Name: Goebel Furniture
Location: Carondelet — St. Louis, Missouri
Furniture maker is one of those fantasy job titles, like travel writer or celebrity photographer. Cut to a scene of a solitary figure working in a barn late at night, bathed in a pool of light while planing a single piece of wood to perfection. Fantasy aside, few other jobs sound more satisfying than making something beautiful and useful with your own two hands.
Ask Martin Goebel of Saint Louis, Missouri (top center). He's been making furniture since he was just 19, and recently opened up an eponymous workshop in an old Coca-Cola bottling factory in the Carondelet section of town. He apprenticed under the likes of Thomas Moser, and studied furniture design at RISD before coming back to his hometown to set up shop.
Goebel's line of solid wood chairs, tables and beds marries cutting-edge digital design with time honored techniques of traditional furniture making. Using minimal hardware and ornamentation, he highlights the real star of the show &mdash the wood itself. The result is deceptively simple, beautiful and functional pieces that will last for years. Check out the gorgeous Cruz stool above (so named after the pup you'll see in the photos. We wanted to steal him by the end of the shoot, along with one of those stools. No really, we did) which anyone's behind would be happy to call home.
Congrats to Martin and his team on what is sure to be a successful local business for Saint Louis.
(Images: Ann Manubay, Dabney Frake, Goebel Furniture)