Photography courtesy of Thos. Moser
By Thos. Moser
The centuries-old art of barrel-making—
called coopering, which
employs the technique
of manipulating staves
or individual pieces of
the inspiration for Thos.
Moser’s Cooper Chair.
Designed by Brian
Kane, the name Cooper
is also reminiscent of
connection to Napa, his
second home, and its
many vineyards. Here’s
how it all breaks down:
of a kind; this is Thos. Moser’s first foray into
this type of chair, part of its contract division
for commercial use as well as home-office
installation. It’s true to Thos. Moser’s dedication
to all things functional with formal simplicity,
characteristic elimination of ornamentation, and
emphasis on craftsmanship.
solid American hardwoods (walnut and cherry)
are the primary materials used to craft the
Cooper Chair. It can be made from other
woods, including ash and maple, upon request.
star base, with four legs either wheeled or
with glides, support the chair. This multi-
functional swivel design fits both the desk and
axis CNC machine achieves the geometry
of the individual parts of the Cooper Chair,
ultimately joined to form the shell of
the chair. The result is both high- and low-tech,
traditional and modern, and very Moser.
Thos. Moser showrooms across the U.S.
sell the chair: Boston, New York City,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.,
and Freeport, Maine.
dimensions (in inches of height,
width, and depth respectively)
of the low-back offering.
dimensions of the high-back option.
years of handcrafting
square feet of Thos. Moser standard leather is
needed to cover the seat of the Cooper Chair.
design awards have been won by industrial
designer Brian Kane of Kane Design Studio SF.
He has exhibited at the Whitney and Brooklyn
Museums in NYC, and SF MOMA.