Kaleo Kala made six of these tables for Foode's courtyard.
In Fredericksburg, Va., there is a restaurant called Foode that prepares locally-grown organic food. Mel Middleton and Stacey Lampman were looking for just the right tables for the courtyard they designed for the restaurant, when they found a Stafford County craftsman named Kaleo Kala, Fredericksburg.com reports.
From his Hartwood home, the 37-year-old owns and operates a custom-designed handmade furniture company called KALA studios.
Kala uses local wood, as much of it reclaimed as possible. For the courtyard, he built six thick solid wood tables with visible grain. Some of the details of the tree are still present, promoting a natural atmosphere.
Most of his work is contemporary, but he can build in many styles. He uses both machine and hand tools to form each individual piece to the buyer’s taste.
“I pride myself on the fact that when I am designing and making a piece of furniture for someone, that this is a piece that will last for generations,” Kala told Fredericksburg.com.
He not only sells to individual customers, he does a lot of work for interior designers in Fredericksburg and throughout Northern Virginia and Washington.
Lampman, who has a firm in downtown Fredericksburg called Spaces Design Studio, says she enjoys working with the talented Kala and was “thrilled” with the tables he made for Foode’s downtown courtyard. Beth Black, co-owner of the restaurant, agrees.
“We got exactly what we wanted,” Lampman said.
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