I am a designer/builder in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I heard about Sam Maloof years ago, before I even thought of making furniture. In fact my business began as an experiment, if you will. My need for a coffee table took me on a search to every furniture store in town, even thrift shops. I found nothing, which led me to making something myself. I’ve always been into working with my hands so the idea of coming up with my own creation was exciting, plus the fact that designing has been a love of mine since I can remember.
I bought 2 sheets of 4’X4’ plywood, some all thread, steel tubing and connectors…presto, I had me a nice little coffee table! I even planted a rectangular piece of stainless steel into the top because I was a dumpster diver at various recycling yards and had some nice pieces of metal.
Fast forward 6 years. I kept making pieces, got a business license and made some sales. Sam Maloof stayed in my head. His life, craft and outlook stuck with me. I wanted to learn his joint and inject it into my own designs. This is my latest chair design…a nice, simple low-back chair. I spent the winter of 2012-13 making prototypes (6 total) before resting with this one. It looks great and the sit is marvelous. I think my favorite is the Baltic birch plywood, although I do walnut, cherry, mahogany…. Thank you, Sam Maloof!