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Grading on the Curve

Inspired by the female form, we at Thos. Moser have always been fascinated by shapeliness. Case in point are our curvaceous chairs with beautiful waistlines, think Aria or the Pasadena dining chairs.
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Carved from a single piece of wood, the Aria chair is more sculpted than assembled, the curves and angles beckoning the touch of a hand as the ripples of the stunning pleated back bring visual and tactile pleasure. At first glance, the hourglass lines of the Aria chair evoke a more glamorous age when Old-World design influences met a newly minted urbane American public. Upon closer examination, you’ll see that the Aria Collection has much in common with the soft patterns etched by the sea on a sandy shore: gentle ridges and undulating crescents that tease the eye with familiarity making pieces in this line perfect companions for any furniture with a more rectilinear form.
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Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” While it is true that in the creative field of furniture-making a fully realized design may emerge spontaneously, it is far more common to be on the workbench for some time before the balance and perfect form emerge. Often, the more original the design, the longer the experimental process, and it is our respect for this discipline that allowed David Moser the freedom to build and rebuild our new Pasadena designs until he knew they were right. David began exploring the nuances of the chair by using hand tools in combination with state-of-the-art technology to see what depth of movement he could coax out of solid cherry. From that genesis, the entire Pasadena Collection evolved into its sculpted state and proof that we succeeded is evident in the fact that the Pasadena dining chair received Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Award in the Residential Dining Chair category in 2008. The nod caught quite a bit of attention, such as this effusive post by Paul Anater, which made us smile!
Do you have a favorite Thos. Moser chair? We love to know which one and what attracts you to it!


Hey! Thanks for the shout out!
Posted @ Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:57 PM by Paul Anater
It is hard to have a favorite among so many beautiful designs. My decision in selecting Thos. Moser furniture was to have a variety. Different chairs are favorites at different times when I peruse your catalogs. You designed a bridge table for me and I chose Aria chairs, two with arms and two without to grace the table. The ladies of the club are surprised when they first sit in these chairs. They have already marveled at how lovely they look, but when they sit, they marvel that a chair back that curvy can be that comfortable! 
Posted @ Friday, April 15, 2011 6:27 AM by Helen C. Takacs
You're welcome, Paul! That was a fantastic post!  
Helen: we get that comment so often. I think people look at the Aria chair and see it as beautiful but wonder whether it will really be comfortable. Because it cradles the back so beautifully, it is actually one of our most comfortable chairs!l
Posted @ Friday, April 15, 2011 8:34 AM by Saxon Henry
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