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Best Purveyor of Local Crafts 

FiveTen Studio

Custom-designed audio components made from recycled or scavenged furniture hardwoods may sound pretty esoteric and out of step with truth-to-materials industrial design principles, but the high-end turntables and other components made by Audiowood's Joel Scilley, on display at Alfonso Dominguez's and Sean Matthews' FiveTen Studio, a gallery/store dedicated to the work of local designers, may stimulate a certain techno-lust in the savage male breast that is not normally fixated on LP paraphernalia. You have been forewarned. The organic forms of redwood burl juxtapose nicely with the polished components of walnut, oak, ebony, ziricote, pecan, brass, and copper — and the tonearms and platters by Rega, Origin Live, or Teres and speakers by Audioengine. The exposed mechanicals become part of the "performance art" furniture-sculpture — artifacts that "sound great, that work well, and that enhance musical experiences with their absolutely unique character," to quote Scilley. Also on display: artists' books and limited-edition furniture.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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