About

Mission of the Foundation

 

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is organized as, a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation.  The mission of which is to perpetuate excellence in craftsmanship, encourage artists and make available to the public the treasure house the Maloofs lovingly created.

The Mission of SAMFAC is to honor and further the legacy of

Sam and Alfreda Maloof.

 

The Foundation pursues the promise inherent in this legacy as it:

  • Inspires woodworkers, artists, craftspeople, collectors, and others

  • Maintains and grows the principal archive of the lives, work and collections of the Maloofs

  • Celebrates the Maloofs’ creative spirit, love of woodworking, artistic expression and collecting

  • Produces educational tours, exhibits and programs

  • Stewards the historic compound in Rancho Cucamonga, California

  • Partners with like-minded organizations and individuals

 

Sam and Alfreda Maloof
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sam Maloof is acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than half a century until his death in 2009.

 

Maloof’s work was the subject of a prestigious retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in 2001 and is part of their permanent collection. His furniture is in some of the most important private collections in the nation and the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Art, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other fine museums. In 1985 he was named a MacArthur Fellow and later received honorary doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design and other institutions of higher learning.

 

For curriculum vitae click here.

 

Alfreda Maloof, an artist, teacher and former Director of Arts and Crafts at the Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1938-1941, met and married Sam Maloof while completing her MFA at Scripps College. She inspired Sam in his work and managed the Maloof woodworking business until her death in 1998.

 

Central to Sam’s work and life is the sprawling hand-built residence and adjoining woodshop. Nestled in a lemon grove near the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California, the residence is filled with Maloof furniture and one of America’s outstanding arts and crafts collections.

History of the Maloof Foundation
 

In 1990, the Maloof residence and woodshop were deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. With the long-planned 210 Freeway extension set to cut through the Maloof site, negotiations began to save the buildings by moving them to a nearby location. The original location was a working lemon grove and the new six-acre site was chosen partly for the existing lemon trees that recall the original environment and complement the new landscaping.

 

Today the relocated residence is open as a living museum. Once again, each room is filled with treasures that give this unique home its spirit. The woodshops were moved to the new site, as were many of the trees from the former Maloof property. The landscaping consists of a natural garden of water-wise California native plants and compatible plants from other Mediterranean climate zones around the world. Benches, sculpture, and picnic areas offer spaces for visitors’ quiet reflection and relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, established in 1994, is committed to creating a pre-eminent center that preserves the Maloof’s legacy and fosters the arts and crafts movement. The work of the Foundation recognizes the ever increasing role of the crafts in our world of machine-made products – the reconnecting of human values with natural forms and materials.

 

A principal responsibility of the Foundation is protection and conservation of the art, furnishings, structures and grounds entrusted to it. The residence itself is one of the most treasured parts of the collection, reflecting the living spirit of the arts and crafts movement throughout. The Foundation also makes the Maloof Center available to the public, artists and researchers and is developing a variety of programs, including visiting craftsmen, workshops, and arts and crafts exhibits. The Jacobs Education Center provides gallery and meeting space.

 

After the move, Sam continued to create furniture at the new site and to add to his fine art collection that encompasses work from all media, including many renowned artists such as Maria Martinez, Millard Sheets, Harrison McIntosh, Paul Soldner, Kay Sekimachi, and Bob Stocksdale.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"I enjoy coming to the Maloof house - and often bring friends and family there. The place is wonderful, the house and grounds - the gift store - everything is a true delight. The staff is always very nice. Thanks for being there to all."  - Melissa 

 

"Excellent presentation superior cultural-historical-artistic resource.." - Jane

 

“This is a very special place, dedicated to one of the great woodworkers of our time. ... It is visually stunning and at the same time presents a flow and feel of relaxation. I think you must see it some time. Put it on your bucket list! Special place to visit.”  -H. G. Smith

 

" What a genius Mr. Maloof was. I feel honored to have experienced this tour." - Liz

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is a member of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Preservation.  HAHS is a coaltion of 30 museums that were homes and working studios of American artists. Come, witness creativity!

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The Maloof is a Smoke Free Facility.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere

on the property or in the parking lots.


                 

 

 

 

 

 

How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Tobacco product means “a product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption [including] an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah…”
Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22950.5(d)(1) (2019)Cal. Health & Safety Code § 104495(8)(A) (2019)

Maloof Service Animal Policy

The Maloof welcomes all visitors, including those assisted by a service animal. Visitors with a registered service animal are permitted in all publicly accessible areas.

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Maloof recognizes only dogs as Service Animals. These animals are specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animal at all times, and are required to keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.

 

Emotional support animals are not recognized as service animals under the ADA; we apologize for the inconvenience, however, The Maloof is unable to accommodate them. 

CONTACT US

Public Days & Hours:

Thursdays and Saturdays: 12 - 4PM

Gates open at 11:45am

 

For Tours: 

Thursdays: 12:00,1:00, & 2:00PM

Saturday Hours: 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, & 2:00 PM

                              (2:30PM Seasonal)

 

 

 

 

For availability and reservation, 

click book now above.

Reservations are strongly recommended.

 

Gardens & Galleries:

Open at no charge:

Thursdays & Saturdays 12-4 PM

 

General Information:

Phone 909.980.0412
Email: info@malooffoundation.org

Address: 5131 Carnelian St.

Alta Loma, CA 91701

(use Rancho Cucamonga for GPS)

 

Foundation Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM
 

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation Offices will be closed on the following holidays :

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving 

Christmas Eve

Christmas

New Year's Eve

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