Sunday, October 28, 2012

My husband and I once wanted to buy a cedar breakfront cupboard/bookcase for books and glasses. Each time we went to the auctions the price had increased yet again.  We gave up and bought this old cupboard as a "make-do until we grow rich".
The wood is somewhat mismatched, although one end looks almost like oak.  It is very coarsely grained, and the whole piece looks rather crude and rough and almost home made.  Perhaps that is why I have never seen another like it.  Or, perhaps it was always such a cheap piece that others simply threw theirs out when they could afford better - when they grew rich..
But the hinges - there are four of them, are quite beautiful.  Over the years this has become one of my favourite pieces.
Simple and unpretentious.  Both ordinary and beautiful.
In this it reminds me of the youtube flash operas in malls and supermarkets. No stage to separate, no fabulous costumes, just very ordinary people with an astonishing streak of beauty in their voices.
This flash performance is actually an advertisement, so it is better produced than most.  If you have the few minutes to watch it, I feel sure that you will enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_popout&v=GBaHPND2QJg





4 comments:

Relatively Retiring said...

What lovely Arts and Crafts hinges. The Arts and Crafts Movement was created as a protest against mass-production, and to promote the beauty of hand-crafted furniture. If you're thinking of selling, bring it over here....you could not be more gracefully poised on the cutting edge of style. But I'm sure you love it too much to think of selling!

The Elephant's Child said...

Those hinges are a joy and a delight. Thank you for showing us.

I watched the flash mob with awe and much pleasure and yet, as I do each time, found I had tears in my eyes well before the finish. Thank you for two beautiful items in this post - and three if I count your prose (which I do).

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