Sam Maloof (1916-2009) was a self taught furniture maker and woodworker who worked and lived in Alta Loma, CA. He married his first wife, Alfreda Ward (d. 1998) in 1948 and together they founded the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in 1994.
He was known for his signature rocker and had been commissioned by Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. In 1985, he was awarded the MacArthur Foundation fellowship “genius grant,” making him the first craftsman to ever receive the honor. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts.
Sam Maloof’s legendary woodworking designs live on today. His distinctive furniture has been built by the three craftsmen who worked closely with the master woodworker for more than thirty years – Larry White, Mike Johnson and David Wade.
The trio employed the meticulous craftmanship, the unique woodworking techniques and finishes that were Sam Maloof’s hallmark. Sam Maloof Woodworker Inc. continues today under the watchful eye of Mike Johnson. Along with long-term business manager Ros Bock, they are proud to carry on Sam’s legacy by continuing to offer his signature designs to established clients and a new generation of fine woodworking connoisseurs.