This recurring column looks at great moments in sit down design. The furniture in your crib is as important as the art on your walls and the clothes on your body, so hopefully this series helps you recognize awesomeness when you see it, whether that's while shopping at Design Within Reach or talking to your latest lady friend's gallery owner.
Named for its elongated crest rail, which mirrors the look of Longhorn Cattle, the Texas chair is perhaps the most famous creation of American master craftsmen Sam Maloof. A legend in studio craft furniture world—loosely defined as one off, handmade, sculptural furniture—Maloof never identified himself as an artist, always preferring the term "woodworker." People Magazine called Maloof, "The Hemingway of Hardwood," which indicates the awesome lyrical appeal of his furniture. Consider Maloof an introduction to the awesome possibilities of studio craft furniture… exactly where you want to be for ultra unique seating options. Also consider him an introduction to icons of American furniture design and making. The Texas Dining Chair resides in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.