Sam Maloof, the son of Lebanese immigrants, was born in Chino, Calif., and served in the U.S. Army during World  War II. He returned to Southern California  after leaving the army in 1945, and married Alfreda Ward in 1948. Maloof began out of necessity building furniture for their house from salvaged materials. Read more »

Sam Maloof, 1916-2009

Sam Maloof with one of his amazing rocking chairs... His rocking chairs are in the White House and the Smithsonian...

Sam Maloof working on one of his signature rocking chairs. The celebrated furniture maker died on May 21 at his home near Los Angeles.

Sam Maloof

Spend a day with America?s quintessential chairmaker and learn a few tricks along the way.