M2L was founded by my father Michael Manes nearly 30 years ago with a clear mission: to provide fresh yet timeless modern design solutions to the design professional and the clients they serve. He is a pioneer in the architectural and design community, spearheading the Genuine Design movement.
What is "Genuine Design"? Sometimes called licensed or authorized design, it means that the creator approved the manufacture of the product, ensuring its quality. Take an Andy Warhol signed lithograph for example, it is considered genuine because the author approved its release and sale to the public. There is one big difference between the genuine Warhol and one that was pirated or printed without the permission of his estate: the genuine article has value and the knock-off doesn't. Modern furniture is no different.
I was driven by my father’s passion for design ever since my first trip to Europe nearly 30 years ago. We visited the Wittmann factory founded in 1896, in Etsdorf Austria, just outside Vienna. I was so amazed by the perfect hand craftsmanship and timeless design. I’ve been back many times since and I am still awed by the level of detail in their work.
M2L is constantly evolving and adapting to current and future markets.
In addition to exclusively representing key European brands, we have a trusted relationship with the Probber family, as the sole licensee to manufacture and distribute Harvey Probber’s iconic designs. We recently reintroduced his furniture to the marketplace, after a 30-year hiatus.