Missouri wood, Missouri furniture: A start-up aims to make heirlooms
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ST. LOUIS • To most people, a tornado means destruction. To Martin Goebel, it means potential.

Last spring, after tornadoes cut through the St. Louis area, Goebel perused the aftermath, looking for felled hardwood trees to turn into coffee tables, chairs and bed frames. Eventually those storm-torn trees helped launch a company: Goebel Furniture.

Goebel, 30, had recently returned to St. Louis after finishing his master’s at the Rhode Island School of Design when the twisters buzzed through, leaving their offerings.

With a degree from a prestigious, demanding program, and years of furniture design under his belt, Goebel had been looking for a job. He was offered one – running operations at Dakota Jackson, one of the country’s pre-eminent high-design furniture companies – but he turned down the money, the title and New York City, and came home to St. Louis instead.

“I went to the guy almost in tears and said: I can’t do this,” Goebel remembers. “My teachers said I’d be crazy not to do it. But I left New Y…………… continues on STLtoday.com

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Living Well: A Q&A with DC designer Joe Ireland
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Joining the D.C. design scene was a natural move for Joe Ireland. He was born in the District and raised in Gaithersburg, and recognized his knack for arranging furniture at an early age.

“I remember helping a neighbor out with the furniture layout of her living room when I was 8 years old,” he said before adding, “I fully realize how strange that sounds.”

(Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Art/JULIE WOLFE) – “Conversion” by local artist Julie Wolfe.Ireland has two of her paintings in hispersonal collection.

(Charma Le Edmonds/SHELTER STUDIO) – Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Streethas become Ireland’s “fast favorite.”

When he was 19, Ireland moved downtown to dress windows at Axis Salon in Dupont Circle. Before long, the salon’s clients began asking him to decorate their homes.

In 2000, he joined the local design firm of Jose Solis Betancourt, then started his own firm in 2001. Today, he runs J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture an…………… continues on Washington Post

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