Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker

Finished Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker by Fred Setterberg.  I received a copy for review.


Summary (from Goodreads):

One of the great masters of midcentury modernism in furniture Maloof pieces are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and other prominent museums.”

This is not the kind of book I generally read.  AT ALL.  But a friend recommended it, and then it showed up.  I figured I’d give it a chapter or two and do my best—and this book is absolutely fascinating.  Thirty-six people discuss Sam Maloof and his work, and it’s such an amazing tribute to Maloof.

I never really think of furniture as art, but look at the chairs on the cover.  It looks like it would be incredibly comfortable but it also looks like something that would make your home look better.

The chapters also showed who Sam Maloof was as a person, and he seems like a boss most of us would love to have.  He took his work seriously and demanded everyone around him do the same, but he also was willing to help people along and to see their ideas.

This is a completely different read and one that’s worth leaving your comfort zone for.


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