Thos. Moser provides chairs for Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia

We also designed and created a custom brace for the original lectern used by Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address and will be used by Pope Francis for his remarks at Independence Hall
World Meeting of Families (WMOF) has organized Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States in September, including a stop at Independence Hall on Saturday, September 26 where the Pope as well as four Cardinals will be seated in Thos. Moser Catena Arm Chairs with custom cushions. The Pope will also stand behind Abraham Lincolnís Gettysburg Address lectern, reinforced by bracing made at the Thos. Moser workshop, during his speech at the Hall. On Sunday, September 27, Pope Francis will say goodbye from a Harpswell Arm Chair with Back during his departure ceremony at the airport. Watch the story on Portland's WCSH6 (and scroll down for more media coverage):

The Pope will arrive on September 22, after a stop in Cuba, and will begin his US tour at the White House before heading to New York and then Independence Hall in Philadelphia on September 26. The Catena Arm Chairs were chosen as seating for the Pope and Cardinals because they reflect the simplicity and colonial Windsor-style of the original chairs used at historic events at Independence Hall. The Catena Chair's hand-shaped crest at each corner along with a heart on the seat created by Thos. Moser craftsmen resonate with WMOFís 2015 theme of "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive." In addition, with comfortable seats and wider flat arms, the Catena Chairs, which are made from black cherry harvested from forests in Pennsylvania, reflect American heritage and sustainability, while the custom, removable white and blue cushions resemble the American flag.
Pope Francis will also give a speech at Independence Hall from the lectern used by Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address. Thos. Moserís President and Founder Tom Moser was asked in July to inspect this lectern, which resides in the Union League of Philadelphia, to ensure its stability and safety during the Popeís talk. Due to the original lectern's frail and top-heavy design, Moser built a replica lectern to test a simple steel and cherry wood brace that will be used to stabilize the Lincoln lectern during the Pope's speech. This brace will buttress the original Pennsylvania black walnut stand with little to no contact while providing a place for wiring, hands, and a glass of water.
Moser, a former college professor with a doctorate in rhetoric and public speaking, says the use of the Lincoln lectern during this historic event is "astounding," especially since the podium was used for the Gettysburg Address, which he would argue was "the most important speech spoken on US soil."
Tom Moser measuring the original Lincoln lectern (left), Warren Shaw crafting the replica (center), The replica and stand (right)
Thos. Moser will also provide two Harpswell Arm Chairs with Back for the departure ceremony on September 27. One has the logo of World Meeting of Families on the back cushion which will be used by Pope Francis, and the other will be used by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. The White House previously commissioned Harpswell Chairs for a ceremony welcoming Pope Benedict in 2008. The Pope and President Bush sat in the chairs, which are now on display at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum where custom Thos. Moser benches, tables and desks are also installed. Additionally, all former presidents and first ladies sat in Harpswell Chairs during the libraryís grand opening in 2013.
"We're honored to be asked to not only craft chairs for the Pope's first visit to the US for both his speech at Independence Hall and his departure ceremony, but also to inspect Abraham Lincolnís lectern to ensure the Popeís safety during its use," Moser said. "To be a small part of this historic occasion is a privilege for the entire Thos. Moser team."
Custom Catena Chair (left), Larry Mosqueda applying the custom upholstery (center), Custom Harpswell Chair (right)
Thos. Moser craftsmen and women involved include Seth Chessie and Maddie Rado making the five Catena Chairs and custom cushion sets and Paul Mathieu and Larry Mosqueda crafting the Harpswell Chair frame/woodworking and upholstery. Tom Moser designed the Lincoln lectern brace, while Mike Morin constructed the bracingís metalwork and Warren Shaw and Christine Bedard constructed and finished the lectern replica, which is being used to test the function and stability of the Lincoln lectern bracing.
"The natural elegance that defines the furniture made by Thos. Moser is what drove our selection of the company to design and craft the Papal Chairs for Pope Francisí remarks at Independence Hall," said WMOF Executive Director Donna Farrell. "In such an extraordinary setting, it was important that the chair selected for the Holy Father reflect the humility and simplicity by which he leads. We are delighted to have Thos. Moser contribute its legacy expertise to such a historic moment." Expected to draw more than one million people from around the globe, portions of this WMOF interfaith event will be televised worldwide.
About World Meetings of Families Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.
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Thos. Moser Introduces Task Chair at NeoCon

Alongside classics like the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm ChairTM, Thos. Moser is proud to present the Cooper chair, the first chair in the Thos. Moser portfolio created specifically as an office chair. Designed by award winning industrial designer, Brian Kane of Kane Design San Francisco, the Cooper chair will take the company into an exciting new realm in the contract marketplace.
Thos. Moser and Brian Kane partnered to create an office chair that is functional and beautiful with the highest quality craftsmanship. The chair’s shell is the sum of individual steam-bent and shaped solid wood members coopered and joined to become a single form. This unique process employs both hi-tech computerized machining and time-tested skilled handwork; a combination that is a testament to the commitment to the object itself.
“We are happy to be unveiling Cooper at NeoCon,” says Adam Rogers, Director of Design and Product Development at Thos. Moser. “Brian Kane is an accomplished and respected designer with tremendous experience in the contract market. As such, he brings a new and invaluable perspective to Thos. Moser. His respect for our commitment to craft through design is evident in this chair. We are confident that Cooper is a solid representation of how craft and design can be united for the sake of quality, regardless of market or scale of the project.”
Appropriate for a variety of environments, from workstations to conference rooms to home offices, Cooper’s comfort and flexibility through configuration will accommodate the user’s intentions. The high-grade aniline leather upholstered foam cushions are supported by an ergonomic solid wood shell which makes the chair ideal for both short meetings and long days at the computer. In addition to its sturdy, hand-crafted shell, Cooper is available in both high back and low back, with or without arms and a five star base with castors or stationary feet. Of special note, each shell is handmade by a skilled craftsman at the Thos. Moser workshop in Maine assembling and signing each chair as a seal of quality.
Simple in form but ambitious in construction and detailing, Cooper embodies the modern craft aesthetic for which Thos. Moser is known. Cooper is made with solid American hardwoods that are all sustainably harvested from North American forests utilizing the industry’s strictest practices.

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Fahmida Chair

The Fahmida Chair celebrates contemporary design, the natural beauty of wood, and traditional joinery techniques that are a hallmark of all Thos. Moser furniture. It is the product of the first Emerging Designer Program by Thos. Moser, in collaboration with Dwell magazine and City Modern New York. 

Fahmida Lam, a residential furniture and accessories designer from Brooklyn who graduated from Pratt Institute, was selected to take part in a week-long experiential apprenticeship with Thos. Moser Director of Design, Adam Rogers. The result was the prototype for the chair you see here, which was launched to the public at Dwell on Design 2014. Shortly thereafter, the Fahmida Chair was named a Best of Year Honoree for 2014 by Interior Design.

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Pacific Chair

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.


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