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Fans of furnituremaker Sam Maloof won't want to miss a new exhibit in southern California.
Now through January 30, Fine Woodworking readers in southern California are in for a real treat. San Marino’s Huntington Library is currently exhibiting “The House That Sam Built,” a gathering of 35 works by legendary woodworker Sam Maloof.
Of course, for any of us “mere mortals,” 35 pieces of furniture might seem like a sizable collection, worthy of praise. For Sam Maloof, it was a mere drop in the bucket. So prolific was the father of the modern rocker, that at the time of his death in 2009, he still had a six year backlog of orders. Pretty lofty ambitions considering that Maloof passed away at the age of 93!
For an extensive overview of the exhibit, be sure to visit the Wall Street Journal. If Jeremy Hildreth’s review in the paper’s Arts & Entertainment section doesn’t quite quench your thirst for all-things-Maloof, Fine Woodworking’s array of Maloof retrospectives might just do the trick.
Maloof's shop in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
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My wife and I spent the afternoon at the Huntington today, the last day of the exhibit. It was a kick that they had one of his chairs that you could sit in. Very comfortable.
I wonder what Sam would think to see a bunch of his chair patterns hanging on the wall in a museum?
The Huntington also has a Green & Green exhibit, including a large collection of furnishings from the Gamble house. They also have a Maloof rocker on permanent display.
Here's some pictures that I took that show most of the collection: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyoTuAP
I went to the exibit while visiting friends in Pasadena over the New Year holidays.
Very impressive.. My bucket list Number 1 is a Maloog rocker.
My friends, not woodworkers, and had never heard of Maloof were also very impressed....
I attended a weekend seminar with Sam about 20 years ago at UC Berkeley and still have fond memories of this incredible man. I went home and promptly made one of his table designs and have been using parts of his design concepts for the past two decades. The thing I was most astonished with is Sam's ambition and his work ethic. The world has been a better place with people like Sam Maloof!
If you are traveling a long distance to the area for this, you may also want to check out Sam Maloof's house/museum which is about an hour away from the Huntington Library:
Closer to the Huntington Library in Pasadena is the Gable House, which also offers tours, designed by architects Greene & Greene:
The real treat of the exhibit is the "hands on" room, where you are encouraged to touch everything, including his sculpted arm templates and different stages of shaped pieces of walnut. Also, you get to sit in the amazing Fiddleback Maple chair, which is an incredible experience!
I am an avid woodworker for the last 40 years.I lived in SoCal from 1982 to 2003, and I never once visited the Gamble House OR Sam Maloof's shop/home. I regret that terrible, as I now live in Florida. You cannot get much further than that.
This exhibition is hardly breaking news. It has been open since September 2011 and is over at the end of this month (Jan. 2012). FWW editors could have informed its readership in a more timely fashion of this exhibition. Don't you folks get press releases or do regular web searches for things like this?
Next weekend my wife and I will be joining another couple and driving over 100 miles just to visit the Sam Maloof exhibition at the Huntington Museum. We have been planning this since early December and the women are looking forward to this exploration as much as the men. Something about the fluid curves and the subtle beauty of his pieces appeals to both genders. A few years ago in San Diego's Balboa Park, my wife and I were browsing and admiring the architecture of the beautiful buildings. We turned a corner and discovered an exhibit of Maloof furniture that was on loan from various local owners. There was a music stand, a love seat, dining tables, and of course, rocking chairs. We spent a couple memorable hours in that small exhibit and I felt like we had just won the lottery, and we didn't have a camera! Next week, we will at the door of the museum when it opens and I just bought an extra battery for my new camera.
My wife and I just took our honeymoon in San Diego. While there she surprised me with a trip to Sam Maloof's house and shop. The tour was great. We were encouraged to touch much of the furniture in the house. The spiral staircase was incredible. Larry White gave us a tour of the shop and showed us chairs in different stages of production. The next day we went to the Huntington to see the display. The chair was very comfortable. We also spent three hours that same day by ourselves on a private tour of the Gamble House with Jon Hamm.
I visited the exhibit last October during the Pasadena Heritage's Craftsman Weekend and, have to say, it was the highlight of my trip. I must have spent a good hour or more viewing all of the pieces on display and, of course, sitting in one of his chairs. I strongly recommend the exhibit to anyone who happens to be in the area. You won't be disappointed.
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