Thos. Moser – Boston

I visited Boston last week. It is a great walkable city full of history and educational institutions. The “New England” style is everywhere.

Around the city everything looks very classy and I struggled to find any cutting edge design. It is part of its charm though, so I have no regrets at all.

My hotel was very close to Newbury Street, which has a mix of European shops (mainly British) and some international brands. I walked around that area a few times and couldn’t stop noticing a furniture shop in Arlington Street called Thos. Moser. The pieces in the window resembled a combination of classic Danish and Gaudi style. Very interesting.

So I stepped in and was greeted and shown around by Jackie Meuse (Assistant Territory Manager).  She explained that they are a family business specialised in handcrafted American furniture.

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The woods they use in the building of these pieces are mainly American cherry (from Pennsylvania) and black walnut. It is important to mention that they only use sustainable materials. Such level of craftsmanship doesn’t start with a drawing as you might think, but working in the workshop.

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These are some of my favourite pieces:

Newport chair is the 21st century edition of the simple yet sturdy Windsor chairs found in the Redwood library since 1764.
Newport chair is the 21st century edition of the simple yet sturdy Windsor chairs found in the Redwood library since 1764.
Astral Bench
Astral Bench
Eastward Arm Chair
Eastward Arm Chair
Ellipse
Ellipse

Amongst the furniture there are some eye-catching sculptures by David Moser:

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It was great learning about the process and effort put into these pieces, especially when we are used to mass produced furniture and globalisation has turned most houses into Ikea catalogues. 

Here is a curious fact: Thos. Moser Harpswell Arm Chairs in walnut, in place and ready for big ceremony welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the United States in April, 2008.

Thos. Moser Harpswell Arm Chairs in walnut, in place and ready for big ceremony welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the United States in April, 2008.
Harpswell Arm Chairs

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. annetbell says:

    Very interesting. . . . .

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