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.