Tasmanian Timber Triumphs at the 20th Australian Timber Design Awards

The Tasmanian Timber marketing campaign were proud sponsors of the event, which was hosted by Peter Madison of Grand Designs Australia.

When Madison announced the ‘Tailored Couch’ as the winner of the Furniture and Joinery Category, which was custom made for a Tasmanian House that recently featured on Grand Designs Australia, he commented that it was a stunning piece of furniture to both look at and sit on. And he is not wrong. The couch has received a lot of attention.

The couch was made from reclaimed Tasmanian Oak. Tasmanian Timber campaign Chairman Shawn Britton who attended the awards said it is fantastic to see Tasmanian Oak being recognised for the superb furniture timber that it is.

“This proves what we have known for a long time – that Tasmanian Oak can shine in contemporary furniture at the highest levels of design.”

This comes on the back of Tasmanian Oak taking out the top award for Best Floor at the recent Australasian Timber Flooring Association Awards.

The Seed House – the project our Blackwood deserved

The Seed House is a showcase of Tasmanian Timber – Blackwood, Celery Top Pine and Huon Pine shine alongside the best products sourced from across the globe. The Blackwood that features in the exquisite kitchen waited 20 years to find a project that was worthy of it.

“Highly figured Birdseye Blackwood only occurs randomly in nature, making the trees affected by it very rare and totally unique. When our expert log graders came across this Blackwood, they knew they had something special that deserved a bespoke and iconic application,” says Shawn Britton.

The logs were cut into boards and segregated from the normal stock, and for 20 years they waited for the perfect place to call home.

“When James Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick+Partners built his iconic Seed House, he sought the best of the best materials from across the globe. So, when he enquired about a ‘special piece of Blackwood for a kitchen fit-out’ from Tasmanian Timber, this very special timber came straight to mind,” says Britton.

“This timber deserved to be showcased in the highest possible application, in a one-off job where it could be truly appreciated.”

In his award acceptance speech, James Fitzpatrick personally thanked Shawn Britton for his assistance with supply options throughout the project, and the great support from Hydrowood for their supply of Celery Top Pine.

Timber Knowledge Unsurpassed

The night commenced with a fun timber quiz designed by Peter Madison. In a room of 600 people, it was Tasmanian Timber Chairman Shawn Britton that took the win, showing that Tasmanians really do know their stuff better than anyone when it comes to timber!

“I stepped out of the room and came back to find Shawn Britton and Simon Ancher as the last two standing out of hundreds of people,” laughed Andrew Morgan from Hydrowood. “Go Tassie.”

“It’s fantastic that Tasmanian Timber has been associated with the winners of these two design awards, that were very deservedly won. I’m so pleased that Tasmanian Timber is getting the recognition that it deserves,” says Britton.

The Tasmanian Timber campaign is funded by the Tasmanian native processing sector in conjunction with Tas Government.

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