Lost and Found: New Developments in Sustainable Design

Below the waters of Lake Pieman on Tasmania’s west coast
lies a treasure hidden for over 25 years. An ancient forest lost
to the deep, dark waters. Lost, that is, until today…

Design Tasmania is excited to be joining forces with Hydrowood and some of Australia’s best designers to bring you Lost and Found – New Developments in Sustainable Design. Hydrowood is a boutique Tasmanian timber company salvaging rare and sought after timber species from the depths of Lake Pieman, a lake which was created by the Hydroelectricity damming of the Pieman River in 1986. Lost and Found will present the complete process of Hydrowood sourced from the wilds of Tasmania’s West Coast, from raw timber through to beautifully created designs.
Lost and Found will feature a range of Tasmanian and mainland designers and makers who have utilized Hydrowood, as well as designers who have participated in the Dessein Furniture’s Pieman Collection, a collection specifically highlighting timber from the Hydrowood scheme. The Designers include: Scott Van Tuil, Simon Ancher, Geoffrey Marshall, Creina Moore, Carol Russell, Todd Neale, Anthony Kleine, Andrew Batson-Graham, Veiga Eyewear, Nathan Day, Tom Fereday, Marcus Piper and Oak Possability.
Tasmania has a unique relationship with sustainability. For most Tasmanian Designers and Makers, using sustainable resources, being considerate of our landscape, and minimising our footprint on our environment is a high priority. Hydrowood fits the bill. Hydrowood harvests a range of rare timber species from the depths of the flooded Lake Pieman, timbers that today are in short supply. This timber is not recycled in the sense that it has been used before, with signs of a previous life, nor is it reclaimed from a forest floor long forgotten.
Hydrowood is real timber, intact and ready for use as if it had just been harvested from a forest, rather than spending 25 years underwater. While this timber is still a finite resource, we have once again an opportunity to see these rare and sought after timbers used to create beautiful and thoughtful designs, with such a unique narrative. Tasmanian timbers are and have been a unique asset to Tasmanian artisans and makers, but this asset is now being utilized further afield, throughout Australia and even internationally. Lost and Found will bring together this incredible story.


Lost and Found – New Developments in Sustainable Design opens 6pm on 2 June 2017.
Exhibition runs alongside the Tasmanian Architecture Awards until 20 August 2017.