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MOSERform Makes Debut in Los Angeles Showroom


After much anticipation, MOSERFORM has finally made its way to the Los Angeles Showroom! So far, the collection has had a tremendous response from visitors. This photo, taken less than an hour after the MOSERFORM arrival, shows the furniture’s gorgeous display in the entrance of the showroom, giving a warm and attractive welcome to all who pass through the front door.

Boston showroom hosts AIDS Action Committee event


The Thos. Moser Boston Showroom hosted the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts for their Executive Staff and Board of Directors annual Business Gratitude Event on Thursday July 17th.

This gathering of representatives from the business community was an opportunity for the AIDS Action Committee to thank them for their support throughout the year! It was a great night with more than 80 people from the Boston business community in attendance.

Guest Speaker Dr. Michael T. Wong

Many of the attendees were either private or cooporate level sponsors of the AIDS Action Committee, along with the AIDS Action Committee's board members and friends.

Event attendees (from left) James Poulos, Rick Larkin, and Peter Nee, along with showroom manager Chris Eramo.

Food was provided through Smith and Wolinsky's of Boston. Wine and beverages were generously donated through David Zimmerman of Spirit Magazine. Guest speakers were Dr. Michael T. Wong and Rick Larkin.

Guest speaker Rick Larkin.

Any of our showrooms can be an excellent venue for your organization's next reception, meeting, fundraiser or other event. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss the details.

It's a big planet, but a small world


A customer came into our our Freeport Showroom over the weekend and told our associate Lyndall a great ‘small world’ story. This customer had bid on and won a small Moser package at a Portland Symphonty Orchestra auction held across the street from the showroom at the Harraseeket Inn this spring – the package consisted of a copyof Tom Moser's book Artistry in Wood, a Thos. Moser basball cap, and a Simon Pearce glassware pitcher.

She and her husband were traveling in Russia in late June and she was wearing the Moser hat. While standing in St. Petersburg Square, another traveling American tapped her on the shoulder and said they had just purchased a lot of Moser furniture and, by the way, did she know about the free shipping promo.

Although we are fortunate enough to have customers from across the country and all over the world, at the end of the day we are still a relatively small enterprise. Hearing how a simple Thos. Moser logo baseball cap can create a random connection like that on the other side of the globe really made our day!

Piece of the Day - Radius Desk


The Radius Desk is an oasis of spare, understated elegance in any professional setting or home office. This desk offers an expansive work surface with six slender legs attached to a flitch-cut cherry apron with pinned mortise-and-tenon joints. Small drawers at each end eliminate clutter.

The clean lines and curved front of the Radius Desk transform any office into an elegant presentation with plenty of work surface, smart wire management and optional small drawers on each end.

Available with either a solid cherry top or with three panels of full-grain, soft-textured leather.

The Typing Table and Secretary Stand are designed to go with the Radius Desk, functioning as a return that gives additonal flexibility and work surface space.

Summer Camp - it's not just for kids anymore


Washington Spaces magazine, our favorite "shelter book" from our nation's capital, posted a nice story about our Customer In Residence program on their blog. If you haven't heard about this program yet, please swing by the Washington Spaces blog and check it out, or you can read about it on our "offical" website as well:

Customer in Residence on Washington Spaces blog

Customer In Residence "official" site

We'll see if we can get a first hand account of the program posted here on the Moser blog as well, so stay tuned...

Piece of the Day - Vita Lounge


The Vita Lounge continues our attempts to interpret good historical design in a Thos. Moser manner. This piece is an extension of the design of the Vita Chair which pays tribute to master architect Mies van der Rohe, designer of the ubiquitous Barcelona Chair and originator of the term "less is more", harnessing the natural strength of wood to achieve suspension and cantilever with minimal form.

The curved seat and back are constructed with solid matched-grain cherry and suspended over laminated, curved feet. The tufted, hand-stitched cushions are ergonomically set in the cantilevered frame making the Vita Lounge a luxurious oasis on which the body–and the eye–will feel free to linger.

This piece is part of our Vita Collection, designed by David Moser and since it's inception as a living room collection has grown to include a bed and dresser, dining table and chairs, and custom media cabinets.

Celeb Sightings and other news from LA


Greetings Moser-philes! We are so excited to join forces with all of you, on this excellent corner of cyber-space. Wood enthusiasts up and down the west coast are a buzz, and we couldn’t agree with them more. The sun has been generous, during this, otherwise, June-gloom time of the year. Though we have had record temperatures, “hot” not only refers to what’s happening on the Malibu beaches. Culver City is topping the thermostat with the hottest in the design world, with innovating new ideas, high quality furniture, and an all-in-all look that cannot be beat. It would be no surprise that Thos. Moser is holding its own in the midst of the Helms Bakery District, the cornerstone of design in Culver City. We’re in our fourth month, and so far our response has been overwhelming!

Vice Presidential Visit
On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, David Mehlhorn visited our showroom for the first time since our Grand Opening. David is our vice president of sales and marketing and is the person who first scouted this terrific Helms Bakery location for us.

Not surprisingly, paparazzi lined the streets of Culver City, hoping to catch a few snapshots of the celebrity-from-within the Moser family. Soon after his arrival, he was spotted having lunch with Los Angeles Showroom Manager, Liza Robinson-Vidal at Wilson, Culver City hotspot, featured in the July 2008 edition of Gourmet Magazine, as one of Culver City’s Top Restaurants.

Keep It Clean, Keep It Green!
In keeping with the Los Angeles Showroom’s “Green Theme,” July 1st is the starting date for our new cleaning staff. Ho hum, you say? Well, sometimes the “little” things can still excite us, and in this case it’s the fact that the new crew will be using bio-sustainable, and eco-friendly cleaning products. What a breath of fresh, clean air!

Other Masters Of Woodwork Unite!
Los Angeles’s L.A. Modern, begins the L.A. Modern Auctions, on display at the Pacific Design Center. Up for auction are various pieces by George Nakashima, one of Tom Moser’s influences (as Tom discusses in his book, Artistry in Wood) and Sam Maloof, who you may recall was gracious enough to participate in our Grand Opening weekend. More info at http://www.lamodern.com.

It’s Easy Being Green!
Also this week, Liza attended the Culver City Green Business Association (last month they held their 1-year anniversary in our showroom, click here for pics). Nearly 15 members attended, many of which were new to the organization. Congrats to our own Liza who got voted in as the Membership Chair. There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the mixed use development at Washington Blvd. / National Blvd., and also the Expo Light Rail.

High Fidelity To A Good Night Sleep
John Cusak was recently seen wandering into Hastens Mattress Company and Moser neighbor in the Helms Bakery District, in dark glasses with a hood over his head (understandable, in this harsh, sunny, Southern California climate).

Hastens Staff members believed him to be homeless. When the glasses came off, however, they realized it was total “Serendipity.” http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000131

Aaron Moser made a surprise visit into town last Saturday. Aaron has been around the company since his folks Tom & Mary started it over 36 years ago, and for the last decade-plus he has been instrumental in guiding its growth while working in various capacities.

Liza drove to Anaheim and accompanied Aaron, Michael Brown (from our Freeport Showroom, at left with Liza), and John Kluzak (oversees our engineering department, above with Aaron) to Yardhouse, a new trendy concept restaurant in Orange County. Kitchen staff at Yardhouse pulled out all the stops to create the best presentation possible, as they only wanted the best for someone of Aaron’s elite culinary background (you may not know that Aaron holds a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University and is quite an amazing chef in his own right). http://www.yardhouse.com/

Next Week – LA Premiere of MOSERFORM
Next week will see the arrival of five pieces of MOSERFORM furniture will arrive in the LA showroom on July 9, in preparation of the July 10 ASID Trade event, which will also be held in the showroom. To learn more about MOSERFORM, click here.

Culver City, Won’t You Blow Your Horn!


Everyone in Culver City is very excited about the soon to arrive light rail “Expo” that will take visitors from Culver City to Santa Monica. The closest station to our showroom will be at the corner of Washington Blvd. and National, next to Surfas Restaurant and Grocery. http://www.buildexpo.org

It’s Standing Room Only! So How About A Nice Moser Piece To Take A Load Off??


Showroom manager Liza Robinson-Vidal met C. Raul Espinoza, Audience Development Manager at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, at the Los Angeles Downtown Business Association Meeting last week. Mr. Espinoza coordinated a Special Community Preview of “Of Equal Measure,” a riveting new play starring Tanya Barfield. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Associate, Charles Chatelain, attended the event. Liza will be speaking to the Kirk Douglas Theatre about a possible Thos. Moser display in the lobby. Such a display will be great exposure for Thos. Moser, as the theatre draws in frequent crowds. Check out what’s playing now at http://www.centertheatregroup.org/theatres/douglas.

Piece of the Day - Astral Bench


Ok, you just knew this one had to be coming up soon...the Astral Bench is one of the most intersting and unique pieces we make.

In the late 1970s, Tom Moser spent some time in Denmark and fell in love with the tailored design and perfect proportions that were always characteristics of Danish furniture design. The Astral Bench falls squarely in this clean, structured school, shaping space with strict regularity and dramatic form.

When light hits this piece, the room comes alive in a pattern frequency reminiscent of a celestial arc—thus its celestial name.

The Astral Bench is constructed of cherry “matchsticks” joined in a solid, gently curving bench seat, which in turn seems to float in midair. The integrity of the entire bench relies on the careful placement of each separate element and masterful joinery techniques.

First conceived as a "statement piece" for large universities and corporate spaces, the original design (directly above) arced almost 90 degrees and therefore required no "feet", but it also required a massive space.

For residential use, we re-designed the bench (shown below) so it now curves at a more gentle 128-degree radius, echoing a natural geometry that softens the linear construction of this piece.

This last photo (directly above) is of our Los Angeles Showroom, which is currently the only one of our showrooms where you can see an Astral Bench in person.

The standard residential Astral Bench measures 32"H x 147"W x 43"D and sells for $12,000. It can also can be made in a number of different diameters and lengths so please call or email for quote.

Spend a night at the new Moser suite at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport


Next time you visit our Freeport Showroom, you may want to consider a night in the Thos. Moser suite at the Harraseeket Inn.

The Inn’s room 214 has been completely renovated and redecorated using pieces from our extensive furniture collection. The Moser Room, which opened on Sunday, April 13th, also includes furnishings and accessories by many other well-respected New England companies, as well as the work of several well-known Maine artists.

The Moser Room experience begins just after guests cross the threshold: a permanent wall installation by artists Colin Sullivan-Stevens and Friederike Hamann of the Portland, Maine–based company Field is inspired by the American black cherry forests of the Allegheny Plateau of Pennsylvania, source of much of Moser’s sustainably grown and harvested wood. This subtle piece renders Moser’s deep connection to—and responsibility for—natural resources and sets the tone for the whole space.

The room’s large fireplace features natural sandstone tiles with a live-edge walnut accent, and the eco-friendly floor is soft, chocolate-colored cork tiles. In-suite doors evoke New England barns reminiscent of Tom and Mary Moser’s early years in rural Maine, and family photographs share a rich sense of the family’s history. Luxurious wool area rugs from Savaeviah, hand-forged fireplace tools and fine art lighting fixtures create unique areas of comfort in the bedroom and living areas of the room.

The floor-to-ceiling curtains have been made with fine fabrics from Robert Allen, a long-time partner of ours, whose extensive collection of fabrics is available in our showrooms.

The furniture in the Moser suite is a mix of classic Moser pieces designed by our Tom Moser, as well as more modern collections designed by his son, David. Pieces in the room include a walnut Pencil Post Queen Bed, several of our various occasional tables, a workspace complete with an Aria Writing Desk and Pasadena Side Chair, a lounge area with Vita seating, and a Dr. White’s Chest. Our signature piece, the Continuous Arm Chair, is also represented in the suite in both a children’s version and one for adults. Everything in the room is available for purchase; other pieces of furniture and artwork can also be customized and commissioned upon request, and a complete portfolio of all furniture, arts and accessories is available to guests.

To book your stay in the Moser suite at Harraseeket Inn, give them a call at (800) 342-6423 or visit the reservations page of their website. Tell 'em the Moser blog sent ya.

Piece of the Day - Reader's Table


Welcome to July! It feels like just yesterday we were shoveling snow so it is a bit hard to believe that the 4th of July is almost upon us. But here we are and today's Piece of the Day celebrates the influence Frank Lloyd Wright, who in 1991 was named by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time."

Wright believed in the concept of organic design, a contextual approach that takes into account relationship between the site and the building and the needs of the client and marries them all together. In the same vein, the architectural lines of our Reader's Table table unify and balance the span of its nine-foot-long cherry top.

Tom Moser originally developed this piece for university libraries, and its construction is designed to withstand rigorous daily use, while satisfying the classic aesthetics of institutions such as UCLA and Lawrenceville School. Each solid cherry leg measures over three inches square and is recessed to provide comfortable leg room for up to ten people. Paired with our Reader's Chair, this table will add a sense of strength and stature to your home.

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