The Danish Modern aesthetic of Lex Stobie’s furniture isn’t the only thing that gives it instant appeal. Every piece in the New Zealand-born designer-maker’s collection reflects his artisanal craftsmanship, as well as his fine attention to detail. The timbers Stobie uses are locally sourced and he creates all his furniture in his George Street Studio, a space he shares with five other artisans in the inner-city suburb of Thebarton.
Having originally studied mechanical engineering, it was a trip to the Nordic region during his early twenties that inspired him to pursue furniture design. He undertakes commissions for both residential and commercial application, and recently designed the dining tables and waiter’s station for chef Jock Zonfrillo’s Rundle Street restaurant, Orana. In 2005, Stobie was commissioned by Anton Assaad of Great Dane to design a round glass-topped coffee table exclusive to the Melbourne-based supplier and in 2008, Enoki commissioned the Belair stool for their refurbishment of the Belair Hotel.