It is more than obvious when a design has enthusiasm and passion as the main ingredients. Sure there are some great furniture designs that are quite simple and that in its self is what makes them appealing, but even the modern minimalist can appreciate old world tradition. Sam Maloof, one of Americas’ premier contemporary furniture craftsmen is with out a doubt passionate about his wood working and very humble despite his numerous awards and notoriety. His works are meticulously made by hand and can be found at the Smithsonian and the White House. Sam says “There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it”. Although his work has a sculptural quality he does not see himself as an artist, simply a woodworker. His rocking chair shown here will cost you about $18,000, get in line there is a long waiting list.