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Located in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Hercynia silva is a furniture and design business run by Michael Conole.

I produce hand-made timber furniture incorporating complimentary materials, such as leather and marble. My designs reflect a long-standing interest in archaic and traditional furniture, while remaining utilitarian and simply adorned.

In addition to furniture, I collaborate with architects, artists and designers. My design skills enable clients to realise creative ideas utilising my familiarity with timber and related media.

Michael is a Furniture maker and has worked in various capacities with timber for 20 years. Having studied prehistory, his approach to his craft is conditioned by historical precedents in western art and material culture. His design process involves research and experimentation in allied disciplines. Michael’s work has been featured in recent issues of both Artichoke and Architectural Review magazines.