. Suzanne Schultz held a raffle for a $100 gift certificate to the hot new restaurant, La Voile, over on Newbury St. Canvas Gallery has been a partner in our alternative gallery space program, and we look forward to continuing our association with Suzanne and her gallery.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported The Walden Woods Project. To see some pics of the artwork of Lynn Avery and Linda Hoffman as it appears in the Boston Showroom, click on these thumbnails:

President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI sit side-by-side in Moser chairs

  
  
  

Thos. Moser was honored today when two Harpswell Arm Chairs with Back in Walnut were chosen as the ceremonial seating for President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI during the official welcome ceremony held on the South Lawn of the White House. Tom Moser and his sons David, Andy and Aaron attend the ceremony as invited guests.

The order came about when a senior White House official visited our Washington, DC showroom on 3-25-08. He knew of us by reputation and a reference from a friend. He stated that they came to us because of their desire for the chairs to be American made and of highest quality and construction.

The chairs will reside in the White House until the end of the Bush administration. Our understanding is that they will eventually be sent to the George W. Bush Presidential Library (location to be determined) for public display.

Here are some photos of the chairs and the ceremony:











The Edo Rocker, designed by a new dad

  
  
  

Apparantly the bloggers at daddytypes.com know good design and fine craftsmanship when they see it. Check out this post about the new Edo Rocker by David Moser...

http://daddytypes.com/2008/04/16/new_daddesigned_edo_rocker_at_thos_moser.php

LA Showroom opens in grand fashion

  
  
  

On March 8 & 9 we held the Grand Opening of newest showroom in LA and by all accounts it was a huge success. The weekend was kicked-off with an open house featuring new pieces, design previews, book signings with Tom Moser, and chair-making demonstrations by a master craftsman. Over 300 customers and friends came by on Saturday night to raise a glass with us, and on Sunday we concluded the festivities with a talk called “A Celebration of Craft” with iconic furniture designers/builders Tom Moserand Sam Maloof, master craftsman Jim Ipekjian, and Cerritos College woodworking professor Anthony Fortner. We were humbled (and a bit overwhelmed at first!) when over 700 people RSVP'd for the Sunday presentations.

The LA showroom is the largest one we’ve opened so far (4,000 square feet), and we used the space to create whole ‘rooms within rooms’ to make it easier for customers to envision living with our designs in their own homes. And through mid-summer we're featuring a whole host of Maine artists throughout the space.

We'll publish photos and more details about this beautiful new showroom and the Grand Opening festivities in our summer newsletter, which will be mailed out in June. In the meantime, click here to take a brief photo tour of the showroom (pdf).

From hands to heart...an example of how a piece of furniture can be a vessel of meaning

  
  
  

One of the cabinetmakers in our shop, David Mabany, has his family roots in Chicago. His sister Carol still lives there and is a writer with the Chicago Tribune. A while back, David and Carol decided it would great to celebrate the end of a lengthly home rennovation by Carol and her husband by having David build them a Windsor-style Continuous Arm Bench. Carol's husband had "yearned for this bench" for quite some time.

The results of the project reinforced a family bond and turned a former Chicago city boy into a true-blue Maine-iac. Both David and Carol wrote about the experience for the Tribune, and their articles are very much worth reading...

Click below to read David's story about building a bench for his sister:
Bench marks of love: From a brother's hands ...

Click below to read Carol's story about "a bench that, at once, is a living, breathing 24-spindled story":
Bench marks of love: To a sister's heart and home

Thanks to David and Carol for sharing this wonderful story!

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