Wood Collection

Now on view, a selection of work from the Design Tasmania Wood Collection. This continuously-evolving cumulation of contemporary Tasmanian wood design is the only museum collection of its type in Australia.

SCOPE OF THE COLLECTION
The Collection's scope is deliberately narrow. It represents only those pieces of contemporary wood design made in Tasmania by designers who live and work in Tasmania.

WHY TASMANIA?
The decision to focus a Collection of this type within state boundaries is far from arbitrary. Tasmania has a variety and quality of indigenous timbers unequalled in Australia and the world. Huon pine, king billy pine, celery top pine, sassafras and myrtle are just a few of the special species native to the island and unavailable elsewhere.

As a consequence, Tasmania has become a magnet for designers interested in working with wood. The concentration of craft and design practitioners (as opposed to artists practising in other media) is higher in Tasmania than elsewhere in Australia.

HOW OLD IS IT?
The Museum was established in 1991 as a not-for-profit organisation administered by a voluntary Board of Directors.

WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
Its aim is to sustain the wood design industry in Tasmania, to further the cause of Tasmanian identity, to create an identity for Tasmania as a place of excellence in the world, and to inspire the world community with the potency of design.

Photography by Emily Dimozantos © 2019