For the Moser Contract team, the story of the Pacific Chair is a familiar one. The project came to life during our conversations with a prospective installation client. Faced with the need to update furniture in several library branches – with design aesthetics ranging from traditional to contemporary – the client envisioned a chair that would complement and augment the aesthetics of nearly any environment.
The gauntlet was thrown, and we went to work. Based on client input, we looked to traditional Japanese forms for design inspiration – pairing those influences with modern western lines to arrive at a simple, functional form that firmly embraced the Thos. Moser aesthetic. The Moser Contract team took the project from discussions to sketches before embarking on a series of prototype refinements. And at the end of two intensive weeks, the Pacific Chair was born: an elegantly simple, exceptionally durable piece well suited to continuous use, and versatile enough to enhance the design of any environment, without clamoring for the spotlight.
With the prospective client’s blessing, we’re now making the Pacific Chair available as a standard Moser Contract offering. Crafted in a wide variety of fine hardwoods, this new offering is available with either an upholstered or an unupholstered seat. Depending on the selected material, the Pacific Chair is available in several finishes, each designed to withstand the rigors of regular use.
While the Pacific Chair is the embodiment of a Thos. Moser piece in form, function and beauty – it tells an even more compelling story about our capabilities. As a small manufacturer, Thos. Moser has the unique ability to move quickly, addressing every step of the development process with efficiency and determination. But once our design and development team complete their work, we also have the capacity to meet production demands – moving seamlessly from inspiration to installation without losing sight of client demands and our own high standards.
Moser Contract introduced the Element Collection at Neocon 2013. The Element Desk and Credenza earned a silver award for Case Goods at the Contract Magazine Best of Neocon Awards, and can be seen at NeoCon East, Baltimore Convention Center, October 16th & 17th.
Designed by Adam Rogers, Element honors classic Thos. Moser principals of good design. The Moser devotion to modern design and quality craftsmanship including clean simple lines, discreet integration of functional components, utilization of traditional joinery techniques, and bringing out the essence of the wood, were core to Rogers’ approach.
“Relying on the basic elements of design such as point, line, and plane provide a foundation for the approach to these designs,” said Rogers. “My objective is to amplify subtlety, while celebrating the beauty of natural materials. Each piece must respect the honesty of the making process.”
The Element Collection is currently comprised of a desk/table, credenza/filing cabinet, coffee table, hall table, and bench. The award-winning credenza incorporates a fascia of solid surface material made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper. The Element Credenza may be specified as a free-standing credenza, filing cabinet, or return - attached to the table/desk.
The Element Desk/Table offers an elegant solution to wire management and power needs. The hidden front drawer easily slides forward to reveal cleverly concealed power and data ports integrated into the keyboard tray. A collapsible drawer front creates an ergonomic keyboard tray and a caddy, designed to comfortably hold mobile devices, is nested on the right side of the drawer. A hollowed track run, creating a virtually invisible wire chase on the back right desk leg, hides power cords from view. This multifunctional, elegantly styled piece is at home in virtually any workspace.
About the Designer
Prior to moving to Maine, Rogers worked in architecture on projects ranging from residential to university buildings. This experience combined with an MFA in furniture design and woodworking from Rochester Institute of Technology has given Rogers the tools to continue the Thos. Moser legacy.
AUBURN – Several students at St. Timothy's School have taken to diving under desks, chairs and other furniture at the girls boarding school in Stevenson, Md., just outside Baltimore. Now, the names of a dozen students from St. Timothy's who spent the past week at the shop are on a table that's destined for the school's new common building. On Thursday, the students completed a version of Thos. Moser's "customer-in-residence" program, in which buyers of the coveted furniture can spend a week working alongside those who craft it. It's not for safety.
Lehrman Moffa has been named our exclusive representative to the architectural and design communities of New Jersey, Delaware, the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island, and eastern Pennsylvania.
David Burrows, Ltd. has been named our exclusive representative to the architectural and design communities of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Earlier this year Architectural Design Services (ADS) was named as our exclusive representative to the architectural and design communities of the Southeast U.S.