Por qué siempre amaré los discos de vinilo - Why I Will Always Love Vinyl Records

Ayer escuché de cabo a rabo el Abbey Road de Los Beatles. Y fue increíble. No me importó nada el atasco de hora punta, la lluvia a cántaros ni el hambre de la hora de comer. Fue algo parecido a cuando las 10 horas en avión se te hacen cortas porque vas viendo una película tras otra. Y no tienes prisa. Es un placer total. Los temas y la narración entre canción y canción de José Miguel López desde su Discópolis de Radio 3, fue un auténtico viaje de vuelta al formato álbum. 

Yesterday, I listened to Abbey Road by The Beatles from the beginning to the end. It was fantastic. I didn't mind the rush hour traffic, the rain or that it was lunch time. It was somewhat similar to being on a plane for 12 hours and not minding it because you're watching movies one after another. And you're not in a hurry. It's a total pleasure. The tracks and Jose Miguel Lopez's narration between songs from his radio program Discópolis de Radio 3, were a true journey back to the album format.

La portada del 'Abbey Road' era una foto sin título ni nombre del grupo. / The cover of 'Abbey Road' is a photo with no title or band name.

Y este placer de escuchar un álbum desde la primera canción hasta la última, sin saltártelas, te gusten unas más o menos, es una de las razones por las cuales empecé a coleccionar vinilos. Aquí, a diferencia del mp3, del modo aleatorio o del single, se trata de recorrer el camino completo. Estar pendiente de desplazar el pinganillo del gramófono cada vez que quieres pasar de canción no es tan práctico, así que te vuelves menos caprichoso y las escuchas todas. 

The pleasure of listening to an album from the first to the last song, without skipping any even if you like some better than others, makes me remember the reason why I started purchasing vinyls. Unlike mp3, singles or the random playlist, it's more about following the whole path. Being aware that moving the nail to skip songs is not so practical, you end up being less spoiled and listening to all of them.

'Give the People What They Want', el último trabajo de mi queridísima Sharon Jones. / 'Give the People What They Want', by my beloved Sharon Jones.

El vinilo como objeto de culto tiene también su razón de ser  por sus portadas. Las hay míticas, pero también las hay de risa. Muchas veces el álbum favorito tiene una portada irrisoria, y viceversa. Merece la pena husmear en las tiendas de LPs de segunda mano sólo para ver algunas de esas joyas. Los 80 son de lo mejorcito en cuanto a creatividad se refiere.

The LP as an object of worship has a reason to be in part because of their covers. There are mythical ones, but also ridiculous ones. Many times your favourite album has a laughable cover, and vice versa. It is worth poking around 2nd hand LP shops just to spot some of these. The 80s covers won't ever let you down in this regard.

Y como coleccionista orgullosa de sus trofeos, adquiridos en varias ciudades de distintos continentes, me faltaba un artilugio para poder exhibirlos y colgarlos de la pared. Por eso se me ocurrió este soporte:

As a proud collector of vinyls, acquired in various cities of different continents, I was missing a way to show them off on the wall. That's how I came up with this LP holder:

Deslizas la funda del LP por la ranura y voilá! Ya tienes tu trofeo bien visible. / Slide the cover in the groove and voilá! Your trophey will be ready to shine.

La forma ligeramente curvada tiene el propósito de que la portada del LP no quede a ras y sobresalga un poco de la pared, como trofeo que es. 

The curved shape affords the function of making it stick out a bit from the wall, as the trophy it is.

Los puedes encontrar en nuestra tienda Etsy.

You can find them on our Etsy shop.

Y sí, es un dilema decidir cuál vas a exhibir, pero lo bueno es que puedes cambiarlas cada día, o con cada álbum que suene en tu gramófono. 

 Indeed, it's not easy deciding which one you're going to hang, but remember that you can easily change your vinyl every day or with every album you're listening to on your LP player!

Wood for Good!

Most people agree that wood is beautiful, versatile, and it's got a unique character. People feel good around natural materials such as wood because it improves the room’s climate, it feels warm, cozy and welcoming. However, the deforestation of the woods around the world that has been happening uncontrollably in the past century has brought many concerns about the use of wood. For us designers it is very important to know about what makes wood sustainable and why it is good to use it.

Many people are not sure about the impact of the use of wood in the environment. They still think wood is greener than other processed materials such as plastic, aluminum or concrete, but they are not sure whether or not it affects climate change. According to a survey conducted by The European Forest Communicators Network[1], Europeans still think European forests are diminishing, and that cutting trees makes climate change worse, even if they are replanted.

However, this belief has been rejected by the scientific community. There are plenty of recent studies showing that the use of wood saves energy. When we talk about renewable energy, we often think of wind, solar and hydropower energy, but using wood is in fact another way to be environmentally friendly. Wood and CO2 are natural partners. Trees absorb CO2 as they grow, and they won’t release it until they die and decompose. There are two implications to be made from this: the more trees we plant, the more CO2is to be absorbed, and cutting trees down before they decompose removes CO2 gases from the atmosphere[2]. Regarding the use of wood in buildings, architect Michael Green brings an interesting point about making skyscrapers out of wood. For the last century, tall buildings have been built out of steel and concrete, but the green house gas emissions of these materials are huge. 3% of world’s energy goes into the making of steel and 5% goes into the making of concrete. While most people think of transportation as the main source of CO2 emissions, construction is actually the top releaser of CO2, with 47% of the total emissions[3].

Another reason to use wood is its sustainability when well managed. Since 1990 there have been plenty of movements to save the forests and make the use of wood sustainable. The solution to deforestation is not stop using wood and start using processed materials, but using it responsibly to ensure its reforestation.

As furniture designers and makers, we continue to learn and keep up to date about renewable varieties of wood, and where they all come from. We believe that furniture made out of solid wood is a treasure to keep for good.

 

[1] VV.AA: Europeans and Wood. What Do Europeans Think about Wood and Its Uses? A Review of Consumer and Business Surveys in Europe. Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, 2007

[2] Wood for Good. Challenge your perceptions. www.woodforgood.com/why-choose-wood

[3] Michael Green: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers. TED Talks, 2013. www.ted.com/talks/michael_green_why_we_should_build_wooden_skyscrapers.htm