The furniture of midcentury craftsman Sam Maloof (1916-2009) and the art made by 35 members of his circle of friends are explored in a groundbreaking exhibition at The Huntington. “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” includes commentary by seven artists including Sam Maloof and six of his contemporaries.
Narration provided by Hal Nelson, Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Huntington.
Sam Maloof was recorded by Peter Kirby circa 1995. Betty Davenport Ford was recorded by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in February, 2011. All other audio was recorded by Alison Glazier for The Huntington in 2011.
"I'm a Woodworker"
Sam Maloof explains his background as a graphic designer and what influenced him to begin exploring his craft. Interview audio courtesy Peter Kirby; recorded circa 1995.
"My Approach to Design"
Sam Maloof talks about his approach to design and the nuances of his technique. Interview audio courtesy Peter Kirby; recorded circa 1995.
"She's Sustained Me"
Sam Maloof talks about meeting his wife, Alfreda Ward, and her influence. Interview audio courtesy Peter Kirby; recorded circa 1995.
"Nothing is New"
Sam Maloof remembers thinking he had conceived a new design only to realize it had been done before. Audio courtesy Peter Kirby; recorded circa 1995.
Sam Maloof explains the benefit of sharing knowledge with others and discovering cultures. Audio courtesy Peter Kirby; recorded circa 1995.
James Hueter, Harrison McIntosh, and Aldo Casanova share memories of Sam Maloof.