Tasmanian timber is utilised by leading architects, interior designers, furniture designer and makers, shopfitters, and building and construction firms. Explore this collection of videos for inspiration, or use the filters above to refine your search.

Innate 2.0 at MDW2022

Innate 2.0 by Jon Goulder and Fiona Lyda Four years after the debut of the Innate Collection, a furniture range by Adelaide-based designer-maker Jon Goulder and Sydney design retailer Fiona Lyda, the design powerhouses are back at it again, releasing the second iteration of the Innate collection- Innate 2.0. Launching the collection at Melbourne Design Week in March, we spoke with Goulder and Lyda to find out more on the release of the second generation of the Innate collection that champions local manufacturers, design, and materials- including the use of local Tasmanian timbers.

Brodie Neill at MDW2022

From Australia to London and back again, Tasmanian born Brodie Neill’s celebrated homecoming featuring Tasmanian timbers. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Brodie again at Melbourne Design Week. Exhibiting the stunning design and craft of the ReCoil table, Neill also brought along the Atlas Table, a piece derived from his self-designed and self-produced furniture brand, Made in Ratio. While the look and design of both ReCoil and Atlas couldn’t be more different, they both have one thing in common. The tables have been crafted from the beloved reclaimed resource pulled from a remote lake in Tasmania’s wild west; Hydrowood.

Relatively Useful

Impeccably designed and crafted, ‘Relatively Useful’ acknowledges Australia’s design greats. What do you get when you combine two of Australia’s great design minds with over twenty-five of Victoria and Tasmania’s top makers? Relatively Useful. A collection of twenty-five objects designed by John Wardle and Simon Lloyd and expertly crafted by some of Australia’s leading craftspeople. Making its debut at Melbourne Design Week at the Heide Museum of Modern Art at the end of March, and is now open until the third of April.

MyState Bank Arena

How Tasmanian timber was used to transform ‘the DEC’ into a world-class sport and entertainment arena. Tasmania’s Derwent Entertainment Centre, constructed in 1989, is Tasmania’s largest capacity indoor multi-purpose venue accommodating up to 8,800 people. An agreement between the NBL and the Tasmanian Government has recently seen ‘the DEC’ refurbished into a world-class arena that is now home to Tasmania’s first NBL team in 25 years. The $66 million refurbishment has transformed ‘the DEC’ into a world-class sports and entertainment facility, with the venue rebranded as MyState Bank Arena. We spoke to Thomas Floyd from Philp Lighton Architects bout how they used Tasmanian timber to create the transformation.

Fitzpatrick + Partners Studio

“We’re very much known for the big picture right down to the detail, and I think designing into a new place where we’re going to live, it was very important that the studio express what we are, where we’re going and what we do. We are on a pathway towards becoming carbon neutral, and so the selection of the materials was really important to us. Both for the physicality of the material, what it offers in terms of that carbon neutrality and the journey, but also what it says to our clients. Tasmanian timber offers such a wide range of products for many, many different uses, so tends to be our go-to to start with, but also we get great support from the local industry. We can actually talk to the owners, the designers, the craftsmen of the products, and say, what about? how can we do this? what’s your opinion? It’s always that openness to explore, and if they don’t know, there’s always someone down there on the end of the line that can give us those answers. The entry wall and the ceiling are all solid Tas Oak profiles, so it’s very much built like a stud wall with bearers and bracing, but we just closed up the centres and then got a bit smart, so we did all the engineering and cutting of the works with the CNC machines and all the fixings come from the back, so it’s a very fine combination of a great product and some smart engineering. We worked with Simon Ancher. Simon’s a Launceston-based furniture designer. Fantastic portfolio work, easy person to work with, can-do attitude. We’ve got some lovely pieces in all our work stools scattered around the studio, some meeting room furniture with leather cushions, and then all our breakout spaces as well, done by Simon. One of the key decisions was the floor and being an architectural studio, there are endless choices of materials. It’s a Tas Oak floor, but it’s laid on a plywood backing. It’s an efficient use of timber, we weren’t wasting a valuable resource. Fantastic for an office environment in that it gave us a great speed of delivery, so the planks arrived, they were laid, they’re pre-finished, we didn’t have to worry about sanding floors and that made it possible to put it into a work environment on a very large area, where it’s over 700 square metres of the flooring here, in an efficient time. The light colours that the Tassie Oak offers allow reflected light back up onto the ceiling and back indirectly into the workspace, and then into the evenings, the warmer tones are picked up in the Tassie Oak and it really enhances that comfort, warmth. People actually now come in and visit and say, wow, look at that timber floor. Yeah, right. Why did we always start putting carpet into working environments? It seems a crazy thing to do.” James Fitzpatrick (Principal), Fitzpatrick + Partners (Sydney)

Webinar: Reclaimed Timber

Hydrowood: a vast resource reclaimed. Consumers are taking an increasing interest in the provenance of products. As such, the brand story has become an essential and valuable component of the marketing mix. Building materials with history, authenticity and a story to tell are being placed at a premium (Sanctuary Magazine). Hydrowood has that story in spades. Thirty years ago, Hydro Tasmania flooded forests on Tasmania’s west coast to create water storage for energy production. In those hydroelectric dams, forests of 200-1000-year-old trees are still standing, submerged beneath the water. Thanks to innovative harvesting and processing methods, this valuable timber is now being reclaimed from the depths – it’s aptly called Hydrowood. Your hosts – Professor Gregory Nolan from the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood from the University of Tasmania and Andrew Morgan, Managing Director at SFM Forest Products/Hydrowood. About the Tasmanian Timber webinar series: This webinar series is a valuable resource for architects, builders, specifiers, interior designers, furniture designer and makers, shop-fitters, and construction firms to learn more about using Tasmanian Timber in their projects. Hosted by Professor Gregory Nolan (University of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood), Greg is often joined by experts in their respective field as he explores the properties and applications of Tasmanian Timbers. Grown locally and sustainably, Tasmanian timber is processed to the highest standards and backed by the technical support of Australia’s leading timber experts. Learn more: https://tasmaniantimber.com.au/webinars

Webinar: Responsible Wood

Responsible Wood chain of custody allows consumers to trace Tasmanian wood products back to their sustainable source; sustainability, the legality of timber and chain of custody are on the lips of all who work in the Tasmanian forest and timber industry. And for Tasmanians, Chain of Custody is a big deal. Learn More: https://wearetastimber.com/ & https://tasmaniantimber.com.au/ About the Tasmanian Timber webinar series: This webinar series is a valuable resource for architects, builders, specifiers, interior designers, furniture designer and makers, shop-fitters, and construction firms to learn more about using Tasmanian Timber in their projects. Hosted by Michael Lee (Senior Technical Officer at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood), Michael is often joined by experts in their respective field as he explores the properties and applications of Tasmanian Timbers. Grown locally and sustainably, Tasmanian timber is processed to the highest standards and backed by the technical support of Australia’s leading timber experts. Learn more: https://tasmaniantimber.com.au/webinars

Webinar: Tasmanian Oak – Classic & Prime Grades

Tasmanian Oak is the preferred hardwood for a wide range of applications; scantlings, panelling, flooring, glulam spans, veneers, plywood, furniture. Fibre for reconstituted board and the production of high-quality paper. It works extremely well and produces an excellent finish. It can be used in all forms of construction as scantlings, panelling and flooring, and can be glue-laminated to cover long spans. Veneers, plywood and engineered products are also available. It is also a popular furniture timber, and eucalypt fibre is sought after for reconstituted board and production of high-quality paper. Tasmanian Oak is light in colour, varying from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink. It is recognised for its excellent staining qualities, which allow ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishings. Tasmanian Oak flooring is available in two aesthetic grades – Prime and Classic. Tasmanian Oak Classic is a high feature grade, visually enhanced by the natural characteristics of timber. Tasmanian Oak Prime provides minimal feature. Learn more: https://tasmaniantimber.com.au/species/tasmanian-oak/ About the Tasmanian Timber webinar series: This webinar series is a valuable resource for architects, builders, specifiers, interior designers, furniture designer and makers, shop-fitters, and construction firms to learn more about using Tasmanian Timber in their projects. Hosted by Michael Lee (Senior Technical Officer at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood), Michael is often joined by experts in their respective field as he explores the properties and applications of Tasmanian Timbers. Grown locally and sustainably, Tasmanian timber is processed to the highest standards and backed by the technical support of Australia’s leading timber experts. Learn more: https://tasmaniantimber.com.au/webinars

Sustainable Solutions Backed by Science (VAP)

“We want to make sure that what we’re specifying is sustainable. What sort of certifications do they have and how are they grown and where are they grown? That’s all so important. To understand the process now in Tasmania and to then also better understand the systems behind that and how it is being done in an environmentally responsible manner, that gives you a lot more comfort to then go ahead and specify the product and use it in your design.” — Rod Pindar (Partner), Fitzpatrick + Partners

Masterclass – Working with Tasmanian Timber

This seminar is designed for builders, joiners and those working with timber. It covers the species of Tasmanian timber available and their source of supply, major characteristics and product range. It will then discuss essential aspects of timber storage and handling practice for preparing and assembling major architectural and timber-rich components. As timber is a natural material, the wood moisture content (MC) and its management are critical to successful production and installation. Guidance will be provided on this and similar issues, suitable finishes, grade definitions and suppliers.

Masterclass – Tasmanian Timber for Internal Applications

This seminar is designed for architects, interior designers and anyone specifying timber. It covers the species of Tasmanian timber available and their source of supply, major characteristics and product range, before discussing essential detailing and specification practice for major architectural applications. As timber is a natural material, its slight movement in response to surrounding environmental conditions calls for clear design approaches. Guidance will be provided on this and similar issues, suitable finishes, grade definitions and suppliers.

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