Sam Maloof Interview
How a home craftsman became one of the best there is
Read the full text from Fine Woodworking‘s 1980 interview with Sam Maloof, or become a member to download the original PDF.
Call to mind the do-it-yourself magazines of the late 1940s, offering plans for boxy Masonite built-ins, and you’ll sense the context in which Sam Maloof began designing and making furniture for a living. Picture too the invasion of the Danish Modern, the advent of the “clean, functional, but elegant line,” and you will have the context of Maloof’s first marketplace. But you will have a hard time tracing the influences on his work. For one thing, Maloof claims not to be conscious of any influence. He has had no formal training in either woodworking or furniture design. The subtle but steady refinement of his pieces began in a backyard workshop more than 30 years ago; they predate his first contact with the Danish furniture his work seems in touch…