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Manfred Riehl

Manfred was born in Bavaria in Southern Germany and settled in East Gippsland in 1982 where he built mud brick houses with post and beam construction methods. An enjoyment of fine furniture led to his enrolment and graduation from the Wood Design Course at East Gippsland TAFE and he decided to take the hard road along the career path of a furniture designer/maker.

Persevering with the difficulties of working with Red Gum and professing a love of traditional furniture Manfred re-interprets traditionalism’s key aspects and produces contemporary designs with attention to balance proportion clarity and character. His furniture ranges from the relaxed playful and pleasurable to crisp strong and elegant pieces and he continually looks to soften harsh corners and lines with subtle curves that have become his trademark.

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