Bring the spirit of nature into your home
I make one of a kind, handcrafted furniture designed to connect you with the beauty of nature. The furniture is built with recycled wood, and “urban logs”, from homes, farms, and yards in Northern California. Each piece is uniquely designed around the wood’s natural form, color and grain pattern so that the whole is enhanced by the abilities and direction the wood suggests.
Michael Palace Design - Palace of Earth
SHRINES TO NATURE
I think of my work as making shrines to nature. Each piece fills me with awe of the life around us and the beauty to be found in that ”body” of wood rising from the felled tree and burn pile to be held up as a reborn example of natural grandeur. I strive to make the whole of the piece seem both familiar and sacred, so that it is recognizable and relatable, and yet has an element of mystery, as if it were from some exotic culture. I believe all truth has an element of a paradox.
WOOD AS A LIFE ENTITY
My goal is to be creative and utilize wood as the amazing life entity it is, to raise awareness to the value of that life through the beauty and interest created from the body of a tree, and for all nature, to spread this awareness through the ownership by individuals that live with and appreciate the life and artistry as a talisman to our environment.
"THERE IS LIFE IN HIS WORK, IN THE WOOD AND IN THE SHAPES AND NATURAL FLOWING CURVES OF THE WORK. RECLAIMING LUMBER, TREES AND EVEN BRANCHES TO BE USED AS VALUED ELEMENTS OF HIS CREATIVE PROCESS."
CONNECTED BY NATURE
I believe that one of most common connections we have as people is the awe we feel when plunged into the natural world away from civilization. By touching and seeing wood, we come to value the world from which we are not separate, but are an intrinsic part. My designs are a valuable and beautiful tribute to our place in nature.