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Artist Focus: Lex Stobie

Artist Focus: Lex Stobie

One of the rules of running your own creative practice is always answer the phone, you never know who could be on the other end.

Having recently worked on the installation of a 1927 Casavant Frères organ in Adelaide’s Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral with Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects and Hansen Yuncken Building Contractors, we can only assume furniture maker Lex Stobie follows this rule.

Commissioned to produce the timber casework surrounding the organ, Stobie describes the job as one of the highlights of his career to date. Another significant job Stobie recently completed was the design and production of a series of pieces for Adelaide’s highly feted restaurant Orana, including its dining tables, waiters’ station, and point of sale. Stobie explains the real highlight of this commission was working with celebrity chef Jock Zonfrillo whom he now considers a good friend, demonstrating the benefit of following another important rule of creative practice: only work with people you like. And the exciting commissions don’t stop there.

Stobie just secured the job of refurbishing the western foyer of the Opera House. Stobie is sought after for his finely crafted, contemporary work informed by the Scandinavian aesthetic. As well as working with big commercial clients, he takes on residential commissions and produces his own collection, including the Stobie Coffee Table, one of Great Dane’s Top Ten Great Products.

A tenant of George Street Studio, Stobie is another Adelaide creative who enjoys working alongside his peers. Housing artists working across sculpture, public art and furniture design, and surrounded by like-minded folk at Mister Sunshine’s, The Deli and The Wheatsheaf Hotel, George Street Studio is one of a number of local institutions that support innovation and creativity through conversation, collaboration and exchange.

Stobie will be featured on the new Well Made website launching on Thursday, January 28. One of the benefits of having a presence on the site will be the referral service, assisting clients find the right creative professional for their needs. So don’t forget to answer the phone! Well Made is an initiative of Guildhouse.

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