During this week’s installment of California Design Road Trip, I managed to swing by the Huntington Museum near Pasadena and take in the Sam Maloof show “The House that Sam Built”. It did not disappoint in the least.
The show featured pieces from throughout Sam’s career alongside works that Sam and Alfeda Maloof collected from their artist friends in the Pomona area. It was a great idea for a show and gave context for both the furniture and the art that enhanced the experience of seeing it.
One of the super nice docents said that if Sam had been at the show that he would have been going nuts, since people weren’t allowed to touch the furniture. He wanted people to be able to feel it and appreciate it by touching it as well as by looking at it. Luckily they had a Maloof lounge chair made of maple and ebony from 1984 that was available for people to sit in. I gave it a whirl and it was hard to imagine a more comfortable chair. Amazing!
That was a great show. OK, now we need to go take a tour of his house.