A Chair That Shows How Tech and Craft Come Together

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By Aileen Kwun and Dwell
Woodworking techniques meet 21st-century production in a bicoastal collaboration.

Industry and craft may be uncommon bedfellows, but for designer Ben Klebba, a second-generation woodworker who runs his four-person workshop, Phloem Studio, out of Portland, Oregon, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. To produce the Portland Chair for Thos. Moser last fall, Klebba bridged the gap with the Auburn, Maine–based company’s "mind-blowing" facilities. The handcrafted, Shaker-influenced design carries Klebba’s signature exposed joinery—as well as tapered elliptical legs, a subtle and tricky detail greatly facilitated by a five-axis CNC mill. "Craft is a verb, a way to realize," muses Adam Rogers, director of design and product development at Thos. Moser. "Technology just helps those ideas get better." 

A Chair That Shows How Tech and Craft Come Together - Photo 1 of 4 - Eight simple components assembled by traditional joinery make up the Portland chair, so-called for the city name shared by Oregon and Maine, where Phloem Studio and Thos. Moser’s headquarters are respectively based. 

Eight simple components assembled by traditional joinery make up the Portland chair, so-called for the city name shared by Oregon and Maine, where Phloem Studio and Thos. Moser’s headquarters are respectively based. 


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