History: since 1910

Our director Mark Gerstl comes from a lineage of furniture designers starting with his great-grandfather, Josef Gerstl.

1910: Founded

Josef established Möbelhaus in Vienna Austria in 1910, opening two shops designing outstanding quality furniture, contemporary in its style and high in demand. He continued working and at the same time teaching his son Michael the tricks of the trade.

1947: new direction

Michael worked in Vienna for his father until leaving for Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1947. Michael set up M.Gerstl Cabinet Works in 1951. After settling in Sydney, his company thrived building custom made furniture in all its varieties. These pieces are now well sought after, and are included in Harry Seidler's Rose Seidler House in Turramurra, now under control of the Heritage Trust.

1955: expansion

The company transformed into M.Gerstl Furniture in 1955 and continued through and into the 1980's. It was during this heady 1950-1960's period that Michael taught business and technical skills to his son, Heinz Gerstl who had already begun his life long involvement in the furniture business in the company.

Heinz Gerstl continued with the company and oversaw it prosper with many high profile clients and projects including for US presidents and the British Royalty. From a showroom in Rushcutters Bay and factories in Rozelle, Paddington and Botany, as well as exhibiting at furniture exhibitions, the company continued manufacturing extremely high quality custom made furniture for houses, and commercial developments such as shops, offices, housing developments, and hotels. Many of these pieces are still around as the quality has endured.

Since 1994: 4th generation

Today, Mark Gerstl is continuing the tradition set by these pioneers of modern and contemporary design, and is one area that is constantly evolving at Proteus. We have resources and knowledge from the best in the business and produce only quality items of fine furniture. Proteus are able to custom design furniture that is perfectly aligned with the interiors of the architecture we design. Every item of furniture is personalised depending on the needs and requests of our Clients.

Furniture design

Projects completed are many and varied and will be added to shortly. Every item of furniture is personalised depending on the needs and requests of our Clients.

  • Chairs - Lounge
  • Chairs - Dining
  • Tables - Coffee
  • Tables - Desks
  • Tables - Dining
  • Tables - Hall
  • Tables - Manicure
  • Tables - Office Joinery
  • Tables - Side
  • Tables - Work
  • Units - Display
  • Units - Entertainment
  • Units - Fixed Joinery
  • Units - Loose Cabinetry
  • Units - Office Joinery
  • Units - Shelving


Furniture designs

photos coming very soon

Please note that should you wish to use any of our designs, they are in fact copyright. Please contact us and we can provide details and a cost estimate. Most importantly we will meet with you to see where the piece might be installed and discuss any refinements required for the space. This is to retain the purity of the designs and the integrity of our clients projects. We do no mass produce our designs - they are carefully created with only the best craftsmen available.

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