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Tom Moser makes the New England Design Hall of Fame

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Tom Moser, founder and designer of furniture company Thos. Moser, has been inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in the Specialty Design category.

"I never thought of myself as a designer, but rather as a builder working closely with form," Moser said. "The funny thing is that I learned my woodworking technology from people who preceded me by hundreds of years, doing restoration and repair work."

Moser was a college professor in the 60s, but spent the next 40 years following his impulse to build with his hands, which led to the creation of the Maine-based, all-American-made company.

"I never set out to create a business," he said. "I set out to recapture some of the values we lost 100 years earlier. My early designs were based on antecedent forms — they were within the aesthetic forms. A couple years into it I realized if I were going to make a success, I couldn’t just sell and celebrate other designers forever. The model I used for this was George Nakashima, Japanese furniture maker, who imposed the Japanese aesthetic on an 18th-century American form (Windsor chair). If he could bring the Windsor chair to Japan, I could bring the Windsor to the 20th century. That was the impetus of my design. It was time to build a brand, rather than sell a service, and that is how it all started."

The Hall of Fame specializes in residential design in New England, largely honoring architects, interior designers and landscape architects with notable careers.

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NAR names officers for 2014

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced its officers for 2014 at the 2013 Realtors Conference and Expo, with Steve Brown at the helm as the association’s president for next year.

Brown is a Realtor from Dayton, Ohio, touting more than 30 years of industry experience. He is the co-owner of Irongate Realtors and has held various NAR leadership positions since 2005, including the role of president-elect in 2013 and first VP in 2012.

Filling Brown’s seat as president-elect will be Chris Polychron, who has 25 years of experience as a Realtor and hails from Hot Springs, Ark. He has served on the NAR’s board of directors since 2002.

Thomas Salomone from Coral Springs, Fla., has been appointed first VP. With 38 years of experience under his belt, Salomone is the broker/owner of Real Estate II and serves on the NAR’s Executive Committee.

Other appointments include Michael McGrew as treasurer, Beth Peerce and JoAnne Poole as NAR VPs. 

For the full list of appointments, including regional VPs, click here.

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Nantucket Distributing recalls outdoor fireplaces

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Nantucket Distributing is recalling its Clay Bowl Outdoor Fireplaces after receiving three reports that pieces of the exterior clay bowl blew off when heated.

Though no injuries resulted, the flying pieces have the potential to create impact and burn hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging customers to discontinue use immediately and return it for a full refund.

The recall affects approximately 1,200 units of the clay and steel fireplace, which features a black metal bowl nested in a clay bowl, which sits in a steel bowl frame. The model number, which is located on the color label on the box, is CTFB215.

The product was sold at the Christmas Tree Shops and And That! stores from July 2013 through October 2013, and sold for about $70.

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