CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2009 |
Sam Maloof, a designer and woodworker whose furniture was initially prized for its simplicity and practicality by Southern Californian homeowners in the 1950s and later valued for its beauty and timelessness by collectors, museum curators and U.S. presidents, has died. He was 93. Maloof died Thursday at his home in the Alta Loma section of Rancho Cucamonga, his longtime business manager Roz Bock confirmed. No further details were given.
HOME & GARDEN
August 30, 2008 |
SHIRLEY NYQUIST, the vivacious record-keeper of her husband's furniture-making business, pulls out a typewritten list from 1960 showing a walnut armchair with sculpted back and upholstered seat priced at $125. And today? That same chair would be $4,500. John Nyquist may not be a top name, but his made-to-order furnishings command top dollar. The Long Beach woodworker has hand-built his legacy among aficionados of midcentury design for almost 50 years. Look to the current vogue for solid wood tables and chairs from contemporary manufacturers such as Thos.
HOME & GARDEN
June 19, 2003
Regarding "An Eye and Heart for Detail" (June 5), a few years ago I read of a book signing by President Jimmy Carter and I rushed to the bookstore before he had to leave. I was the last person in line and took advantage of a brief pause and expressed to Mr. Carter that we had a mutual friend. When I mentioned Sam Maloof's name, Mr. Carter said, "Oh my goodness, he is one of my heroes!" John Balzar's article captured the warm feelings, the joy and the pride of ownership that many of us who know Sam have been fortunate enough to have experienced.
HOME & GARDEN
June 5, 2003 |
Fifty years ago, internationally acclaimed woodworker Sam Maloof cleared a piece of a citrus orchard north of what is now Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino County. Because money was scarce, he built an undistinguished, flat-roofed, 800-square-foot frame cottage, not unlike countless other crowded little starter houses that went up in tracts across Southern California after World War II.
November 24, 2002 |
If this is the age when anything is possible, isn't it peculiar how narrowly we define the bounds of success in pursuing it? Those who set the cultural trends are decidedly single-minded about the proper trajectory for "making it" just now: Parents must do anything they can -- apparently quite literally anything -- to get their children into the best nursery schools. If one's weight and age add up to 20, it's high time to get started. A day lost from the rat race is a day falling behind.
August 29, 2002 |
Two rocking chairs make it clear that Sam Maloof's world is shaped by his heart and his hands. The celebrated contemporary furniture designer made each--by hand--to honor two women who mean so much to him: Freda's Chair for his wife of 50 years until her death; Beverly's Chair for the woman who fell in love first with a walnut table then, a half-century later, married the man who made it. Maloof, whose sculptural wood furniture is so prized by collectors, museum directors and even U.S.