Sam Maloof

Just In: A Maloof Cradle

September 16, 2020

Legendary for his exquisite design and craftsmanship, Southern California woodworker Sam Maloof completed his first-ever cradle in 1966. A firm believer in the entanglements of life and craft, Maloof made this first “cradle-hutch” to maximize the small space where his family was living. In the mid-1970s, Maloof introduced his free-standing swinging cradle, which proved to be a more popular design than the hutch…

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Just In: Sam Maloof Rocking Chair

July 7, 2020

A true craftsman in every sense of the word, Sam Maloof created furniture with a soul. His pieces straddle function and beauty, always bearing the intrinsic quality of the human touch. Maloof’s 1973 rocking chair, featured in our upcoming July 30-August 9 Modern Art & Design Timed Online Only Auction, is no exception.

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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

March 9, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sometimes, during the fast-paced excitement of our auctions, a handful of outstanding pieces get unjustly overlooked. Here I would like to highlight four such works – created by some of this country’s leading artists and designers – before they get snapped up. These lots are now for sale at a set price, so no bidding is required.

Sam Maloof: Master Woodworker

February 9, 2017
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sam Maloof’s enduring creations stand out as some of the most elegant furniture designs of the 20th century. As his studio gained more commissions, Maloof had the opportunity to work with more expensive woods, resulting in increasingly luxurious designs. These versatile rosewood pieces were created especially for the of ce of Frank Wyle, founder and president of Wyle Labs, and were in use until Mr. Wyle’s passing.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Sam Maloof

October 1, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to announce the auction of a group of three designs by celebrated woodworker Sam Maloof (1916 – 2009) on October 9, 2016. Self-taught, Maloof first began working with wood as a child and excelled in his craft from an early age. The pieces for auction include a desk, armchair and one of Maloof’s iconic rocking chairs, all created between 1991 – 1992. Carved from comfortable, hard-wearing walnut, the chairs are embody the elegant simplicity of Maloof’s designs, which place function first. Maloof’s attention to detail was legendary and rather than employing hundreds of technicians, he had a hand in every object that left his workshop. Each of these remarkable pieces bear the hallmarks of Maloof’s classic aesthetic.

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

February 25, 2016


On Sunday, LAMA established new world auction prices for the work of artists Mary Corse, Fred Eversley, James Gill, and Joe Brainard, as well as the architect and designer John Lautner. That day, our company also reached a new top sales mark when Richard Prince’s 1988 painting Bedtime Story sold for $1.58 million. For all the fanfare, there are a few incredible pieces left that might have missed your attention. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, describes four impressive fine art and design examples you don’t want to miss out on!

May 17 Auction Recap: Three World Records!

May 20, 2015

Lot 167 Alexander Calder Quatre Blancs 1976

The house was buzzing at the May 17 auction when Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) realized prices identical to New York auction house results for similar works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. The top lot was an impressive standing mobile by Alexander Calder that brought $826,250. Additionally, LAMA broke three world auction records for California artists (previously set by LAMA), proving it is the maker of markets as made evident with total auction sales for Sunday’s auction realizing $3 million, selling 119% of the 310 lots by value.

“We are continuing to show the marketplace that sellers no longer have to ship their modern art to New York to get the highest price,” states Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA. “Whether it’s $1,000 or $1,000,000, sellers can get the same price in Los Angeles.”

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks: Top 4 Unsold Investment Lots

October 17, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Fine Art & Design, picks his top four unsold investment pieces that are ready, waiting, and available for purchase, including work by Joe Goode, Dave Muller, Sam Maloof, and Roy McMakin. Better than money in the bank, these four pieces will definitely go up in value.