Posts Tagged ‘wood’

Koda Studios

September 15, 2019

Koda is one of two excellent shops in Paragon Arcade, the other Two Gingers.

The furniture in Koda from beautifully crafted from large blocks of wood.

I would suggest add Drift and a Japanese syphon on show and of course V60. On the walls frame art from from local artists.

I was reminded of 101 Coffee Espresso Bar in Jericho in Oxford and Makushsi half way up Steep Hill in Lincoln where they have tables from large pieces of wood.

Strange though how creative people can be so clueless on use of social media. Links to Instagram on twitter no pictures, businesses card mentions social media but no account shown.

We need to fill our world with fewer but better designed things, that last, that are pleasing to the eye and to the touch, style over fashion. And if we are ethical, not only not post what we do on Instagram, but not encourage others to use Instagram.

Out of Our Woods

October 9, 2012


I was in Godalming for lunch at Café Mila. I had a feeling Out of Our Woods would be on exhibition at Godalming Museum. I looked, I was correct, a board outside said Music Today.

A change of plan, music, then lunch at Café Mila.

No music. The board was for Saturday just gone.

I had lunch at Café Mila, then returned mid-afternoon.

An interesting exhibition, a mix of tables and chairs, cabinets and musical instruments but very badly presented.

The table, a lovely large wooden table, had a notice not to put cups on it. Hmm, is that not what a table is for? The table was badly designed, instead of a smooth surface, it had large grooves, joints between the different woods, ideal for food and dirt to lodge in and a pain to keep clean.

The musical instruments were half finished and not stringed. This would have been ok if in various stages of construction, but not a single unfinished instrument.

A volunteer and myself spent some time trying to work out how a bowed psaltery was stringed.

A bowed psaltery is a strange flat pyramid structure, with acute corners (stringed instruments usually have curves, eg guitar, violin, cello). Bowed refers to being played with a bow, not the instrument being bowed. There was no bow, nor any indication of how it was played. 24 strings, silvered steel, played one note at a time.

Out of Our Woods is also an album. A pity not on bandcamp, and sadly not well recorded.

Wood is made to be handled, to be appreciated. Why hide behind glass?

The pieces on display were well made, clearly made by a skilled craftsman who loves working with wood, all the more the pity the exhibition was so poorly put together.

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