SAINT LOUIS, MO – Goebel & Company Furniture today announced that creative director and co-founder Martin Goebel was named 2014 Young Woodworking Professional of the Year by Woodworking Network.
The inaugural contest, part of Young Woodworking Professional Week August 24-31, 2014, allowed entrants ages 18-35 to submit their work on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter using the hashtag #YWPweek. Next, thousands of fans took to Facebook to endorse their favorite projects and help them move on to the next round. Among a field of five Young Wood Pro finalists, the editors of Woodworking Network selected Goebel as the first Young Woodworking Professional of the Year.
Goebel’s entry was a table comprised of a top created from World War II surplus, aircraft-grade Sugar pine, and a base created in solid 5”x5” walnut timbers. A black toning of joinery was used to ‘low-light’ joinery detailing in order to silhouette major connections.
“For this project, classic timber frame of both building and ship construction heavily influenced the design,” states Goebel. “I am honored to be recognized by the editors and woodworking professionals among an excellent company of peers,” he continued.
Goebel & Company purchased the raw materials at auction from a 103-year-old pipe organ company, which was re-tooled during WW II for military component production.
“Along with being named Young Woodworking Professional (YWP) of the Year Martin will receive feature coverage on WoodworkingNetwork.com and in print. He’ll also be recognized during Awards Night at the 2015 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Chicago,” says Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/Editor-in-Chief. Young Wood Pro finalists
Goebel was traditionally trained in cabinet and furniture making beginning at age 19 in Fort Bragg, California at the College of the Redwoods, after which he established a couture furniture company in St. Louis. His professional education continued with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Studio Fine Arts from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. While on the East Coast, Martin spent time in the Design and Engineering departments of some of America's premier Northeast furniture brands. A Saint Louisan to his core, Martin returned to Saint Louis in 2011 to begin Goebel & Co. Furniture.
Today, Goebel & Co. Furniture focuses on production and commercial furniture, with the scale and scope of projects ranging from small batches for retailers to entire hospitality spaces—hotel, casino, restaurant, bar, lounge, club—tailored to reflect unique experiences.
About Goebel & Company Furniture
At Goebel & Company Furniture, hand-built furniture originates from the opposing worlds of hand craft and digital technology/manufacturing. The Goebel method converges these approaches to yield a product of uncompromising quality and repeatability. All products are manufactured in America. Designs are conceptualized and evolve as 3-D computer models, which are then broken into highly accurate component files resulting in remarkable designs.
The Goebel & Company team's background in hand crafted furniture, digital technology and manufacturing combines to deliver superior quality furniture with superior user experience.
For more information about Goebel & Co., please visit www.goebelfurniture.com
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