Tom Loeser uses his deep knowledge of the history of furniture to create pieces with a completely new narrative. He makes functional and dysfunctional objects, such as benches sitting on feet made of old shovels, folding chairs that double as wall art, and rocking chairs that are conjoined, forcing sitters to move closer to one another. Loeser's imaginative new forms challenge convention, invite play, and encourage engagement in a way that is irreverent, full of humor and brimming with possibility.
Most recently, Loeser was named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society. Loeser is the Head of the Wood/Furniture area of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin system. His Winter-Spring 2018 exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City entitled "Please, Please, Please" was curated by American Craft expert Glenn Adamson.