The Furniture of Sam Maloof by Jeremy Adamson, softcover
The Renwick Gallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art, one of the finest and most extensive collections of its kind. On Sept. 14, 2001 they opened the first retrospective show of Sam Maloof’s furniture with over 60 pieces illustrating the evolution of his craft from the earliest 1950’s Danish Modern inspired pieces to the instantly recognizable iconic pieces that came to represent his work. Jeremy Adamson was tasked with creating a companion volume which follows Sam’s life from birth and the evolution of Sam’s work from the 1950’s to 2001, which he does clearly and lovingly. In addition, he also records and pays tribute to Sam’s significant contributions in the crafts movement in post-war America, particularly with the American Craft Council. With over 200 illustrations by Jonathan Pollock (many in color) and insightful text, Jeremy Adamson brings Sam's passion and consummate artistic talent to the page in this book that will delight wood-workers and art lovers alike. This is the definitive book on Sam’s life and work from birth to the move to the current location.