AUBURN, ME — The Harpswell Chair, designed by Thos. Moser, manufacturer of handcrafted American furniture, was featured at the George W. Bush Library and Museum, located in Dallas, TX, on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Crafted from American black cherry harvested from the Allegheny forest in Pennsylvania, the Harpswell Chair features a back crest that is carved from a single piece of cherry to reveal a grain pattern that is unique to each piece, and can be specified with or without arms or an upholstered back.

Designed by Moser in 1990, the chair (used at the White House for a visit with Pope Benedict XVI in 2008) resides in the Periodical Library, along with custom reading tables also crafted by the company. President Barack Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sat on these chairs during the opening dedication of the center.

“It is an honor that my family-owned company was selected to build beautiful, sustainable pieces for the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” said Aaron Moser, director of Contract for Thos. Moser. “From the beginning our furniture has been designed to marry art with function and certainly the Harpswell Chair is reminiscent of that aesthetic, so it’s fitting that it is now an enduring part of the Presidential Center.”

In addition to the Harpswell Chairs, Thos. Moser was also commissioned to design and build custom furniture for the National Archives portion of the Center. Moser provided a custom proctor’s desk, conference tables, research desks and credenzas, all made from American black cherry. Large conference tables and credenzas were crafted for the conference rooms in the George W. Bush Foundation portion of the Center. For visitors utilizing the Center’s public spaces, Thos. Moser provided 16-foot custom benches outside an auditorium and several conference tables.

Kittinger Furniture Co., located in Buffalo, NY, also replicated Oval Office chairs and tables for the new center.

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