Maloof, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 93, was arguably America’s number one wood craftsman. His distinctive designs blended traditional and modern styles in functional furniture. Fans of his signature piece, the rocking chair, include former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and soul man Ray Charles. His work is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He was the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship.
Sam’s painstaking passion for organically modern furniture is described by author/photographer of Maloof Beyond 90 - An American Woodworker by Gene Sasse, “Sam approached each project with more than just an exacting eye for design and detail. Wood was carefully selected. Cut, honed, polished and joined together; ultimately the pieces of once living trees are resurrected to a new life as functional objects of the highest artistic merit.” Carrying on his tradition is Sam’s long time employee, Mike Johnson. Mike with the help of his son, Stephen, work in Sam’s original workshop, using the original patterns Sam created, and build exquisite furniture from wood Sam hand selected.