Design Centre, Tasmania

Design Centre, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Wood Design Collection brings together the beauty of Tasmania's natural timber resources and the design skills of the State's fine craftspeople through a strategy which has brought international acclaim to the Island and Australia.

Since 1991 the Collection has grown in stature to an eminence which now places it arguably as the world's foremost assemblage of contemporary woodwork. In ranging from elegant pieces of furniture to delicate smaller items that may be found in anyone's home, it represents a near-perfect relationship between design craftsmanship and wood which will awaken in the viewer surprise, intrigue and delight. Unique in Australia for its international audience focus it has already won renown for Tasmanian Wood design and craftsmanship in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Finland and China in addition to much of Australia.

The Tasmanian Wood Design Collection has a new home, which opened in February 2002. The architects David Travalia and Ric Le Plastrier have succeeded in creating a stage for the ideals of the joint organisations of the Design Centre, a retail shop, and The Tasmanian Wood Design Collection. These, while complementing the present, also encourage our creative spirits through specialised exhibitions, structured discussions, unrestrained dialogue and creative learning. They have satisfied the critical essence of the design brief by creating buildings that equal the outstanding quality of the collection. We invite you and your friends to come and enjoy as your cultural appreciation is nurtured through sharing in thie celebration of Tasmanian creativity.

Address: 
Corner Tamar and Brisbane Streets, Launceston, TAS
Tel: 
0363315506
Hours: 
Seven days a week, 9.30-5.30pm; closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Admission: 
Adults $2.20, children $1.10, families $5.50
Collection: 
The collection which started in 1991 now boasts 57 pieces, which is added to every two years when the Board, along with an international designer/maker, select new pieces to add. The pieces are chosen for their creativity and design, and use of Tasmanian timbers. The pieces are contemporary and could be found in anyone's home.
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