Above image: XO Chair by Rye Dunsmuir is one of the works on display at In Form, demonstrating the stylish use of undervalued Tasmanian timber.
Tasmania is renowned for its woodcraft. However, often Tasmanian wood products are valued for their rare, or specialty timbers, rather than the merit of their design.
In Form is an exhibition developed to showcase the creative talents of Tasmanian designers through products made from Tasmanian Eucalyptus. Whilst many consumers see Tasmanian Eucalyptus as a timber that should be hidden within the walls of a house, few realise that its availability, beauty, and resilience actually make it an ideal material for fine-furniture applications. Tasmanian Eucalyptus, if mindfully harvested, can also be a sustainable resource.
This exhibition aims to not only emphasise the importance of good design(ers) over the novelty of rare materials, but also to help promote and develop the perceived value of Tasmanian Eucalyptus.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue and essay discussing the history and potential trajectory of the Tasmanian furniture industry in relation to relevant global precedents and the availability of manufacturing materials.
When: Opening 5.30pm Friday 21 November. Runs 10am-6pm 22 November – 3 December.
Where: The Long Gallery – Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.
To find out more or for media contact call Duncan Meerding, one of the Co-Curators of ‘In Form’ on 0419 406875 or ‘like’ the Facebook Event Page.
Read our recent interview with Duncan Meerding, discussing a long-held passion for timber and his award-winning design work here.